Many of you may recognise this from a song off Kanye West’s album ‘My Beautiful Twisted Fantasy‘, and to be honest, it was this song that introduced me to the works of Gil Scott Heron. Taken in context this is a powerful message of the struggle that one can face in society and the uprising that one needs to face themselves first in order to overcome it, it takes a ‘me against the world’ or ‘underdog’ attitude in order to succeed.
It starts by suggesting that people talk about change but never act upon it, and goes on to discuss the existence and influences of what makes and then becomes of your soul.
To quote Gil, ‘All i want is a good home and a wife, and a children, and some food to feed them every night’, it’s the simple things that we should hold of high importance.
An Eastern attitude in a Western world.