Diana Ross - Emerald City Sequence Lyrics




[EMERALD CITY GREEN:]

I want to be seen green
Wouldn't be caught dead, red
'Cause if you are seen green
It means you got mean bread

You've got to be seen green
To show that you're stuff's layed
If you're not seen green
You better be wearing jade

Oh, you've got to be seen green
Don't tell them your cupboard's bare
That you gave up one week's feed
To pay for your colored hair
Oh, oh, oh

[AN ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE GREAT POWERFUL OZ:]

I thought it over and green is dead
'Till I change my mind, the color is red

[EMERALD CITY RED:]

I wouldn't be seen green
Ooo! Oo! Oo! Ah! Ah!
I wouldn't be caught dead
And if I'm caught at all
Then catch me in dead, red
Ooo!
You've got to be dead red
You've got to be real hot
So throw away those green gems
And wear rubies on your yacht

You've got to be dead, red
You've got to have flash and flair
And if you're not seen red
Then you shouldn't be seen nowhere
Ah!

How quickly fashion goes down the drain.
Last week when you all was wearin' pink
Already for me red was old.
The ultimate brick is gold.
That's the new color, children

[EMERALD CITY GOLD:]

Golden gold
Golden gold
Golden gold
Golden gold

You got to be seen gold
Watch out for the new kind
You got to have old gold
Like some from a gold mine

You got to be wearin' gold
The twenty four carat kind
And once you've shined it up
It should ought to make you blind, ah!

You got to be seen in gold
To show that you're super slick
It helps to pay tips and tolls
It's the ultimate yellow brick
It's the ultimate
Gold

Golden gold
Golden gold
Golden gold
Golden gold
Golden gold
Golden gold
Golden gold
Gold, gold, gold, gold
Gold!





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  1. RTD1

    Amazing sequence beautifully shot outside the WTC when it was the symbolic beacon of pease that it was intended to be.

  2. shawn0md

    Lil Kim Crush on You!!!

  3. monica fleming

    GIT IT BLACK PEOPLE! YAAASSS!

  4. monica fleming

    HALSTON KILLED THESE OUTFITS!

  5. Levert Fairley

    they walking aint they

  6. Reggie Can Gleason

    I appreciate all the cultural significance of this scene. I really do. Even without all the genius of it’s representation and expression, this scene stands on it’s own. I remember when I was 11 years old and saw it in the theater I was completely dazzled.

  7. Ethan Mitchell

    Diana Ross face at 1:12 is me whenever I also see my beautiful black brothers and sisters 😂✊🏽‼️

  8. Monica Logan

    I think this was shot at the World Trade center but it does look like the courtyard of the WTC

  9. No need to, skeet!

    Noone:

    America and Russia in the 1960s:

  10. Jolijn Attema

    The costume disigner did an excelent job. I love the costumes in this film. Especialy in this scene

  11. Kem_Ra_Del X

    We were so busy being entertained...that we missed the education. Forgive us, ankhcestors...
    #RGB
    #OshunYELLOW

    MissTia777

    Educated on what?

    Kem_Ra_Del X

    @MissTia777 how things really are for Black folk. We missed the clues this & many other movies of that time provided.

  12. Omega Kitty

    I remember this movie from when I was a kid. This scene used to move me so much and still does. I feel closer to something and I’m not sure what. As a black female I feel as if I’m not sure what my culture is but this makes me fell connected somehow. I just love films like this and I haven’t found one that moves me like this one does. This will forever have a special place in my soul.

  13. Alberta

    Miss this!

  14. claude Last

    In the Underground House scene this shit is bananas when played right✊🏾 Woo this shit is classic

  15. M m

    lmao 3:14

  16. why the heck are we doing in here

    oh hey, the twin towers are in the background.


    (I hope someone catch the background?)

  17. Nacindia DreamChild

    I love this movie...pure perfection, oh please watch my video

  18. Ebony

    How did they know I was thinking of this last night?

