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Racially Yours

by The Frogs

The Frogs racial concept album masterstroke concerning slavery, freedom and reparations.
Genre: Rock: 60's Rock
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2. Holidays 4 King
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3. Sorry I'm White
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4. White Guy
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5. 400 Years
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6. Racially Yours
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7. Now You Know You're Black
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8. White Like Me
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9. My Slave
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10. Freedom
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11. Whitefully Yours
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12. Blackman, Blackman
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13. Full of Monkeys
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14. I Had a Dream
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15. Revolution
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16. Massa
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17. Darkmeat 4 Sale
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18. The Flag
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19. An Unwanted Child & a Wanted Man
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20. 2 Blacks Don't Make a White
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21. The Purification of the Race
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22. You're a Bigot
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23. The Blue-eyed Devil & the Brown-eyed Angel
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24. Uncle Sam Loves U
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25. Prejudiced
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
There are bands, and then there are groups. And The Frogs, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, just a short shot north of America's Midwest, are a fine group. These days being in a band means as much about perception as calculation, but there is little manipulation in this group because you see, The Frogs just are; point is they exist. They shouldn't really, because they are either too good for rock and roll, or too politically incorrect to matter. But they are one of the greatest rock groups to come out of the 20th century precisely because they are too good for rock and roll, and too smart to care about caring. Fine tunesmiths, they craft memorable hooks out quite readily before stomping on them because they dare to exist. Nothing is sacred, but the reverence is there for the unspeakable uncomfortability that is at the heart of merging electricity and feeling and commerce. They have neither won nor lost, they persist. Deal with them before they put you in their sights and deal with you by ignoring what you care about. Their agenda is clear; to love, but never in the way you love. Their love is strong, willful, and brutish. make a wish, and they can make it come true. - Billy Corgan

Lyrics :

TRUTH:
it's about time you found out the truth
i never did, i never will love you
you wouldn't know the truth
if it bit you on the ass
the truth's so far from you
and it's movin' mighty fast
find a mirror, get a load of the truth
in order to love you i'd need a stiff drink
preferably with vermouth
you wouldn't know the truth
if it bit you on the ass
the truth's so far from you
and it's movin' mighty fast
the truth

HOLIDAYS 4 KING:
i will wear this chain and ball with pride
still there will be no more holidays
no more holidays for king
where is Lincoln when you need him?
he's not around well
he's underground somewhere
i will shove this spade in the dirt with pride
still there will be no more holidays
no more holidays for king
where is Lincoln when you need him?
he's not around well
he's underground somewhere
still there will be no more holidays
no more holidays for king
still there will be no more holidays
no more holidays for king

SORRY I'M WHITE:
some were left in the sun too long
and some got too much shade
my forefathers are not me i said
i'm sorry, sorry, so sorry that i'm white
i'm sorry, sorry, i don't want to fight tonight
all this gold that you flash about
i'm not that envious
and if i dropped my drawers you'd win
i'm sorry, sorry, so sorry that i'm white
i'm sorry, sorry, i don't want to fight
how can light beat the night?
no, i don't want to fight
i'm sorry, sorry, so sorry that i'm white

WHITE GUY:
i killed 'em white guy
'cause he played too rough
i killed 'em up white guy
the white guy, the right guy
for all the wrong stuff
i've done nothing wrong
stay away from my home
your chains didn't hold
take your hands off my bones
i killed 'em white guy
'cause he maimed too much
i killed 'em up white guy
the white guy, the right guy
for all the wrong stuff
i'm sorry white guy
but you play too rough
i'm sorry white guy
the white guy, yeah right guy
for nothing at all

400 YEARS:
four hundred years i have suffered for you
four hundred years i have slaved
four hundred years i have suffered for you
i will never again
and i know that you're kind to your own kind
and i know i'm the color of dirt to you
but four hundred years i have suffered for you
four hundred years i have slaved
four hundred years i have suffered for you
i will never again
and i know that it's wrong to kill
i've heard them say
and i know i never will
you hope, you wish so i say
four hundred years i have suffered for you
four hundred years i have slaved
four hundred years i have suffered for you
i will never a-
i will never a-
i will never again

