"Shades Of Grey" as written by Eric M Bazilian and Amanda Marshall....
I was an August baby
Conceived by the Christmas lights
I came into the world by the setting sun
On a humid summer night
When my grandmother held me for the very first time
She thanked God I looked like my daddy
And I never quite knew just what she meant, but I knew she was a little too happy
And now I see

[Chorus]
You can't change a stubborn mind
You can't see the world if your eyes are blind
What does it matter anyway
In our darkest hour we're all just shades of grey

They got married in a tiny chapel, 1965
Malcom X was on the radio
When he took her as his wife
And she looked so pretty that September day
And her older brother cried as he gave her away
And the minister looked like he didn't know what to say
And then he spoke

[Chorus]

When my grandmother held me for the very first time
She thanked God I looked like my daddy
And I never gave a damn just what she meant, but I knew she was a little too happy
And now I see

You can't change a stubborn mind
You can't see the world if your eyes are blind
What does it matter anyway
In our darkest hour we're all just shades of grey

Darkest hour we're all just shades of grey
Shades of grey hey, hey, hey
It doesn't matter anyway Don't give a damn
Don't give a damn
Don't give a damn what they say
We're all just shades of grey
We're all just shades of grey
Shades of grey


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    General CommentI think this song is about an interracial couple that got married and had a baby. The grandmother is the father's mother and is happy to see that the child looks more like the dad than the mother. That's why the minister's not sure what to say, and that's why there's a Malcolm X reference. Any other ideas?
    spal054on April 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHey - This is actually in reference to the real life story and struggle that Amanda's parents went through when they first fell in love in the 60's when intolerance and racism were still rampant. Amanda's mother is black and her father is white, and apparently plenty of people (including Amanda's grandmother) had a problem with it. Hence the "When my grandmother held me for the very first time She thanked God I looked like my daddy" -she was happy that Amanda's skincolor wasn't 'obvious' biracial. It's an incredibly deep and meaningful song to Amanda and this is her way of telling people that in the grand scheme of life, skin color doesn't mean a god damn thing as long as love is involved. Wicked song that every racist asshole in the world should listen to ;-)
    filthymind69on July 11, 2007   Link

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