Tracy Chapman “Talkin about a Revolution”

My second choice is Tracy Chapman’s’ “Talkin about a Revolution”. It was first released in 1988. It was the second single for African American Contemporary Folk Artist Tracy Chapman.The song reached the top forty in several countries like France and New Zealand.

However, the main reasons behind me choosing it, in addition to it being an inspiration and a true revolutionary song, is that it was reborn in the Tunisian Revolution in 2011.

Young activists had it on in coffee shops, squares, even grocery stores. It was one of the songs of the revolution although it was released more than two decades before it.

In the midst of tear gas, rubber and true bullets, and sniper fire, Radio DJs played Tracy Chapman’s 1988 hit over and over again and activists sang along finally the tables are starting to turn.

February 2011, Israeli band “Shmemel” covered the song and added a verse inspired by the Arab Spring revolutions, with the new song being given the title “Talkin about an Arab Revolution”.  

Now there are the lyrics of Chapman’s “Talkin about a Revolution”:

Don’t you know?
They are Talkin about a Revolution!
It sounds like a whisper.
Don’t you know?
They are Talkin about a Revolution!
It sounds like a whisper.

While they are standing in the Welfare Lines.
Crying at the doorsteps of those Armies of Salvation.
Wasting time in the Unemployment Lines.
Sitting around Waiting for a Promotion.

Poor people Gonna Rise Up!
And get their Share.
Poor people Gonna Rise Up!
And take what’s Theirs.

Don’t you know?
You better Run, Run, Run…
Oh, I said you better Run, Run, Run…

Finally, the Tables are Starting to Turn!
Talkin about a Revolution!

It sounds like a whisper


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