RACIALLY YOURS:
does it matter dark or light
or light or dark or dark or light? 'cause
i'm racially yours 'til the end of time
i'm racially yours for a shoeshine
does it matter barbecue or chicken
cornbread, watermelon?
i'm racially yours
you're to be applauded for singing in a church
and bringing us rock n' roll
i'm to be applauded for picking cotton
while the sun burnt me and my soul
i'm racially yours 'til the end of time
i'm racially yours

NOW YOU KNOW YOU'RE BLACK:
have you ever been hit in the face with a snowball?
you could use a face wash
now you know you're black
what was that old story about Jesus ago so long?
they always talked about his father
yet they got the color wrong
i had a white, a maid, a butler, a slave
demands will be made
reparations will be paid
what was that old story about Jesus ago so long?
they always talked about his father
yet they got the color wrong
have you ever been hit in the face with a snowball?
you could use a face wash
now you know you're black
now you know you're black
now you know you're

WHITE LIKE ME:
the picket fence is painted white
just like the clowns
upon this Earth walking around
white like me
all of the clouds look down
when my clothes are brown
in this bright city of ghosts
who has the most?
white like me
if i had to come back
as an animal
i'd be a polar bear
white like me
'cause everyone
around the world
looks awful cross at a zebra
all of the clouds look down
when my clothes are brown
in this bright city of ghosts
who has the most?
white like me

MY SLAVE:
when your work is over
i will let you play
but 'til your work is over
this railroad's in the way
you must bale some hay
my slave
there's some sweat upon your brow wipe it off
smiling is not allowed wipe it off
when your back is broken
i will let you play
but 'til your back is broken
there's cotton to be picked
i said right away
my slave
there's some blood upon your cheek wipe it off
you are starting to reek wipe it off
my slaves

FREEDOM:
the cage is broken
it's written in the sky
in spray painted letters
the black dove must fly
and when he's flyin' up there
don't shoot him down
or you'll go down
talkin' 'bout freedom
in a world full of beasts
talkin' 'bout freedom
who has the least?
the shackles now wear
a different man
so let the black dove fly
out of your hand
and when he's flyin' up there
don't shoot him down
or you'll go down
talkin' 'bout freedom
in a world full of ghosts
talkin' 'bout freedom
who has the most now?
talkin' 'bout freedom

WHITEFULLY DEAD:
now that the white man's dead and gone
we can sing a happy song
now that the blue-eyed devil's done
we can only have some fun
watch as the black man reigns
now that the white man's six foot under
we can all go plunder, plunder
take everything, take anything
now that the black man's in all his glory
it will be a different story
witness the black man's reign

BLACKMAN, BLACKMAN:
black man, black man where's your shame?
through the mud with the white man's name
white man, white man what went wrong?
your reign could only last so long
a black man's heaven is a white man's hell
i want my rights, i am black
just shut your mouth and get in back
white man's head on the end of a stick
pay him back that fucking prick
black is white is right is wrong
humanity sings such a sad, sad song
a black man's heaven is a white man's hell
a white man's heaven is a black man's hell
a black man's heaven is
a white man's heaven is
a black man's heaven is
a white man's heaven is hell
but it doesn't have to be

FULL OF MONKEYS:
now, now, now, it's alright
there's been a change overnight
well, i'll be a monkey's uncle
you just might have to be
the white house is filled with monkeys
if they can't read, how can they run the country?
if they can't write, they belong in the country
if they can't spell, to the zoo they will go
g-o-o
in the oval office
president swings from his tire
he's got an idea
he'll make this place match his face
the black house is full of monkeys
if they can't vote, how can they pick a banana?
if they can't count, how can they peel a banana?
if they can't spell
b-a-n-a-n-a
if they can't read, how can they run the country?
if they can't write, they belong in the country
if they can't spell, to the zoo they will go
z-o-o

I HAD A DREAM:
'twas the oven of life
i had no say, so sorry, but i was made this way
like a pawn i worked away, no pay, but i was made to pay
i had a dream but it turned to stone,
and all the flowers are now overgrown
on the grave.

