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Are the lyrics of "Original Sin (theme from The Shadow)" on this web site exactly what you expected, or did you hear something different while listening to the song?

(Thank you to William Hunt for suggesting this poll question!)

Want to add your own opinion? Email me! Don't forget to read the rules, though.

When I heard the lyric about the natives being restless tonight, I thought it was incredibly racist. I'll admit right up front that I am Caucasian and grew up in the late 1950's. As a young child, I lived in areas that were racially mixed and it seemed that a lot of neighbors were Brown and Black (Child of the Fifties and Sixties, still uses color words), and on the weekends there would always seem to be parties and my parents and their friends would always comment that the natives were restless tonight as the party noises and music would waft through the windows and sometimes bore through the walls.

So early exposure to that phrase might have colored my response to hearing it in any other context (The pun is intentional, but not malicious) I realize that any group of people that gets together and has fun makes noise, so it's not an ethnic thing. It's a human thing and all of you reading this, I hope, are human That's my experience with the lyrics to Original Sin. There were a few that I could never figure out until I actually read the lyrics, but that might be the case of ears just not being able to wrap themselves around a singer's style. But we all know what they are now, l and we can all be "moving in for the kill" as we listen.

—William Hunt


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