White, Discussion

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"White, Discussion"
Live - White Discussion.jpg
Dutch commercial single
Single by Live
from the album Throwing Copper
ReleasedApril 1, 1995
GenreAlternative rock, post-grunge, hard rock
Length6:08 (album version)
4:41 (radio edit)
LabelRadioactive Records
Producer(s)Jerry Harrison, Live
Live singles chronology
"All Over You"
"White, Discussion"
"Lakini's Juice"

"White, Discussion" is a song by the rock group Live, which was released as the fifth and final single from their 1994 album, Throwing Copper.

The song was released as a single in the United States and reached the #71 Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart, #15 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart and #12 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.[1] In Canada, "White, Discussion" reached #12 on the RPM Alternative chart.[2]

The acoustic versions of the songs, released as B-sides, were originally broadcast on the Global Satellite Network's "Modern Rock Live" program. A remix of the song was included on the Virtuosity film soundtrack.[3]


According to lead singer Ed Kowalczyk, the song is about "the end of the world". The discussion that takes place in "White, Discussion", is about people standing around talking about what needs to be done but taking no action. Too busy arguing amongst themselves, they ignore all the saints, prophets and warriors, and are oblivious to the real battle going on, and by the time they notice, it's too late. [4]

The snippet of "I warned you, I prepared you, I instructed you, I told you what to expect." was recorded by the band while driving around in Denver before the release of Throwing Copper. According to Kowalczyk, they heard this crazy guy on the radio talking about the end of the world, and felt that it fit the song's theme, so they recorded it and added it into the song right before the album was to be pressed.

Track listings[edit]

All songs written by Live:

Italian single
  1. "White, Discussion" (Album Version) – 6:08
  2. "Lightning Crashes" (Live) – 6:03
  3. "I Alone" (Live) – 4:17
  4. "Pain Lies on the Riverside" – 5:11
  5. "Operation Spirit (The Tyranny of Tradition)" (Live) – 3:47
  6. "The Beauty of Gray" (Live) – 4:30
Australian single
  1. "White, Discussion" – 4:41
  2. "I Alone" (Acoustic) – 3:48
Netherlands single
  1. "White, Discussion" (Sam Sever Remix) – 4:23
  2. "White, Discussion" (Live at Glastonbury) – 5:34
  3. "White, Discussion" (Album Version) – 6:08

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Throwing Copper > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles" Allmusic
  2. ^ "RPM - Rock/Alternative - Volume 62, No. 6, September 11 1995" RPM via Library and Archives Canada
  3. ^ "Soundtracks for Virtuosity" IMDb
  4. ^ "Throwing Copper FAQ". LIVE Official Fan Club Q&A.