I love the lyrics to Disney’s Pocohantas – Colors of the Wind especially the part that goes “But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll learn things you never knew you never knew.” I really like that line because “you never knew you never knew” can be heard as a phrase repeated for emphasis or two distinct phrases with a nearly separate meaning.

So it could be, musically: “things you never knew, you never knew,” Kind of like “Que sera sera”

Or it could be: “things you never knew you never knew,” as in things that you don’t even know that you don’t know.


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  1. I listen to Disney songs on the radio with my daughter and the light bulb went off listening to this song recently.

    The preceding line on that song was the zinger for me:
    “You think the only people who are people/ are people who look and think like you.”

    I love how the phrasing echoes there, and again in the line you quoted “things you never knew/ you never knew”; it’s great lyrical writing.

    But more than that, it’s a perfect encapsulation of an imperialist mindset: believing that one’s own culture and conventions are superior and deeming Others as savages. Pocahontas was preaching and 10 y/o me did not even know it.


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