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  1. <br>Color Chain

From the recording &lt;br&gt;Color Chain

Listen to radio interview about this song
It seems to me that political correctness has moved racial and other tensions below the surface, rather than eliminate them. So now they are just simmering unobserved. Resentments may have even increased as a result, I don't know. Rather than forcing each other to accept ideas about human relationships, why not have our hearts re-educated?
The title of the song had been laying around in a file of 100 or so titles and lyric bits I have been keeping for years. I always knew it would be about racial prejudice, but only recently decided to write it.
To record this song, I first laid down a basic drum beat and constant bass line for about 15 minutes or so. Then when recording the guitar, I did about 8 takes or so, thinking I would piece together the best bits of each performance. When that proved more cumbersome than just playing it right in the first place, I buckled down and said "OK, this is it," and laid down the guitar from start to finish. That is the performance used in the final mix. Then I went back and re-recorded the bass and drums to react to what the guitar was doing. Vocals were recorded last.

Lyrics

Color Chain
 

Oppression
You don’t have to be a slave to suffer
In prison
Caught up in the chains of one another
 
Your money
Good as mine but find a hand to take it
You know me
Just don’t move in, houses are all taken
 
Find it in your heart to break the color chain
You don’t have to bleed to feel another’s pain
Close your eyes and know that you’re the one to blame
Break the color chain
 
Light beacon
Shining, rise up, elevate your mind
No reason
Keep on hurting, paying back in kind
 
Find it in your heart to break the color chain
You don’t have to bleed to feel another’s pain
Close your eyes and know that you’re the one to blame
Break the color chain
Break the color chain