To be 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
When you're young, gifted and black
Your soul's intact

Young, gifted and black
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

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    General CommentThe meaning is quite self-evident. Despite the trials and tribulations, you can be proud to be young, and gifted.
    Of course, this applies to all the youth of today.
    Sireneon May 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentQuote from Nina Simone
    "now, [this song] is not addressed, primarily to white people, though it does not put you down in any way, it simply ignores you (laughter). for my people need all the inspiration and love that they can get, so...(cheers)"
    Sireneon May 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSirene,that Nina quote comes from her Live at the Berkeley Community Theatre concert.WHERE can I get that album???
    Riverman94610on May 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWish I could tell you.
    Sireneon May 27, 2005   Link

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