Talkin’ About A Revolution

crossroads-tracyI saw Tracy Chapman a while back at a small venue in Ventura, California and she literally lit the place up with a voice like a diamond cutting glass. I remember when her first album came out and I couldn’t figure whether she was way behind the times or way ahead.

I can now see she was way ahead but no one else was willing to pick up the ball with her and make things happen. By the time the album came out (late 80s) America was already falling back to sleep and into a “status quo” slumber of profit, greed and apathy not unlike the 50s generation whom the 60s and 70s generations had so vehemently protested.

So here we are now and Tracy is more relevant now than ever; as are all of the protest songs of the Age of Aquarius. Here’s one from her second album that means a lot to me at the moment:

Crossroads by Tracy Chapman

All you folks think you own my life
But you never made any sacrifice
Demons they are on my trail
I’m standing at the crossroads of the hell
I look to the left I look to the right
There’re hands that grab me on every side

All you folks think I got my price
At which I’ll sell all that is mine
You think money rules and all else fails
Go sell your soul and keep your shell
I’m trying to protect what I keep inside
All the reasons why I live my life

Some say the devil be a mystical thing
I say the devil he a walking man
He a fool he a liar conjurer and a thief
He try to tell you what you want
Try to tell you what you need

Standing at the point
The road it cross you down
What is at your back
Which way do you turn
Who will come to find you first
Your devils or your gods

All you folks think you run my life
Say I should be willing to compromise
I say all you demons go back to hell
I’ll save my soul save myself

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