Curtis Mayfield - We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue Lyrics




We people who are darker than blue
Are we gonna stand around this town
And let what others say come true?
We're just good for nothing they all figure

A boyish, grown up, shiftless jigger
Now we can't hardly stand for that
Or is that really where it's at?
We people who are darker than blue

This ain't no time for segregatin'
I'm talking 'bout brown and yellow two
High yellow girl, can't you tell
You're just the surface of our dark deep well

If your mind could really see
You'd know your color the same as me
Pardon me, brother, as you stand in your glory
I know you won't mind if I tell the whole story

Get yourself together, learn to know your side
Shall we commit our own genocide
Before you check out your mind?

I know we've all got problems
That's why I'm here to say
Keep peace with me and I with you
Let me love in my own way

Now I know we have great respect
For the sister, and mother it's even better yet
But there's the joker in the street

Loving one brother and killing the other
When the time comes and we are really free
There'll be no brothers left you see

We people who are darker than blue
Don't let us hang around this town
And let what others say come true

We're just good for nothing they all figure
A boyish, grown up, shiftless jigger
Now we can't hardly stand for that
Or is that really where it's at?

Pardon me, brother, while you stand in your glory
I know you won't mind if I tell the whole story
Pardon me, brother, I know we've come a long, long way
But let us not be so satisfied for tomorrow can be an
An even brighter day





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  1. Kdawg #Louisi-Animal

    ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾

  2. Gregory Isom

    "Pardon me, brother, while you stand in your glory, I know you won't mind if I tell the whole story" Curtis lyrics had so much pain to the point he was a direct messenger from God, He was the official movement consigliere appointed by GOD himself!

  3. Guido ALIANÇA RACIAL

    Curtis Mayfield original black music💚R.I.P #eternal

  4. Rafael 1984

    Quinto Andar rimo da direita

  5. Rashaan Cornell

    King Curtis the World needs you more than ever! I wish I could call the Gates of Heaven and asked the Good Lord to return you to us but you'll probably say no and I wouldn't blame you!!.. We Love and miss you King Curtis Mayfield!!✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾

  6. Patrick HENRY

    One of the best !! Curtis , Marvin , Stevie !! I love them for ever !

  7. songbird53

    Black Lightning brought me here. The creators of that show have excellent music taste!!!

  8. Blue Indigo

    This was recorded in a time before computer software was widely used in the studio....artists like Curtis Mayfield, Quincy Jones, Barry White, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway & others would bring local orchestra sections into the studio (symphony orchestra musicians working on the side)....to do songs like these. They would work in conjuction with the bands of the artists or studio bands like MFSB (Philadelphia Int'l), Booker T & the MG's (Stax in Memphis), The Funk Brothers (Motown), Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (Alabama), The Wrecking Crew...and others. It was the best time for music in America. Computers lowered production costs....but the magic & complexity of that music is extemely hard to capture today (hence the wide use of sampling...which I am all for...as long as credit is given. It helps keep the origins of the music alive).

  9. Tobi Oluwatimilehin

    Carolina on my mind brought me here

  10. Cobalt Ramirez

    Black lightning anymore?

  11. Daren Gilliam

    Loving a BRUTHA and killing another this whole gig was together from the lyrics to the sound we can all git down you dig

  12. A Social

    Black Lightning

  13. Playfur Cinema

    Here from Black Lightening

  14. Adam R

    One of a hand full of artist that Wrote his songs , sang his song and also played and played an instrument in his songs who can say that??? Neil young and Bruce Springsteen are the only ones I can name. And if u do name another make sure that person has all 3

  15. Dee Jones

    This song speak to the Soul.

  16. Lando Clarkson

    Brotha Curtis was an absolute "Musical Genius" just listening to the melody & those drums makes me feel how connected to the Universe I truly am 💯💯 💯

  17. smoothjazzaxe

    Curtis Consciousness :-)

  18. BRUTHA WAR

    This song has brought me to tears before. Not afraid to admit it!

    Jaime Smith

    Its a very beautiful deep soulful song i completely understand

  19. Stacy Stevens

    ALOT OF POWER AND TRUTH IN THAT.

  20. Alberta Laquasia

    still relevant!

  21. George S.

    God damn, im from RJ BRA, just born in 84....but listening this song, i feel like i live in 70`s .....tks for this , for the song, the vibe, the message.....

