Song of the Day, November 6: Revolution by Dick Gaughan

Today’s song is Revolution by Dick Gaughan, another amazing song of political awareness from his 1983 manifesto A Different Kind of Love Song. Gaughan composed the music to accompany a poem written by Joseph Bovshover; he found it in the book American Labor Songs of the 19th Century and knew that it “demanded a tune.”

The song is a stirring indictment of injustice and a promise of change. It speaks of the power of the people to change their circumstances regardless of how strong the tyranny they face may be. It’s one of Gaughan’s most determined vocals (no mean feat) and moves at a breakneck pace with the power of determination.

I come like a comet new born
Like the sun that arises at morning
I come like the furious tempest
That follows a thundercloud’s warning
[…]
I come because man cannot murder
The life-giving seed in his veins
I come because liberty cannot
Forever be fettered by chains
[…]
And though you may choke me and shoot me
And hang me your toil is in vain
No dungeon, no gallows can scare me
Nor will I be frightened by pain
Each time I’ll arise from the earth
And break through all your weapons of doom
Until you are finished forever
Until you are dust in the tomb

What a perfect inspiration for today’s critical election. Enjoy this powerful testament to strength in righteousness today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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