Unquote” Gil Scott-Heron

“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. Ship out for a beer during commericals because the revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be televised.

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

The revolution will not be televised. …

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 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, Jonny Cash, Englebert Humperdink, or the Rare Earth.

The revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be right back after a message about white tornado, white lightning, or white people. You will not have to worry about a dove in your bedrom, a tiger in your tank, or the giant in your toliet 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 deat. The revolution will not be televised. … The revolution will be no re-run brothers. The revolution will be live.”

Great jam. 

G

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