Winter Revolution: A Holiday Playlist for the Rest of Us

5 12 2010

7. Tracy Chapman – “Talkin’ Bout A Revolution”

Why it’s on the list… When I use my sanctified imagination, Mary’s song sounds less like “Silent Night” and more like this.

Selected lyrics:

“…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/

…Poor people are gonna rise up/

And get their share/

…Don’t you know you better run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run/

‘Cause finally the tables are starting to turn…”

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8 12 2010
candyce

Great playlist! And I agree that the “Praise Santa” segment from Boondocks is pretty great! “Revolution” as a Christmas selection is a great idea, too…

I’d throw in some classics like “Sweet Little Jesus Boy” (simple yet profound) and “O Holy Night” (bit of abolitionist commentary).

I’ve been listening to a classical rendition (from the London Philharmonic) of Messiah over the last few holiday seasons. There’s some good stuff that Jones didn’t include. I had “Thou shalt break them” (from Ps. 2, follows the verses sung in “Why do the nations rage…”) stuck in my head last week. And of course, there’s the famous “Hallelujah Chorus”: “The kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ…” Hallelujah, indeed…

Have you heard Beck’s “Little Drum Machine Boy”? Hilarious and fun. 🙂

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