Watch Tracy Chapman Perform 'Talkin' Bout a Revolution' on 'Late Night With Seth Meyers'

In 1988, the year Tracy Chapman unexpectedly took the world by storm, the presidential matchup was between George H.W.

Bush and Michael Dukakis, but the sentiments expressed in her song “Talkin’ Bout a Revolution” are, if anything, even more poignant today, 32 years later.

Chapman was clearly aware of that context when she performed that song on “Late Night with Seth Meyers ” on Monday night, the eve of the most galvanizing election in recent memory.

“I’ve always thought Tracy Chapman’s music skips your ears and goes straight to your heart,” Meyers said.

“It sounds like a whisper Poor people gonna rise up And get their share Poor people gonna rise up And take what’s theirs

While the socially conscious songs on Chapman’s self-titled 1988 album made her into a superstar, winning three Grammys and performing with artists like Sting and Peter Gabriel on an Amnesty International tour and Nelson Mandela’s 70 th birthday concert, she never seemed completely comfortable with the global spotlight and settled into a calmer career, continuing to perform, release albums and undertake social work in a lower-key manner.

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