20/10/16 – Tracy Chapman – Talkin’ Bout A Revolution – 1988

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tracy-chapman-talkin-bout-a-revolution-1988-single-coverTalkin’ Bout A Revolution was the opening track on one of the great debut albums of all time released by Tracy Chapman in 1988. Chapman went from obscurity to superstar as her album became an international hit. She appeared on the Amnesty International International concert tour in 1988 and went from busking in Harvard Square in Boston to sharing a stage with Sting, Peter Gabriel and Bruce Springsteen.

Her song Fast Car was an international hit that conveyed a message of escaping a hopeless life with no future and along with songs like Talkin’ Bout A Revolution, Chapman established herself as a protest singer and human rights activist.

Although Chapman released a Greatest Hits collection in 2015, it’s been eight years since her last solo album Our Bright Future, the title track a plea to be given the chance to lead a peaceful life.

Don’t you know you’re talking about a revolution
It sounds like a whisper
Don’t you know they’re talking 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 unemployment lines
Sitting around waiting for a promotion

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

Poor people are gonna rise up
And get their share
Poor people are gonna rise up
And take what’s there

Don’t you know you better run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run
Oh I said you better run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run

Cause Finally the tables are starting to turn
Talking about a revolution
Yes, Finally the tables are starting to turn
Talking about a revolution oh no
Talking about a revolution oh no

While they’re standing in the welfare lines
Crying at the doorsteps of those armies of salvation
Wasting time in unemployment lines
Sitting around waiting for a promotion

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

And finally the tables are starting to turn
Talking about a revolution
Yes, Finally the tables are starting to turn
Talking about a revolution oh no
Talking about a revolution oh no
Talking about a revolution oh no

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tracy_Chapman

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