Newsworthy | It’s been 50 years since the Beatles published the song ‘Revolution 1’

Fifty years ago, in 1968, The Beatles first released the song 'Revolution 1'. It was a tumultuous year of war protest in American history that also included the assassinations of two great men, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy.

It was also one year before President Nixon would announce his withdrawal from the Vietnam War stating, "The decision I have announced tonight means that we finally have in sight the just peace we are seeking. We can now say with confidence that pacification is succeeding. We can now say with confidence that the South Vietnamese can develop the capability for their own defense. And we can say with confidence that all American combat forces can and will be withdrawn."

Another year later, America would excuse the use of lethal force on its youth to silence political protest following the killing of four college students at Kent State University in Ohio.

What has changed? Well...

"Don't ever say we're going into a revolution; we're in a revolution. Now the question is, who's going to win it" (The Day The 60's Died, 2015)?

 

'Revolution 1' lyrics (excerpt)


You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world

[...]

But if you want money for people with minds that hate
All I can tell is brother you have to wait
Don't you know it's gonna be
All right, all right, all right

You say you'll change the constitution
Well, you know
We all want to change your head
You tell me it's the institution
Well, you know
You better free your mind instead

[...]

Don't you know it's gonna be
All right, all right, all right
All right, all right, all right
All right, all right, all right
All right, all right

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