The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (21st Century Update​/​Edit)

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The Revolution will not be Televised (21st Century Update/ Edit) By Kid Hyena.
This is a rewrite of a song by one of our favourite artists 'Gil Scott Heron'. The only way we thought it was truly possible to do the song justice was to re write the lyrics to be totally revelant to the 21st century. More band Info: www.kidhyena.com

Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=XunnBXsf6iI

lyrics

New Lyrics

You will not be able to stay home, brother
You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out

You will not be able to lose yourself on mdma
& skip out for beer during commercials
Because the revolution will not be televised

The revolution will not be televised
The revolution will not be brought to you by Youtube
In a poptart without commercial interruption
The revolution will not show you pictures of Trump
Blowing a bugle for Steve Bannon, Nigel Farage and Marie le Pen
to wave flags whilst waves rise to their backdoor
The revolution will not be televised

The revolution will not be brought to you by Google
Netflix, Facebook & Instagram will most definatly not be seen

The revolution will not give your mouth sex appeal
Will not filter your face
or photoshop your hips or ass
because the revolution will not be televised, Brother

There will be no pictures of Mickey & Baby Jane
Pulling selfies in the midnight sun whilst someone collects food from the trash behind
Big brother will have no winner and Pop Idol will have left it’s songs in the dark The revolution will not be televised

There will be no pictures of pigs
looking like extras from the dark side in Star Wars
There will be no pictures of pigs beating the woman & man looking for a brighter day
There will be no pictures of youth being hung out to dry
whilst the elite drink champagne in the name of progress
You will not see Tony Blair and George Bush strolling through the middle east wearing orange jumpsuits looking for the edge of the world

Thumbs up, Emojis, Hashtags & those crazy cats will no longer be so damned relevant, and nobody will care if Sammy & Jim get it on in 'the Island'
because we will all be in the the street looking for that brighter day
The revolution will not be televised

There will be no highlights on the eleven o'clock News,
and no bloodied images with the man holding the Nobel Peace Prize
The theme song will not be written by Ed Sheeran or Drake
n!or sung by Justin Bieber, ColdPlay, Taylor Swift or Beyonce
The revolution will not be televised

The revolution will not be right back after a message
for you to stream then sit back & watch things fall apart for your entertainment
You will not have to worry about coffee strained through Hollywood,
A sports star peddling fast food, or a Pokémon in your neighbourhood

The revolution will not be sponsored by Red Bull,
Or feature an influencer drinking cocktails on the moon
The revolution WILL put you in the driver's seat
The revolution will not be televised
WILL not be televised, WILL NOT BE TELEVISED
The revolution will be no re-run brothers
The revolution will be live

credits

released March 7, 2019
Originally written by Gil Scott Heron. This version with new lyrics and music by Kid Hyena - Matt Kemp & Maria Moreno.

Photo by Tina Rataj-Berard

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Kid Hyena Spain

Formed on the backstreets of Barcelona ‘Kid Hyena’ are a musical resistance that embrace the urban landscape of the city with crafted electronic beats & synth melodies. This they combine with an alchemy of sound featuring tap & body percussion, melodic 'Alternative Rock' infused bass and heartfelt voices sung in English and Spanish. ... more

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