Sandi Thom releases ‘Revolution Anthem (Festival of the Oppressed)’

"Songwriters and artists have the chance to speak for the voice of the people... Nothing will change if we do not take a stand and raise our voices together. There is, after all, “power in our voice”
19 February 2024

Singing Revolution, Shaping the Future

Sandi Thom has adeptly maneuvered through the dynamic landscape of the music industry, establishing herself as a leader in innovation and protest. Her latest work, Revolution Anthem (Festival of the Oppressed), set for release on March 15, 2024, signifies a new era in her continuous role as a dedicated champion for transformation.

Revolution Anthem emerges as a compelling symbol for today’s world, capturing the chaos of contemporary geopolitical conflicts with its poignant lyrics and vibrant melodies. Thom, renowned for her signature blend of folk-rock, captures the resilient spirit of protest that has characterized eras of turmoil. By drawing parallels with the French Revolution, the protracted Russia/Ukraine conflict, and the contentious fallout from Brexit, the song amplifies the voices of the overlooked and oppressed.

“Songwriters and artists have the chance to speak for the voice of the people… Nothing will change if we do not take a stand and raise our voices together. There is, after all, “power in our voice” Thom states.

In Revolution Anthem, Thom’s lyricism is bold and unfiltered, bravely naming figures like Donald Trump and Liz Truss as catalysts of global unrest. With lyrics that advocate for unity and change, set against the backdrop of energizing tribal drums, acoustic guitar strums, and Thom’s compelling vocal harmonies, the song is a powerful call to action.

Revolution Anthem works as a beacon for societal change, advocating for the power of collective action to forge a brighter future for the disenfranchised. This resonates deeply in a world on the cusp of change, seeking hope and direction amidst uncertainty.

Thom’s meteoric rise, especially highlighted by her trailblazing live streams from her home in Tooting, underscores her enduring influence and the universal appeal of her music. Her hit I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair) has garnered worldwide success, solidifying her impact on the music scene with over 70 million Spotify streams.

Looking ahead to the future of music distribution, Thom is set to transform the scene again by delving into the Metaverse with an innovative array of NFTs. The Revolution Anthem NFT, a 3D mosaic made from fans’ portraits to form Thom’s likeness, embodies the song’s theme of unity.

As Revolution Anthem (Festival of the Oppressed) approaches its release, Thom’s commitment to using her music for social good is clear. In an era seeking bold voices against authority, her latest work transcends music to become a call for change. With her 2024 performances on the horizon, Thom continues to lead, showcasing the change that collective voices and actions can bring.

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Revolution Anthem (Festival of the Oppressed) – Lyrics
By Alexandria (Sandi) Thom & Matthew G Thomas

Brexited toried and locked down
Taxed up mortgaged and broke
Down out down beat down trodden
It has to be time for a change
If they have no bread Marie Antoinette said
Then let them all eat cake
But we’d rather be dead the oppressed people said
We can’t take anymore of this ache
So the people misled cried off with her head
We refuse to be phony and fake
We’ve been taken for Plebs and left underfed
Too late have we seen our mistake

We believed them we’ve been conned
We’ve been lied too, we’ve been wronged
We’ve been lied to
We’ve been lied to
We’re still being told to eat cake
So it’s time for a change
Raise your voice to the air
Time for a change
Revolution is here
This is our song
Our rights unexpressed
We’ve been silent too long
Lost our dreams and our songs
Silent too long don’t know where we belong
This is our song and the stage is set
For the festival of the oppressed
Still have no bread
Still lied to instead
Still being told to eat cake
So Let’s all watch bake off
While we’re being laid off
To numb and silence our ache
We believed them we’ve been conned
Weve been lied too, we’ve been wronged
We’ve been lied to
We’ve been lied to
We’re still being told to eat cake
Trussed up Faraged and Johnsoned
Putined Suelled and Trumped

We’re down out down beat down trodden

Yet we’re still being told to eat cake
Brexited toried and lockdowned
Taxed up mortgaged and broke
Downout downbeat downtrodden
It has to be time for a change
So it’s time for a change
Raise your voice to the air
Time for a change
Revolution is here
This is our song
Our rights unexpressed
We’ve been silent too long
Lost our dreams and our songs
Silent too long don’t know where we belong
This is our song and the stage is set
For the festival of the oppressed