Is It Because I'm Black?
Ken Boothe Lyrics


THE DARK BROWN SHADES OF MY SKIN
ONLY ADD COLOR TO MY TEARS
THAT SPLASH AGANST MY HOLLOW BONES
THAT ROCKS MY SOUL
LOOKING BACK OVER MY PAST DREAMS THAT I ONCE KNEW
WONDERING WHY MY DREAMS NEVER CAME TRUE

SOMEBODY TELL ME
WHAT CAN I DO
SOMETHING IS HOLDING ME BACK,
IS IT BECAUSE I'M BLACK.

IN THIS WORLD OF NO PITTY
I WAS RAISED IN THE GHETTO OF THE CITY
MOMMA SHE WORKED SO HARD
TO EARN EVERY PENNY

SOMETHING IS HOLDING ME BACK CAUSE
IS IT BECAUSE I'M BLACK

SOMETHING IS HOLDING ME BACK CAUSE
I'M WONDERING IF IT'S BECAUSE I'M BLACK

LIKE A CHILD STEELING HIS FIRST PIECE OF CANDY AND GOT CAUGHT

Writer(s): Syl Johnson, Glenn Watts, Jimmy Jones

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Comments from YouTube:

khem127

One of the best versions I've heard. Doesn't have the hard bass line, but his voice is so soulful that he makes up for it.

Joe Pound

May equality and justice prevail. We all have a part to play to end racism. This song is the fire that is needed.

Teddyb1939

The magic sound of Ken Booth, I had forgotten about this one.Thanks, good stuff.

Hans Müller, Musician & Actor

This song and video is heavy! I started to listen to Ken Booth in the early 70-ties... Thank you jfmtl for sharing!

Nata Montoya

Me encanta!!!

Sabine

🦁✡ Soulful Voice ❤🌻✌😎

Ibo Ford

Reggae BlackRoots Songs like "Is it because I'm Black"--it what made Reggae a Powerful Musical Art Form.  Sing on--Brother Ken Booth--True That & Right-On!

ACRAB Quilombo Guaianases

tempos bons!!!Que so voltam,com a presercaçao e divulgaçao da memoria e resistencia da cultura negra afro Brasileira,das Lutas internacionais,em combate o racismo,intolerancia,aparthaeid,preconceitos,discriminaçoes raciais e politicas,nos Quilombolas,da Frente negra Brasileira,estamos ativos,e hoje dia 20/09/2017,estarenos em manifestaçoes nas ruas da cidade linda de Sao Paulo,das 9h na praça liberdade e as 19h.na praça da republica,com a Virada Negra!!!axe!!!

Helene Poirier

So good. Love it

Roots Natty

The Fight Continues, Free Your Mind And Soar. Sang that damn song Ken my second King of REGGAE.

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