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TALKIN' BOUT A REVOLUTION

As recorded by Tracy Chapman
(From the 1988 Album TRACY CHAPMAN)

Words and Music by Tracy Chapman

Transcribed by Slowhand



           G                  Cadd9                 Em                    D
      3 2 0 0 3 3          x 3 2 0 3 3          0 2 2 0 0 0          x x 0 2 3 2

         Dsus4
      x x 0 2 3 3


Gtr I (E A D G B E) - 'Tracy Chapman - Acoustic Guitar'
Gtr II (E A D G B E) - 'Jack Holder - Electric Guitar'




 Intro
  Q=118
  G    Cadd9         Em   D     DsDs4   G    Cadd9         Em   D     DsDs4
 4/4
  Gtr I (Ac. Gtr.)
  Q  E E +E  E E E   Q  E E +E  E E E   Q  E E +E  E E E   Q  E E +E  E E E
|------------0-----|------2-(2)-3-2---|------------0-----|------2-(2)-3-2---||
|-0--0-3-(3)-3-3-0-|-0--0-3-(3)-3-3-0-|-0--0-3-(3)-3-3-0-|-0--0-3-(3)-3-3-0-||
|-0--0-0-(0)-0-0-0-|-0--0-2-(2)-2-2-0-|-0--0-0-(0)-0-0-0-|-0--0-2-(2)-2-2-0-||
|-0--0-2-(2)-2-2-0-|-2--2-0-(0)-0-0-0-|-0--0-2-(2)-2-2-0-|-2--2-0-(0)-0-0-0-||
|-2----3-(3)-3-3---|-2----------------|-2----3-(3)-3-3---|-2----------------||
|-3----------------|-0----------------|-3----------------|-0----------------||


   Chorus
    G    Cadd9         Em   D     DsDs4
    Q  E E +E  E E E   Q  E E +E  E E E
||-------------0-----|------2-(2)-3-2---|
||o-0--0-3-(3)-3-3-0-|-0--0-3-(3)-3-3-0-|
||--0--0-0-(0)-0-0-0-|-0--0-2-(2)-2-2-0-|
||--0--0-2-(2)-2-2-0-|-2--2-0-(0)-0-0-0-|
||o-2----3-(3)-3-3---|-2----------------|
||--3----------------|-0----------------|


  G    Cadd9         Em   D     DsDs4
  Q  E E +E  E E E   Q  E E +E  E E E
|------------0-----|------2-(2)-3-2-----||
|-0--0-3-(3)-3-3-0-|-0--0-3-(3)-3-3-0--o||
|-0--0-0-(0)-0-0-0-|-0--0-2-(2)-2-2-0---||
|-0--0-2-(2)-2-2-0-|-2--2-0-(0)-0-0-0---||
|-2----3-(3)-3-3---|-2-----------------o||
|-3----------------|-0------------------||


   1st Verse
    G    Cadd9         Em   D     DsDs4
    Q  E E +E  E E E   Q  E E +E  E E E
||-------------0-----|------2-(2)-3-2---|
||o-0--0-3-(3)-3-3-0-|-0--0-3-(3)-3-3-0-|
||--0--0-0-(0)-0-0-0-|-0--0-2-(2)-2-2-0-|
||--0--0-2-(2)-2-2-0-|-2--2-0-(0)-0-0-0-|
||o-2----3-(3)-3-3---|-2----------------|
||--3----------------|-0----------------|


  G    Cadd9         Em   D     DsDs4
  Q  E E +E  E E E   Q  E E +E  E E E
|------------0-----|------2-(2)-3-2-----||
|-0--0-3-(3)-3-3-0-|-0--0-3-(3)-3-3-0--o||
|-0--0-0-(0)-0-0-0-|-0--0-2-(2)-2-2-0---||
|-0--0-2-(2)-2-2-0-|-2--2-0-(0)-0-0-0---||
|-2----3-(3)-3-3---|-2-----------------o||
|-3----------------|-0------------------||


