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Get Back In The Shadows

I walked into this dive one night
The air was thick from smoking
A frunky said "hey boy, get out"
I said "you must be joking"

Well I sat up near the group that played
The sound was loud and tinny
Yeah I was mummas dark-haired boy
I was her brown-eyed piccaniny

And this joint was fine, it blew my mind
I just got down to grooving
Then I looked around to see this man
Who said "hey boy, get moving"


He said "if you're...
If you're brown, stay round
and if you're white", he said, "its alright
and if you're black, you get back in to the shadows


Well I got up, I left the scene
I tell ya, I was dreaming
Cos still in all, there was no call
For him to say "you're leaving"

And when I got home, I felt alone
I felt my spirits broken
My mum came in and saw my grin
And she knew what had been spoken

And we both said…
If you're brown, stay round
and if you're white", she said, "its alright
and if you're black, you get back in to the shadows

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