“Ohio” is a protest song, which was composed by Neil Young on May 4, 1970 immediately after the events of Kent State Massacre. The song demonstrates a protest towards events at the Kent State University, when Ohio National Guard shot into protesting students, killing four and wounding nine. The students were protesting against the Nixon’s decision to invade Camodia. Some of the wounded students were not even a part of the protest. The Kent State Shooting caused a massive universities strike across America when hundreds of universities closed in protest of the shootings.
The song provoked a strong reaction among public, and instigated fear and outrage about the event. It was performed by Stills, Nash and Young and later was released as a single. Eventually, it was banned due to its opposition to Nixon administration expressed in the line ” the soldiers and Nixon coming” as well as due to the reaction it caused among public.