The Revolution will not be Televised—Friday Night Poety Corner #221

Good evening everyone and welcome to a very different but fantastic beginning of another poetry corner. In celebration of Black history month today I have a video on the great poet, singer and activist– Gil Scott Heron called, “The Revolution will not be Televised.” 

Oh. I will post the lyrics as well…

You will not be able to stay home, brother
You will not be able to plug in, turn on and drop 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 interruption
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 be brought to you by the Schaefer Award Theatre and
will not star Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen or Bullwinkle and Julia
The revolution will not give your

One thought on “The Revolution will not be Televised—Friday Night Poety Corner #221

  1. I´m white, whiter than casper the ghost and from Spain so I can´t obviously relate to all the hardships black people in America had to endure for too many years. I didn’t know it was black history month, and I did study there as a teenage and one year of college before I went sideways and lost the scholarship. So February it is, I´ll keep that in mind. Nothing I can do from here except to say to you it´s great that you remind people and that in this case you did it with this poet-singer, harsh words in harsh times. I do love the instruments on the background also. I have always loved black music (whatever that is exactly), I actually walked into a black comedy store in Seattle once by myself. I was 17, big guy in the front door, I just walked in he didn’t ask for no id or anytbing, turned out the whole bar was black, I was the only white dude there. I got my whiskeys and laughed my ass about what the standup comics, all black obviously were saying. So that was quite the experience at 17 and coming from Spain. I told the story to some classmates on Monday and they thought I was nuts, probably am, but I had no problem in the bar with anybody nor I did get any bad looks. They also thought that what a crazy white guy…. I just sat there, said a couple of things to a couple next to me about the comics, laughed, got drunk as a skunk and walked out after a couple hours. Didn’t make any crazy drunkness nor anything and nobody gave me any bad vibes. For me, I don’t know why, race is just not an issue. It doesn’t compute in my brain, truly doesn’t. Actually in high school one of my fighting buddies was a black guy. Yep, the times I got picked on because the new kid and specially being from Spain… I did have quite a fights and in one of them suddenly I see next to me while I was hitting this guy another one hitting one of his friends, turned out to be this black guy which I don’t remember his name. So I guess we had that in common, we liked a good fight. Then we smoke a ….cigarette,BS each other,had some laughs and out we went each to his own group.
    I talked a lot about me, might be a narcissist or something. Anyways, good reminder for everyone your post specially putting up this artist and have a great weekend.

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