Stew

"Black Men Ski"

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Has anyone ever been to Aspen, Colorado? It's not a joke yet; those aren't the jokes. Is this thing off? I went to Aspen recently and stumbled into this song.

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♫ Black men go to Aspen ♫

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♫ and rent colorful chalets. ♫

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♫ Giggle at the questions ♫

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♫ their mere presence seems to raise. ♫

1:04

♫ Get taken for men ♫

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♫ we don't resemble in the least. ♫

1:11

"Are you ... ?" "No."

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♫ It's a winter wonderland ♫

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♫ in the belly of the beast. ♫

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♫ And black men ski. ♫

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♫ Black men ski. ♫

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♫ Black men send back sushi ♫

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♫ with a scorned Yakuza's flair. ♫

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♫ We make postmodern art ♫

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♫ with bacon grease ♫

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♫ and hot combed hair. ♫

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♫ We secretly play Beethoven ♫

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♫ inside our bassmobiles. ♫

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♫ We can tell you how cool looks ♫

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♫ but cannot show you how it feels ♫

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♫ when black men ski. ♫ ♫ When black men ski. ♫

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♫ Black men now are students ♫

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♫ of gay sensibility. ♫

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♫ We wear ironic T-shirts ♫

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♫ drenched in code unknown to thee. ♫

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♫ We get baptized in Walden Pond ♫

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♫ amongst a searing mob ♫

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♫ because the cleansing blood of Jesus ♫

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♫ could not do a thorough job. ♫

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♫ Black men ski. ♫

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♫ Black men ski. ♫

2:58

♫ Chinese guys can jump real high ♫

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♫ and Germans cook soul food. ♫

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♫ White boys rap and hippies nap ♫

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♫ their dreads up to look rude. ♫

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♫ Jazz is now suburban ♫

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♫ it's Marsalisly clean. ♫

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♫ And now we've got Viagra ♫

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♫ everyone's a sex machine. ♫

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♫ So black men ski. ♫

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What else can we do?

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♫ Black men ski. ♫

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♫ Black men ski. ♫

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♫ Black men ski. ♫

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♫ Some kids I'll describe as friends ♫

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♫ say I am race-obsessed. ♫

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♫ The luxury of your opinion ♫

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♫ shows that you are blessed. ♫

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♫ See, I have poems about sunsets ♫

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♫ flowers and the rain. ♫

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♫ I've read them to policemen ♫

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♫ but it was all in vain. ♫

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♫ So black men ski. ♫

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♫ Black men ski ... ♫ elegantly.

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♫ Black men ski. ♫

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♫ Black men ski. ♫

What happens when a black man visits Aspen? Singer/songwriter Stew and his band are about to let you know.

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Stew · Singer/songwriter

Singer-songwriter Stew spins improvisatory songs drawn from his seemingly endless stable of stories and ideas. His musical Passing Strange won a Tony for Best Book in 2008.

Singer-songwriter Stew spins improvisatory songs drawn from his seemingly endless stable of stories and ideas. His musical Passing Strange won a Tony for Best Book in 2008.