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Revolution (part 1)
Weldon Irvine jr, Nina Simone
"Revolution (part 1 & 2)" is Nina's answer to the reactionary Beatles' song with the same title, written by John Lennon (credited as Lennon-McCartney) first released in August 1968 as B-side of "Hey Jude".

See Revolution.

Recording sessions
1969 January 8-27: New York RCA Manhattan B
But now we got a revolution
Cos I see the face of things to come
Yeah the constitution well my friend
It's gonna have to bend

I'm here to tell you about destruction
Of all the evil that will have to end
It will oh yeah it will
Don't you know it's gonna be alright
It will end alright well alright

Some folks are gonna get the notion
I know they'll say I'm preaching hate
But if I have to swim the ocean
Well I would just to communicate

It's not as simple as talking jive
The daily struggle just to stay alive
Alive and well okay
Don't you know it's gonna be alright
Stay alive alive and well

Sing about a revolution
Because I'm talking about a change
It's more than just air pollution
Well you know you've got to clean your brain

The only way that we can stand in fact
Is when you get your foot off my back
Get off my back step back
Don't you know it's gonna be alright
Well get back well get back well alright

(Lyrics transcription by Roger Nupie)