Monday, November 07, 2011

Music Video Monday: Tracy Chapman



In honour of the Occupy Wall Street movement, I nominate this Tracy Chapman classic as the official anthem of the revolution. I love it! In fact, its been my favourite Tracy Chapman song since I first heard her debut album in the late 1980s.

Its heard to believe that this song is 22 years old (at least from the date the album was released. Chapman probably wrote and sang it years before her debut album was released). Its even more relevant now than it was then. Every time I hear it, I always think about Jesus' ministry. I like how she sings about talking about a revolution sounds like a whisper. It evokes the image of the unseen. People who live on the surface of things don't know the reality on the ground, of what people are really living. This is what happened in Eastern Europe when communism no longer worked and the people were fed up with their living conditions and dared to rise up. When the mass of people rise up, the tiny elite that rule run for cover. You can't hold back the tide of a mass of people demanding justice. The French Revolution, the fall of communism, the Arab spring all attest to this fact.

So, Americans, rise up and revolt! Our time is now. Its time to stop talking about a revolution or whispering it and act. The economy needs to be democratized. If the power elite refuse to live by a code of ethics and integrity, then they should meet the same end as Nicolae Ceausescu, the dictator of Romania who was executed along with his wife on Christmas Day 1989. Its harsh, I know, but if the wealthy class fear one thing, it is death. They have built their heaven on earth because they don't believe in the spiritual heaven. Death would strike fear into their hearts because they believe it to be the end of existence. There's a reason why Jesus had told his followers that "it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven."

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