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Donny Hathaway - Young + Gifted + Black [4​/​25​/​16 Live Edit]

by C O R Y



I recorded this live edit as the closer to the final mix from a series of mixes in 2016 for Bruce High Quality. That day I was impacted by the discovery of a former roommate's body in the Hudson River, and drawn to reflect on my own personal struggles with suicidal depression. This recording by Donny Hathaway resonated deeply both for its content and musicality, but also the song's somber context of both Donny Hathaway and the original songwriter, Weldon Irvine being victims of suicidal depression.


To be young, gifted and black,
Oh what a lovely precious dream
To be young, gifted and black,
Open your heart to what I mean
In the whole world you know
There are billion boys and girls
Who are young, gifted and black,
And that's a fact!
Young, gifted and black
We must begin to tell our young
There's a world waiting for you
This is a quest that's just begun
When you feel really low
Yeah, there's a great truth you should know
When you're young, gifted and black
Your soul's intact
Young, gifted and black
How I long to know the truth
There are times when I look back
And I am haunted by my youth
Oh but my joy of today
Is that we can all be proud to say
To be young, gifted and black
Is where it's at


released July 3, 2020
Based on the 1970 recording "To Be Young, Gifted and Black"performed by Donny Hathaway, written by Nina Some and Weldon Irvine.
Artwork by Cory D. Phinazee Hall.


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