Color yourself, color yourself black and red
and when you find life slow and simple
then you've grown against the grain
but look at yourself, you've got your head held in your hands
there's proof you don't need to possess or command

You color yourself, color yourself bitter gray
in words you are outspoken, but too few hear what you say
you break yourself and still don't understand
conditioned to compete whether you lose or if you win

touch all you see - surround yourself

color yourself, color yourself black and red
and when you find life slow and simple
then you've grown against the grain
but look at yourself, you've got your head held in your hands
there's proof you don't need to possess or command


Lyrics submitted by Kuroda, edited by Brizian

Black And Red song meanings
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    General CommentI'd of thought it was about anarcho-syndicalism. Black and Red are the colours of the anarcho-syndicalist flag and numerous other references to anarchist philosophy. The line "conditioned to compete whether you lose or if you win" which refers to the capitalist theory of businesses competing to stimulate economic growth, as opposed to the co-operative nature of most anarchist theories, makes it most evident other then mentioning Black and Red.

    Could be wrong, but I don't really see what else it could be.
    AnRKon October 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah, it's definitely about anarchism. More specifically, anarcho-communism or anarcho-syndicalism, both of which fly the red/black flag or use a red/black bisected star as a symbol.
    Black = anarchism
    Red = communism

    One mistake in the lyrics: where it says "possess on command," it should say "possess or command."
    dopaminoon May 29, 2010   Link

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