"Black History Month" as written by Jesse Keeler and Sebastien Grainger....
Can you remember a time when this city was
A great place for architects and dilettantes
A nice place for mid waves and crossing guards
And on, and on

Hold on children
Your mother and father are leaving

Do you remember a time when this pool was
A great place for water wings and cannonballs
A nice place for astrologists and blow up dolls
And on, and on

Hold on children
Your best friend's parents are leaving


Lyrics submitted by indignity, edited by Whodini24

"Black History Month" as written by Sebastien Grainger Jesse Keeler

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    General Commentmy favorite by dfa1979!
    musicequalsliveon February 15, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment I'm from Seb's city, Missisauga (it's a suburb of Toronto) and there is no "inner-city" decay happening. The city is ridiculously safe (and insanely rich) considering it's population, as you can see here (Mississauga is under Peel Region):

    .macleans.ca/2009/03/04/the-most-dangerous-cities-in-canada-overall-crime-score%E2%80%94by-rank/.

    The Greater Toronto Area is the most diverse part of Canada as half of it's population is made up of visible minorities (increasing every year), but the GTA also has the lowest crime rate in Canada, and is only getting safer with time, and city Toronto, itself is the safest metropolitan city in all of North America:

    thestar.com/News/GTA/article/…

    You racists need to check your facts before molding lyrics to your ideal meanings. It's called black history month because of when it was written.

    "...inner city decay". Honestly, there are no words to describe how disgusting you people are.
    knaveryon December 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think is about how everything in the world is changing.
    "Your mother and father are leaving."
    -Maybe they mean divorce? Divorce 'back in the day' wasn't as common as it is now.

    "Do you remember back when this city was...?"
    -Maybe they mean that most everything on this planet is corrupt and no good?

    kdfhgdfg I don't know.
    I'm curious as to why they named this song "Black History Month."
    pantsuiton February 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song has a sick backbeat that reminds me of a part in the foghat song 'slow ride' where it goes - "you know the rhythm is right"...sort of curves up towards the end.. so whenever i hear this song i think of that one. i love it... classic loss of innocence - "Hold on children
    Your bestfriend's parents are leaving" you totally know theyre gonna throw a sick party and get wasted next to the pool
    " Do you remember a time when this pool was
    A great place for waterwings and cannonballs
    A nice place for astrologists and blow up dolls
    And on, and on... "

    not anymore its not...
    polythenepamon February 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is

    someone growing up and moving out
    WikedAbibon March 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThey named that song that because it was written in Feb....Black History Month
    Vibuton March 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhen i first heard it it made me think of all these abandoned kids (maybe black kids coz of the title) sitting by the pool in the blazing sun. the sadness in the tone must be coz of the abandonment. when i looked at the lyrics, i thought about it being more of a contrast between their swimming pool when adults were there and when they wern't.

    midwaves, waves in the middle of the pool. crossing guards, some game about getting across the pool. architect = adult job. dilitant, (dunno?)perhaps dilutant, like the chemical they'd put in the pool... the first verse is about what the pool was like when their parents were around.

    now, in the 2nd verse, they've left so they'll be having a party. they're playing games and they've got blow up dolls floating about coz its one racous party. i get this idea that the subject and their best friend get it on coz they mention 'your best friends parents are leaving'. with the astrologists i think about kids on sun loungers looking up into the stars.
    Daisy*on March 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's not "midwaves", people...it's "MIDWIVES", as in people who help deliver babies.
    cdconnon April 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti always thought this song was about pre-teens who get down when no one's looking. you know. they sip their dad's bud and laugh a lot while swallowing weed roots. or something.

    PARTY NAKED
    LateNiteBedroomPopon December 19, 2005   Link
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    General Comment..wtf?

    makes me think of South Central or something..
    LydiaXoXoon December 20, 2005   Link

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