You've Got To Be Carefully Taught, 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein

"You've Got to Be Carefully Taught" is a show tune from the 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific.

South Pacific received scrutiny for its commentary regarding relationships between different races and ethnic groups. In particular, "You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught" was subject to widespread criticism, judged by some to be too controversial or downright inappropriate for the musical stage. Sung by the character Lieutenant Cable, the song is preceded by a line saying racism is "not born in you! It happens after you’re born..."

This version is from James Taylor's latest album American Standards.



  • You never cease to amaze me with your fabulous work. I didn't know this song but I really like it. Having the vocal panned hard right is a bit strange to me if you don't mind me saying. Otherwise I love this.😀

  • I watched South Pacific many years ago, but I don't remember this one. You sure cover some territory!

    Ditto on the vocal panning, but it's still a pleasure to listen to.

  • icystorm
    edited April 2023

    You have another very cool cover, Rene. Nice work! Similar to what Owen mentioned, I've watched that movie a few times over the years, but I don't recall this song. Regardless, your performance is very good as usual. 😀

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