6 classic rock songs you didn’t know were about black women

Paul Natkin Archive

The subject of interracial love has come up numerous times in popular music. Janis Ian wrote of a young white girl being criticized for dating a black boy in “Society’s Child,” The Rolling Stones referenced white  slavemasters lusting after black slave girls in “Brown Sugar,” one of Stevie Wonder‘s most significant latter-day hits was “Jungle Fever,” the title track to Spike Lee’s controversial film about black-white romantic relations. The Pixies “Gigantic” is about a white woman and black man having sex under a tree. Really.

But there are several other songs where the racial undertones are far less blatant.

Here are a handful of well-known classic rock songs by white artists that fans may not have realized contained subtle odes to (or were completely inspired by) black women…

Stereo Williams
Stereo Williams

Todd "Stereo" Williams, entertainment writer based in New York City. He co-founded Thirty 2 Oh 1 Productions, an indie film company.

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