Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Beatles: Revolution (1968)

In this music video, The Beatles perform “Revolution,” a 1968 song with driving guitar and lyrics, and a political message. No, I do not want or believe in revolutions—they are too violent and often result in the same excesses they are opposing. Yet, I believe in reformation, notably of the economic model of capitalism and its blind devotion to market forces. As is the case of all devotees and zealots of a faith, they are the last to see its faults. Market capitalism proves no exception.

As for the song, it’s not about radical revolution (“But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao/You ain‘t going to make it with anyone anyhow”), but about change and reform—a view that caused Lennon to face attacks from the extreme left, Wikipedia says: “The song's unapologetic left-wing outlook caused Lennon to become the target of a few various minority Trotskyist, Leninist and in particular Maoist groups.” [41].

More to the point, I like it and nothing more to add, other than the lyrics below:

Revolution
by John Lennon & Paul McCartney

You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it's evolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
But when you talk about destruction
Don't you know that you can count me out
Don't you know it's gonna be all right
All right, all right

You say you got a real solution
Well, you know
We'd all love to see the plan
You ask me for a contribution
Well, you know
We're doing what we can
But when you want money
For people with minds that hate
All I can tell is brother you have to wait
Don't you know it's gonna be all right
All right, all right
Ah

Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah...

You say you'll change the constitution
Well, you know
We all want to change your head
You tell me it's the institution
Well, you know
You better free you mind instead
But if you go carrying pictures of chairman Mao
You ain't going to make it with anyone anyhow
Don't you know it's gonna be all right
All right, all right
All right, all right, all right
All right, all right, all right