I wasn’t planning on a post today, and certainly not this one.

I don’t usually listen to a lot of oldies when I’m listening to music. I tend to have Youtube on as my radio and let it sometimes wander on its own, which is what I was doing this morning. First was Bruce Springsteen and Glory Days from 1984. Fun to dance around the house but also a bit poignant in my life right now, so a lot of depressed sighing. When did Bruce get so old looking? Then two songs by Tracy Chapman: Sub City and Talkin’ About a Revolution, both from 1989 — thirty two years ago. 32. And of course the topics of those songs were not new 32 years ago.

And where are we now?

No better of I’d say, and after four years of Trump and his racism and his coddling of the 1%, I’d wager we are much worse off. Although, talkin’ ’bout a revolution thirty two years ago none of us thought it would be a bunch of off-duty white cops and aunt Betty’s off storming the Capitol due to a President enciting sedition. More irony from Tracy’s songs, the facist media portraying BLM protesters as terrorists. Revolution?

Poor people gotta rise up… at least they did in Georgia just recently. So maybe all is not lost. As a poor person, albeit a white one from a former midddle-class societal context, we gotta rise up more.

So, interesting choice of songs for me today, Youtube…

lyrics listed below
lyrics listed below

Sub City by Tracy Chapman 1989

People say it doesn’t exist
‘Cause no one would like to admit
That there is a city underground
Where people live everyday
Off the waste and decay
Off the discards of their fellow man
Here in subcity life is hard
We can’t receive any government relief
I’d like to please give Mr. President my honest regards
For disregarding me
They say there’s too much crime in these city streets
My sentiments exactly
Government and big business hold the purse strings
When I worked I worked in the factories
I’m at the mercy of the world
I guess I’m lucky to be alive
Here in subcity life is hard
We can’t receive any government relief
I’d like to please give Mr. President my honest regards
For disregarding meT
hey say we’ve fallen through the cracks
They say the system works
But we won’t let it
Help
I guess they never stop to think
We might not just want handouts
But a way to make an honest living
Living this ain’t living
Here in subcity life is hard
We can’t receive any government relief
I’d like to please give Mr. President my honest regards
For disregarding me
What did I do deserve this
Had my trust in god
Worked everyday of my life
Thought I had some guarantees
That’s what I thought
At least that’s what I thought
Here in subcity life is hard
We can’t receive any government relief
I’d like to please give Mr. President my honest regards
For disregarding me
Last night I had another restless sleep
Wondering what tomorrow might bring
Last night I dreamed
A cold blue light was shining down on me
I screamed myself awake
Thought I must be dying
Thought I must be dyingHere in subcity life is hard
We can’t receive any government relief
I’d like to please give Mr. President my honest regards
For disregarding me
For disregarding me
For disregarding me
For disregarding me
For disregarding me
For disregarding me
For disregarding me
For disregarding me
For disregarding me

Talkin’ about a Revolution by Tracy Chapman 1989

Don’t you know
They’re talking about a revolution?
It sounds like a whisper
Don’t you know
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 the unemployment lines
Sittin’ around waiting for a promotion
Don’t you know
Talking bout a revolution?
It sounds like a whisper
Poor people gonna rise up
And get their share
Poor people gonna rise up
And take what’s theirs
Don’t you know you better
Run, run, run, run, run, run
Run, run, run, run, run, run
Oh, I said you better
Run, run, run, run, run, run
Run, run, run, run, run, run’
Cause finally the tables are starting to turn
Talkin’ about a revolution
‘Cause finally the tables are starting to turn
Talkin’…

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  1. I can’t say I’ve ever heard those 2 songs by Tracy Chapman. But then, I rarely listen to the radio. My mate Pete is a big, and I mean BIG, no, he’s a HUUUUGE fan of Bruce. (He’s travelled all over Europe and been across to the States to see him perform live). He’d love that song. But for me… Nope – it and he’s not my cup of tea I’m afraid.

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