Pretty Brown Skin by Maverick City Music, Eugene King


Song Lyrics


Pretty Brown Skin
by Maverick City Music, Eugene King

Album: Jubilee - Juneteenth Edition


Chorus
Pretty, brown skin
Pretty, light skin
Pretty, dark skin
I see African written in your DNA
Hello choco-melanin from the motherland
With your black skin
Never should you want it any other way

Post-Chorus
First things first
I'm blackity, black black
I'm blackity, black black
I'm blackity, black black
If you don't like that, you're wackity, wack wack
You're wackity, wack
I said what I said and that's that (Ayy)

Verse 1
This is for them queens that's rocking 'em kinky twist (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
From box braids to bantu knots and full lips (Ooh, ooh)
Them dreadlocks, crochets, afros and real hips (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
Them pom-poms and sew-ins with edges that's real slick (Ooh, ooh)
Now catch this (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
Your black presence is necessary
From big mama to Aunty Obama as First Lady I validate it (Ooh, ooh)
I still remember my mother's gumbo (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
Saturday mornings waking to soulful sounds of gospel (Ooh, ooh)
The richness of ancestral legacies and culture (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
Our history extends beyond American borders (Ooh, ooh)
So please believe the hype (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
You're not too much, you are enough
Never shrink back, always speak up (Ooh, ooh)
Head tilted high, one fist to the sky (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
Don't doubt your worth
Always add tax, know yourself first (Ooh, ooh)

Pre-Chorus
One thing's for sure (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
You're made in the image of God, shae butter, that melanin pop
Black woman, you will never be stopped (Ooh, ooh, ayy)

Chorus
Pretty, brown skin
Pretty, light skin
Pretty, dark skin
I see African written in your DNA
Hello choco-melanin from the motherland
With your black skin
Never should you want it any other way

Post-Chorus
Second things first
Still blackity, black black
Still blackity, black black
Still blackity, black
It's a blessing not a curse
Don't ever forget that
Don't ever forget
If you need reminders then run this back

Verse 2
"You're so pretty for a black girl" is not a compliment (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
Don't whitewash who you are to be an option (Ooh, ooh)
"You don't sound white," you just finished up your doctorate (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
Black Benz, new house, pocket's real lucrative (Ooh, ooh) That's right!
Pop, pop, pop, pop
Bosses, CEO
Boss, boss, boss, boss, boss chick (Ayy)
Killing stereotype, switching up the narrative (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
Ain't no explanation needed, that's on Harriet (Ooh, ooh)
Raising black kids with some black sense (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
Liberation, educate them (Ooh, ooh)
Let them dream big, adding flavor (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
Keep it seasoned, give 'em reasons
To believe in what our ancestors dreamed of (Ooh, ooh)
You are beautiful, invaluable (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
Distinguishably royal
Next time you look in the mirror, pause and say, "Black girl, I love you" (Ooh, ooh)
I love you, I love you (Then repeat)

Pre-Chorus
One thing's for sure (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
You're made in the image of God, shae butter, that melanin pop
Black woman, you will never be stopped (Ooh, ooh, ayy)

Chorus
Pretty brown skin, pretty light skin, pretty dark skin (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
I see African written in your DNA (Ooh, ooh)
Hello choco melanin from the motherland (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
With your black skin
Never should you want it any other way (Ooh, ooh)
Pretty brown skin, pretty light skin, pretty dark skin (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
I see African written in your DNA (Ooh, ooh)
Hello choco melanin from the motherland (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
With your black skin
Never should you want it any other way (Ooh, ooh)

Outro
Remember who you are, oh (Ooh)
Remember who you are (Ooh) and whose you are, shooting star
Don't forget that part (Ooh, ooh)
(Ooh) Know that you belong just as you are (Ooh, ooh)
With your pretty, brown skin (Ooh)


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