When the revolution comes

When the revolution comes, it will more than likely be on a Monday. But we’ll need the weekend to prepare. And a soundtrack. Here are some suggestions; feel free to add your own.

When the revolution comes – The Last Poets

Jailbreak – Yothu Yindi

(We don’t need this) Fascist groove thang – Heaven 17

And lastly, being May Day tomorrow, one for all workers of the world.
Joe Hill – Paul Robeson.

Plus two nominations from Jeff, who claims he could list them all day.
8 gangsters – Perfect

And Fidel Castro – The Skatalites

Jacinda Woodhead

Jacinda Woodhead is a former editor of Overland and current law student.

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  1. The birds they sang
    at the break of day
    Start again
    I heard them say
    Don’t dwell on what
    has passed away
    or what is yet to be.
    Ah the wars they will
    be fought again
    The holy dove
    She will be caught again
    bought and sold
    and bought again
    the dove is never free.
    Ring the bells that still can ring
    Forget your perfect offering
    There is a crack in everything
    That’s how the light gets in.
    We asked for signs
    the signs were sent:
    the birth betrayed
    the marriage spent
    Yeah the widowhood
    of every government —
    signs for all to see.
    I can’t run no more
    with that lawless crowd
    while the killers in high places
    say their prayers out loud.
    But they’ve summoned, they’ve summoned up
    a thundercloud
    and they’re going to hear from me.
    Ring the bells that still can ring …
    You can add up the parts
    but you won’t have the sum
    You can strike up the march,
    there is no drum
    Every heart, every heart
    to love will come
    but like a refugee.
    Ring the bells that still can ring
    Forget your perfect offering
    There is a crack, a crack in everything
    That’s how the light gets in.
    Ring the bells that still can ring
    Forget your perfect offering
    There is a crack, a crack in everything
    That’s how the light gets in.
    That’s how the light gets in.
    That’s how the light gets in.

  2. Monday’s revolution soundtrack
    1. The Last Poets – When the revolution comes
    2. Yothu Yindi – Jailbreak
    3. Heaven 17 – (We don’t need this) Fascist Groove Thang
    4. Paul Robeson – Joe Hill
    5. Perfect – 8 Gangsters
    6. The Skatalites – Fidel Castro
    7. Gil Scott Heron – The revolution will not be televised (x2)
    8. Dead Kennedys – Nazi punks fuck off
    9. Dead Kennedys – Holiday in Cambodia
    10. Carlos Ouebla/Buena Vista Social Club – Hasta siempre Commandante
    11. Eartha Kitt – I want to be evil
    12. The Wild Swans – Revolutionary spirit
    13. Robert Wyatt – Gharbadzegi
    14. Nina Simone – Mississippi goddamn
    15. Billie Holiday – Strange fruit
    16. Nina Simone – Strange fruit
    17. Bob Marley – Redemption song
    18. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – Redemption song
    19. The Clash – White riot
    20. Inti-illimani – En libertad
    21. The Saints – I’m stranded
    22. Melanie – Lay down (candles in the rain)
    23. Nirvana – Smells like teen spirit
    24. Beethoven – 9th Symphony (conducted by Karajan)
    25. Laurie Anderson – O Superman
    26. Fink – Sort of revolution
    27. The Coup – Piss on your grave
    28. Public Enemy – Don’t believe the hype
    29. Pulp – Common people
    30. Insurge – Speculator
    31. Insurge – Political prisoners
    32. Jarvis Cocker – Running the world
    33. Nina Simone – Revolution
    34. Public Enemy – Fight the power
    35. Gil Scott Heron – Me and the devil
    36. Sarah Jones – Your revolution (will not happen between these thighs) x2
    37. Bob Marley – Lively up yourself
    38. Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry – Disco devil
    39. Moana and the Moahunters – Rebel in me
    40. David Bowie – Rebel Rebel
    41. David Bowie – 1984/Dodo medley (live)
    42. Yoko Ono – Woman power
    43. John Lennon – Working class hero
    44. Helen Reddy – I am woman
    45. Linton Kwesi Johnson – Fite dem back
    46. John Lee Hooker – One bourbon, one scotch, one beer
    47. The Pogues – And the band played Waltzing Matilda
    48. T-Rex – Children of the revolution
    49. The Clash – Guns of Brixton
    50. The Clash – Know your rights
    51. Neil Young – Ohio
    52. Ani Difranco and Utah Phillips – Pie in the sky
    53. They Might Be Giants – Never go to work
    54. Bad Brains – Riot squad
    55. Pink Floyd – Us and them
    56. Saul Williams – List of demands
    57. Dixie Chicks – Not ready to make nice
    58. Lauryn Hill – The mystery of iniquity
    59. Lauryn Hill – I get out
    60. Bob Dylan – Masters of war
    61. The Beatles – Revolution
    62. Yoko Ono & John Lennon – War is over (if you want it)
    63. Public Enemy – By the time I get to Arizona
    64. The Pretenders – Revolution
    65. Miles Davis – On the corner
    66. Kev Carmody – Thou shalt not steal
    67. Kev Carmody – Pillars of society
    68. Unkle – Eye for an eye
    69. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – City of refuge
    70. Tracy Chapman – Talking about a revolution
    71. Leonard Cohen – Anthem

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