“Ebony and Ivory” is a song by two legendary musicians, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder. The song was written by Paul McCartney and was released in March 1982 with “Rainclouds” on the B-side as the lead single from his third solo studio album “Tug of War.” The song is celebrated for its message of racial harmony and unity.
“Ebony and Ivory” is characterized by its pop and R&B style, featuring a melodic and catchy tune. The song is known for its metaphorical lyrics, comparing piano keys (ebony for black and ivory for white) to people coming together in harmony. The lyrics of “Ebony and Ivory” convey themes of equality, understanding, and the need for people of different races to live together in peace and harmony. The song’s chorus expresses this message:
“Ebony and ivory live together in perfect harmony Side by side on my piano keyboard, oh Lord, why don’t we?”
The music video for “Ebony and Ivory” features both McCartney and Wonder performing the song, emphasizing the theme of unity.
The song was a commercial success, reaching high positions on music charts in multiple countries, including #1 in the United States and the United Kingdom. “Ebony and Ivory” remains one of the notable collaborations between two iconic musicians and an anthem for racial harmony and understanding.
Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder – Ebony and Ivory – Lyrics