Song Analysis “Black and White Town” – Doves

Black and White Town

Doves

Here comes the action
Here it comes at last
Lord give me a reaction
Lord give me a chance

[The speaker is impatiently waiting for something to happen. He wants action and reactions. He wants a chance to have fun, to make it, and to do something with his life.]
You should follow me down

In satellite towns
There’s no colour and no sound
I’ve been ten feet underground
Gotta get out of this satellite town

[Satellite towns are suburbs, exurbs, and rural areas where life is pretty dull. Obviously his world isn’t black and white. But color and sound here represent creativity, joy, and new ideas. This symbolism is used in some films such as “The Wizard of Oz” and “Pleasantville.” Living in a boring small town makes the speaker feel like he’s dead, buried underground. He wants desperately to get out.]
Here comes some action
The sound of nightlife
Gotta get out to get compensation
Gotta get out to get this to light

[The speaker wants something fun to do. He’s interested in action and nightlife. He wants to get a job. He wants to make something of himself. He wants to get a life.]
whether you live alone
or your trying to find your way in this world
You better make sure you don’t crack your head on the pavement man
You getta get up and shout
It’s been programmed
It’s a dangerous place man
It’s a dangerous place

[This seems to be an opposing voice telling the speaker to stay away from the city because it’s dangerous and he’ll crack his head on the pavement.]

You should follow your way down

In satellite towns
There’s no colour and no sound
I’ve been ten feet underground
Oh black and white town

You should follow me down

There’s no colour and no sound
In black and white town

You took me underground

[P.S. Check out Doves. They’re a great band with music on iTunes and music videos on YouTube. I really like this song (“Black and White Town”) in addition to “There Goes the Fear” and “Kingdom of Rust.”]

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