Posted by: Patrick Barbanes | December 21, 2008

The Revolution Will Be YouTube-ised

I love songs that tell a good story. And sometimes putting songs from different artists together can create a narrative of it’s own. And as I was cruising YouTube through my Wii internet channel (an awesome feature of the already awesome Wii), I was piecing together some songs that have touched me, and that speak to me of the current crisis Americans are facing.

So I start with a song that’s twenty years old, “Talkin’ Bout A Revolution” from Tracy Chapman’s incredible debut album, in which she sings that “Finally the tables are starting to turn…Talkin’ ’bout a revolution…”

Then it’s on (or back) to Peter Gabriel’s haunting “Don’t Give Up,” from one of the best albums of all time (in my opinion), his 1986 “So”, on which the song “Don’t Give Up” is an ode to hanging on during hard financial and mental times, with an amazing vocal duet from Kate Bush: “Rest your head / You worry too much / It’s gonna be alright / When times get rough you can fall back on us… Don’t give up. Please don’t give up.”

Then I finish up with (who else) the Boss, Bruce Springsteen, from his most recent album, “Magic,” singing about the “Long Walk Home.” It’s a song of redemption on the horizon, that uses imagery similar to that of his earlier, “My Hometown” and applies it to the story of America, of what we’ve become, and how far we have to go to get back to it: “And that flag flying over the courthouse means certain things are set in stone / Who we are and what we’ll do, and what we won’t”

Yes, it’s going to be a long walk home from where George Bush and Company have taken America and the world. But we’ll get there. Don’t give up. The revolution is just beginning. Be part of it. Be the change you want to see in the world.


Tracy Chapman, “Revolution”

Peter Gabriel, featuring Kate Bush, “Don’t Give Up”

Bruce Springsteen, “Long Walk Home”



  1. Man, brings me back to the 1988 Human Rights Now! tour of Amnesty International that featured all three of those acts (and more.)!

  2. I didn’t realize that they had all been on the same tour at some point. Thanks for pointing it out!

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