The revolution will not be televised

You will not be able to stay offline, brother
You will not be able to unplug, turn off and log out
You will not be able to keep calm and
Skip out to shoot up outrage through a needle during commercials
Because the revolution will not be televised

The revolution will not be televised
The revolution will not be brought to you by Nike
With multimillion dollar calls to ‘just do it’
The revolution will not show you pictures of Trump
Blowing a bugle and leading a charge by John
McCain, General Sessions and Mike Pence to eat
Tuesday tacos confiscated from a sanctuary city while children in cages weep
The revolution will not be televised

The revolution will not be brought to you by the
Dolby Theatre and will not star Meryl Streep
and Robert DeNiro or Rick and Morty
The revolution will not make you Instafamous
The revolution will not get you verified
The revolution will not use animal filters to make you beautiful
Because the revolution will not be televised, Brother

There will be no selfies of you and Bae while
Punching that Nazi down the block on the live stream
Or trying to slide into someone’s DMs with stolen nudes
CNN will not be able push fake news at 6:66
Or report, live, from the hood sponsored by Wall St.
The revolution will not be televised

There will be no streams of pigs shooting down
Brothers in the trending hashtags
There will be no streams of pigs shooting down
Brothers in the trending hashtags
There will be no pictures of Shaun King being
Run out of the hood in a n Uber with a new book deal
There will be no slow motion or still life of DeRay
Mckesson strolling through Ferguson in a corporate sponsored
Blue liberation vest that he had been saving
For just the proper occasion

Bizarro World, The Twilight Zone, and Black
Mirror will no longer be so Goddamn relevant, and
People will not care if the latest culture war criminal got strung up
And hanged on America’s Got Talent because people
Will be in the street looking for the next fix
The revolution will not be televised

There will be no sponsored highlights on the Gram,
And no pictures of undercover cops
Dressed up as anarchists burning the flag in between beer ads
The theme song will not be written by Kanye
Or Cardi B, nor sung by Drake, Taylor
Swift, Ariana Grande, or Selena Gomez, or the Maroon 5
The revolution will not be televised

The revolution will not be right back after a sponsored ad
About social justice, a social pariah, or social anxiety
You will not have to worry about creating
Content, the freedom of speech, or the fed in your mentions
The revolution will not give you wings
The revolution will not taste the rainbow
The revolution will not save you 15% or more on your car insurance

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;
The revolution will be live

  • S|J|R

*Note: Gil Scott-Heron is one of my favorite poets. People don’t speak his name as often anymore, but they should. This piece is an homage to him and his amazing poem. 

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