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".
Suggestion credit: Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2
Alpha from Washington, DcWow! When you refer to his upbringing, "comfortable" in what way? Unless you grew up as an Afro in a Euro community I doubt seriously you can judge exactly how comfortable the brother was. Also "doing what he damn well pleased" is a far cry from the fact that he was a drug addict, which by the way is a disease. And unless you've spoken with Stevie Wonder directly you probably shouldn't claim to know what he would or wouldn't take to kindly about. The line was funny but apparently was beyond your sense of humor. This so called "song fact" is nothing but opinion with the only exception being the amount of time the song lasts. What does "inspite of the title" mean anyway?
Michael Jackson's "Liberian Girl" opens with the South African female singer Letta Mbulu saying the Swahili phrase "Naku penda piya-naku taka piya-mpenziwe." There was some geographic liberty here, as Swahili is not spoken in the West African nation of Liberia.