"Talkin' 'Bout a Revolution'
" is the second single from African American contemporary folk
artist Tracy Chapman
. The politically aware song failed to replicate the success of its predecessor, "Fast Car
", and peaked at #75 in the United States. However, it also managed to chart on four other charts maintained by Billboard
(which brings out the weekly US chart
) and reached the top forty in two of them.
Internationally, this single was a big hit, reaching the Top 40 in several countries, including France
and New Zealand
, becoming a classic in Chapman's song repertoire. The song received heavy radio play in Tunisia in 2011 during the Tunisian Revolution
The song is in the key of G major. The chord progression is: G, C, Em, D. It has a relatively simple strumming pattern which plays unbroken throughout the entire song, making it fairly easy for a novice or learner to play on guitar.
The song was subsequently covered by singer Ben Jelen
on the Russell Simmons
-produced all-star compilation Wake Up Everybody
in 2004. This song was also covered by Reel Big Fish
on their 2005 album We're Not Happy 'Til You're Not Happy
as a B Side to "Five Year Diary". In 2010, this song was translated into Cree
and covered by Art Napolean
on his album Creeland Covers
. In February 2011, Israeli band Shmemel covered the song and added a verse inspired by the Arab Spring
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