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You've Got To Be Carefully Taught, 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein

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"You've Got to Be Carefully Taught" is a show tune from the 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific.

South Pacific received scrutiny for its commentary regarding relationships between different races and ethnic groups. In particular, "You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught" was subject to widespread criticism, judged by some to be too controversial or downright inappropriate for the musical stage. Sung by the character Lieutenant Cable, the song is preceded by a line saying racism is "not born in you! It happens after you’re born..."

This version is from James Taylor's latest album American Standards.

Posted : 17/04/2023 12:42 am
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Thanks for this share. I don't think I've heard the song before. It does sound like a James Taylor arrangement though. You do it really well. I like the fingerstyle approach. Songs with a message that aren't preachy are hard to come by. Thumbs up from me.

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Posted : 17/04/2023 9:07 am