  22. Roy Eugenious

    Now we can’t stand for that or is that really where it’s at?

  23. Jo Ann Sanders

    I miss Curtis Mayfield's wisdom, such a heavy brother.

  24. Dramacydal EL

    CORMEGA

  25. sal lemus

    We people who are darker than blue
    Are we gonna stand around this town
    And let what others say come true?
    We're just good for nothing, they all figure
    A boyish, grown-up, shiftless jigger
    Now we can't hardly stand for that
    Or is that really where it's at?

    We people who are darker than blue
    This ain't no time for segregatin'
    I'm talking 'bout brown and yellow, too
    High yellow gal, can't you tell
    You're just the surface of our dark, deep well?
    If your mind could really see
    You'd know your color the same as me
    Pardon me, brother, as you stand in your glory
    I know you won't mind if I tell the whole story

    Get yourself together, learn to know your sign
    Shall we commit our own genocide
    Before you check out your mind?
    I know we've all got problems
    That's why I'm here to say
    Keep peace with me and I with you
    Let me love in my own way


    Now I know we have great respect
    For the sister
    And mother, it's even better yet
    But there's the joker in the street
    Loving one brother and killing the other
    When the time comes and we are really free
    There'll be no brothers left, you see

    We people who are darker than blue
    Don't let us hang around this town
    And let what others say come true
    We're just good for nothing, they all figure
    A boyish, grown-up, shiftless jigger
    Now we can't hardly stand for that
    Or is that really where it's at?

    Pardon me, brother, while you stand in your glory
    I know you won't mind if I tell the whole story
    Pardon me, brother, I know we've come a long, long way
    But let us not be so satisfied
    For tomorrow can be an
    An even brighter day

  26. Blessed_dna

    This is the blackest song ever created.

  27. Sharon Dukes

    He was a musical Prophet who went beyond Genius, he touched the souls of us all.

  28. Barbara Rainford

    Awesome Genius songs Writer's

  29. patriceofmind

    A musical prophet

  30. Thomas chapton jr.

    CURTIS MAYFIELD IS A CHICAGO STORY, WE THAT GREW UP IN HIS HEY DAY NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE FROM MISS HIS MUSIC AND STORY TELLING VERY MUCH,

  31. JoAnn Muhammad

    Delivery of a Beautiful Soulful Message! !

  32. fluid wings

    He poured the syrup of love on the pancakes of struggle, rendering, a sweeter meal; let's eat!

  33. mike Marino

    So many nice sections of sound out there.when the rhythm starts their conversation they feel it N I do to..there's so many nice sections here strings horns bongo guitar bass conga Harp there too.n voice of course...

  34. sandra merriweather

    MY FATHER WAS A DRUMMER, HE PLAYED WITH LOT OF CHICAGO KATS AS HE SAID..HE PLAYED ANY DRUM ..I LOVE THIS REMINDS ME OF HIM PLAYING AND ME DANCING ! RIP JEFF THOMAS

  35. sandra merriweather

    SAY IT CURTIS! TELL IT

  36. sandra merriweather

    NOW THIS IS THE SONG !

  37. Leatha Henderson

    I mean when universal law hit this land hell on earth

  38. Leatha Henderson

    This song is deep and it's no time for brown,yellow,blacks to segregate we need to really start sticking together now more than ever around the world cause the enemy want us wiped out but when the universal hit this earth they won't be able to fight it the almighty don't like evil and when pour his wrath it will be he'll to pay

  39. ecclesia flores

    Are fillipinos darkr than blue?

  40. Mulumba Kadiayi

    curtis mayfield d angelo father

  41. Liliane Beeckman

    Dit maakt men nog nauwelijks ! Groots !!

  42. SagicorN

    I 💘 this Damn song my favorite song ever😢😢😢. Very humbling song

  43. Cc117 cc117

    He was terrific very underrated

  44. that's NINO

    timeless truth, highest salutes to a divine soul

  45. Wilson Chales

    Quinto Andar clássico !

  46. Dramahawk Promotions

    classicccccccccccc

  47. Ben Dickinson

    “Yellow girl, can’t you tell, you are the surface of our dark deep well” - 😳 what a thinker and communicator! Fantastic.

