Tracy Chapman Performs ‘Talkin’ ‘Bout A Revolution’ On ‘Seth Meyers’
Tracy Chapman appeared as the musical guest on last night’s episode of Late Night With Seth Meyers (2nd November), where she performed her her hit, Talkin’ ‘Bout A Revolution, from her 1988 self-titled debut album. The song followed her smash hit Fast Car, as the second single released from the record, and has become one of the best protest songs with its lyrical focus on fighting for what’s right and standing up against oppression.
Chapman hasn’t appeared live on TV for five years, with her last musical performance being in 2015, on The Late Show With David Letterman. Seth Meyers commented on her appearance on the show, stating, “I’ve always thought Tracy Chapman’s music skips your ears and goes straight to your heart,” the host commented. “I’m so honoured and excited to have her on the show. She’s living proof you can be a great artist while also speaking out for what you believe in.”
The legendary singer-songwriter, who has won four GRAMMY awards, performed the song, but changed the final lyrics to “Talkin’ bout a revolution/Go vote”, in a nod to the impending American Presidential Elections. As she moves away from the microphone stand at the end of the performance, a small sign that reads ‘VOTE’ can be seen.
In a statement that Tracy Chapman released ahead of her live performance, the artist said: “This is the most important election of our lifetime… It is imperative that everyone vote to restore our democracy.”
You can watch the video of her performance below.