 Chorus
  G    Cadd9          Em   D      DsDs4
  Q  E E  +E  E E E   Q  E E  +E  E E E
|-------------0-----|------2--(2)-3-2---|
|-0--0-3--(3)-3-3-0-|-0--0-3--(3)-3-3-0-|
|-0--0-0--(0)-0-0-0-|-0--0-2--(2)-2-2-0-|
|-0--0-2--(2)-2-2-0-|-2--2-0--(0)-0-0-0-|
|-2----3--(3)-3-3---|-2-----------------|
|-3-----------------|-0-----------------|
|
| Gtr II (Clean El. Gtr.)
| Q  E Q.       E E   Q  E Q.       E E
|-------------------|------2--------2---|
|-0--0-3--------3-0-|-0--0-3--------3-0-|
|-0--0-0--------0-0-|-0--0-2--------2-0-|
|-0--0-2--------2-0-|-2--2-0--------0-0-|
|-2----3--------3---|-2--2--------------|
|-3-----------------|-0-----------------|


  G    Cadd9          Em   D      DsDs4
  Q  E E  +E  E E E   Q  E E  +E  E E E
|-------------0-----|------2--(2)-3-2---||
|-0--0-3--(3)-3-3-0-|-0--0-3--(3)-3-3-0-||
|-0--0-0--(0)-0-0-0-|-0--0-2--(2)-2-2-0-||
|-0--0-2--(2)-2-2-0-|-2--2-0--(0)-0-0-0-||
|-2----3--(3)-3-3---|-2-----------------||
|-3-----------------|-0-----------------||
|
| Q  E Q.       E E   Q  E Q.       E E
|-------------------|------2--------2---||
|-0--0-3--------3-0-|-0--0-3--------3-0-||
|-0--0-0--------0-0-|-0--0-2--------2-0-||
|-0--0-2--------2-0-|-2--2-0--------0-0-||
|-2----3--------3---|-2--2--------------||
|-3-----------------|-0-----------------||


   2nd Verse
    G    Cadd9          Em   D      DsDs4
    Q  E E  +E  E E E   Q  E E  +E  E E E
||--------------0-----|------2--(2)-3-2---|
||o-0--0-3--(3)-3-3-0-|-0--0-3--(3)-3-3-0-|
||--0--0-0--(0)-0-0-0-|-0--0-2--(2)-2-2-0-|
||--0--0-2--(2)-2-2-0-|-2--2-0--(0)-0-0-0-|
||o-2----3--(3)-3-3---|-2-----------------|
||--3-----------------|-0-----------------|
|
|   Q  E Q.       E E   Q  E Q.       E E
||--------------------|------2--------2---|
||o-0--0-3--------3-0-|-0--0-3--------3-0-|
||--0--0-0--------0-0-|-0--0-2--------2-0-|
||--0--0-2--------2-0-|-2--2-0--------0-0-|
||o-2----3--------3---|-2--2--------------|
||--3-----------------|-0-----------------|


  G    Cadd9          Em   D      DsDs4
  Q  E E  +E  E E E   Q  E E  +E  E E E
|-------------0-----|------2--(2)-3-2-----||
|-0--0-3--(3)-3-3-0-|-0--0-3--(3)-3-3-0--o||
|-0--0-0--(0)-0-0-0-|-0--0-2--(2)-2-2-0---||
|-0--0-2--(2)-2-2-0-|-2--2-0--(0)-0-0-0---||
|-2----3--(3)-3-3---|-2------------------o||
|-3-----------------|-0-------------------||
|
| Q  E Q.       E E   Q  E Q.       E E
|-------------------|------2--------2-----||
|-0--0-3--------3-0-|-0--0-3--------3-0--o||
|-0--0-0--------0-0-|-0--0-2--------2-0---||
|-0--0-2--------2-0-|-2--2-0--------0-0---||
|-2----3--------3---|-2--2---------------o||
|-3-----------------|-0-------------------||


   Chorus
    G    Cadd9          Em   D      DsDs4   G    Cadd9
    Q  E E  +E  E E E   Q  E E  +E  E E E   Q  E E  +E  E E E
||--------------0-----|------2--(2)-3-2---|-------------0-----|
||o-0--0-3--(3)-3-3-0-|-0--0-3--(3)-3-3-0-|-0--0-3--(3)-3-3-0-|
||--0--0-0--(0)-0-0-0-|-0--0-2--(2)-2-2-0-|-0--0-0--(0)-0-0-0-|
||--0--0-2--(2)-2-2-0-|-2--2-0--(0)-0-0-0-|-0--0-2--(2)-2-2-0-|
||o-2----3--(3)-3-3---|-2-----------------|-2----3--(3)-3-3---|
||--3-----------------|-0-----------------|-3-----------------|
|
|   Q  E Q.       E E   Q  E Q.       E E   Q  E Q.       E E
||--------------------|------2--------2---|-------------------|
||o-0--0-3--------3-0-|-0--0-3--------3-0-|-0--0-3--------3-0-|
||--0--0-0--------0-0-|-0--0-2--------2-0-|-0--0-0--------0-0-|
||--0--0-2--------2-0-|-2--2-0--------0-0-|-0--0-2--------2-0-|
||o-2----3--------3---|-2--2--------------|-2----3--------3---|
||--3-----------------|-0-----------------|-3-----------------|


