Black and White

Album: Seven Separate Fools (1972)
Charted: 1
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  • The ink is black, the page is white
    Together we learn to read and write
    A child is black, a child is white
    The whole world looks upon the sight, a beautiful sight

    And now a child can understand
    That this is the law of all the land, all the land

    The world is black, the world is white
    It turns by day and then by night
    A child is black, a child is white
    Together they grow to see the light, to see the light

    And now at last we plainly see
    We'll have a dance of Liberty, Liberty!

    The world is black, the world is white
    It turns by day and then by night
    A child is black, a child is white
    The whole world looks upon the sight, a beautiful sight

    The world is black, the world is white
    It turns by day and then by night
    A child is black, a child is white
    Together they grow to see the light, to see the light

    The world is black, the world is white
    It turns by day and then by night
    A child is black, a child is white
    The whole world looks upon the sight, a beautiful sight

    The world is black, the world is white
    It turns by day and then by night
    A child is black, a child is white
    Together they grow to see the light, to see the light

    come on, get it, get it
    Ohh-ohhhh, yeah, yeah
    Keep it up now, around the world
    Little boys and little girls
    Yeah, yeah-eah, oh-ohhhWriter/s: RICHARD MITCHELL
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc., MIKE CURB MUSIC
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Comments: 9

  • George from Vancouver, CanadaHere's Freddie McGregor's folk original:
    https://youtu.be/RXIhYJO0564
  • George from Vancouver, CanadaWhat I especially like about this song is it's not a gloomy protest song, but, rather, a celebration of the SCOTUS decision that effectively ended racial discrimination (change starts with the children)

    Dozens of antiwar songs, but not one to celebrate when Nixon brought the soldiers home!
  • Wyatt from Anywhere, United StatesTom, can you read??? It says exactly that up above, Kevin already informed you of that fact and you still haven't bothered to look!!!! I just saw it but in case you can't scroll up I'll paste it for you, here it is.... Are you ready now?

    The original Folk song (but not Three Dog Night's version) includes the line, "Their robes were black, their heads were white" which refers to the judges.
  • Brian from Paris, TxI don't know about you guys, but this has always been my favorite TDN song!
  • Dave from Oak Park, MiEh, it's a POST-Flower Power, Feel-Gone song! (Flower Power was what I thought was back with the Hippie enui)

    The GRAYHOUND version of this b/w "Moon River" was a one-and-only A&M Single. I don't know what label "I Am What I Am" was released on or released with.
  • Tom from Green Bay, WiKevin, DC... Then the part about the Robes lyric should be posted under Earl Robinson, not the TDN listing. (or should be plainly labelled that that particular lyric was not used in the TDN remake).
  • Kevin from Washington, DcDoes anybody read the actual songfacts before they comment?!?

    Tom & Mike - the black robes/white heads line is cleary in reference to the original composition of the song by Earl Robinson. They never said that TDN recorded those lines; they said the original lyrics included that line.
  • Mike from Fort Worth, TxRemove the "robes" part!!!!!! It's not in the 3 dog night version....okay? Typical flower power, feel good song.
  • Tom from Green Bay, WiBetter check the lyric sheet... There is NO mention of black robes or white heads. (Does anybody check this stuff before it's posted?!)
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