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  • multiracialbookclub
    [MULTICULTURAL PAVILION Song Index] Black and White performed by Three Dog Night from the album The Best of Three Dog Night The world is Black, the world is
    Message 1 of 2 , Nov 3, 2007
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      Black and White
      performed by Three Dog Night from
      the album The Best of Three Dog Night

      "The world is Black,
      the world is White.
      It turns by day, and then by night.
      The child is Black,
      the child is White.
      The whole world looks upon the sight,
      a beautiful sight."

      Colored People

      performed by dctalk
      from the album Jesus Freak about
      appreciating diversity as a gift from God:

      "A piece of canvas is only the beginning
      It takes on character with every loving stroke
      This thing of beauty is the passion of an artist's heart
      By God's design, we are a skin kaleidoscope

      Colors of the Wind
      performed by Vanessa Williams
      from the album Pocahontas Soundtrack
      about the cultural conflicts between
      Native Americans and European settlers:

      "You think the only people who are people
      Are the people who look
      and think like you
      But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger
      You'll learn things you never knew
      you never knew"

      Every Kinda People
      performed by Robert Palmer
      from the album Addictions about the value
      of diversity and different perspectives:

      "It takes every kinda people
      To make the world go round"

      Everyday People
      performed by Sly and the Family Stone
      from the album Greatest Hits
      about identity and acceptance:

      "There is a blue one who can't accept the green one
      For living with a fat one trying to be a skinny one
      And different strokes for different folks
      And so on and so on and scooby dooby doo-bee
      Oh sha sha - we got to live together
      I am no better and neither are you
      We are the same whatever we do

      Bein' Green
      performed by Kermit the Frog (Jim Henson)
      from the album Muppet Hits about the
      difficulty and the beauty of being "the Other":

      "It's not easy bein' green
      It seems you blend in
      with so many other ordinary things
      And people tend to pass you over
      'cause you're not standing out
      Like flashy sparkles
      on the water or stars in the sky"

      [I am not my Hair
      performed by India.Arie
      from the album "I Am Not My Hair" about the
      pain and shock of being prejudged, rejected
      and even mocked due to another person's dislike
      and disapproval of one's God-given features.]

      I am not my hair
      I am not this skin
      I am not your expectations

      no no
      I am not my hair
      I am not this skin
      I am a soul that lives within …

      Its time for us to redefine who we be …
      If its not what's on your head
      Its what's underneath and say HEY ...

      Does the way I wear my hair
      make me a better person?
      Does the way I wear my hair
      make me a better friend?
      Does the way I wear my hair
      determine my integrity?

      I am expressing my creativity ...
      don't see what wrong with that …
      I know right
      It's perfect.]

      Don't Laugh at Me
      performed by Mark Wills
      from the album Greatest Hits about empathy:

      "Don't laugh at me.
      I am short.
      I am tall.
      Aren't we all..."


      performed by Dionne Farris
      from the album Wild Seed - Wild Flower
      about respecting individual cultural
      traits in the context of shared humanity:

      "Before I am black,
      Before I am young,
      Before I am short,
      Before I am woman,
      Before I am African,
      I am human."

      Ebony and Ivory
      performed by Paul McCarney and Stevie Wonder
      from the album Tug of War
      about racial harmony:

      "Ebony and ivory
      Live together in perfect harmony
      Side by side
      on my piano keyboard
      Oh lord, why don't we?"

      Cry Freedom
      performed by Dave Matthews Band
      from the album Crash about apartheid
      in South Africa and the need for racial unity:

      "Hands and feet are all alike
      But gold between divide us
      Hands and feet are all alike
      But fear between divide us
      Hands and feet are all alike
      Hear what I say
      Hear what I say Oh, so be it
      How can I turn away
      Brother/Sister go dancing through my head
      Human as to human
      The future is no place to place your better days"

      performed by Hootie and the Blowfish
      from the album Cracked Rear View about
      teaching, learning, and carrying racial hatred:

      "Drowning in a sea of tears
      Hatred trying to hide your fears
      Living only for yourself
      Hating everybody else
      Cause they don't look like you"

      Erase Racism

      performed by Kool G Rap, DJ Polo,
      Big Daddy Kane and Biz Markie
      from the album
      Wanted Dead or Alive (Kool G
      about the need to unite against racism:

