"They says if you was white, should be all right
If you was brown, stick around
But as you’s black, m-mm brother, git back, git back, git back"
Big Bill Broonzy, “Black, Brown and White.”
I hadn’t realized, until my friend Tim mentioned it, that Joseph Lowery’s invocation at the Inauguration (“we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right”) was based on an inversion of these lyrics. Brilliant.