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The revolution will not be televised

The revolution will not be televised

posted on Thursday May 10, 2012 | in Crik Crak,The Crystal Tearoom | 3 Comments

 

You will not be able to stay home, brother.
You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out.
You will not be able to lose yourself on skag and skip,
Skip out for beer during commercials,
Because the revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be televised.
The revolution will not be brought to you by Xerox
In 4 parts without commercial interruptions.
The revolution will not show you pictures of Nixon
blowing a bugle and leading a charge by John
Mitchell, General Abrams and Spiro Agnew to eat
hog maws confiscated from a Harlem sanctuary.
The revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be brought to you by the
Schaefer Award Theatre and will not star Natalie
Woods and Steve McQueen or Bullwinkle and Julia.
The revolution will not give your mouth sex appeal.
The revolution will not get rid of the nubs.
The revolution will not make you look five pounds
thinner, because the revolution will not be televised, Brother.

There will be no pictures of you and Willie May
pushing that shopping cart down the block on the dead run,
or trying to slide that color television into a stolen ambulance.
NBC will not be able predict the winner at 8:32
or report from 29 districts.
The revolution will not be televised.

There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down
brothers in the instant replay.
There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down
brothers in the instant replay.
There will be no pictures of Whitney Young being
run out of Harlem on a rail with a brand new process.
There will be no slow motion or still life of Roy
Wilkens strolling through Watts in a Red, Black and
Green liberation jumpsuit that he had been saving
For just the proper occasion.

Green Acres, The Beverly Hillbillies, and Hooterville
Junction will no longer be so damned relevant, and
women will not care if Dick finally gets down with
Jane on Search for Tomorrow because Black people
will be in the street looking for a brighter day.
The revolution will not be televised.

There will be no highlights on the eleven o’clock
news and no pictures of hairy armed women
liberationists and Jackie Onassis blowing her nose.
The theme song will not be written by Jim Webb,
Francis Scott Key, nor sung by Glen Campbell, Tom
Jones, Johnny Cash, Englebert Humperdink, or the Rare Earth.
The revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be right back after a message
bbout a white tornado, white lightning, or white people.
You will not have to worry about a dove in your
bedroom, a tiger in your tank, or the giant in your toilet bowl.
The revolution will not go better with Coke.
The revolution will not fight the germs that may cause bad breath.
The revolution will put you in the driver’s seat.

The revolution will not be televised, will not be televised,
will not be televised, will not be televised.
The revolution will be no re-run brothers;
The revolution will be live
.

Gil Scott-Heron
photo Shala Monroque: shipwreck on the Skeleton Coast Namibia

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3 Comments

  1. J (Reply) on Thursday 10, 2012

    -WTF? Sorry for being dim-witted; I’m usually not….

  2. Sherry (Reply) on Thursday 10, 2012

    classic. rip gil scot-heron.

  3. Phindile (Reply) on Thursday 10, 2012

    J – The revolution will not be televised is a classic “rap/spoken word/hip hop” piece by Gill Scott Heron, someone who has been regarded as the godfather of Hip-hop and spoken word. This is one of his famous pieces that was written during a revolutionary period in African American History. It is a call to arms, an acknowledgment that because he is black and his revolution is black liberation, it will not be on television like some of the things going on in America at the time that portrayed an OK America, an America a piece, but as you see when you read the piece, the only piece lay with the whites. Read Ismeal Reads “Mumbo Jumbo” it follows a similar train of thought. It is about something that is kept secret, hush hush, something that wont appear on TV screens or movie theatre’s…I could go on, but I dont want to bore you. Read up, you may be moved.

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