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Young Gifted & Black
by Bob & Marcia

Young, gifted and black
Oh what a lovely precious dream
To be young, gifted and black
Open your heart to what I mean

In the whole world you know
There are billion boys and girls
Who are young, gifted and black
And that's a fact!

Young, gifted and black
We must begin to tell our young
There's a world waiting for you
This is a quest that's just begun

When you feel really low
Yeah, there's a great truth you should know
To be young, gifted and black
Your soul's intact

(Oh young) young, gifted and black
Oh how I long to know the truth
There are times when I look back
And I am haunted by my youth

Oh but my joy of today
Is that we can all be proud to say
To be young, gifted and black
Is where it's at

Young, gifted and black
We must begin to tell our young
There's a world waiting for you
This is a quest that's just begun

When you feel really low
Yeah, there's a great truth you should know
When you are young, gifted and black
Your soul's intact

(Oh young) young, gifted and black
Oh how I long to know the truth
There are times when I look back
And I am haunted by my youth

Oh but my joy of today
Is that we can all be proud to say
To be young, gifted and black
Is where it's at

Is where it's at
Is where it's at
Is where it's at
Is where it's at
Is where it's at
Is where it's at

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: WELDON IRVINE, NINA SIMONE

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richie rich

I'm not young gifted or black but love this

alchemist1202

I am not either but i LOVE black women! Does it count? :)

Philip Shaw

I do too. I remember Marcia being interviewed on Radio 2 and the presenter saying Bob was in another room and would be interviewed another time. Before long they were both on air and it was excellent!

Rogerio Orioli

Real Skinhead , mods and rudeboy song - love music , footbal - hate racism

Barry Dowler

@Wobbly Jack it saddens me as a middle aged man who witnessed so much obvious racism and persecution as I was growing up in the late 60s and 70s to see some of the comments on here. Music is a fantastic way to express how we are feeling at any given time. I see so much positivity in our changing culture yet the dark spectre of oppression still lurks somewhat less overt than it used to be but sadly still there. Fortunately among the younger generation - my children included - there is so much hope and integration. I work with young offenders and active gang members both black and white and strangely it's the place I see the least ignorance and hatred among different cultures. The fact that 85% of my boys are from black african or West Indian heritage shows clearly to me that things are still far from perfect. Songs such as this do not teach people to be belligerent or anarchist, they are there to show us how to be proud and stand up, regardless of the colour of our skin or our parents background. Maybe we need a few more for we have a way to go yet I fear. Peace and harmony to you and yours brother xx

wobbly jack

@Barry Dowler That was a great riposte. Love to you and yours from old, unfitted and brown. X

Gordon Mckenzie

@Warren Marsh And you don't see pride, encouragement, stand up, be determined to succeed....you dont see ANY of that in this song. A Nina Simone original. Roll a fattie smoke and release the mental myopia. You are tragically stunted. Btw in later years one of the "racists" singing the song became a background vocalist for some dude, a humanitarian named Bob Marley...you may have heard of him

657BIueArmy

@Anwar Nuseibeh Thank you Anwar. It certainly is a complex issue, but hopefully becoming less so. We really do need a pandemic or major alien visit to show us that we are nothing, just a group of halfwits trying to survive, no matter what colour or persuasion. It's a shame that parents don't stop indoctrinating infants with racist religious cults and preconceptions, and forcing prejudiced standpoints upon them from birth. One day I hope religion will be gone, and we can truly start to enjoy each other free of the toxic results of setting ourselves up as better than others. Very kindest wishes to you dear friend.

Anwar Nuseibeh

@657BIueArmy it's simple. This is a song born from defiance and rebellion against persecution. Whites never had that so no need to sing such lyrics. As for your earlier point about BLM etc...again these are movements from persecution...nothing your average white person has to fear or live with.

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David Culshaw

i'm old English and white and I love this song too :)

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