#1
Any input on imagery or anything will be appreciated.


Black/White

Life isn’t just…
Black or White, Up or down, Wrong or Right
But shades of gray, on a rainy day
When a family cries, ‘Cus another memeber died
While religion lies, and the churches are fake
And you’ll find better salvation by getting baked
All this aggression bursting at my seams
All from figuring out what it finally means
I look into a mirror and it makes me want to scream
But insides my head plays a silver screen

Life isn’t just black or white, but shades of gray
Just like a cloudy sky, on a rainy day

Fight or Flight, War or Peace, Life or Death
But shades of gray brought on by decay
Of bodies littering streets to close to home
Blood and guts and exposed bone
Ash soot and cinders on houses stone
Cities growing corrupt, bankrupt, ingrown
But these great graveyards still hold hope
People live, fighting through all the smoke
Hope for future still unknown evoked

Do or Die, Love or Hate, Day or night
But shades gray found only at twilight
That binds the two, combines the two
Just like commonalties that ties us to
Everyone on earth, both old and new
Does matter what race, creed, or view
We’re all stuck together in the same boat
So don’t try to sink it, make it float
All while singing out this very note

Life isn’t just black or white, but shades of gray
Just like a cloudy sky, on a rainy day

Left or Right, Better or Worse, Boy or Girl
Doesn’t matter how you came to this world
What matters isn’t what you take from it
But what you make of it, Create from it
What you awake in it, and remake in it
There are no shortcuts you can take in this
And resist the temptation to not coexist
Try to remember my rhyme deep in your mind
And remember the lines are never defined

Life isn’t just black or white, but shades of gray
Just like a cloudy sky, on a rainy day

Life isn’t just black or white…

Life isn’t just black or white…

Life isn’t just black or white…


The the stanza/verses are to be rapped/spoken while the italics are meant to be sung, and I feel like have a female singer do those parts would really work well. But again any input is great!

EDIT Changed up the 2nd verse. I really like the imagery that I had there but as suggested that not as close to home as what in there now.
Last edited by trebe at May 28, 2011,
#2
I think, unless it are things very close to your heart, you should steer clear of imagery regarding dying soldiers and churches lying - it's been done numerous times.

I did like the flow of the piece
Please let me keep this memory, just this one ..
#3
religion part definitely is, but maybe the soldier dying not so much
#4
i just played it, it sounded good. I think it would work for a nice jumpy song (king like pork and beans by weezer) try this if you like it, i think it sounds rather good...

G Em 7 Bm
Black or White, Up or down, Wrong or Right
Am
But shades of gray, on a rainy day
G Em7
When a family cries, ‘Cus another memeber died
Bm
While religion lies, and the churches are fake
Am D
And you’ll find better salvation by getting baked
G Em7
All this aggression bursting at my seams
Bm C
All from figuring out what it finally means
G Bm Am
I look into a mirror and it makes me want to scream
C D G
But insides my head plays a silver screen


G Em7 Am7 D
Life isn’t just black or white, but shades of gray
G Em7 Am7 D
Just like a cloudy sky, on a rainy day