To Build a Harmony

Lyrics: Henry Biggs
Music: Henry Biggs and Mylene Farmer

Red orange white black yellow 
we gotta rock 'n' roll under the same umbrella 
think for a second what the world would be like 
if you painted everybody black and white 
I tell you straight up it'd be a disaster 
if we was all black as tar or as white as Alaska 
ain't but shame in that game takes a damn fool 
to bring that noise we gotta get with the schedule 
cuz yo bro you know ain't nothin' duller 
than every other brother steppin in the same color 
variety is the sweet spice of life 
I need every color to kick up a sweet vibe

Gonna take some of you 'n' me (x4)
if we gonna build a harmony

How you make a harmony Mr. Johnny one-note 
your groove don't move jus' sounds like the record's broke 
we need every style yo every shade of soul 
take away your colors 'n' who's Michelangelo 
a one-brush maestro with one-tone grease 
how you gonna paint you a one-colored masterpiece 
look at nature make her make the rain go 
dancing to the jazz of a one-colored rainbow 
the leaves on the trees they change with the seasons 
it's done for a reason, every color is pleasin' 
get righteous try this flow don't lose it 
gotta come strong and make that colorful music


if you racist face this your noise is played out 
don't dig it you a bigot and you can just f-f-fade out 
I know it used to be way back in the days 
some colors was free while others had to be slaves 
but that don't play today and I'm tellin you Jack 
you don't think that way cuz you smarter than that 
this beat's for sweet harmony 'n' you just plain ignorant 
if you think it's all about another brother's pigment 
so come strong get it on 'n' get it together 
spread your wings and fly like birds of a feather 
let's take the sweet in you and the charm in me 
and let's put 'em together make us a little harmony

The Idea . . .

Don't hate the black
Don't hate the white
if you get bit
just hate the bite

Sly and the Family Stone, "Are You Ready?" (1968)

Whence all this passion toward conformity anyway?--diversity is the word.  
Let man keep his many parts and you'll have no tyrant states.  
Why, if they follow this conformity business they'll end up by forcing me, 
an invisible man, to become white, which is not a color but a lack of one.  
Must I strive toward colorlessness?  But seriously, and without snobbery, 
think of what the world would lose if that should happen.  
America is woven of many strands; I would recognize them and let it so remain...
our fate is to become one, and yet many--this is not prophecy, but description.

Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man, p. 577 (Vintage Books, NY (c) 1980 Ralph Ellison)

Building a harmony requires different pitches -- if you use the same pitches by definition
you won't have a harmony. Thus, harmony requires diversity. Within the lyrics Headmess
not only gives examples of how important diversity is in life, but he also uses slant rhyme 
to reinforce this idea. Notice that the two lines in each couplet don't have perfect rhyme, 
but they still sound good together. Headmess uses slant rhyme to demonstrate that diversity
works in many forms, and his lyrics give examples of aspects of everyday life that require
diversity. Headmess's message is to embrace this diversity, for if we were all the same life
would be very boring.

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