"Talkin’ ‘Bout A Revolution" as written by and Tracy L Chapman....
Don't you know
They're talkin' bout 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

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' bout a revolution

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"Talkin' Bout a Revolution" as written by Tracy L Chapman

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    General Commentwow! no comments! one of my fav songs ever! showing how things are changing now a' days! a revolution in our economical structure 'Poor people gonna rise up, and get their share'......wow
    Morticon September 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe triumph of poor and destitutes against all odds in the BIG BAD World.
    enpee_2001on May 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI used to think this was about the 'revolution' for poor people etc. but now I actually believe it's about apathy! There just talkin about it while putting up with the same old thing!
    Paulyon March 14, 2003   Link
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    General CommentA very idealistic song about the triumph of the poor, maybe those underpaid people who finally sense some justice. Very impractical idea but hey that's what makes tracy so speacial,eh?
    gAyAon May 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI disagree. I think it's a very pratical thing. The working class needs to rise up and take their fair share of the wealth they produce. I'm glad to see this song confirming that.
    Skaman2on January 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm not sure, but I think the original version of this song is by Billy Bragg, or so I've heard. I have to admit though, Tracy pulls it off with both finesse and style. This song is amazing vocally and musically.
    mrs_chainsawon February 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's about how hard it is to change the way things are and break the cycle. They want a revolution but it sounds like a whisper because no one listens or hears. And it is hard to take action when all your time is "wasted in the unemployment lines." So to Pauly, it's not about apathy. The song has passion and a true desire to change things, even if it is against the odds. And at the end it takes a turn for the hopeful side.
    jewladyjaneon May 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTracy composed this song.
    BoyNamedSue74on May 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti love this song. it's amazing. poor people gonna rise up! yes yes yes they are!
    cupcake5on June 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commentonce again tracy demonstrates power without seeming like a bully. this is one of my favorites
    annaSon June 19, 2007   Link

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