30-Day Song Challenge: Day 4

Day 4 – A Song That Makes You Sad: Tracy Chapman’s Talking ’bout a Revolution

Chapman is truly one of the greatest storytellers of our time.  Even when she recorded this song, there was some hope that the poor could become middle class.  Take a look around us now.  We may never get the chance.

I don’t know why this song got to me like it did when I was such a fresh-faced teenager, but I’ve always loved Chapman’s music.  These days, it just hits home.  I’ve never stood in a welfare line or had to look outside of my own nearly-bare wallet for cash to buy clothes and a coat, and the unemployment line is something that becomes a possibilty every 30th day of June but has never been my reality.  But I’m still one of the working poor.

I’m not quite sure if the tables are starting to turn in the sense that Chapman imagined when she wrote this song, that the poor people were going to rise up and get their share.  But the tables have certainly turned in the sense that those rich people are no longer employed.  Yeah, feels pretty shitty down here in the lowlies, doesn’t it? 

I’d be willing to bet that if Tracy Chapman re-released this single, it would go straight to number one.


About Dena

I'm a suburban Clevelander by way of Oklahoma City, by way of North Florida, by way of Southern Maryland, by way of Upper Michigan, by way of Northern Italy, by way of Lower Michigan, by way of Texas. Because of living in so many places, I have something in common with almost everyone I meet. I love reading, writing, and American history (especially reading or writing about American history). I'm interested in culture of place, historical trauma, and writing about the kinds of histories most people don't know about.
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