    BeABeliever InLove

    FANTASTIC LYRIC

    Terry Hawkins

    @BeABeliever InLove ikr...." 🎶🎤 There's the joker in the street lovin one brother and killin the other"🎶🎤!! ( DEEP and sadly TRUE) !!😲😥

  48. si6ck

    Nujabes?

    Justin Crockett

    Yeaaas brotha, imaginary folklore!! R.i.p to two of the greatest

  49. beanie0112

    the way the violins drop in at 4:19 just sounds so damn coldblooded.

  50. Ronnie Mbuthia

    J. Cole - Carolina on My Mind

  51. Sisterly Love

    We who are "Darker Than Blue" Curtis Mayfield , Must get ready for what we see before us... Armageddon - Wikipedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armageddon

    According to the Book of Revelation in the New Testament of the Bible, Armageddon is the prophesied location of a gathering of armies for a battle during the end times, variously interpreted as either a literal or a symbolic location. The term is also used in a generic sense to refer to any end of the world scenario

  52. Jason, Christopher Capps

    Jason Society's ReaptlianBloodlines Illumination Manly P Hall s JasonsSocietys Universal Holy spirit JccGolden Templar Dragon portals Vortex's JCC Enki and Enil oGs Original Gods and Goddesses Ancient aliens Jcc

  53. Whodoyoutrust ?

    Thanks Kev Mac

  54. Anna Baxter

    You don’t have to be darker than blue to understand the meaning of this song, and to appreciate Curtis Mayfield’s music. The more of his catalog I listen to, the more I love his voice, his grooves, and just Curtis for the musician and singer he was. No, I wasn’t there at the time (but wish I was in so many ways—I think of myself as an old soul who grew up 25 years too late) but it hasn’t stopped me from loving his music and trying to understand the way things were when he sang about them. 💟 And ☮️

  55. Darin Reese

    Deep was Curtis

  56. marcus.

    mane...™


    #datPimpn

  57. wanderlustwarrior

    4:00 - Okay, RJD2 (and Aceyalone) used this sample for Here and Now.

  58. bookaholic blue

    I listened to this song today on repeat. Beautiful and timeless.

  59. Bin Laden

    You a wine head

  60. sal alonzo

    tru life sample

  61. nancy Vega

    Does anybody knows what does he means with this lyrics?

  62. Maxine Wells

    lisa thomas, REALLY?

  63. Kato McKay

    && still' ..........................

  64. Sheranda Vaughan

    This song is beyonnnnnd deep and still so relevant.  Good music is an understatement to describe this genre and Mr. Mayfield's music.   Talk about being "woke"!

  65. Waykers 13

    This here is the song that should've been called the message

  66. Christian Adams

    The looters down in Florida after the devastation of Irma should take good heed of this tune!

  67. Thomas Boyd

    I am in tears

    Empathic Soul

    You are LOVED 🙏🏽

  68. kim pisarski

    There needs to be a hip hop/rap tribute to Curtis Mayfield, using his songs plus their own lyrics!

  69. MusicLover P

    Leroy Holmes what do you mean by people have been wanting the song version here it is?

  70. Jenna Picken

    what genre would one call this

    Aries Walsh

    Jenna Picken Soul Music. Plain and simple.

  71. Caique Silva

    "Eu rimo na esquerda, eu rimo na direita..." - Quinto Andar

  72. henk paulich

    fantastic music and good lyrics.

  73. Charles Stevens

    This is the JOINT!!!! I was 15 when this came out and things were very, very, different than they are now, and CURTIS kept asking questions of us from the time he left the Impressions until his death! He recorded the soundtrack for the 60s and 70 s with his to the point but beautiful lyrics that have proven prophetic and talking about not just now, but RIGHT NOW!!! Why?Cause theres the joker in the street /lovin one brother and killing the other/ But we can hardly stand for that/ OR IS THAT .......REALLY WHERE ITS AT!

  74. atlinsomniac h

    Curtis, brotha Curtis- so prescient.

  75. og skate nerderism

    To me, it seems pretty clear but am I wrong thinking when he refers to 'yellow' he is referring to Asian Americans?? I looked it up on the internet and didn't see any references. Someone help a brother out! Long live Curtis!!

    Shela Shepard

    original asian skate nerdery it means a light-skinned black woman

  76. Darianna Mena

    I got this song from the pet store

  77. Lion Kingdom

    Let me clear that up with out rushing the song is for people who are true at heart.

