The Revelation Will Not Be Televised

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Inspired by the poem "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" by Gil Scott-Heron. (youtu.be/rGaRtqrlGy8)

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LYRICS:

HASHEM will bless you and guard you. HASHEM will shine Divine features toward you and endow you [with elements of the Divine]. HASHEM will carry Divine features toward you and instill peace with you. [Numbers 6:26-24]

יְבָֽרֶכְךָ֥ ה' וְיִשְׁמְרֶֽךָ׃ יָאֵ֨ר ה' ׀ פָּנָ֛יו אֵלֶ֖יךָ וִֽיחֻנֶּֽךָּ׃ יִשָּׂ֨א ה' ׀ פָּנָיו֙ אֵלֶ֔יךָ וְיָשֵׂ֥ם לְךָ֖ שָׁלֽוֹם׃ [במדבר ו:כד-כו]ו

Y’varech’cha ADOSHEM ve-yish’m’recha. Ya’er ADOSHEM panav eilecha vichuneka. Yisa ADOSHEM panav eilecha ve-yasem lecha shalom.


You will not be able to stay home,
רבותי
Mainly because you will not be able to keep your feet from moving
Mainly because your feet will acquire for themselves a mind of their own
A beat of their own
Mainly because you will hear the sounds the way they were meant to be heard
Not through your ears, which hear
not
Not through your eyes, which see
not
But through your feet,
רבותי

The revelation will not be televised
or named something else
in vain.
רבותי,
The כוהנים cannot bless you with it on holy days.
The revelation cannot be fashioned from gold or silver,
or from wood or stone
or surround-sound.
The revelation will not be texted, emailed, or chatted,
you will not be able to watch it the next day online
It cannot be bottled up,
stuffed into fiber-optic cables,
or thrown onto invisible waves of radio, broadband, or other
shattered vessels.
It will not be rolled into a scroll of something else’s skin for your convenience,
And no right angles made of paper or plasma can show you the revelation,
Because the revelation
will not
be televised

You will not be separate from the revelation in any way.
You will not be able to skip out, forget, or turn off.
The revelation cannot be uploaded, downloaded, frontloaded, or unloaded
You will not be able to lose yourself between your earbuds, and
you will not see it happening through your rear-view mirror
or through your windshield of Abraham.
You cannot carpel tunnel your way to the revelation.
The revelation will not happen to you when you least expect it,
Because the revelation will not happen on its own.

The revelation will inspire you.
It will purify the very שעטנז of your being.
The revelation will pour light on you like oil from the hands of a prophet.
The revelation will not happen on its own.
The revelation will be live
And you will breathe into it
breaths of life

The revelation will not be televised
The revelation will not be televised
Will not be televised
Will not be televised
Will not be televised

credits

from The Revelation Will Not Be Televised, released December 22, 2011
Written and produced by Alan Jay Sufrin. Performed by Miriam Brosseau and Alan Jay Sufrin.

Hebrew lyrics translated and transliterated by Alan Jay Sufrin.

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