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Chameleon Skin

from I Am Experienced by Mike Bankhead

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    This CD is swaddled in a 6 panel digipak, along with a 16 page booklet that contains lyrics and essays. The booklet also includes your key to access a hidden website chock full of demos, photos, exclusive studio footage, and other bonus content.

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This is an Americana song reflecting on racism.


Oh Mister Isbell, I heard you Jason
I live in a corner of your world and nation
The sneering high & mighty swear it is the best
From the Alabama coast up to the Midwest

Let me tell you about how these things are
My life is at risk each time I drive a car
Facts of Black living been giving me pause
Stopped by police - didn’t break any laws

I ain’t got chameleon skin
I won’t change

Another common thing that I know too well
An elevator in any hotel
Man on edge, woman holds her purse tighter
Would they act that way if my skin were whiter?

Billie once sang about a bitter strange crop
Innocent blood was spilled - it will not stop
Nina lost her rest, said everybody knows
And I'm just as tired of how it all goes

I ain’t got chameleon skin
I won’t change

Safe isn’t a thing, I’m anxious and tense
The L is silent for us and lawful events
Don’t that book tell us all that God is impartial
Don’t that book tell us all that justice is divine
Don’t that book offer hope of better days comin
It’s about time

I ain’t got chameleon skin
I won’t change


from I Am Experienced, released June 20, 2023
Mike Bankhead - bass, vocals
Rizo - guitar, keys
Dion Black - drums
Cherimondis J - violin, vocals
Marnée Richardson - vocals


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Mike Bankhead is a bassist and songwriter from the Dayton, Ohio area. His songs feature crunchy guitar, occasional dissonance, and a love of hooks.

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