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Song Parodies -> "Black and White (The Zebra's Song)"

Original Song Title:

"Black or White"

Original Performer:

Michael Jackson

Parody Song Title:

"Black and White (The Zebra's Song)"

Parody Written by:

Melanie Lee

The Lyrics

For Ages of Amiright 2. OS:
I took this mare out; she was haughty and proud.
They’re calling her Mollie; she was white as a cloud.
Now I believe in crossovers,
But this Mollie, she said, “This isn’t right
‘Cause I’m not sure ‘bout dating a zebra;
I don’t know if you are black or white!”

I saw Black Beauty racing out on the town.
Yes, he is beautiful, but his nose looks down!
When I mentioned our equinity,
He said, “Boy, I think your skin got the blight!
And you’re not even a fellow horsey—
I can’t tell if you are black or white!”

(Don’t be mean!)

I’m not scared of no panther!
I’m not scared of no lion!
I’m not scared of no cheetah!
You horses sure got me cryin’!
I’m not ‘shamed of my contours!
I’m not ‘shamed of my stripes!
I’m not ‘shamed of my colors!
You, be ashamed of your spite!


Of my genus and species!
Other equines treat me like feces!
It’s a pretense to a better kind.
But let’s respect both your kind and mine.
See, it’s not about pure hide,
But your pride!
Don’t hide
‘Cause your “thoroughbred” is just a bromide.
In time your hue gets duller,
While I’m gonna spend my life being two colors!

So I look like a xylophone!
So pianos are tattooed on my sides!
(So what!) I’m proud of being a zebra!
And I’m happy that I’m black and white!
I say, if you’re thinking of being my buddy,
Don’t get bothered that I’m black and white!
And, hey, like the ostrich and like the ol’ penguin,
I am proud that I am black and white!

(I’m right!)

I’m black! I’m white!
And I’m red all over, ha-ha!
(Yeah, yeah, yeah!)
I’m black! I’m white! (Whee!)
I’m black! I’m white!
Come on, get on over it, y’all!
(Yeah, yeah, yeah!)
I’m both! All right?

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Pacing: 5.0
How Funny: 5.0
Overall Rating: 5.0

Total Votes: 9

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Matthias - March 25, 2009 - Report this comment
Cute parody! And a cute idea too.
John Barry - March 25, 2009 - Report this comment
Nice job of working in the riddle.
Mark Scotti - March 25, 2009 - Report this comment
It's right there in black & white: 555's!!! Great job, Mel!!
Below Average Dave - March 26, 2009 - Report this comment
Another cute parody Melanie, and of a classic MJ song (that seems to be a theme today) 5s, keep it up.
Cody Slusher - April 05, 2009 - Report this comment
A zebra eat a piece of crap at the Montgomery Zoo the other day.
bobpiecheese - April 07, 2009 - Report this comment
(Ages2) Great idea, Mel, and the execution was brilliant. I really liked the 'species/feces' couplet for some reason. 555 for you!
Arwen - April 07, 2009 - Report this comment
AGES...I thought this was great, Melanie...perfect for this round, and just fun! Nice work!
Below Average Dave - April 08, 2009 - Report this comment
In a sea of dogs and cats you came up with a very cute Zebra tribute, and even made subtle poke at how ridiculous racism is by putting it in the context of a Zebra, who is literally both black and white. . .One of your best.
Invisible Boy - April 08, 2009 - Report this comment
I liked your parody for the lines and pacing, but also because your idea was working on several levels. The zebra was a good metaphor for this purpose.
It reminded me, in some way, of a Dr. Seuss story called "The Sneetches". Have you read it ?
Jeff Reuben - April 08, 2009 - Report this comment
Ages--I liked this...I wasn't as deep as IB, I took part from Madagascar about the "am I black or white" Anyway, funny and well written.
Glen S - April 08, 2009 - Report this comment
Very well written, and preaches tolerance. I appreciate that. And how'd you pull off adding 'xylophone'? I can also appreciate that
Melanie Lee - April 11, 2009 - Report this comment
IB: didn't read The Sneeches but I saw the TV special, decades ago, so I know the story. JR: didn't see Madagascar, but I'll take your word for it. Thanks, all!
Melanie Lee - April 15, 2009 - Report this comment
Glen: about the xylophone: in many children's books illustrating the alphabet (at least when I was growing up), X often is illustrated with a xylophone and Z with a zebra. So in my mind I put those two things together.
Erin - August 10, 2009 - Report this comment
I love it - I give it 5/5 - and you know what? I think Michael would have enjoyed it too. Although I heard that he refused when Weird Al asked for permission to parody "Black or White" (he said the message was too important), this parody has an underlying message of tolerance, just like the original. Besides, he had a great sense of humor.

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