REVOLUTION:
no one knows you
no one listens
so you fix yourself up
and you make up your face
you once ruled
but something had to happen
revo revo revo revo revolution
revo revo revo revo revolution
all this noise
and no one listens
revo revo revo revo revolution
revo revo revo revo revolution
so you fix yourself up
and you make up your face
revo revo revo revo revolution
revo revo revo revo revolution

MASSA:
massa massa massa let me read
massa massa don't keep me down
massa massa the sweat does bead
massa massa i ain't your clown
massa massa massa hear me out
massa massa have no doubt
massa massa i will rise again
massa massa i ain't your friend
i ain't your fool no more
massa massa i will watch you bleed
massa massa until your dry
massa massa massa i believe
massa massa your turn to die

DARKMEAT 4 SALE
every week it's the same
dark meat for sale
and like others i know
it's hard to pass up a sale
and at the very least
she'll keep me warm
nine months to the day
field hand is born
everyone looks the same
dark meat for sale
no one has a last name
"x" marks the sale
there's a fork around your neck
forks are for food
it was just a joke
to lighten the mood
there's a song in the air
the boys start to sing
it's as if through their words
they're plotting something
every week it's the same

THE FLAG:
who made the flag red, white and blue?
color's one thing and skin's another
so, brother, let's make the flag
red, white and black
red's for the Indian, also blood
white's the one took us through the mud
and black ain't no color at all
who made this country?
what's it stand for?
i understand it stands for peace not war
so, brother, let's make the flag
red, white and black
they talk about an uprising, i don't know
some say rain, some say snow
so, brother, let's make the flag
red, white and black
so, brother, let's make the flag
red, white and black

AN UNWANTED CHILD & A WANTED MAN:
an unwanted child and a wanted man
are one and the same
the prowler and the lamb
brought up in the ghetto
where nothing changes much
souls are sold for money
and love is out of luck
given birth for some unknown cause
looking around for
ma and pa
given two choices
a broom or a mop
i'll take the broom
and sweep this white trash up

2 BLACKS DON'T MAKE A WHITE:
happy today
blame the blessing of danger
the hypocrisy of the gallows
and the whore
if i could
i'd make white black
and black white
every white has his black
two blacks don't make a white
happy happy
two blacks don't make a white

THE PURIFICATION OF THE RACE:
it's wrong to interfere with what we've got
would a chimpanzee make it with a dog
i don't think so, i don't think so
the purification of the race
should not be tampered with
should not be tampered with at all
it's wrong to interfere with what we've got
would a spider make it with a rose
would a tiger make it with a toad
i don't think so, i don't think so
the purification of the race
should not be tampered with
should not be tampered with at all
it's wrong to interfere with what we've got

YOU'RE A BIGOT:
you hurt me
be big about it
big about it
big about it
big about it
yeah, you destroyed my character
be big about it
big about it
big about it
big about it
yeah yeah yeah yeah you're a bigot
yeah yeah yeah yeah you're the only one
yeah yeah yeah yeah you're a bigot
out to have some fun at my expense
you're cast out
be big about it
big about it
big about it
big about it
castrated with barbed wire
be big about it
big about it
big about it
big about it
my feelings are the only ones that matter
my healings will stop all your chatter

THE BLUE-EYED DEVIL & THE BROWN-EYED ANGEL:
all the time while on the cross
you had a white heart
favoring one race, keepin' us apart
reduced to loving you
racially dissected, white and un-proud
racial spirituals, divinity denied
the streets of hell are unequaled
in heaven the blue-eyed devil
and the brown-eyed angel

UNCLE SAM LOVES YOU:
it's time to meet your maker
Uncle Sam loves you
Uncle Sam loves you
i will set you free
i will set you free
it's time to meet your maker
Uncle Sam loves you
Uncle Sam loves you
i have set you free
i have set you free
so love me
love me now

PREJUDICED:
i've been callin' 'em colored for years
and still they call me prejudiced
when aids broke out
i cried alongside the queers
and still they call me prejudiced
i pissed on the quilt i had to go
and they call this a free country
and still they call me prejudiced
and still they call me prejudiced
the injuns want their land back
what's for trade? a teepee?
i'll bet you wampum your hairstyle is out
and still they call me prejudiced
i pissed on the peace pipe i had to go
and they call this a free country