  Em   D      DsDs4     G    Cadd9          Em   D      DsDs4
  Q  E E  +E  E E E  4x Q  E E  +E  E E E   Q  E E  +E  E E E
|------2--(2)-3-2----||-------------0-----|------2--(2)-3-2---||
|-0--0-3--(3)-3-3-0-o||-0--0-3--(3)-3-3-0-|-0--0-3--(3)-3-3-0-||
|-0--0-2--(2)-2-2-0--||-0--0-0--(0)-0-0-0-|-0--0-2--(2)-2-2-0-||
|-2--2-0--(0)-0-0-0--||-0--0-2--(2)-2-2-0-|-2--2-0--(0)-0-0-0-||
|-2-----------------o||-2----3--(3)-3-3---|-2-----------------||
|-0------------------||-3-----------------|-0-----------------||
|
| Q  E Q.       E E  4x Q  E Q.       E E   Q  E Q.       E E
|------2--------2----||-------------------|------2--------2---||
|-0--0-3--------3-0-o||-0--0-3--------3-0-|-0--0-3--------3-0-||
|-0--0-2--------2-0--||-0--0-0--------0-0-|-0--0-2--------2-0-||
|-2--2-0--------0-0--||-0--0-2--------2-0-|-2--2-0--------0-0-||
|-2--2--------------o||-2----3--------3---|-2--2--------------||
|-0------------------||-3-----------------|-0-----------------||


   3rd Verse
    G    Cadd9          Em   D      DsDs4
    Q  E E  +E  E E E   Q  E E  +E  E E E
||--------------0-----|------2--(2)-3-2---|
||o-0--0-3--(3)-3-3-0-|-0--0-3--(3)-3-3-0-|
||--0--0-0--(0)-0-0-0-|-0--0-2--(2)-2-2-0-|
||--0--0-2--(2)-2-2-0-|-2--2-0--(0)-0-0-0-|
||o-2----3--(3)-3-3---|-2-----------------|
||--3-----------------|-0-----------------|
|
|   Q  E Q.       E E   Q  E Q.       E E
||--------------------|------2--------2---|
||o-0--0-3--------3-0-|-0--0-3--------3-0-|
||--0--0-0--------0-0-|-0--0-2--------2-0-|
||--0--0-2--------2-0-|-2--2-0--------0-0-|
||o-2----3--------3---|-2--2--------------|
||--3-----------------|-0-----------------|


  G    Cadd9          Em   D      DsDs4
  Q  E E  +E  E E E   Q  E E  +E  E E E
|-------------0-----|------2--(2)-3-2-----||
|-0--0-3--(3)-3-3-0-|-0--0-3--(3)-3-3-0--o||
|-0--0-0--(0)-0-0-0-|-0--0-2--(2)-2-2-0---||
|-0--0-2--(2)-2-2-0-|-2--2-0--(0)-0-0-0---||
|-2----3--(3)-3-3---|-2------------------o||
|-3-----------------|-0-------------------||
|
| Q  E Q.       E E   Q  E Q.       E E
|-------------------|------2--------2-----||
|-0--0-3--------3-0-|-0--0-3--------3-0--o||
|-0--0-0--------0-0-|-0--0-2--------2-0---||
|-0--0-2--------2-0-|-2--2-0--------0-0---||
|-2----3--------3---|-2--2---------------o||
|-3-----------------|-0-------------------||


