"Black Or Blue" as written by Brett Anderson and Bernard Butler....
There was a girl who flew the world from a lonely shore
Through southern snow to Heathrow to understand the law
There was a boy who loved the noise of the underground
He left the coast and overdosed on that London sound
He said
"I don't care if you're black or blue
Me and the stars stay up for you
I don't care who's wrong or right
And I don't care for the U.K. tonight so stay stay"

And then one day she moved away from those garden walls
She left some flowers, he smoked for hours
She understood the law

I don't care if you're black or blue
Me and the stars stay up for you
I don't care who's wrong or right
And I don't care for the U.K. tonight
So stay, stay, stay, stay

There was a girl who flew the world


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"Black or Blue" as written by Bernard Butler Brett Anderson

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  • +3
    General CommentIt's such a beautiful song, really lush production, the way the vocals seem to be alone in a great empty space. All Suede's songs have this perfect balance between sleazy sexy wit and poetic romance. It seems so romantic when he cries out "I don't care if you're black or blue", but the "me and the stars" sounds kinda cockney and casual. And there're these little delicate runs of piano notes which is balance the song to perfection.
    staybeautifulon May 21, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe song's about old fashioned attitudes to a mixed race relationship, specifically in Britain. When a lot of West Indian families began moving to the UK, they were treated with suspicion and it was a cause for concern that a young woman might date a black man or marry into a black family. This song attempts to defy that bias and the male refuses to hold back from his love for a non-white girl despite the disapproval of his old fashioned parents. Apparently Brett had first hand experience of this within his own family. I believe an aunt of his dated outside of her anglo roots and it caused a fuss.

    A beautifully sung track.
    lateleighon December 15, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my favourite song now. its beautiful
    bibaon December 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWas eye opening to read the comments here about his aunt - never really listened to the lyrics that much until later. Really love the piano , is that Brett playing? Again, very understated keyboards giving the song its distinct mood. Also, whats that instrument towards the end, almost like a sitar at 3:30?
    kexpseattleon January 16, 2015   Link
  • -3
    General CommentThe lyrics look kind of okay, though really disjointed, but the song is really terrible.
    Zealon November 26, 2007   Link

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