Living in Black and White

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This is a song about street art as protest. Inspired by Inside Out (2013, d. Alastair Siddons), a documentary about artist JR and his global art project

lyrics

We threw paint on the fire, it was such an eerie sight
Till the call went on the wire we were coloring the night
So we scattered away as we dreamed of fleeting fame
Turned around for one last look and watched their water kill the flame

As we closed our mouths and bit our tongues the fumes made way into our lungs
The smoke rose up and cleared our eyes until we finally realized

We’re living in black and white, living in black and white
Once upon a time I swear you and I declared we’d make it right

So we entered the museum through the velvet-covered chain
Like the largest mausoleum all the bodies well contained
Will we ever hold a candle if we paint outside the frame
Are we artist are we vandal when they cover up our name

And the halls are clean and soil-free but so damn dark that we can’t see

We’re living in black and white, giving in to black and white
Once upon a time I swear
You and I would dare to shed some light

And if you don’t wanna see me, turn around, turn around
And if you don’t wanna hear me, turn it down, turn it down
And if you don’t wanna know you can take your things and go
But I will not tear it down, no I will not tear it down

We threw paint on the fire we hung faces on the wall
We sang every song we knew into the crowded city hall
But the offering we gave them only made them hate us more
And they screamed out “Who are you to leave your footprints on our floor?”

And as they tore our pictures down and threw the pieces on the ground
The colors spiraled down the drain and everything was just the same
Everything was just the same, everything was just the same

No more living in black and white, giving into black and white
Once upon a time I swear you and I declared we’d make it right

Living in black and white

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from The Big Reveal, released November 14, 2015
Jill Knapp: vocals
Matt Casarino: guitars, vocals
Ritchie Rubini: drums, vocals
Ray Gagliardino: bass

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Matt Casarino and Jill Knapp are Hot Breakfast! - Delaware's premier acoustic dork-rock power duo.

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