Song Meanings and Facts Blog

Blue on Black

“Blue on Black” by Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s “Blue on Black” is a song based on the notion that if blue and black were mixed together, they would blend into one color, with black being dominant. Due to the generally negative terminology used throughout, many...

God Bless America

“God Bless America” by Kate Smith

This song was originally written in 1918 by American composer and lyricist Irving Berlin. The 1938 Kate Smith version is actually a rewrite he did in light of the rise of Nazism (Irving himself was...

Kate Smith

Meaning of “Pickaninny Heaven” by Kate Smith

This song is based on Kate Smith addressing a group of African-American children, specifically orphans.  It was featured in the 1933 film Hello, Everybody!, in which Smith starred. During the track, she is basically encouraging these...