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Billy Paul: Brown Baby

Robin Katz, Disc, 17 March 1973

ONE OF the best ingredients a composer can toss into a song is a dash of universality. Put something in the lyrics that people can identify with and it will help sell the song. It sounds a bit brash but it's true, and the truth hurts.

Total word count of piece: 648


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