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Colored Town, song lyrics

Song: Colored Town
Lyrics: Phil Ochs(1)

Music: Phil Ochs
Year: between 1964 and 1967(2)
Genre: Folk Music
Country: USA


Just across the railroad tracks,
On the far side of the town,
All the people there are black,
And they live in colored town;
Colored town.

Speeding cars down the highway run,
They never stop to look around,
One place that the highway shuns,
And that place is colored town;
Colored town.
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On the sidewalk children play,
In the gutters watch them clown,
White world is so far away,
So far away from colored town;
Colored town.

The owners of the local stores,
Owners of the local ground,
They're walking on a finer floor,
Skin's too white for colored town;
Colored town.

In the early of the day,
For the white homes they are bound,
As a janitor, as a maid.
They leave their place in colored town;
Colored town.
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Come the evening, come the wine,
Come the dancing music sound,
Liquor knows no color line,
Not even down in colored town;
Colored town.

A prison with no prison guards,
Where no padlocks can be found,
A jail without cells and bars,
But you'll never escape from colored town;
Colored town.

Come let's open all the doors,
From Birmingham to Harlem's ground,
From Jackson to Chicago's shores,
Let's take a look at colored town;
Colored town.
Come take a look at colored town;
Colored town.


Notes:

1 - Phil Ochs (1940 - 1976) biography.

2 - This song is believed to have been written and recorded some time between 1964 and 1967, though it was only finally published with the album, A Toast to Those Who Are Gone, in 1986.