A Fire Under My Revolution

Last week, I was experiencing Jerry Springer’s radio show on the progressive channel (XM Radio) for the first time. While Jerry’s got a bit of Bill O’Reilly’s “I’d like to shirk my own point” mentality, he was reminiscing over protest songs.

I learned that they’re not protest songs, but song of justice -dunno if that’s PC or a gov’t spin for artists back in the 60s. Well, I was utterly moved by a song I had never heard before, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” by Gil Scott-Heron from his album ‘Pieces of a Man.’ Fortunately, I found it on iTunes.

A few excerpts from his lyrics:
You will not be able to plug in, turn on or cop out.
The Revolution will not be Televised
The Revolution will not give your mouth sex appeal
The Revolution will not be Televised
The Revolution will not make you look 5 lbs thinner
Because The Revolution will not be televised, brother
The Revolution will not be brought to you by Xerox.
The Revolution will not be televised.
The Revolution will not go better with Coke.
The Revolution will not be televised.
The Revolution will not give you fresh breath.
The Revolution will not be televised.
The Revolution will put you in the driver’s seat
The Revolution will not be televised.
The Revolution will not be a rerun brothers,
The Revolution will be live.

That’s just a portion, but immensely riveting for those of us who need a little fire under our own Revolution.

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