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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Gil Scott-Heron Lyrics

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 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 four 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 Mae
Pushing that shopping cart down the block on the dead run
Or trying to slide that color TV into a stolen ambulance
NBC will not be able predict the winner
At 8:32 on report from twenty-nine districts
The revolution will not be televised

There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down brothers on the instant replay
There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down brothers on 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 lifes of Roy Wilkins
Strolling through Watts in a red, black, and green liberation jumpsuit
That he has been saving for just the proper occasion

Green Acres, Beverly Hillbillies, and Hooterville Junction
Will no longer be so damn relevant
And women will not care if Dick finally got 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 or Francis Scott Keys
Nor sung by Glen Campbell, Tom Jones, Johnny Cash
Engelbert Humperdinck, or The Rare Earth
The revolution will not be televised

The revolution will not be right back
After a message about a white tornado
White lightning, or white people
You will not have to worry about a dove in your bedroom
The tiger in your tank, or the giant in your toilet bowl
The revolution will not go better with Coke
The revolution will not fight 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

Lyrics © CARLIN AMERICA INC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Gil Scott-Heron

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@Jonny Birchyboy so I was answering the question of why I thought George Floyd’s killing (or anything you see on tv for that matter) is not the point of the song.

Gil Scott-Heron is talking about how the Revolution is your mind. The change is you. It’s not on tv. The deaths you see in streets, the atrocities you see in your life those are the life defining moments that start the revolutions.

Equating that message to how the media shows you an event that stirs up emotion in order to put you in a submissive state to be controlled is pretty much the opposite of that point.

You won’t see the Revolution on tv. That’s a sign your being used. They are trying to sell you an idea. That idea is to separate us based on race. They used emotion as a platform for their political agenda. That’s not a Revolution. That’s being controlled by the system. If you’re not paying for the product you are the product.

What do they want? A society of conformed workers to pay taxes and be happy with doing what they are told. They’ll come calling when they want you to burn your cities and businesses down in 2 years just like they are using you now to profit in Ukraine while we struggle to make ends meet. It’s by design. You notice it’s all still white people running shit right? Biden is white you got the consolidation prize of a half black woman VP to appease you. I live in a black neighborhood trust me we aren’t the ones receiving anything from all those protest but higher bills. Meanwhile Biden just said to pay the cops more. He literally said we need to find the police. You notice it’s still us that’s fighting these wars right? Sending our kids to die.

But you think they care bc they brainwashed everyone using Floyd’s death to be on the same page and control a narrative. It’s all apart of a design to separate us to weaken. To tear us down from the inside. Have us fighting with one another. That’s not the Revolution. That’s being a part of the system which is not what this song is about. The Revolution begins when you see through their bullshit. When you pull the curtain back to see who is really there and what their motives are and stop being controlled by them.

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LeaElla Cole's HUSBAND

This should be playing all over the country right now

LeaElla Cole's HUSBAND

@Dave Carlson if u are talking about the BLM protest,I agree it made us look bad to the people who ALREADY looked at us that way...BUT to the people who made an effort to understand what our PROBLEM is, because of it eyes where open for the first time (for some)....if u listen to this is the very last line that sums up what he is actually saying...."THE REVOLUTION, WILL BE LIVE"

lisa Babe

@Panama Reloaded I fully agree. Which is why I said it should be playing all over our country right now. You can try to be mad at someone else. We are a family. We have the same Father. God is Good.

Panama Reloaded

@lisa Babe this song is not for no damn usa it's for the people that belong to GOD the so called American Black man woman an child this is our anthem.

Monique Hyman

Yesss spectacularly true comment

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This song is extremely relevant right now.

Love In Action Now

Yes it is - and I heard it on the radio today!

Derek Staroba

Gil scott is very good

Chris Benson

Absolutely we’re all in this mess together

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EJ Johnson

Long before rap & hip-hop, there was the spoken word. The merger of Rythym and Poetry (RAP) is the birthplace of rap as we know it.

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