      "The ink is Black
      The page is White
      Together we learn how to read and write
      Some people are Black
      There's people that's White
      Lets stop Racism and let's unite"

      performed by Creed
      from the album My Own Prison about
      racial discrimination and the need for unity:

      "The goal is to be unified,
      Take my hand be my brother
      Society blind by color,
      Why hold down one to raise another...
      One, Oh, one the only way is one"

      Strange Fruit
      performed by Billie Holliday
      from the album No Regrets about the history of
      African Americans men & women being lynched:

      "Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
      Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
      Black bodies swingin' in the southern breeze,
      Strange fruit hangin' from the poplar trees."

      Tear Apart Hate
      performed by Cindi Lauper
      from the album Hat Full of Stars
      about illogical hate and Apartheid:

      "Why are the rainbows stolen from the sky
      and locked up in boxes:
      yellow, red, black and white?
      Like birds in their cages,
      beating their wings on the bars..."

      performed by Bob Marley
      from the album Rastaman Vibration
      about ways in which racial
      inequality can lead to war.

      "Until the philosophy which holds one race superior,
      and another inferior,
      is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned,
      everywhere is war."

      Why Can't We Be Friends

      performed by War (also remade by Smash Mouth)
      from the album Why Can't We Be Friends
      about interracial sympathy and compassion:

      "The color the color
      The color of your skin don't matter to me
      As long as as long as
      As long as we can live in harmony"

      Your Racist Friend
      performed by They Might Be Giants
      from the album Flood about supporting racism
      through association by not addressing a friend's
      racial prejudices – if you're not part of
      the solution, you're part of the problem:

      "This is where the party ends
      I can't stand here listening to you
      And your racist friend
      I know politics bore you
      but I feel like a hypocrite talking to you
      You and your racist friend"

      Big Yellow Taxi
      performed by Joni Mitchell from the
      album Ladies of the Canyon about the
      dangers of capitalism and commercialism:

      "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot
      With a pink hotel, a boutique and a swinging hot spot
      Don't it always seem to go that
      you don't know what you've got
      Till it's gone
      They paved paradise and put up a parking lot"

      Why I Sing the Blues
      performed by B.B. King
      from the album Why I Sing the Blues
      about a history and lifetime of
      racial and economic oppression:

      "I stood in line
      Down at the county hall
      I heard the man say
      We're going to build some new apartments for y'all
      And everybody wants to know why I sing the blues
      I've been around a long time
      I've really paid my dues

      performed by Billy Joel
      from the album The Nylon Curtain about the
      constraints of growing up in a working town:

      "Well we're living here in Allentown
      And they're closing all the factories down
      Out in Bethlehem they're killing time
      Filling out forms, standing in line"

      Hole in the Bucket
      performed by Spearhead
      from the album Home about an individual's struggle
      to be more compassionate for those not as well-off:

      "Walk right past and think about it more
      Back at the crib I'm opening up the door
      A pocket full of change, it don't mean a lot to me
      My cup is half full, but his is empty"

      Mr. Wendal
      performed by Arrested Development
      from the album
      3 Years, 5 Months, and 2
      Days in the Life of...
      about learning from,
      instead of judging, a homeless person:

      "Uncivilized we call him,
      but I just saw him eat off the food we waste
      Civilization, are we really civilized, yes or no?
      Who are we to judge?
      When thousands of innocent men could be brutally enslaved
      and killed over a racist grudge"

      Fast Car
      performed by Tracy Chapman
      from the album Tracy Chapman about
      trying to make ends meet financially while
      maintaining emotional and physical health:

      "I've got a fast car we've got a ticket to anywhere
      been workin' at a convenience store
      tryin' to save just a little bit a money
      won't have to drive to far
      just across the border and into the city
      you and I can both get jobs
      .......what need to be livin'"

      Jacob's Latter
      performed by Mark Wills
      from the album Greatest Hits about
      connecting across socioeconomic classes:

      "Jacob was a dirt poor farm boy
      Raised at the fork in the road in a clapboard house
      And Rachael was a land baron's daughter
      Born with a silver spoon in her mouth
      Her daddy said he wouldn't stand
      For Rachael to waste her life with a common man"

      Different People
      performed by No Doubt
      from the album Tragic Kingdom
      about the positivity of diversity:

