This Bruce Hornsby song is about the American Civil Rights Movement.
The passing of the US Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the basis of the third verse of this song. Although the bill is seen as a victory in the civil rights movement, the song insists that more is needed. The song recognises that individual prejudice and employment discrimination are an enduring form of racism and that it seems like “some things will never change” .
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