Black and Blue (What did we do​?​) reprise

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Notes from the Lyricist:

In the 1930s and 40s Louis Armstrong frequently performed his iconic rendition of Black and Blue which was composed by Thomas 'Fats' Waller in 1929; with lyrics by Andy Razaf and Harry Brooks.

This melancholy song emotes the searing pain of racism and the helpless feeling of the sin of one's own skin.

The reprise of this classic song is performed by The Big Funny Orchestra with lyrics that are reflective of the current social climate in 2016 and out of concern for our children and the prospects of future generations.

B. Clay

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released November 4, 2016

Black and Blue (What Did We Do?) Reprise
The Big Funny Orchestrav
Vocals: Travis Simmons a.k.a. The Big Funny
Keyboards: Curtis 'The Seasoning' Seals
Congas: Telea Noriega
Musical Arrangement: Seals, Noriega and Gavin MacNeil
Reprised Lyrics: B. Clay
Post Production: Pixi Anderson
Cover Art: Pixilated Ink Promotions
Executive Producer: Travis Simmons
Associate Producers: Noriega and Seals

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Track Name: Black and Blue (What Did We Do?) Reprise
50 years passed, King dreamed Free at Last
Now comes a chump, a card---the Trump
What did we do to be so Black-and-Blue?

We tilled the soil and picked your fields
We built your cars and milled the steel
All my life through I've been so Black and Blue

We danced and sang, enriched your lives
We've earned our place despite our race
We've paid in full
our dues
We may be Black...
but we don't deserve the Blues!

Solo

Our voices must be heard
and at the least respected
This is our land too;
Black lives must be protected
Now that all the heavy lifting's done you just wish that we were gone
What did we do to feel so Black and Blue?

We fought in wars
defended rights
we were never given
After all we've done-- to make things better
we're just barely livin'

Alike inside we are but all you see is race
Would we be friends if I had another face?
We must stay strong-and get along to build a better land....
and never give the power to one solitary man!

Now in a race-- to be our president
He said for many years--
Obama is no resident
Cast your vote --or fear the boat,
it won't be a luxury cruise-- That worked before
but never more, it's not what we would choose

Bridge-trasition

What did we do to be so Black and Blue?
How will it end? He's not our friend
Our only sin is in our skin,
it's all up to you-- Go out and vote
or be forever-- Black and Blue

It's up to you, it's up to you
Don't let our kids be Black and Blue
Please tell me what did they do
To be so Black and Blue?
What did we do
to be so Black and Blue?
What did we do?
What did we do?
What did they do?
What What did we do?
What did we do?
Tell me what did we do
to be so Black and Blue?
What did we do?
Track Name: Black and Blue (What Did We Do?) reprise
50 years passed, King dreamed Free at Last
Now comes a chump, a card---the Trump
What did we do to be so Black-and-Blue?

We tilled the soil and picked your fields
We built your cars and milled the steel
All my life through I've been so Black and Blue

We danced and sang, enriched your lives
We've earned our place despite our race
We've paid in full
our dues
We may be Black...
but we don't deserve the Blues!

Solo

Our voices must be heard
and at the least respected
This is our land too;
Black lives must be protected
Now that all the heavy lifting's done you just wish that we were gone
What did we do to feel so Black and Blue?

We fought in wars
defended rights
we were never given
After all we've done-- to make things better
we're just barely livin'

Alike inside we are but all you see is race
Would we be friends if I had another face?
We must stay strong-and get along to build a better land....
and never give the power to one solitary man!

Now in a race-- to be our president
He said for many years--
Obama is no resident
Cast your vote --or fear the boat,
it won't be a luxury cruise-- That worked before
but never more, it's not what we would choose

Bridge-trasition

What did we do to be so Black and Blue?
How will it end? He's not our friend
Our only sin is in our skin,
it's all up to you-- Go out and vote
or be forever-- Black and Blue

It's up to you, it's up to you
Don't let our kids be Black and Blue
Please tell me what did they do
To be so Black and Blue?
What did we do
to be so Black and Blue?
What did we do?
What did we do?
What did they do?
What What did we do?
What did we do?
Tell me what did we do
to be so Black and Blue?
What did we do?