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Pamela Means and The Reparations
Live at Northfire
COLOR OF THE SKIN: youtu.be/7uiSxcSielI (explicit!)

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COLOR OF THE SKIN

My father was born in Jim Crow, Tennessee
A sharecropper's son, far from luxury
Moved up north in 1952
Ain't a damn thing changed from his point of view
His point of view

Now I been pulled over on a Shorewood shoulder
Asked where you goin' where you been
Ain't none of your, ain't none of your business
Don't I look like an American
But, you gon' think what you want now don't you
I didn't know the side of the road was a courtroom

Everything dark comes out in the light
We keep marching on but our souls/soles are tired
Here we are again, here we are again
A black man gone cuz of the color of his skin

I was grown and groomed in the Great Lakes Midwest
Where politeness covers up years of repressed
Tight lips, tight asses, too slow to grow
Hyper-segregated masses and I had to go
I had to go

Seen the Rodney King riots in 1992
Black president, I seen that too
Ain't a damn thing changed from my point of view
Ain't a damn thing changed from my point of view
My point of view

Everything dark comes out in the light
We keep marching on but our souls are tired
Here we are again, here we are again
A black child gone cuz of the color of her skin

Everything dark comes out in the light
We keep marching on but our souls are tired
Here we are again, here we are again
A black child gone cuz of the color of the skin
The color of the skin
The color of their skin
The color of the skin

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from Pamela Means and The Reparations "Live at Northfire" [CLEAN], released October 9, 2020
PAMELA MEANS: guitar, vocal
CINAMON BLAIR: bass, vocal
I-SHEA: percussion, vocal

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"When PAMELA MEANS picks up her guitar and begins to sing, a listener doesn't forget her. She possesses musical attitude and purpose." - WSHU Connecticut Public Radio

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