Talking ‘bout a Revolution – Tracy Chapman

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Talkin’ ‘bout a Revolution” is the second single from singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman‘s self-titled debut album. The politically aware song failed to replicate the success of its predecessor, “Fast Car“, and peaked at #75 in the United States. However, it also managed to chart on four other charts maintained by Billboard (which brings out the weekly US chart) and reached the top forty in two of them.[1]

Internationally, this single was a big hit, reaching the Top 40 in several countries, including France and New Zealand, becoming a classic in Chapman’s song repertoire. The song received heavy radio play in Tunisia in 2011 during the Tunisian Revolution. The song has also been used as an unofficial theme for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders‘ 2016 presidential campaign. This song played before speeches at campaign rallies.

Clarence Bekker, of Playing for Change, sang a cover version to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 2017. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talkin%27_%27bout_a_Revolution)

Don’t you know
They’re talkin’ about a revolution
It sounds like a whisper
Don’t you know
They’re talkin’ about a revolution
It sounds like a whisper

While they’re 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

Don’t you know
They’re talkin’ about a revolution
It sounds like a whisper
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…
‘Cause finally the tables are starting to turn
Talkin’ bout a revolution

Yes finally the tables are starting to turn
Talkin’about revolution

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