“Don’t you know/ Talkin’ bout a revolution/ It sounds like a whisper/ And finally the tables are starting to turn/ Talkin’ bout a revolution/ It’s finally the tables are starting to turn/ Talkin’ bout a revolution, go vote/ Talkin’ bout a revolution, go vote,” she crooned against a black backdrop while strumming her acoustic guitar. The singer-songwriter notably changed the lyrics of the final section to encourage viewers to vote. Watch the powerful exhibition.
“Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution” was first featured as the second single on the folk singer’s 1988 self-titled debut album. Following her lead and iconic single “Fast Car,” the politically-charged song peaked at #75 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has since been covered by countless artists, including Living Colour, Reel Big Fish, Ben Jelen and Playing for Change’s Clarence Bekker.
While the social activist and four-time Grammy winner’s most recent full-length studio set was 2008’s Our Bright Future, she last appeared on the final season of The Late Show with David Letterman back in 2015, making this performance one for the record books.