"Black" as written by and Robert/angelettie Ross....
Voices call, they call out my name, (my name, my name)
They say I'm different well I'm not the same (the same)
You say you want to be like me
Well boy let me tell you,
You don't know what I've seen

They say the devil lives in my soul
I promise not to let him take control

I'm minding my own business
I ain't doing nothing wrong
I ain't doing nothing wrong

Shadows follow so close behind me
I look in the mirror I don't like what I see
Oh God, can't you help me get out of here? (here)
I feel like I'm living deep in hell

I'm minding my own business
I ain't doing nothing wrong

I'm minding my own business
I ain't doing nothing wrong

I'm minding,
I'm minding my own
I ain't doing nothing wrong
I ain't doing nothing wrong

Nothing wrong


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"Black" as written by Stone Gossard Eddie Vedder

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    General Commenti think this song's about racism...at least that's what Sevendust said on the page.... =P
    pro2oon January 17, 2002   Link
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    General Commentone of the best guitar riffs in metal music. yes its definitely about racism and how much of metal is dominated by whites (eg. nazi metal and other SHIT )its good to see a black guy fronting a metal band
    sta515on October 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah a black guy doin 'white peoples music' I'm sure that's what it's about.

    Btw I'm not racist.
    Muzzyon March 07, 2003   Link
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    General CommentGreat song!!! I think that something about racism can be drawn from it, but I think when he says "You say you want to be like me, Well boy let me tell you, you didn't know what I've seen." relates to how some people hear some kind of music, start acting like the social group that listens to it, but can't relate to it at all. We call them posers. Seeing how Lajon is black, he's trying to say he's being himself and not just in a rock band because he thinks it's cool.
    Augthailon November 10, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti definetly think this song is about racism and about how he hasnt done anything wrong just cos hes black (I'm minding my own business. I ain't doing nothing wrong) Poor Lajon his bro got shot he has my support this song has a great solo sevendust are one of the greatest bands alive
    corpsesbleedcoldon February 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOkay i'll break this down

    Voices call, they call out my name
    They say I'm different well I'm not the same
    You say you want to be like me
    Well boy let me tell you, you didn't know what I've seen.

    ( i would have to agree that this section of the song is definately about posers...people at his concerts screaming his and wishing they could be like him..not knowing the things he's gone through and not being able to relate)

    They say the devil lives in my soul
    I promise not to let him take control

    (not too clear on this part but best guess would have to be that rock music is not "generally" accepted and that people tend to think of it as "devils music")

    I'm minding my own business.
    I ain't doing nothing wrong

    ( this is definatly about racism i think he feels singled out because he's black espcially among a genre of music typically listened to by white people and i feel that he's basically saying that he's no different than anyone else)

    Shadows follow So close behind me
    I look in the mirror I don't like what I see.
    Oh God, Can't you help me get out of here
    I feel like I'm living deep in hell.

    (I feel that he's trying to say that people are always watching him/ talkin behind his back "shadows follow so close behind me" and that it makes him feel uncomfortable in his own skin and it makes him hate himself)

    I'm minding my own business
    I ain't doing nothing wrong

    ( as a bi-racial that's how i see it..I'm half black and half white..so i kind of know what it's like on both ends..just being a metal head i get talked about by my black side of the family..and the fact that i'm half black gets me talked about by my white side of the family and that would be my shadow)
    Odiumon September 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commentnice ^^^
    sevendusteron October 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOdium...i agree with you the most. *high five*
    ardx1on January 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOdium...i agree with you the most. *high five*
    ardx1on January 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOdium...i agree with you the most. *high five*
    ardx1on January 18, 2007   Link

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