"Black Messiah" as written by and Davies....
Everybody got the right to speak their mind
So don't shoot me for saying mine
Everybody talking about racial equality
Cause everybody's equal in the good Lord's eyes
But if I told you that God was black
What would you think of that
I bet you wouldn't believe it

There's a self made prophet living right next to me
He said the Black Messiah's gonna come and set the whole world free
He looked at me with his evil eye and prophesied
And he really believed it

He said a Black Messiah is gonna set the world on fire
And he's no liar, 'cause he has truly heard the word
Everybody talking about racial equality
But I'm the only honky living on an all black street
They knock me down 'cause they brown and I white

Everybody got the right to speak their mind
So don't shoot me for saying mine
Everybody talking about racial equality
You hear everybody talking about equal rights
But white's white, black's black and that's that
And that's the way you should leave it

Don't want no Black Messiah to come and set the world on fire
A Black Messiah is gonna come and rule the world
Everybody got to show a little give and take
Everybody got to live with a little less hate
Everybody gotta work it out, we gotta sort it out
Everybody got the right to speak their mind
So don't shoot me for saying mine


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    General CommentGreat song. Love how it makes you think about something that most people are uncomfortable with.
    Phadedjadedon April 06, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningEverybody got the right to speak their mind
    So don't shoot me for saying mine

    (self-explaining)

    Everybody talking about racial equality
    Cause everybody's equal in the good Lord's eyes

    (speaking of our highest ideals)

    But if I told you that God was black
    What would you think of that
    I bet you wouldn't believe it

    (we don't really believe in our highest ideals)

    There's a self made prophet living right next to me
    He said the Black Messiah's gonna come and set the whole world free
    He looked at me with his evil eye and prophesied
    And he really believed it

    (self-explaining)

    He said a Black Messiah is gonna set the world on fire
    And he's no liar, 'cause he has truly heard the word

    (mocking this prophet persona)

    Everybody talking about racial equality
    But I'm the only honky living on an all black street
    They knock me down 'cause they brown and I white

    (mocking the primitive thoughts of these racist personas, showing they want "equality" but they don't care to give it to others solely because of their own racism)

    Everybody got the right to speak their mind
    So don't shoot me for saying mine

    Everybody talking about racial equality
    You hear everybody talking about equal rights

    But white's white, black's black and that's that
    And that's the way you should leave it

    (NOT: Whites are white, blacks are black. BUT: [Color] white is [Color] white, just as black, and that's all there is to it - it's just a color, visual appearance of a minor physical attribute that plays a small part in the big process of what makes a person a person)

    Don't want no Black Messiah to come and set the world on fire

    (Ray Davies doesn't want a radical violent change escalated by a "messiah", even though some have been, and are oppressed)

    A Black Messiah is gonna come and rule the world

    (Retro to prophet)

    Everybody got to show a little give and take
    Everybody got to live with a little less hate
    Everybody gotta work it out, we gotta sort it out

    (Ray Davies solution to the racial "issue", or maybe our social "issues" in general)

    Everybody got the right to speak their mind
    So don't shoot me for saying mine



    Basically it is a satire like many of his songs, it is about "showing the other cheek", not "eye for an eye for an eye for an...), very Tolstoian. Not surprising, they have (or had) some similar "political" beliefs.
    Raveonon May 26, 2013   Link
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    General CommentWatch it Ray! You can't say things like this anymore!
    Ray points out all of our inherit racist tribal tendencies by asking if you pray to a black god or white one.
    He also very unabashedly claims that whites and blacks are indeed different, and that we need to recognize that before we can advance as a multicultural society (well thats the scenario as I see it in the states at least).
    Now I know that I'm treading dangerous waters here, but I also get the feeling that Ray is very pissed about the reverse racism happening today against whites.
    All in all, this is a highly offensive yet catchy little tune that I can't help but sing when the sheeple of America start crying for their lord Obama.
    That is just my opinion, don't shoot me for it!
    mycology101on January 21, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI get the impression that it is about inverted discrimination. (I've been a victim of this and been denied work on a few occasions because I'm white and applied for a job that had a predominantly black staff team)

    I reckon the song depicts anybody who is racist and that doesn't just include whites on blacks racism but the other way round as well....A pretty radical stance for Ray to take back in 1978.
    BarnabyHugheson November 03, 2015   Link

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