      "He and she two different people
      With two seperate lives
      Then you put the two together
      And get a spectacular surprise
      'Cause one can teach the other one
      What she doesn't know
      While still the other fills a place inside
      He never knew had room to grow"

      O Siem
      performed by Susan Igulukark
      from the album This Child about a call to
      help the walls of intolerance come down:

      "All people rich and poor
      Those who do and do not know
      Take the hand of one close by
      Of those who know because they try
      And watch the walls come tumbling down"

      People Are People
      performed by Depesche Mode
      from the album People Are People
      about questioning prejudice and hatred:

      "I can't understand
      What makes a man
      Hate another man
      Help me understand
      People are people
      So why should it be
      You and I should get along so awfully"

      We Shall Be Free
      performed by Garth Brooks
      from the album Chase about the struggle against
      oppression of people of color and poor people as
      the struggle toward true freedom for everyone:

      When the last child cries for a crust of bread
      When the last man dies for just words that he said
      When there's shelter over the poorest head
      We shall be free"

      Peurs (in French)

      performed by Jean-Jacques Goldman
      from the album Fredericks
      , Goldman,
      about unwarranted fears
      arising from intolerance of difference:

      "Qu'est-ce que vous croyez
      C'est partout pareil
      Nos yeux, nos oreilles
      Vaut mieux les fermer
      Ici tout est dur
      On aime les serrures
      Pas les étrangers"

      Where the Roads Come Together
      performed by Up with People
      from the album Live about
      the value of diversity:

      "None of us is born the same
      We don't know why, it's the way we came
      Ev'ry heart beats a little differently
      Each soul is free to find its way
      Like a river that winds its way to the sea."

      Teach Your Children Well

      performed by Crosby , Stills, Nash & Young

      from the album So Far about the importance of
      generations teaching and learning from each other

      "Teach your children well
      Their fathers' hell
      Did slowly go by
      And feed them on your dreams
      The one they picked
      The one you'll know by
      Dont you ever ask them why
      If t'hey told you you would cry
      So just look at them and sigh
      And know they love you"



    • wintyreeve@aol.com
      Here are some to add to the list: * Jesus Loves the Little Children Jesus loves the little children All the children of the world Black and yellow, red and
      Message 2 of 2 , Nov 12, 2007
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        Here are some to add to the list:
        * Jesus Loves the Little Children
        "Jesus loves the little children
        All the children of the world
        Black and yellow, red and white
        They're all precious in His sight
        Jesus loves the little children of the world.."
        * We Shall Overcome -- African-American Spiritual
        "We shall all be free
        We shall live all be free
        We shall all be free someday
        Oh-o deep in my heart
        I do believe
        We shall overcome someday

        Black and White together
        Black and White together
        Black and White together someday
        Oh-o deep in my heart
        I do believe
        We shall overcome someday..."
        * The Color of Hate -- Souljahz
        "We all talk, we all walk, we all do the things we want
        We're so powerful we say, so why can't we stop the hate
        So come on, tell me how to get to the place
        where all the color lines fade away.."
        * Cheetah Sisters -- Cheetah Girls
        "Cause we are sisters
        We stand together
        We make up one big family though we don't look the same
        Our spots are different
        Different colors
        We make each other stronger
        That ain't ever gonna change
        We're cheetah girls cheetah sisters

        [Verse 2:]
        Gotta do what we gotta do
        Got the brains, got the power and we speak the truth
        We're from everywhere all around the world
        So ya best respect the cheetah girls.."
        I Believe -- Blessed Union of Souls
        "Violence is spread world wide and there are families on the street
        And we sell drugs to children now oh why can't we just see
        That all we do is eliminate our future with the things we do today
        Money is our incentive now so that makes it okay

        But I believe that love is the answer
        I believe that love will find the way
        I believe that love is the answer
        I believe that love will find the way

        I've been seeing Lisa now for a little over a year
        She said she's never been so happy but Lisa lives in fear
        That one day daddy's gonna find out she's in love
        With a nigger from the streets
        Oh how he would lose it then but she's still here with me
        'Cause she believes that love will see it through
        And one day he'll understand
        And he'll see me as a person not just a black man

        'Cause I believe that love is the answer
        I believe that love will find the way..."

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