"Born and Raised in Black and White" as written by John Jarvis and Don ...
The wind blows hard across the Texas planes
Makes some people go insane
While others quietly pray for rain
That's where we came from

Two boys playing in the burning sun
One with books, one with guns
Mama calls but just one comes
The other one runs

In a crystal sense of wrong and right
We were born and raised in black and white
One learned to pray, one loved to fight
We were born and raised in black and white
We were born and raised in black and white

Brother took to the gospel road
Spent his whole live saving souls
When he looked at me his blood ran cold
He didn't even try

I had no dreams, I had no plans
But a gun felt good in my right hand
The warden asked, “How come you killed that man”
I said, “I don't know why”

Welcome home said the hot moonlight
We were born and raised in black and white
One lives to pray, one prays for life
We were born and raised in black and white
We were born and raised in black and white

Someone handed me a cigarette
They offered me my last request
I asked my mortal soul be blessed
By someone close to me

He came to me with trembling hands
He swore he'd never understand
I said it's just what life had planned
It's destiny

Don't waste your tears on me tonight
We were born and raised in black and white
I chose the dark, you chased the light
We were born and raised in black and white
We were born and raised in black and white

The wind blows hard across the Texas planes
Makes some people go insane
While others quietly pray for rain




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    Song MeaningThe Highwaymen have a special significance in my life. There songs were held dear to everyone in my family and were something that actually brought my family together. I have treasured memories of growing up and listening to their music.

    This song is one of my top three favourite. When I was a kid I just couldn't get the whole story and shamefully it took me a while before I figured out this song is about a man on death row being executed. There is so much meaning in such few lyrics that tell a big story in this song.

    No brainer the song is about people being black and white in the Christian sense, being born either good or bad and begins a story with two boys who are just that.

    Complete opposite of each other (they are brothers) One boy "played with books" and did what he was told. "He learned to pray. He became a priest and spent his life saving souls."
    The other boy played with guns and loved to fight, He had no dreams and no plans. One day he shoots and kills his brother and can not give a reason to why he did only that the gun felt good in his hand.

    He must of been a model prisoner and a well liked man, he was comforting the executioner! Who seemed emotionally troubled to the point his hands where trembling! (he came to me with trembling hands, swore he'd never understand) he comforts him saying...
    "it's just what life had planned,
    I chose the dark you chased the light, its destiny...
    don't waste your tears on me tonight"

    Someone handed me a cigarette and offered me my "last request"
    "He came to me with trembling hands" - lethal injection?

    "I asked my mortal soul be blessed by someone close to me" - God. His last request was a prayer for his soul.

    His fate was sealed that night exactly the way it was written for him - Welcome home said the moonlight

    Blue-Butterflyon November 14, 2018   Link

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