Revolution 2.0 – Gil Scott-Heron reboot



Good evening and welcome. My name is Gil Scott-Heron. We’d like to do a poem for you called, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised; primarily because it won’t be.

You will not be able to stay home, brother.
You will not be able to roll up, light up, and burn.
You will not be able to lose yourself on skunk
And skip out for a 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 Fox News.
In four parts, with ads you can skip in five seconds.
The revolution will not show you pictures of George Bush blowing a bugle
And leading a charge by Hank Paulson, Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke
To dish out food stamps after you defaulted on your subprime loans.
The revolution will not be televised.
The revolution will not be brought to you by Netflix.
And will not star Jennifer Lawrence
And Tom Cruise or Spongebob and the Fresh Prince.
The revolution will not give you wings.
The revolution will not obey your thirst.
The revolution will not melt in your mouth.
Because the revolution will not be televised, sister.
There will be no pictures of you and Gareth Bale
Making off from Tottenham with all the loot.
Or trying to slide that flat screen TV away from a burning bus.
ITV will not be counting your votes to decide the winner of X-Factor.
The revolution will not be televised.
There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down brothers caught on CCTV.
There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down brothers caught on CCTV.
There will be no pictures of Julian Assange, cooped up in London for wiki-leaking all their secrets.
There will be no slow motion or still life of Edward Snowden,
Strolling through Moscow in a Guy Fawkes mask that he has been saving for just the proper occasion.
Dr. Who, Downton Abbey and The Walking Dead will no longer be so damned relevant,
And people will not care who Kim Kardashian’s next on screen hump will be.
Because the 99% will be in the street looking for a brighter day.
The revolution will not be televised.
There will be no highlights on the BBC.
And no pictures of Occupy protestors and Kate Middleton holding the baby.
The theme song will not be written by John Williams or Hans Zimmer,
Nor sung by Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Lady Gaga or One Direction.
The revolution will not be televised.
The revolution will not start in 30 seconds,
After a message about rich foods, rich banks, or rich people.
You will not have to worry about the plastic in your wallet,
The shell in your tank, or the tiger in your cereal bowl.
The revolution will not go better with Coke.
The revolution will not be finger lickin’ good.
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 and sisters;
The revolution will be live.

The journey to justice continues…
What role will you play?