You will not be able to stay home, brother./You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out./You will not be able to lose yourself on skag and skip,/Skip out for beer during commercials,/Because the revolution will not be televised.— Gil Scott-Heron
The most dreamy Gil Scott-Heron quotes that will add value to your life
The first revolution is when you change your mind
Man is a complex being: he makes deserts bloom - and lakes die.
I am a black man dedicated to expression;
expression of the joy and pride of blackness. I consider myself neither poet, composer, or musician. These are merely tools used by sensitive men to carve out a piece of beauty or truth that they hope may lead to peace and salvation.
America .. the international Jekyll and Hyde ... the land of a thousand disguises, sneaks up on you but rarely surprises
Music has the power to make me feel good like nothing else does.
It gives me some peace for a while. Takes me back to who I really am.
I cannot afford to watch Fox News.
Everything that's bad for you catches on too quickly in America, because that's the easiest thing to get people to invest in, the pursuits that are easy and destructive, the ones that bring out the least positive aspects of people.
If we meet somebody who has never made a mistake, lets help them start a religion. Until then, were just going to meet other humans and help to make each other better.
Paul Robeson once said that the artist has the responsibility to either help liberate the community or further oppress it. And I think that when Eldridge Cleaver wrote it down it was interpreted as his, but there's a history of people saying things of that nature and meaning it. And what I do is in that tradition, in that mode.
Womenfolk raised me and I was full-grown before I knew I came from a broken home
I work hard at it [delivery of lyrics], just like I worked hard at getting my masters degree. It's not just something I sit down and do. You have to learn and keep learning.
The truth is that in this country you here you're more likely to be harassed, hurt, or killed if you're a minister speaking about progress for Black people than if you are a sure enough revolutionary.
The revolution will not be televised.
I think that the more people who speak out, and say things and take stands on positions that will better our community, the better off each and every other individual artist or otherwise, will be.
A lot of folks are so busy trying to get their groceries together that they don't have time to do research. I have time. Maybe that's the main difference.
You know what has made me the happiest I've ever been? Seeing my son and daughter graduate from college. More than wanting them to be educated, I wanted them to be nice people. To see that they have become both is just a wonderful thing.
If you aren't having no fun, die, because you're running a worthless program, far as I'm concerned.
Every once in a while, you live long enough to get the respect that people didn't want to give while you were trying to become a senior citizen.
I was born in Chicago, but I was raised in a town called Jackson, Tennessee.
And a lot of these changes that were necessary and talked about it as important have been made, like, people go to school where they want to go. They work for equal pay, they work for - they can go school and have an equal shot at a job.
I don't suspect that in many instances the artists who are dedicated in that fashion to the progress of that community are as well protected by the community as might be necessary.
I was a piano player before I was a poet.
My songs were always about the tone of voice rather than the words.
Our accomplishments show what kind of people we are.
We understand what the difference is between what we understand and what the community understands about what we're doing because they have supported us long enough for me to stay out here, while other people who are doing other things have not. A lot of people have trouble pinning down what it is we do and how. But we don't have any trouble with that. As long as that's their problem, it's their problem.
Well the first thing I want to say is mandate, my ass.
.. We've been convinced that 26% of the registered voters is actually a mandate. We're all actors in this I suppose.
I don't see any independent position that I'm in; it's rather inter-dependent.
The way you get to know yourself is by the expressions on other people's faces, because that's the only thing that you can see, unless you carry a mirror about.
I learnt early on that your audience take the songs in the way they want to rather than the way you might want them too.
I was a better writer when I was teaching.
I was constantly going over the basics and constantly reminding myself, as I reminded my students, what made a good story, a good poem.
All the dreams you show up in are not your own.
I've always had questions about what it meant to be a protester, to be in the minority. Are the people who are trying to find peace, who are trying to have the Constitution apply to everybody, are they really the radicals? We're not protesting from the outside. We're inside.
Every show that sells out is like a hero's welcome for me.
Angel dust won't go away. Somefolks who were smoking it were going away.
If someone comes to you and asks for help, and you can help them, you're supposed to help them. Why wouldn't you? You have been put in the position somehow to be able to help this person.
A good poet feels what his community feels. Like if you stub your toe, the rest of your body hurts.
I think a whole lot of stuff gets by people - I could name half a dozen groups that do songs that are openly supportive of experimentation with drugs, nobody ever said anything to them.
I was one of the first three black students to go to an all-white school in Tennessee.
The revolution will be no re-run brothers, The revolution will be live.
The revolution that takes place in your head, nobody will ever see that.
I don't think people in power have the potential to do anything like that to me.
I feel as though as long as our music is available, folks are going to hear it.
You can have a poem like "B-Movie" and sum up thirty conversations that people have had on the subject, but I wrote it down, and other people didn't.
You should be able to do anything you can afford as an adult.
Colour is not the issue in America; class is.
Schedule? I have no schedule. There is no hurry. I work when I want to.
Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something.
I would say if you are familiar with our history and the history of our art and literature that you see a clear cut pattern of people wanting to contribute, not only artistically, but in some practical purpose, for the benefits of the community.
As for money - when I have it, it's great.
When I don't, I go get some. I've been a dishwasher, a gardener, a cleaner.
I find it not just strange but almost ridiculous that people could take a song like the one I was doing and interpret it is corroding anything. Folks have the feeling that oftentimes if you don't talk about something it will go away.