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The Revolution will not be a Shadowrun

You will not be able to stay at home, chummer
You will not be able to jack in, crash IC, and make cred
You will not be able to loose yourself in sims
or burn your brain on BTLs
Because the Revolution will not be a Shadowrun

The Revolution will not be a Shadowrun
The revolution will not be brought to you by Weapons World
with two full clips thrown in
The revolution will not star Holly Brighton
panzer-blastin' into Denver to challenge
Ghostwalker for the right to nuke Atzlan
tossing powerballs and lightning bolts into ravenous blood spirits
The Revolution will not be a Shadowrun

The Revolution will not be brought to you by Tir Tangire
starring Rinelle ke'Tesrae and Ehran the Scribe
nor Ryan "Drake" Mercury and Kid bloody Stealth
The Revolution will not give trolls smaller horns and
the Revolution will not make mil-spec gear easy to get
The Revolution will not be a Shadowrun

There will not be Matrix Overwatch when the corps collapse
as the SINless use their 'purchasing power'
to get their fix quicker
KSAF will not break the story 2.3 minutes later or report live from the scene
The Revolution will not be a Shadowrun

There will not be Trideo of Red Sams
gunning you down in the streets
There will not be trideo of Lone Star 
gunning you down in the streets
There will not be trideo of Big-D
liberating the SINners
There will not be stills or flatvid of
Dodger walking through the matrix with Megara on his arm
in matching ebon and silver icons that they have been saving
for just the proper occasion

NERPS, Better-Than-Life and Full-X sims
will no longer be so damnned relevant,
and no will care if Deus compiles the Network
because the world will be saying that the Night of Rage was kinder,
The Revolution will not be a Shadowrun

There will be no highlights on Shadowland, posted by
Captain Chaos, The Chromed Accountant, or Fastjack,
and no stills of Nadja Davidar giving a slot.
The theme song will not be popular in Club Penumbra,
no matter how jazzed the patrons are.
It won't be performed by a troll thrash band, or
heard at Dante's Inferno; it won't be cached at the Nexus.
The revolution will not be a Shadowrun

The revolution will not be right back after a 
message from Mitsuhama, the Universal Brotherhood, 
or anything corporate.  You won't have to worry
about devil rats in your bedroom, a Shedim on the street,
or a Bug in your toilet bowl
The Revolution will not go better with Rolling Rock
The Revolution will not save you from Gaia
The Revolution will put you in captain's chair mode.

The Revolution will not be a Shadowrun, will not be a Shadowrun
will not be a Shadowrun, will not be a Shadowrun.
The Revolution will be no chip-dream, chummer.
The Revolution will still be live.

This is an homage to both Gil Scott-Heron's The Revolution will not be Televised", and inspired by "The Revolution will not be an AOL Keyword". The content inside comes from Shadowrun, a cyberpunk-like game set in 2060, with elves, dwarves, trolls, magic and high-tech. Originally published 12 Jun 2004