  19. lostfound34

    Best part of the movie. Loved the all the people were sashaying around. Straight classy!

  20. NadrianATRS

    These were black people

    MissTia777

    Filthy white man

  21. Paul L. Rogers

    8th grade. That was when one of my teachers demanded that we see this film in the theater and took all of us. I am now 54. This is still one of my favorite movies.

  22. Queen LaReefer

    I still hate the flying monkeys, but those horns..JUST MADE ME WANNA WATCH BEYCHELLA😂

  23. Keon Bell

    I’m here in living in 2019 and I was born in 2000 this was 1978 this scene is still lit🔥🔥 to this fucking day PERIODTTTTT

  24. Victoria Grace

    The Wiz is a masterpiece! I grew up loving this version more than the '39 original. BEAUTIFUL.

  25. Jule Phillips

    I'll never forget these scenes from The Wiz ! For those of you who aren't familiar with the history of black modeling and style, the 70's was a spectacular time! We were not only killing them on the runways here but also in Europe! There was a move to do restoration on the palace of Versailles in France, a fashion show was planned with 5 top french and 5 top American designers. Black designer Stephen Burrows being one of the chosen. The cream of European society and nobility attended . The french showed their stuff in over the top, grand but dated styling. Then the Americans opened their segment with Liza Minnelli belting out "Bonjour Paris " Halston, Anne Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Stephen Burrows, and Bill Blass showed their best in a modern, choreographed Broadway style. But what made the whole thing so incredible was the black models! Those sisters strutted, sashayed and pranced like queens! The audience went berserk and were stomping in their seats and threw their programs up in their air!!! Yes, we slayed them that night much to the embarrassment of the french! There is a video done on that historic night and American fashion was put on the map. Those black sisters were the key figures in our success!

  26. Brandon Wical

    6:54 I also like this music

  27. Jasmine brown

    I love this part of the movie the fashion is amazing, the music is amazing jazz , blues, disco. Everything

  28. Mahogany Speaks

    The creativity behind this is beyond everything.

  29. DJ MIXER

    Dear black people of 2019 most of our dancing and some music come from this movie #blackandproud#

  30. N.E.C. STYLE

    Are we all now walking cameras!!!

  31. Quincy Lamar

    I can literally watch this over and over ( and I have) The woman in the front with the gold pants and fan hat... She has been my dance muse since I was a kid!!!

  32. TheFirstLadyHisMrs.

    Filmed outside the World Trade Center. One of my favorite parts of the movie!🔥😍👏🏾👏🏾

  33. Enyotta Watkins

    Quincy Jones was playing the piano in thr gold part. I believe everyone mostly was wearing gold. All other color wear a tint.

  34. Carlyne Jean Jacques

    As a kid watching this with my family in the late 1980s on TV, my favorite color was the Gold 🌟💛

  35. Angel Topaz

    My favorite is green , my sisters is red and my cousins is gold and I can say that they fit our personalities lol

  36. Antonio DeLaine

    I still think that Stephanie Mills should have gotten the part as Dorothy after playing her 5 years on Broadway. This movie got low ratings because an old woman was trying to play the part of a young girl. #vote2020

  37. Cutelatinguy2

    I was 11 when this movie came out. I used walk around the living room like this (@3:50) in my bath robe... LOL I was so gay!

    Chicken Little

    😂😂😂

  38. ladyR1969

    I'm 50 yrs. old and the Wiz is one of my favorite movies!! I can't help it...especially the" Color is"! This movie makes me smile and reminisce of many wonderful things and of course, the music is wonderful!

  39. Ms. God'goddess

    World trade center 78

  40. JaKwan

    THEY WALKING HUNTY , and I’m living for it .

  41. MɨҡɛʏքօօɦɮɛaʀJaċҡsօռ

    my favorite Red and Gold scenes

  42. msdogooder

    Diana is the only one left alive. 😭

  43. FitzByLea

    this scene is iconic

  44. Maria Zahedi

    I often sing this song to myself.

