When the Revolution Comes // The Last Poets

“When the Revolution Comes”

The Last Poets (1970)

 

When the revolution comes
When the revolution comes
When the revolution comes some of us will probably
catch it on TV, with chicken hanging from our mouths.
You’ll know its revolution cause there won’t be no
commercials
When the revolution comes

When the revolution comes
Preacher pimps are gonna split the scene with the
communion wine stuck in their back pockets
Faggots won’t be so funny then and all the junkies will
quit their noddin and wake up When the revolution comes

When the revolution comes
Transit cops will be crushed by the trains after losing
their guns and blood will run through the streets of
Harlem drowning anything without substance
When the revolution comes

When the revolution comes
When the revolution comes
Our pearly white teeth froth the mouths that speak of
revolution without reverence
The cost of revolution is 360 degrees understand the
cycle that never ends
Understand the beginning to be the end and nothing is
in between but space and time that I make or you make
to relate or not to relate to the world outside my mind
your mind. Speak not of revolution until you are
willing to eat rats to survive

When the revolution comes
When the revolution comes
When the revolution comes; guns and rifles will be
taking the place of poems and essays. Black cultural
centers will forts supplying the revolutionaries with
food and arms when the revolution comes

When the revolution comes
White death will froth the walls of museums and
churches breaking the lies that enslaved our mothers
when the revolution comes

When the revolution comes
Jesus Christ is gonna be standing on the corner of
Lennox Ave and 125th St trying to catch the first gypsy
cab out of Harlem, when the revolution comes

When the revolution comes
Jew merchants will give away motza balls and gifilka
fish to anyone they see with afros. Frank Shieffin will
give away the Apollo to the first person he sees
wearing a blue dashiki, when the revolution comes

When the revolution comes afros gone be trying to
straighten their heads and straightened heads gone be
tryin to wear afros

When the revolution comes
When the revolution comes
When the revolution comes
But until then you know and I know niggers will party
and bullshit and party and bullshit and party and
bullshit and party and bullshit and party…

Some might even die before the revolution comes

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