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Album: Solo In SohoReleased: 1980
Running to 4 minutes 6 seconds, this Phil Lynott solo composition is a lot stronger rhythmically than lyrically, and in spite of its title, there is no certainty as to whom it is about. Certainly Stevie Wonder won't have taken too kindly to the rant "I don't want no songs for plants".
The problem is that although Lynott was in every sense a rebel, he was neither a political animal nor a paid up member of an "oppressed" minority. In spite of being the only son of a white Catholic single mother at a time when even mere illegitimacy was taboo, he had a rather comfortable upbringing between Manchester and Dublin, moving in exclusively white circles, and doing as he damn well pleased, a philosophy that led to his death at the age of thirty-six.
"Ode To A Black Man" was released as the B Side of a far superior Lynott tribute song, "King's Call