   Out-Chorus
    G    Cadd9          Em   D      DsDs4   G    Cadd9
    Q  E E  +E  E E E   Q  E E  +E  E E E   Q  E E  +E  E E E
||--------------0-----|------2--(2)-3-2---|-------------0-----|
||o-0--0-3--(3)-3-3-0-|-0--0-3--(3)-3-3-0-|-0--0-3--(3)-3-3-0-|
||--0--0-0--(0)-0-0-0-|-0--0-2--(2)-2-2-0-|-0--0-0--(0)-0-0-0-|
||--0--0-2--(2)-2-2-0-|-2--2-0--(0)-0-0-0-|-0--0-2--(2)-2-2-0-|
||o-2----3--(3)-3-3---|-2-----------------|-2----3--(3)-3-3---|
||--3-----------------|-0-----------------|-3-----------------|
|
|   Q  E Q.       E E   Q  E Q.       E E   Q  E Q.       E E
||--------------------|------2--------2---|-------------------|
||o-0--0-3--------3-0-|-0--0-3--------3-0-|-0--0-3--------3-0-|
||--0--0-0--------0-0-|-0--0-2--------2-0-|-0--0-0--------0-0-|
||--0--0-2--------2-0-|-2--2-0--------0-0-|-0--0-2--------2-0-|
||o-2----3--------3---|-2--2--------------|-2----3--------3---|
||--3-----------------|-0-----------------|-3-----------------|


  Em   D      DsDs4     G
  Q  E E  +E  E E E  4x W          +W
|------2--(2)-3-2----||-3--------|-(3)----*|
|-0--0-3--(3)-3-3-0-o||-0--------|-(0)----*|
|-0--0-2--(2)-2-2-0--||-0--------|-(0)----*|
|-2--2-0--(0)-0-0-0--||-0--------|-(0)----*|
|-2-----------------o||-2--------|-(2)----*|
|-0------------------||-3--------|-(3)----*|
|
| Q  E Q.       E E  4x W          +W
|------2--------2----||-3--------|-(3)----*|
|-0--0-3--------3-0-o||-0--------|-(0)----*|
|-0--0-2--------2-0--||-0--------|-(0)----*|
|-2--2-0--------0-0--||-0--------|-(0)----*|
|-2--2--------------o||-2--------|-(2)----*|
|-0------------------||-3--------|-(3)----*|


Duration Legend
---------------
W - whole; H - half; Q - quarter; E - 8th; S - 16th; T - 32nd; X - 64th; a - acciaccatura
+ - note tied to previous; . - note dotted; .. - note double dotted
Uncapitalized letters represent notes that are staccato (1/2 duration)
Irregular groupings are notated above the duration line
Duration letters will always appear directly above the note/fret number it represents the
duration for.  Duration letters with no fret number below them represent rests.  Multi-
bar rests are notated in the form Wxn, where n is the number of bars to rest for.  Low
melody durations appear below the staff

Tablature Legend
----------------
 h   - hammer-on
 p   - pull-off
 b   - bend
 pb  - pre-bend
 r   - bend release (if no number after the r, then release immediately)
 /\  - slide into or out of (from/to "nowhere")
 s   - legato slide
 S   - shift slide
  - natural harmonic
[n]  - artificial harmonic
n(n) - tapped harmonic
 ~   - vibrato
 tr  - trill
 T   - tap
 TP  - trem. picking
 PM  - palm muting
\n/  - tremolo bar dip; n = amount to dip
 \n  - tremolo bar down
 n/  - tremolo bar up
/n\  - tremolo bar inverted dip
 =   - hold bend; also acts as connecting device for hammers/pulls
 <>  - volume swell (louder/softer)
 x   - on rhythm slash represents muted slash
 o   - on rhythm slash represents single note slash

Misc Legend
-----------
 |  - bar
||  - double bar
||o - repeat start
o|| - repeat end
*|  - double bar (ending)
 :  - bar (freetime)
 $  - Segno
 &  - Coda
Tempo markers -  = BPM(8/16=s8/s16), where s8 = swing 8ths, s16 = swing 16ths




Don't you know they're talking about a revolution
It sounds like a whisper
Don't you know they're talking about a revolution
It sounds like a whisper

While they're standing in the welfare lines
Crying on the doorsteps of those armies of salvation
Wasting time in unemployment lines
Sitting around waiting for a promotion

Don't you know they're talking about a revolution
It sounds like a whisper

Poor people gonna rise up
And get their share
Poor people gonna rise up
And take what's theirs

Don't you know you better run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run
Oh I said you better run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run

Finally the tables are starting to turn
Talking about a revolution
Finally the tables are starting to turn
Talking about a revolution oh no
Talking about a revolution oh no

While they're standing in the welfare lines
Crying on the doorsteps of those armies of salvation
Wasting time in unemployment lines
Sitting around waiting for a promotion

Don't you know you're talking about a revolution
It sounds like a whisper

And finally the tables are starting to turn
Talking about a revolution
Finally the tables are starting to turn
Talking about a revolution oh no
Talking about a revolution oh no
Talking about a revolution oh no

            
            
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