Steel Pulse: Paint It Black (February 18, 2013)
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In 1978, race relations in Britain were in crisis. The National Front was gathering power and immigrants lived in fear of violence.

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PAINT IT BLACK

whitehouse

'Paint It Black' is a song that is dedicated to the hundredth anniversary of Rosa Parks but also serves as a testimony of the African diaspora that have survived Western world society," says David Hinds. "Despite the disadvantages of slavery and colonialism, we have managed to have a man of color as a leader of this world, in the White House.” The group endorsed Barack Obama in 2008 and the song celebrates the political victory and social change of his reelection, right down to its chorus of, "We have to open up those doors for President 44."

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LYRICS

VERSE I
It ain’t easy up from slavery
Ten thousand miles we’ve made that journey
Crosses burning and mob lynchings
And the boycotts of Montgomery
From the fountains were no drinking
And forever in my memory
With love and time came natural healing
Time to turn this page of history, yeah!

‘Cause there’s one thing for sure
The poor can’t take no more
You had to open up those doors
For President Forty-four, eh!

CHORUS I
Black
Paint the White House Black
We gonna paint Black
Paint the White House Black, eh yeah

VERSE II
Broken down are racial barriers
And the laws of segregation
It’s the healing of the nation
Let’s re-write the constitution
As we’re drowning in this crisis
And who dare to roll the dices?
As our martyrs paid the prices
Laid their lives as sacrifices yeah

‘Cause there’s one thing for sure
The poor can’t take no more
You had to open up those doors
For president forty-four

CHORUS II
Black
Paint the White House black

Paint it Black y’all
Paint it Black y’all

That’s because
There’s one thing for sure
The poor can’t take no more
You had to open up those doors
For president forty-four

CHORUS III
Black
Paint the White House Black
We gonna paint Black
Paint the White House Black

ADLIB
Paint it Black yah!
Paint It Black yah!
Paint it Black yah
We gonna paint it Black yah
Paint the White House Black
Paint the White House

Ebony Mahogany
Nubian Cush from the Nile Valley
Ashanti Fulani
The Mansa Musa Dynasty, hey

We gonna paint it
Paint it Black yah
We gonna paint it
We gonna paint it
Black Black Black Black Black

 

Rolling Stonesee also:
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release "Paint It Black," a new song celebrating Obama and the history of the struggle for equality, on Rolling Stone online.

 

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