Living Color Lyrics

Steven Curtis Chapman contemporary

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But his skin was Black
And I wonder did my friend
Feel judged and afraid in ways that I’ve never been
And it weighs heavy on my heart
But then I think of where he is now
In living color

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Living Color Lyrics



Whatever happened to Carlton Bell 
My best friend in the seventh grade 
We played our snare drums side by side 
In the middle school marching band Disney parade 
We raised our money to ride the bus to Orlando 
Knocking on doors up and down the street 
Selling those bars of the world’s finest chocolate 
And splitting every third one between him and me 

And his skin was Black  
And my skin was white 
And the sky was blue  
And the future was bright 
And our blood ran red  
In both our veins 
And we were looking at the world  
In living color 

He moved away the first year of high school 
No phones 
No internet 
So, we just lost touch 
But I’d think about him every now and then in marching band 
Laughing loud, windows down  
In the back row of the bus 

And his skin was dark  
And my skin was light 
But all we saw was a friend in each other’s eyes 
And our blood ran red  
In both our hearts 
And we were looking at the world  
In living color 

So, I did a little search  
And I found his picture 
I recognized his smile immediately 
He moved out west 
Raising kids working in a factory 
Got sick and passed away in 2016 
Looking at his face as a grown man got me thinking 
How different life can be  
While so much stays the same 
His friends said he was a good man  
Loved his God and loved his family 
Did not surprise me 
That his good heart remained 

But his skin was Black 
And I wonder did my friend 
Feel judged and afraid in ways that I’ve never been 
And it weighs heavy on my heart  
But then I think of where he is now 
In living color 

Well, I know these things are all way more complicated 
So much is broken  
Beyond fixing it can seem 
And if I’m honest I’m scared  
To even write and sing this song 
I don’t wanna somehow say the wrong thing 

But I was thinking maybe  
If I told our story 
Maybe I could help someone remember and believe 
There’s a lot of goodness  
And wonder left in this broken world 
Just like there was back then for Carlton and me 

And his skin was Black and my skin was white 
And the sky was blue and the future was bright 
And the blood ran red in both our veins 
And we were lookin’ at the world 
In living color