Ken Boothe - Is It Because I'm Black (RocknRolla Soundsystem Edit)

by RocknRolla Soundsystem

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about

Ken Boothe's recording career began in Jamaica in the late 1950s, when he formed a duo with his neighbor Stranger Cole as "Stranger & Ken". Between 1966 - 70, Boothe recorded his first records, for which he worked with producer: Clement "Coxsone" Dodd (Studio One). In 1973 he released this excellent and heartfelt cover of the Syl Johnson classic “Is It Because I’m Black” on the Trojan album Let's get it on.

This retreat is done with respect to the original by RocknRolla Soundsystem.

lyrics

The dark brown shades of my skin, only add colour to my tears
That splash against my hollow bones, that rocks my soul
Looking back over my false dreams, that I once knew
Wondering why my dreams never came true

Is it because I'm black?
Somebody tell me, what can I do
Something is holding me back
Is it because I'm black?
In this world of no pity
I was raised in the ghetto of the city
Momma, she works so hard
To earn every penny
Something is holding me back
Is it because I'm black?

Like a child stealing candy for the first time, and got caught
Thiefing around life's corner somewhere I got lost
Something is holding me back
I wonder, is it because I'm black?
Somebody tell me what can I do

credits

released August 10, 2015
Songwriters
JOHNSON / JONES / WATTS

Original
SYL JOHNSON

Editors
ROCKNROLLA SOUNDSYSTEM

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