— Revolution — The Beatles — Was NOT “Pro” Revolution

Some people continue (choose) to believe that the Beatles Song Revolution is about starting a revolution.  But the truth is, that it’s actually a counter-revolution song.  It IS NOT about starting a revolution.  The story goes that John Lennon was approached by a group of socialists who asked him to support their cause with finances and his voiced celebrity support.  As he learned what they wanted to do, he was not interested in being involved and wrote this song, Revolution.  I’ll post the lyrics below for you:

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

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

The lyrics should put the song into a bit of perspective.  You can clearly read that the song was not hoping to start a violent revolution and actually, the writer wanted NO part of anyone attempting to change the Constitution.  Which was because Lennon, WAS NOT a socialist.

Kali Pinckney

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