I've heard a song with the words "She was born in black and white". Could anyone say what this phrase means?

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    In Spanish I heard that referring to someone born before color photography was introduced Sep 28, 2011 at 13:42
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    "The world didn't turn color until sometime in the 1930s" ;) everything2.com/title/The+world+was+black+and+white
    – Guffa
    Sep 28, 2011 at 13:52
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    It's poetic imagery, not a standard idiom, so it could have various shades of meaning. Without more context I'd guesss it means born in to an impoverished environment. Probably financially impoverished, but it could mean an environment lacking in emotional or intellectual stimulation, for example. Sep 28, 2011 at 14:15
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    It's a song by KT Tunstall "Suddenly I see"
    – user20841
    May 4, 2012 at 7:03
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    By the way. It's quite silly that anyone would mark this question down. It's an excellent question: for a non-native speaker or youth reader, for example, you could easily see that this "sounds like it could be" some sort of idiom. (Indeed: it is very close to a couple of specific well-known idiomatic phrases.) The phrase deserves exploration as to whether it is indeed an idiom, a turning of an idiom, or indeed if Fumble's phrase perfectly encapsulates the situation. Thanks for the great question, Max.
    – Fattie
    Apr 9, 2014 at 13:33

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This quote may shed light on the question:

She knew she was born in black and white, The hue of this world was not for her.

The meaning would seem to be that the woman in question feels apart from reality as others experience it.

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