  45. Jadon Rowe

    1:29 I live for Diana’s awkward dancing

  46. TeiRen2012

    I watch this and think about how black excellence in music and culture was at its height through to the 70s and early to mid 80s, then crack hit the streets and then the decline of black music and culture began what the introduction gangster rap.

  47. djevangelene

    This movie was before it’s time! Classic

  48. JaymanDaBeast

    The trumpets call💯💯💯

  49. Carlito Burrito

    That was epic! :D

  50. Brandon Wical

    2:25 I like this music

  51. Precious Young

    Fun fact
    all the people in this number where Waring silver clothes so when it was cought by the lighting would take on the color

  52. Luca Peyrefitte

    This was my favorite part as a little girl watching this at my grandma's house on the VHS, loved this movie and always will

  53. *Love2Worship *

    Wakanda Forever!!🗣💚❤️💛💚❤️✊🏾

  54. Pinkbarbie

    If your smart you'd pick all three colors 🙌🙌🙌

  55. Keisha Choylin

    Gold is fiyaaaaa

  56. Keisha Choylin

    Alvin Ailey and Debbie Allen all day!!

  57. Rob Crossley

    Wow, seen this movie hundreds of times, never knew that was Quincy on the piano....Got to be seen in green. Black Excellence

  58. Keisha Choylin

    Look at the twin towers

  59. Taste The Rainbow

    It’s like a black Xanadu

  60. WH012Vids

    Whats the significance of this scene? Is it just to show how society is filled with bunch of followers and sheep?

    NightOfTheWorldlings

    The object seen between the two towers is the masonic "all seeing eye." The youtube video "They Are Throwing It in Our Face" (Jay Dyer) shows how Michael Jackson and others have been manipulated by the music industry to enact Pharaohs plans . . .

  61. Jonathan Fleming

    Now this is my favorite scene especially the music

  62. Chris Davis

    If u look closely u will c Quicy Jones on the piano at the end

  63. Read Love Listen

    This always fascinated me as a child. I loved seeing all these regal people. I loved to walk like them 😂.

  64. Rey Na

    Just gives me shivers watching this...still watching and listening to this in 2019... Amazing this will Never get old.

  65. Theodore Cruz

    ◾ couldn't be caught dead in red les i was bloody i have to be mellow out so the color for me would be Blue ... so everybody in the kingdom with a Richard Pryor voice would have to wear blue to Gold now ease on down da road ⚫

  66. AngryTechGuy

    Anyone who's ever pledged knows the 'Soro strut' when they see it!

  67. renata teofilo

    Green is brazilian samba baby!

  68. Tameka Lewter

    I think those are the Alvin Ailey dancers in this movie

  69. LX UAE's

    RETRO FUTURISTIC BLACK EXCELLENCE.

  70. Marvin Hagler

    ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS MOVIE

  71. thatzim wtf

    Considering how many teenagers could've played her, having Diana Ross as Dorothy is a real crime. A vanity production in every sense of the word.

  72. Victoria Nicole

    Teem green!💚🙌🏽

  73. D X

    The petty bourgie negroes still act like this, if not WORSE lmao

  74. Carlo F. Cantavero Jr.

    And guess who's that chauffeur at 3:19?

    lmpierson79

    Who is it? 😊

    Carlo F. Cantavero Jr.

    @lmpierson79 Ted Ross

    lmpierson79

    Ahhhhh I see him 😀

  75. Golden Angel

    The GOLD Song is my favorite 💛🌟🏆

  76. ATARi _HMB

    3:10
    OOOOOHHH... OOOHHH, OOOHHH, UHHH, AHHHH.

    My favorite part, You've, got to have FLASH & FLARE

  77. Jasmine Payne1

    3:14 OOOOOOOHHHH.

