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MESSAGE FROM A BLACK MAN (Barrett Strong / Norman Whitfield) Recorded by : Charles Earland; Derrick Harriott; Don Julian; Byron Lee & The Dragonaires; Mickey & The Soul Generation; S.O.U.L.; The Spinners; The Tempations; The Whatnauts. Melvin: Yes, my skin is black, But that's no reason to hold me back Eddie: Why don't you think about it, Think about it, think about it, think about it, Think about it... I have wants and desires, Just like you So move on the side 'Cause I'm comin' through, oh! Temptations: No matter how hard you try You can't stop me now Eddie and Temptations: No matter how hard you try You can't stop me now, oooh... Melvin: Yes, your skin is white... Does that make you right? Eddie: Why don't you think about it, Think about it, think about it, think about it, Think about it... This is a message A message to y'all, Together we stand, Divided we fall, oh! Dennis: Black is a color Just like white, Tell me how can a color determine whether You're wrong or right, We all have our faults... Yes we do Eddie: So look in your mirror Temptations: Look in the mirror Eddie: What do you see? Temptations: What do you see? Eddie: Two eyes, Temptations: Two eyes, Eddie: A nose, and a mouth just like me, oh! Eddie: Your eyes are open But you refuse to see, The laws of society Were made for both you and me, Because of my color, I struggle to be free Sticks and stones, May break my bones But in the end, You're gonna' see my friend, oh! Temptations: No matter how hard you try You can't stop me now (chorus repeated several times through music, or "the bridge") (after a few minutes, above chorus is repeated as song nears end, and then...) Temptations: Say it loud! No matter how hard you try You can't stop me now Temptations: Say it loud! No matter how hard you try You can't stop me now Temptations: Say it! No matter how hard you try You can't stop me now Temptations: Say it loud! No matter how hard you try You can't stop me now Temptations: Say it loud! Dennis: I'm black and I'm proud! Temptations: No matter how hard you try You can't stop me now Temptations: Say it loud! Dennis: I'm black and I'm proud! Temptations: No matter how hard you try You can't stop me now fade to end

    


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