"Black & White" as written by and Sarah Mclachlan....
Unravel me
A distant cord
On the outside is forgotten
A constant need
To get along
And the animal awakens
And all I feel is black and white
The road is long
The memory slides
To the whole of my undoing
Put aside
I put away
I push it back to get through each day
And all I feel is black and white
And I'm wound up small and tight
And I don't know who I am
Everybody loves you when you're easy
Everybody hates when you're a bore
Everyone is waiting for your entrance so
Don't disappoint them
Unravel me
Untie this chord
The very center of our union
Is caving in
I can't endure
I am the archive of our failure
And all I feel is black and white
And I'm wound up small and tight
And I don't know who I am
Everybody loves you when you're easy
Everybody hates when you're a bore
Everyone is waiting for your entrance so
Don't disappoint them
Everybody loves you when you're easy so
Don't disappoint them
Don't disappoint them


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"Black & White" as written by Sarah Mclachlan

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    General Comment"I am the archive of our failure."--I love this line.

    I'm pretty sure this song (judging by the other songs on Surfacing and my personal experience with feeling this way) is about how you almost feel like a machine, or a robot, when you're depressed. You distance yourself from everyone, which is tough, especially when you're in a relationship ("The very center of our union is caving in."). The black and white and "everybody loves you when you're easy..." is how you end up just going through the motions to keep everyone happy, shutting off all emotions, when inside you're unraveling and falling apart.
    maebelle11on December 05, 2011   Link
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    General Commentthis feels like me. at times, this feels like me.
    manogrrlieon May 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think this is just about feeling like you have to live up to standards of society, and just not being able to handle it anymore, and not knowing yourself.

    "Everybody loves you when you're easy
    everybody hates when you're a bore
    everyone is waiting for your entrance
    so don't disappoint them"

    I feel these lyrics are so true. Who hasn't at one point felt that? That you have to do things to please people or you're nothing. It's like a constant pressure to feel like you have to measure up to something. Totally awesome song
    polomajikon April 24, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song is amazingly true. As said its about a feeling that you have to live up to the standards of society, showed in:
    ""Everybody loves you when you're easy
    everybody hates when you're a bore.." ect.
    Most of the time I feel exactly like this song when it says:
    "And all I feel is black and white
    and I'm wound up small and tight
    and I don't know who I am."
    My favourite part is the starting:
    "Unravel me
    a distant cord
    on the outside is forgotten
    a constant need
    to get along.."
    cay15on July 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song about how they try to be themself as well as be excepted by the society "to get along and the animal awakens and all I feel is black and white" this mean like to get along with people just makes them feel black and white...its devoid of sense , and makes them not who you are at all...

    but still they have to do it coz its a "a constant need" and remain themself that

    "Everybody loves you when you're easy
    everybody hates when you're a bore
    everyone is waiting for your entrance
    so don't disappoint them"
    Dak83on December 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI always thought when she says "I can't endure" that she was saying "I can't enjoy". I even felt bad for stealing the line for a song that I wrote. But I feel like either way it fits real well with the song.
    ofnothingon September 15, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationThis is my favorite Sarah McLachlan song and has personal meaning to me. It has helped me deal with many breakups.

    I feel the entire song is about the core of a breakup, blaming oneself, taking that blame on, and finding fault. Black and white are commonly referred to right or wrong. No gray area. My fault or her fault. I am the archive of our failure - this is all my fault and I know it. But can I deal with it? No. I can't. People don't like that. People need to see me not this way. Even though I am wound up as tight as I can be and because of this loss I have no idea who I am or what I have become. How do I move on when I feel so much pressure for this loss and I am not allowed to show it or to express it? I have so much anger inside ("The animal awakens") but I can't deal with this now... so I push it away to get through each day.

    I wish a video had been made for this. I would love to see what Sarah McLachlan's interpretation of this song visually would be. It defines what I think is happening a lot in our society - people on the outside looking cool, calm, and collected, and inside rotting with anger and pressure trying to live with the denial of what is really happening and their failure to deal with it.
    blitz80690on January 05, 2015   Link

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