  78. malakia christina

    The strutting they were doing is SICKENING ❤️✨ I love my people. #BlackExcellence

  79. Motelcalifornia2

    Damn! The Twin Towers.

  80. Riva JethroKyrill

    Impressive!!

  81. Henrietta Parks

    GOLD!!!! IS GOLD!!! LOL

  82. Davon Mcdonald

    Nothing beats the intro to this sequence

  83. Kevin Sanchun

    I remember when this part of the movie came on,I kept getting closer to the screen,when I was a kid, because it was mesmerizing.My big sister kept having to tell me to back away from the screen.

  84. Fancy Vizion

    My favorite scene in the whole movie!

  85. amber woods

    BLACK PEOPLE WE DID THIS

  86. Shar Wat

    When we do it, we do it don't we...

  87. AllisonakaSakura

    you can't lie Black wore Green, red, and Gold beautifully

  88. Amber leyah Love

    Gold was badass

  89. Brendonmakesmesmile

    I don’t care what anyone says, I love this movie

  90. Nae

    Black People makes everything better. I love The Wizard of Oz too but I grew up on The Wiz. 😊

  91. Desiree Smokes

    “I wouldn’t be caught......DEAD!”

  92. Vissybabii

    EMERALD CITY GREEN:
    I want to be seen green
    Wouldn't be caught dead, red
    'Cause if you are seen green
    It means you got mean bread
    You've got to be seen green
    To show that you're stuff's layed
    If you're not seen green
    You better be wearing jade
    Oh, you've got to be seen green
    Don't tell them your cupboard's bare
    That you gave up one week's feed
    To pay for your colored hair
    Oh, oh, oh
    AN ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE GREAT POWERFUL OZ:
    I thought it over and green is dead
    'Till I change my mind, the color is red
    EMERALD CITY RED:
    I wouldn't be seen green
    Ooo! Oo! Oo! Ah! Ah!
    I wouldn't be caught dead
    And if I'm caught at all
    Then catch me in dead, red
    Ooo!
    You've got to be dead red
    You've got to be real hot
    So throw away those green gems
    And wear rubies on your yacht
    You've got to be dead, red
    You've got to have flash and flair
    And if you're not seen red
    Then you shouldn't be seen nowhere
    Ah!
    How quickly fashion goes down the drain.
    Last week when you all was wearin' pink
    Already for me red was old.
    The ultimate brick is gold.
    That's the new color, children
    EMERALD CITY GOLD:
    Golden gold
    Golden gold
    Golden gold
    Golden gold
    You got to be seen gold
    Watch out for the new kind
    You got to have old gold
    Like some from a gold mine
    You got to be wearin' gold
    The twenty four carat kind
    And once you've shined it up
    It should ought to make you blind, ah!
    You got to be seen in gold
    To show that you're super slick
    It helps to pay tips and tolls
    It's the ultimate yellow brick
    It's the ultimate
    Gold
    Golden gold
    Golden gold
    Golden gold
    Golden gold
    Golden gold
    Golden gold
    Golden gold
    Gold, gold, gold, gold
    Gold!

  93. Shantastic Ash

    I always wondered if everyone really changed their outfits for each scene or if the colored lighting was just that impeccable and they had on silver

  94. Shantastic Ash

    The green part is the best 💚💚💚💚 forever my favorite part of the movie!!

  95. Juciene Oliveira

    Samba , no começo ???

  96. ROLi djXtraordinair Music

    Oh Quincy.. What have you done?? I could watch this forever and never get bored, GOLD!!!!!!!!!!

  97. dragonfire2000ful

    Beautifully designed 🌺🌺😊😍I am seriously dancing to this 💃🏽

  98. Ty2k83

    This was scene that was just as extravagant as it was excellent. To me that are a lot of homages here. To me I get vibes of this being a glorified fashion show, Vogue Magazine, African American culture, Elitism, the colors being a shoutout to the African flag (despite the light change being a traffic light)

  99. Universal Faith

    ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL!