From 2004, alternative country singer Earle looks around backyards, the street, his home town and even his dreams, for a revolution to start. He doesn’t say for why or too much for what, beyond helping people that are “without.”
It’s widely thought he was singing optimistically for the 2004 US presidential election to be that revolution. At the time of this song’s release, that election was a mere season away.
That November, incumbent George W. Bush for the Republicans triumphed over Democratic candidate John Kerry. Bush received a shade over half of the popular vote.
No doubt Steve Earle was disappointed: he had a different revolution in mind!
What is a revolution? Ask the Clash.