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Album: Glee: The Music, The Complete Season Three
Released: January 31, 2012
By: Michael Jackson
Sung by: New Directions
Solos: Artie, Kurt, Mercedes, Rachel, and Santana
Place: The April Rhodes Civic Pavilion
Episode: Michael

Black or White by Michael Jackson is featured in Michael, the eleventh episode of Season Three. It is sung by the New Directions.

This is the last song performed in the episode. The New Directions sing it together in the auditorium and all of the Dalton Academy Warblers join in, except for Sebastian, who sits in the audience enviously watching. 

Blaine is absent during this performance due to being slushied earlier in the episode by the Warblers. Sugar and Tina were absent for unknown reasons, but references in the following episodes hint at them being ill. 

After the song, Sebastian explains that it will take a lot more than a Michael Jackson number to beat the Warblers at Regionals. Santana and Kurt reveal the tape with Sebastian's voice admitting to having put rock salt in the slushie that injured Blaine. The New Directions leave, with Artie hollering "School's out!".

Lyrics

Artie:
Ow!
Ow!
I took my baby on a Saturday bang
Boy is that girl with you
Yes we're one and the same

Rachel:
Now I believe in miracles
And a miracle has happened tonight
Hee! Ah!

Artie, Rachel, and Santana with New Directions:
But, if
You're thinking about my baby
It don't matter if you're
Black or white

Artie:
Hoo!

Kurt:
They print my message in the Saturday sun
I had to tell them
I ain't second to none

Mercedes:
And I told about equality
And it's true either

Mercedes with Santana:
You're wrong or you're right

Artie:
Whoo! Ah!

Artie, Rachel, and Santana with New Directions:
But, if
You're thinking about my baby
It don't matter if you're
Black or white

Artie:
Hee!
Don't bet!

Rachel:
Heehee!

Santana with New Directions:
I am tired of this devil
I am tired of this stuff
I am tired of this business
So, when the going gets rough
I ain't scared of your brother
I ain't scared of no sheets
I ain't scared of nobody
Girl, when the goin' gets mean

Artie:
Protection for gangs, clubs, and nations
Causing grief in human relations
It's a turf war on a global scale
I'd rather hear both sides
Of the tale, see, it's not about races
Just places, faces where your blood
Comes from is where your space is
I've seen the bright get duller
I'm not going to spend
My life being a color

Kurt:
Don't tell me you agree with me
When I saw you kicking

Kurt with Mercedes:
Dirt in my eye

Artie, Rachel, and Santana with New Directions:
But, if
You're thinking about my baby
It don't matter if you're
Black or white
I said if
You're thinking of being my baby
It don't matter if you're
Black or white
I said,
If you're thinking of being my brother
It don't matter if you're
Black or white

Santana:
Yeah, yeah, yeah!

Rachel:
Whoo!
Black or white!

Artie with New Directions (New Directions):
(Ooh oh, ooh...) It's black, it's white
It's tough for you to get by (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
(Rachel: Yeah!)
It's black, it's white, (Artie: Whoo!)
It's tough for you to get by(Ooh oh, ooh...)
(Santana: Yeah yeah yeah!)
It's black, it's white (Santana: Woo!)
It's tough for you to get by (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
(Rachel: Black or white!)
It's black, it's white, (Artie: Whoo!)
It's tough (Hooh, hooh...) for you to get by
(Santana: Woo!)
It's black, it's white, (Artie: Whoo!) (Santana: C'mon!)
It's tough for you to get by (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
It's black, it's white, (Artie: Whoo!)
(Santana: Aah)
It's tough (Hooh, hooh...) for you to get by
It's black, it's white
It's tough for you to get by (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
It's black, it's white

Artie:
Whoo!...

Trivia

  • Kevin McHale, Naya Rivera, Amber Riley, Chris Colfer, Lea Michele and Damian McGinty recorded this song in the studio. Even though Rory (McGinty) doesn't have a solo part, he provides back-up vocals.
  • TinaBlaine and Sugar were absent in this performance. Tina was featured earlier in the episode during Bad, but Sugar was absent for the whole episode.
  • The order in which the faces of the Glee kids appear is: Finn, Brittany, Puck, Mike, Rachel, Mercedes, Sam, Kurt, Rory, Santana, Quinn and Artie.
  • This is one of the songs in which the performance is slightly similar to the official music video, some of the others being Scream, This Is the New Year and It's Not Right But It's Okay.
  • ​When Kurt is singing his solo, he covers his right eye, referring to when Blaine got slushied in his right eye.

Gallery

Videos

Michael Jackson - Black Or White 06:23

Michael Jackson - Black Or White

GLEE - Black Or White (Full Performance) (Official Music Video) 02:10

GLEE - Black Or White (Full Performance) (Official Music Video)

Glee - Black or White 03:16

Glee - Black or White

Glee - Black Or White (Acapella) 02:04

Glee - Black Or White (Acapella)

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