Curtis Mayfield We the People Who Are Darker Than Blue cover

We the People Who Are Darker Than Blue
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Song Meaning
Verse 1
We people who are darker than blue
Are we gonna stand around this town
And let what others say come true?
We're just good for nothing they all figure
Verse 2
A boyish, grown up, shiftless jigger
Now we can't hardly stand for that
Or is that really where it's at?
We people who are darker than blue
Verse 3
This ain't no time for segregatin'
I'm talking 'bout brown and yellow two
High yellow girl, can't you tell
You're just the surface of our dark deep well
Verse 4
If your mind could really see
You'd know your color the same as me
Pardon me, brother, as you stand in your glory
I know you won't mind if I tell the whole story
Verse 5
Get yourself together, learn to know your side
Shall we commit our own genocide
Before you check out your mind?
Verse 6
I know we've all got problems
That's why I'm here to say
Keep peace with me and I with you
Let me love in my own way
Verse 7
Now I know we have great respect
For the sister, and mother it's even better yet
But there's the joker in the street
Verse 8
Loving one brother and killing the other
When the time comes and we are really free
There'll be no brothers left you see
Verse 9
We people who are darker than blue
Don't let us hang around this town
And let what others say come true
Verse 10
We're just good for nothing they all figure
A boyish, grown up, shiftless jigger
Now we can't hardly stand for that
Or is that really where it's at?
Verse 11
Pardon me, brother, while you stand in your glory
I know you won't mind if I tell the whole story
Pardon me, brother, I know we've come a long, long way
But let us not be so satisfied for tomorrow can be an
An even brighter day

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