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

  • What song? It could mean various things - if we know what the song is, then we can better pin down what the phrase means. – Matt E. Эллен Sep 28 '11 at 13:33
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    In Spanish I heard that referring to someone born before color photography was introduced – Dr. belisarius Sep 28 '11 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 '11 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. – FumbleFingers Sep 28 '11 at 14:15
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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 '14 at 13:33

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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