Tracy Chapman Makes Rare TV Appearance to Encourage Voting

Singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman showed up on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” last night for her first TV gig in years to stress the importance of voting, according to Rolling Stone. She appeared in a clip that she sent to the show of her singing a tweaked version of her song “Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution,” while standing in front of a black curtain, playing her acoustic guitar.

“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, oh no/Talkin’ bout a revolution, oh no/Talkin’ bout a revolution, go vote.”

After she performed, Chapman stepped out of frame to show a sign behind her that stated: “Vote.” Chapman’s original song, which peaked at No. 75 on the Billboard Hot 100, was so popular that other singers and bands have covered it, including Living Colour, Reel Big Fish, Clarence Bekker and Ben Jelen.

“Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution” hails from her 1988 debut entitled “Tracy Chapman.” The song went platinum six times, according to Vulture. Her hit, “Fast Car,” was from the same album.

While Chapman has recently avoided the spotlight, she did perform as part of MoveOn.org’s Vote For Change tour 16 years ago, according to CNN. Chapman called this year’s election “the most important election of our lifetime.” She also said in the statement regarding her appearance that Americans must vote this year in order to “restore our democracy.”