Racially Yours Reviews

Friday, February 20, 2009
The Frogs - "Racially Yours"
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"Racially Yours" (recorded 1991-1993)More hard-to-find brilliance from the Flemion brothers. This album is probably their masterpiece... unfortunately, because of its controversial subject matter, it was not released when it was originally recorded back in the early 90's (Four Alarm put out a CD finally in 2000, but even that is out of print). Apparently, Matador turned down the opportunity to release it... what a shame, since if it came out back then it would go down with "Slanted and Enchanted" and "Alien Lanes" as one of the classic indie-rock records of the early 90's. Absolutely amazing songs, much more tightly composed than their improvisational stuff. Lots of psychedelic, folk, and glam influences, and a tripped-out lo-fi vibe throughout. The lyrics are NOT racist at all... you must remember that the Frogs write songs in character, and here they take on issues of racial tension, the history of slavery, and other difficult topics with surprising seriousness. They sing from the perspective of both blacks and whites, and their use of irony is challenging but ultimately very intelligent and complex. It will make you laugh, make you cry, and most of all it will make you think... It's more "Chappelle's Show" than "Amos & Andy," but unfortunately some people aren't willing to give this kind of thing a chance. The three tracks I posted are not at all extreme in their lyrical content, and are highly recommended for all fans of psychedelia.
Selections from "Racially Yours" (recorded 1991-1993)

The Frogs - "White Guy"

The Frogs - "The Truth"

The Frogs - "Uncle Sam Loves U"

Racially Yours Reviews--- Amazon.com

5 Stars - Deep subject matter attacked by humor, December 28, 2006
By J. Michel (Nashville, TN) -
Simply put, the Frogs rule. This album has a lot of songs and they are all good. All of the songs deal with racism in some manner or another and are subtly funny. This is a contrast to most of their other albums where the humor is raunchy and in your face. Pick up a copy if you can find it.

5 Stars - frogs vs. thugs, February 15, 2006
By Leo (Beijing, China) -
this kind of lo-fi charm, delivered with an off-handed ease, so effective, so wonderful, is an impossibility to most (maybe all) of the new rock bands out there today (2006). 

(don't get me started on the cliche-ridden derivitiveness and nauseating posturing of current "indie rock". I'll start dry-heaving and then randomly stab people) 

anyway, this is a great record that doesn't take itself seriously but should be taken very seriously as an important testament to the honesty, power, and grace of rock'n'roll. 

(to the other reviewer: it's too bad you can't appreciate the specific socio-political situation which gives rise to the violent themes in modern hiphop. or "get" the culture of the disenfranchised, which is necessary to appreciate the honesty, power, and grace of gangsta rap.)

5 Stars - Dung Beatles. Dig it!, July 18, 2004
By Onyema Nwadiei (Somewhere other than a KKK rally) -
It's a real shame...that very few people will ever get a chance to listen to this album while the lowest common denominator pop-fluff filler gets all the playtime on TV and Radio. Is it offensive? A little, but no more so than the standard Thug-Rap is (if you want to heard hard-core anti-Negro lyrics, listen to Jay-Z and his ilk. They could teach the KKK a thing or two about hate speech!), but in this case it's to prove a point and to get people to think about the subject matter. Yeah, this from the writers of 'Love me or die, bitch' and 'Is it right to kiss the boys if you're a girl and not a boy'. I personally didn't like Othello even half as much as MacBeth. A creator is entitled to some variety of approaches and topics, aren't they?
In terms of style, they remind me of the Beatles(hence the review's title)but, then again, so does OutKast and Junior Senior at times. While OutKast is in essence the Beatles if they didn't sugarcoat their songs(Real Roses Smell like poo-poo= Beautiful people have funky attitudes)but chocolate-coat themselves and Junior Senior sweeten up something other than the music (yeah, a gay joke. So kill me.), these fellas give it a few dips in venom. Keep in mind that poison, in the right doses, can be a potent medicine. It is just what is needed to cure pop-music's diabetes but it is in such short supply that the world would have long since lost their patience with the patient, putting it out of their misery themselves. 
Get this while you still can.


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