‘Beautiful Thing (Breathe album version)’ [6:02] (Mike Peters), Mike Peters

‘Beautiful Thing (Breathe album version)’ [6:02] (Mike Peters), Mike Peters
Lead Vocals:Mike Peters
Lyrics
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Don't judge a book by it's cover
Don't judge a man by his colour
It's a beuatiful thing
It's a beautiful thing

He was born down in the ghetto
Raised on the fear of the city streets of black America
Baptised a God fearing man
But there's a southern religion that would crucify black America
Black America

Listen up now
Hey man don't be a fool
All of the colours are beautiful
Hey man don't be a fool
A flag cries and the colours bleed for you
Red, white and blue

His money's good in any white man store
But his credit is zero on account of being born in black America
He was not born on the 4th of July
But he went down to the Gulf and died for black America
For black America

Listen up now
Hey man don't be a fool
All of the colours are beautiful
Hey man don't be a fool
A flag cries and the colours bleed for you
Red, white and blue

Black people listen up to what I've got to say
There are many white people trying to relate
To the brothers, the sisters, the ghetto way
We've got to cross that bridge and conquer hate
Keep on crossing 'til there comes a time
When the colour of a man is not emphasised
Like the earth, the wind, the morning sky
Until the Indian Nation is recognised
If I was to be judged by the colour of my eyes
I'd be a little green man not black and not white
Don't judge a book by it's cover
Don't judge a man by his colour
It's a beautiful thing
It's a beautiful thing

He was born down in the ghetto
Raised on the fear of the city streets of black America
He was not born on the 4th of July
But he went down to the Gulf and died for all America
For all America

Listen up now
Hey man don't be a fool
All of the colours are beautiful
Hey man don't be a fool
A flag cries and the colours bleed for you
Red, white and blue

Don't judge a book by it's cover
Don't judge a man by his colour
It's a beuatiful thing
It's a beautiful beautiful beautiful thing
It's a beautiful beautiful beautiful thing
It's a beautiful beautiful beautiful thing
It's a beautiful beautiful beautiful thing

It's a beautiful thing

Notes
:Recorded at Sain Studios, Llandwrog, Wales
Produced by Mike Peters
Mixed by Risteard O’Monaigh & Field Marshall Slug
Engineered by Gethyn Evans
Mike Peters Notes
:”‘Beautiful Thing’ was recorded completely live, in the very first take. The only overdub, involved all six members of The Poets, brandishing various guitars which created a feedback symphony that creeps in and out of the track. The rap was dubbed with the microphone being fed through a ghetto blaster. The song is a black American blues bastardised by white rock ‘n roll. ‘If I was to be judged by the colour of my eyes, I’d be a little green man not black and not white’.”
(21st Century Fanzine #2)
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