"Black & White" as written by and Jesper Claes Haakan/gelotte Stroemblad....
I am one with the world tonight
I am proud to be this far from you

You say that you have no regrets
But I know that you do
You told me someone stole the eye
I know him too

I've come to the conclusion, yes I know
That between black and white
There is no room for two
The scale, it might seem wide
But there's no need to be blind
Between black and white there is no room for two

I leave all the grey behind
I see clear, I know that I'll find

You claim that you are innocent
But tell me who ain't
You think that you're going to be saved
There's no such thing as a saint

I've come to the conclusion, yes I know
That between black and white
There is no room for two
The scale, it might seem wide
But there's no need to be blind
Between black and white there is no room for two

Black and white
There's nothing in between
Black and white
Nothing's what it seems

I've come to the conclusion, yes I know
That between black and white
There is no room for two
The scale, it might seem wide
But there's no need to be blind
Between black and white there is no room for two


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"Black & White" as written by Matthew Goss Luke Goss

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  • +3
    General CommentI never once even thought that this song was racist. The reason I never thought this was because In Flames has never written a racial song. The album is titled, "Reroute To Remain" for a reason... they're about uniting the world rather than tearing it apart. Most of their songs are about bettering society, not dividing it.
    Nevertheless, the above statements are plausable interpretations of the song, more valid than my own interpretation, but I just don't feel they are true to the artist's intentions.
    I suggest that the song is about the opposite opinions of two people in a bad relationship... although like I just said, the previous interpretations are stronger than mine.
    Dravon March 27, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentYou dumbfucks, the song has nothing to do with race. The line "between black and white there is no room for two" refers to how that some things are either right or wrong and there is nothing in-between.
    scott watterson April 29, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI have to say that this song is not about race. I also think that it is about opposites, either right and wrong or just plain one person not liking another without compromise or agreement; "I leave all of the grey behind."
    86Asheson October 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is like an allegory.

    "I am one with the world tonight.
    I am proud to be this far from you...."

    Could mean that he is on one of the two sides and is proud that he is far from the other.

    "...I?ve come to the conclusion - yes, I know.
    That between black and white, there is no room for two.
    The scale might be wide, but there is no need to be blind.
    Cause between black and white, there is no room for two..."

    Theres no room between the both worlds to have both, Your either evil or good, One side or the other.

    "...I leave all of the grey behind.
    I see clear, I know that I?ll find..."

    Mixing black and white produces grey.
    So he stops mixing the two and chooses a side
    Velvet Tearson March 15, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it is a relationship, where he is stating that there cannot be a relationship because of strong opposing views each one has, black and white. also, grey, is like the compromising between the views, trying to make it work. But between black and white, through the compromises, it isnt going to work out. He is proud to be this far from her, and Im assuming he is "black". And then he wraps it up saying there is no room for two, bc he would rather stay the color than to be living a lie in grey. ok, strechting maybe, but gimme credit, its 3 o clock in the morning, and i cant think straight
    outKast524on March 28, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with Drav that I too, don't see racial intentions. I just listened to the song again and i get no feeling of that. I get the feeling that the song is about a differnt in ideas, not in the diffence of skin color. Merly because it says "black and white" in the song, doesn't mean its abotu black and white people ;).. i've played games called black and white, and its not about racism ;). But anyways, as i was saying, Hannible does offer some good support for the argument, and i respect, but disagree with it ;).
    The songseems to empahize that in life, there is no gray area in the desciosions we make. You cannot say that, for example, underage drinking is kindda good, but kindda bad. This song would suggest that It is either 100% good, or 100% bad, there is no inbetween. I got a feeling that the song is about choises... let me elaborate

    "I am one with the world tonight.
    I am proud to be this far from you. " - Writers of the romantic period (1800ishy) often wrote about the purity of nature, and curroption of society. From my listenings of In Flames, i have concluded that they have a tendancy to say some romantic things bout the curroption of socity. SOOOO, that aside, i can now continue- In flames looks at nature and realizes how rigth it is, but then when they look towards socity, they realize that it is bad, and they are happy to be seperated from it 'tonight'


    "You say that you have no regrets,
    but I know that you do. " - SImply put, have you ever felt guilty? Even if you say you havn't? Stop lieing to yourself, and come to the realiziation that what you do make choises everyday, and they are good, or bad, there is no middle ground.

    "You claim that you are innocent,
    but tell me who ain't. " This, i hear, as being kind of sarcastic. You say that your motives are good, but then again, show me 1 person who would do something bad and then claim it good. Basicly, everyone can claim to be innocent.

    Well i've said enough i think, it might not be 100% consistant, but oh well ;)...
    Killerbirdon April 01, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is one of the best songs on the new album..
    i just think this song, along with most of the others from Reroute to Remain would be a lot better if you could actually hear the vocals, and the recording quality wasnt so crappy...
    Juddc3891on April 23, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't believe it personaly, but the third or fourth time I listened to it I got that idea myself. Long before I came here.

    ...and then I began to worry. They're all white guys, and in the pictures I saw on the website they all wore pure white... Hmm...

    BUT I never serisouly thought it. And besides, look at the Trigger EP: would a racist cover "Land of Confusion"?! Doubtful. :P

    However, maybe they did write it from a racist's point of view... I'm suprised no-one's thought of that yet. It's not all that uncommon when songwriters do that, that is personify that which they dissagree with.

    I can't really think of any examples, unless you count NIN's "Mr. Self Destruct", which *kinda* works... But I'm sure you get the idea nonetheless.
    Mox Daimondon July 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis isn't about separating... you notice how it says I am one with the world... we're all equal... just because he says BETWEEN black and white, there is no room for two, doesn't mean that one has to go... its in the middle... Black and White... one race... not a mix (grey)... we're all different, but we're equal... also, sure, we say that we're this and that... but really, we're equal... no matter how hard we try to be better... " you say that you have no regrets, but I know that you do.." ... this means that even tho we say or do racist things... we feel bad about it... we feel guilty for separating in the past...
    Le Manson October 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou could easily think that black&white would be a song bout races, but sometimes, or even often, the things ain't that black&white:P.. In my opinion that'd be too simple, I think the song really is about difference, not about skincolor.. Partly becouse I want to belive it tho..
    Woroon December 06, 2004   Link

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