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Michael Jackson

Black Or White

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play-Turn that noise off!
play-I thought I told you to turn that thing off.
playIt is too late and it’s too loud.
play-But dad, this is the best part!
play-You are wasting your time with this garbage.
playNow, go to bed!
play-Ok.
play-Eat this.
play-I’m afraid your father
playis going to be very upset when he gets back.

playI took my baby on a saturday bang
playBoy is that girl with you
playYes we're one and the same
playNow I believe in miracles
playAnd a miracle has happened tonight

playBut if you're thinkin' about my baby
playIt don't matter if you're black or white

playThey print my message in the saturday sun
playI had to tell them I ain't second to none
playAnd I told about equality
playAnd it's true either you're wrong or you're right

playBut if you're thinkin' about my baby
playIt don't matter if you're black or white

playI’m tired of this devil
playI’m tired of this stuff
playI’m tired of this business
playSo when the going gets rough
playI ain't scared of your brother
playI ain't scared of no sheets
playI ain't scared of nobody
playGirl, when the goin' gets mean

playProtection for gangs, clubs, and nations
playCausing grief in human relations
playIt's a turf war on a global scale
playI'd rather hear both sides of the tale
playSee, it's not about races just places, faces
playWhere your blood comes from
playIs where your space is
playI've seen the bright get duller
playI'm not gonna spend my life being a color

playDon't tell me you agree with me
playWhen I saw you kicking dirt in my eye

playBut if you're thinkin' about my baby
playIt don't matter if you're black or white

playI said if you're thinkin' of being my baby
playIt don't matter if you're black or white
playI said if you're thinkin' of being my brother
playIt don't matter if you're black or white

playAlright
playIt's black, it's white
playIt's tough for you to get by
playYeah, yeah, yeah
playIt's black, it's white

playIt's black, it's white
playIt's tough for you to get by
playYeah, yeah, yeah

playIt's black,

playAlright. That was perfect.
playHow d’you do that?

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meaningMeaning

Black And White is a song about racism and that it doesn't matter where you're from or what colour you are, because we are all people!

These lyrics describe his opinion on racism and how they have affected him and the world around him.

Its michael jackson talking about how people always accusing him of changing his color but it really doesnt matter because in his eyes everyone is one and the same like martin luther king jr.`s i have a dream speech

The first lyrics that caught my attention were "They printed my message, In the Saturday Sun, I had to tell them, I ain't second to none." Here he states that he is not no one, that he is a person, with equalities. Next, Jackson wrote " I told about Equality , An It's True, Either You're Wrong or you're right ."

In these few lines Jackson is trying to say that everyone has their own opinion on what equality is. If someone has a different opinion on equality, each person is right.

Later in the song, Jackson states "I am tired of this devil, I am tired of this stuff, I am tired of this business, So when the going gets rough, I ain't scared of your brother, I ain't Scared of No sheets, I ain't scare of nobody, Girl when the goin' gets mean." Jackson is stating that he is tired of the racism, which is described as a Devil .

Also, he states that he is not scared of anyone when things get bad and will not let the racism, that another person has for a different ethnicity, affect him.

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Saturday bang

saturday bang means take it to clubs or pubs where people drink and dance on saturday night


one and the same

the very same person or thing

  1. John Jones and J. Jones are one and the same
  2. The villain and hero look like different actors, but they're really one and the same

second to none

better than everything else

  1. This is an excellent car—second to none
  2. Her suggestion was second to none, and the manager accepted it eagerly.

Saturday Sun

The newspaper in which Michael's message was printed


sheets

bed linen sometime "sheets" refer to the garb worn by the KKK. KKK wear "sheets." As a black or non-white person, it is typical to be afraid of KKK and their "sheets"


when the going gets rough

when a situation becomes difficult or unpleasant

  1. I run the farm on my own but a local boy helps me out when the going gets tough.

grief

sorrow

  1. After the fire the whole town was gripped by grief and sorrow.
  2. We have to deal with the kind of misogyny that leads to this suffering and grief.

turf war

A dispute between criminals or gangs over the right to operate within a particular area. Any dispute in which one party seeks to obtain increased rights or influence

  1. A turf war erupted between street gangs
  2. The president's resignation was the result of a turf war with the board of directors

get duller

not bright, intense, or clear; dim:

  1. A dull day
  2. A dull sound

kicking dirt in my eye

Kicking dirt in my eye could be explained as teasing, offending, or insulting one’s uniqueness.


tough

person: strong

  1. The football player was so tough that he played with a fractured rib.

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