  78. Lion Kingdom

    Very nice song for people who want to people who what to do right. I love it.

  79. Jessicka the highly sensitive

    one year later, still relevant

  80. Jonathan Akerele

    This song would go great with old Black Panther footage from the 1960's and civil rights leaders King and X giving their speeches since the lyrics are about everyone equally suffering and needing to come together and help each other. =)

  81. Elena Walker

    Deep song!

  82. Joe Abercrombie

    1 comment."check out yo mind" Joe abercrombie

  83. mary Santos

    Quinto Andar - Rimo na direita

  84. Evan .Elliott

    Ima spin this shit

  85. M3l203

    heard this sample from j.Cole's carolina on my mind, and just had to hear the original

    Jaime Smith

    M3l203 Ok we get it but this is a legend lol

  86. Budd Kelly

    Absolute genius! Sadly still a timely statement for today, but his optimism throughout is still so needed to offset internal and external injustice. –– We need more voices, souls and hearts like Curtis -

  87. Jonathan Akerele

    I think this song is a reference to police brutality with the title "Darker than Blue" as cops wear blue and at the time that this song came out I think it was during the heart of the civil rights movement with cops warring against poor people like crazy. If you think about it now the song has meaning today because the SAME thing is happening now that happened then. Only thing different are the individuals involved and the improvements in technology that let residents record incidents from their phones.

    Jonathan Akerele

    Thanks.=)

    Serg Q'ba Romero

    Jonathan Akerele Good observation, money. Great comment, I think ur right. BOTH conciously and philosophically

    Carol Butler

    I was in high school when this came out. I choreographed a piece to it. He is referring to the color Black. Curtis refers to other shades of the African American in the song as well. He is calling us to continue with progress, and not to wallow in self pity or scorn which often resulted in violence.

  88. Luc Marievoet

    "We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue" is the right title.

    M3l203

    Luc Marievoet I hope you die

    Charles Williams

    Hey, hey now, what the fuck does this song mean first, and later explore the trolling implications.

    Zinskey

    But if thats true, Luc. Why does he say " We People, Who Are Darker Than Blue"?

    Luc Marievoet

    I'm just talking about what's printed as title on the record. Got the record here with me ... You are right, he's singing it the other way too ...

    mentality war

    Luc Marievoet piece of white color less shit

  89. Serg Q'ba Romero

    I'm Cuban...the day people stop differentiating music by "the color of ones skin"...that will be the day we as one people; HUMAN FUCKING BEINGS, will START to get ahead And actually begin to progress, as WE THE PEOPLE, OF THE UNITED STATES.

  90. Horace Hargrove

    He was such an excellent musician as a person, rip

  91. itzyourgirl xoxodanny

    cool song

  92. GOLDEN BABY 360

    Curtis Mayfield 4ever

  93. GOLDEN BABY 360

    He was and is a Prophet of Blackness with all the beauty it represents

    Ben Dickinson

    That really isn’t the message he is trying to convey; you can easily exchange black and white with rich and poor.

    BeABeliever InLove

    GOLDEN BABY that was well said, "Prophet of Blackness". <3

  94. Leon Bogues

    THIS IS OFFICIAL SCRIPTURE

  95. Paula Jordan

    not origional but beautiful still

    ElNaranjoMuziek

    +Paula Jordan Not original? What are you talking about?

    Paula Jordan

    Sorry my mistake, realise i have a differant album :)

  96. eugenesco jackson

    imagine he and maurice white doing something together with thier wisdom

    Kim Wong

    R.I.P Maurice White :(

  97. Theron English

    This is a complete failure for Black Radio stations to not play his Civil rights music. To do so would probably bring censor action from White people. But start trying to disturb the peace like Hosea Williams did.

    Jeff Williams

    Actually it would bring awareness and understanding. All great art does this. Curtis Mayfield is an American treasure. And yes,... I'm white.

    Paula Jordan

    ♥♡:-)

    Firecrest

    It was so wrong. This song is about harmony. He's talking to Black People and saying future and prosperity is possible but we must rise to the challenge and be united. It was a radical message fifty years ago. Now it seems relatively mild.

    Antina Sanders

    Theron English wrong this is needed all day everyday

    Charming Billy

    Curtis Mayfield sold more records to white people than black.