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Song Lyric Sunday – Black and White

Today Jim has us weighing our differences and considering how much they are actually alike with the prompt this week. Jim says: This week we have the oxymoron related prompts of Different/Same and hopefully this will fit for everyone.


“Black and White” was written in 1954 by David I. Arkin (father of actor Alan Arkin) and Earl Robinson. (Both were blacklisted in Hollywood for their leftist views).

It was first released in 1956 by Pete Seeger and again in 1957 by Sammy Davis Junior. UK band Greyhound covered the song in 1971, becoming a top 10 hit in the UK. It was from this release of the song that Three Dog Night decided to release it in 1972 and included it on their album ‘Seven Separate Fools’. Danny Hutton sang lead and this song reached number 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Easy Listening charts.

When Arkin and Robinson wrote the song in 1954, it was to celebrate the Supreme Court decision on ‘Brown Vs. Education’ putting an end to racial segregation in schools in the US. When it was recorded in 1972 by Three Dog Night, equality was still an elusive dream for many.

Seeing where we are in this country today – again fighting for equality for all – this song seems apropos to share considering that since the song was written 66 years ago, we still do not have racial equality in this country.

This verse which references the unanimous Supreme Court decision was in the original song, but not included in most of the recorded versions:

Their robes were black, their heads were white,
The schoolhouse doors were closed so tight,
Nine judges all set down their names,
To end the years and years of shame.

Black and White (Lyrics from Lyrics.com)

The ink is black
The page is white
Together we learn to read and write
A child is black
A child is white
A 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
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 the by night
A child id black
A child is white
Together they grow to see the light
To see the light

1972 recording by Three Dog Night

1971 Recording by Greyhound


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Black and White

Day 320, Part Two

My mind is swirling in a world of inequality today. I made the mistake of reading too many shocking headlines. This song drifted into my mind.

I wondered if it would make a difference if everything we saw was black and white. I looked around my house and noticed the shades of light and dark. One can not truly be seen and enjoyed without the other. There must be a balance.

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If the picture was all one dimension, it would simply disappear. Maybe that is where we are headed. I hope not.

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When I studied documentary photography, we always shot using black and white film. It is the equalizer. We are not distracted by the color. Everything is but a shade of the other.

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Why are we scared of something different? We are all made up of the same chemistry.

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We are not as different as we think. I am curious about why we complicate things.

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It’s funny how the same object looks different just because of the way it reflects the light.

I cannot rest thinking about the children who came home and found no one there to greet them. I cannot rest thinking about why money is more important than human life. I cannot rest knowing the truly evil are unscathed. I cannot rest knowing the rich victimize the poor and our government enjoys this game of life and death. I cannot rest until this is no longer the face of America.

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Day 103

Today I feel light and lighthearted so I want my post to reflect my mood. So, I thought I’d share 10 Little Things that made me happy today.

  1. I heard my granddaughter say I love you for the first time today.
  2. Hubby and I walked 2 miles in 36 degrees F with a windchill of 30 F. It felt good!
  3. I watched the movie Management and fell in love with lots of old songs again.
  4. I love hearing my husband strum the guitar.
  5. I donated all the things I organized yesterday to our local hospice thrift store.
  6. Our salmon did not thaw in time to cook so we had peas and wild rice for dinner!
  7. I put clean flannel sheets on my bed and they are covered with cardinals and chickadees.
  8. Hubby bought me a throw and it is a beautiful gold color and SO warm.
  9. I resolved an issue I had with a short story I’m writing and I love it!
  10. The camellia bush in my back yard has a single blossom. In January!

I just love days like today. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the hoopla going on in the world, but I think finding joy and staying light is where I need to be. I will brighten the corner where I live. Hope you can do the same.

And now I leave you with this little nugget. Crank it up loud.