Talking About A Revolution chords



You can learn how to play Talking About A Revolution by Tracy Chapman!

The opening track of the highly acclaimed and self-titled debut album Tracy Chapman is also the first song in the beginner acoustic guitar course.

There is so much to learn here! The defined guitar part, the way the arrangement builds, the genius 2nd guitar that supports Tracy’s strumming, the simple lyrical message, Talkin’ ‘Bout A Revolution really does hold a lot of secrets to great songwriting and guitar playing.

In the course, we learn it exactly how Tracy plays it, including that 2nd guitar part, and even develop it.

In 8 steps you will be well on your way to understanding the fundamentals of what makes a great song, arrangement, and guitar part.

Let’s take a look at the chords for each section, paired with lyrics.


Talking About A Revolution chords


Chords for Talking About A Revolution – Guitar 1

This seemingly simple chord progression uses GCadd9EmD, or as I’d like to think of it, I – IV – VI – V on a seemingly endless loop.

Most of these chords have been tampered with. The C chord is extended to a Cadd9. The G is also played as a G5 chord.

However, the D chord clearly has been manipulated the most as it appears as a D, D5, D/F#, Dsus4, and a D/A!

Over the initial lyrics, the chord progression looks like this.

||: G Cadd9 | Em D Dus4 D :||
Don’t you know, they’re talkin’ about a revolution, it sounds, like a whisper.
Don’t you know, they’re talkin’ about a revolution, it sounds, like a whisper.

While they’re standing in the welfare lines,
crying at the doorsteps of those armies of salvation.
Wasting time in the unemployment lines,
sitting around, waiting for a promotion.

Don’t you know, they’re talkin’ bout a revolution, it sounds, like a whisper.

As we come to the next section, I’ve borrowed from what the second guitar part played. The D chords have changed into just a D/F# and we pick this rather than strum.

||: G Cadd9 | Em D/F# :||
Poor people gonna rise up, and get their share.
Poor people gonna rise up, and take what’s theirs.

Having turned this into almost a breakdown section like this helps us make the chorus bigger as we go back to strumming. The chords now change slightly.

||: G5 Cadd9 | Em D/A Dsus4 :||
Don’t you know you better run, run, run…
Oh, I said you better run, run, run…

The chorus tag is up next and we go back to picking.

||: G Cadd9 | Em D5 :||
‘Cause finally the tables are starting to turn, talkin’ bout a revolution.
||: G Cadd9 | Em D/F# :||
Yes, finally the tables are starting to turn. Talkin’ bout a revolution.
Oh, Lord, talkin’ bout a revolution.

From here on and out we stick to the original part that we played for the intro and first verses.

As you can tell, it’s not as simple as just lining up chords above lyrics. The key to really learning from this is to understand how many strings are strummed for each chord as this is what turns it into a defined, recognizable part.

Pair this with making subtle changes in chord extensions and dynamics and you’ve got yourself an arrangement, rather than a never-ending two-bar loop.

Full TAB is available in the course where we also create a 2nd guitar part using a capo so you and I can play this song together with the singer.

If you want to really learn guitar, there is no better place to start than with a revolution!


Course preview (Guitar Lesson – Step 4)

In the first video above, starting at 2:45, you find a preview of Talking About A Revolution’s guitar lesson, it’s the beginning of step 4 of the course.

Below, there’s TAB of the first example which is discussed in the video.


Talking About A Revolution – Guitar Lessons

In this first series of lessons in the course, we start by getting to terms with strumming the 4 open position chords that we need in order to play Talking About A Revolution.

We also practice the chromatic exercise before we learn how to play the song on one guitar. Finally, we develop a 2nd guitar part so we can play the song together.

Go to Talking About A Revolution guitar lessons.


Talking About A Revolution – Lyrics

Don’t you know, they’re talkin’ bout a revolution,
it sounds, like a whisper.
Don’t you know, they’re talkin’ about a revolution,
it sounds, like a whisper.

Go to Talking About A Revolution lyrics.


Tracy Chapman – Biography

Tracy Chapman is an American singer-songwriter, best known for her singles Fast Car, Talking About A Revolution, and Baby Can I Hold You from her self-entitled debut album.

Amazingly, these three songs were all on the debuts A-side.

Go to Tracy Chapman biography.


Beginner Acoustic – 9 Songs

Beginner acoustic guitar songs

You can learn how to play these 9 beginner acoustic songs!

Ain’t No Sunshine, The Drugs Don’t Work, Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life), One More Cup Of Coffee, Redemption Song, Rewind, Robin Hood, Talking About A Revolution, and Wonderwall.

Go to Beginner Acoustic Songs.


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