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sol.una
08-20-2002, 10:27 AM
I'm looking for pop or rock songs whose lyrics contain lists or repetitions of colours.
So far I've got a miserable two examples:
"Tangerine, tangerine" from (you guessed?) "Tangerine" by Led Zeppelin and (much better) "Pink, pink, pink, pink (moon)" from (you guessed again?) "Pink Moon" by Nick Drake.
Does anyone have anymore? Two colours is a minimum, but three is where useful starts. I need a few of these songs for a running gag in my next novel.
Oh, here's the crunch: 1981 or earlier.
Good luck and thanks, fellow-posters.

Coldfire
08-20-2002, 10:32 AM
Welcome aboard. Please read the forum descriptions. This one's off to Cafe Society.

Aro
08-20-2002, 11:02 AM
Red, gold and green" in Karma Cameleon, by Boy George

Oh, 1981 or before. Forget that one then.

That rainbow song..."Red and yellow and orange and green...."
Ok, forget that too.

Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" has a lyric
"...olours on the street....red, white and blue..."

Aro
08-20-2002, 11:02 AM
Red, gold and green" in Karma Cameleon, by Boy George

Oh, 1981 or before. Forget that one then.

That rainbow song..."Red and yellow and orange and green...."
Ok, forget that too.

Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" has a lyric
"...colours on the street....red, white and blue..."

Fenris
08-20-2002, 11:10 AM
"Joseph's Coat" from the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat:

Joseph & Female Ensemble:
I look handsome, I look smart
I am a walking work of art
Such a dazzling coat of many colors
How I love my coat of many colors

Narrator, Joseph, Ensemble & Children:
It was red and yellow and green and brown
And scarlet and black and ocher and peach
And ruby and olive and violet and fawn
And lilac and gold and chocolate and mauve
And cream and crimson and silver and rose
And azure and lemon and russet and grey
And purple and white and pink and orange
And red and yellow and green and brown
Scarlet and black and ocher and peach
And ruby and olive and violet and fawn
And lilac and gold and chocolate and mauve
And cream and crimson and silver and rose
And azure and lemon and russet and grey
And purple and white and pink and orange
And blue

Fenris

RealityChuck
08-20-2002, 11:16 AM
"Blue, blue, my love is blue." -- Love is Blue.

BTW, you need to get permission beforehand to use any song lyrics in a novel (if people can figure out what song the lyrics come from, you need permission). If you don't have the proper clearances from all the songwriters, you cannot use their songs, and your novel will never be published.

Labdad
08-20-2002, 11:59 AM
"Wear Your Love Live Heaven" - Donovan

h.sapiens
08-20-2002, 12:08 PM
"Red, Red Wine" - Neil Diamond, don't know the year

"Green, Green Grass of Home" - Elvis, so definitely before 1981

Labdad
08-20-2002, 12:17 PM
:smack: That's "Wear Your Love Like Heaven"

and come to think of it, also by Donovan is "Colours", where he uses descriptions of colors to convey emotions, which sounds like it might be particularly useful for your application, subject to Reality Chuck's caveat, of course.

lieu
08-20-2002, 03:28 PM
They call me mellow yellow - also by Donovan.

Red red I want red - Sammy Hagar

lieu
08-20-2002, 03:31 PM
Back in Black - AC/DC

Gatopescado
08-20-2002, 04:28 PM
Hey! Pay attention, folks! Dude asked for a minimum of 2!

Sweet Baby James...."deep greens and blues are the colors I choose....."

There is a song on The Clouds album Collage that lists several colors, but I don't remember the song title.

And who can forget ".......decorations of red on a green Christmas Tree, but I'll have a blue, blue Christmas" (wish I could!)

Thats enough from me.

______________
She said she loved me like a brother. She's from Arkansas, hence the Joy!

No Me Ayudes Compadre
08-20-2002, 04:40 PM
"Blue, blue, electric blue...." - David Bowie, Sound and Vision

"Sunbonnet blue and a yellow straw hat...." - Billie Holliday, Sunbonnet Blue

"I'm black, I'm pink, I'm Rinso white...." - Soundtrack, Hair

"Your shoes are green, your dress is red, and your wiggy head is powder blue...." - Alvin Robinson, Down Home Girl

"Oh Red... Sing them blues..." - Howlin' Wolf, Oh Red

"Sipping cocktails in the blue, red and grey..." - The Who, Blue Red and Grey

"Fly and find the new green bough, return like the white dove..." - Queen, The Prophet's Song

"Licorice tattoo turned a gunmetal blue..." - Tom Waits, Burma Shave

"Blue, blue, I got a tale to tell you, I'm blue" - Bessie Smith, Blue Blues

"If you was white, you'd be alright, if you was brown, stick around, but as you's black, oh, brother, get back, get back, get back" - Big Bill Broonzy, Black, Brown and White

"My red hot mama, my red hot mama" - Elmore James, Fine Little Mama

Skywatcher
08-20-2002, 04:52 PM
How about "She's a Rainbow" by the Rolling Stones?

Have you seen her dressed in blue?
See the sky in front of you
And her face is lik a sail
Speck of white so fair and pale
Have you seen a lady fairer?

Have you seen her all in gold?
Like a queen in days of old
She shoots her colors all around
Like a sunset going down
Have you seen a lady fairer?

lieu
08-20-2002, 04:54 PM
Wasn't there a "My Green Tangerine" from the 60's?

Liberal
08-20-2002, 05:59 PM
Another Hair song, Walking in Space

...

Red black
Blue brown
Yellow crimson
Green orange
Purple pink
Violet white
White white
White white
White white

All the clouds are cumuloft
Walking in space
Oh my God your skin is soft
I love your face

...

etc.

Liberal
08-20-2002, 06:01 PM
Wasn't there a "My Green Tangerine" from the 60's?Tamborine. "Now listen while I playayayayay... my green tamborine."

sol.una
08-21-2002, 06:28 AM
Just a quick thanks to everyone for suggestions so far. Very helpful, colourful folks. And apologies to Aro for not being able to help with the 'What these novels have in common' thread.

hazel-rah
08-21-2002, 06:57 AM
Temptation by New Order? Can't remember if it was released in 1981 or 1982.

"Oh you've got green eyes
oh you've got grey eyes
oh you've got blue eyes

oh you've got green eyes
oh you've got blue eyes
oh you've got grey eyes"

-fh

Coil
08-21-2002, 07:19 AM
The only thing I can think of from my collection is

"Finland red, Egypt white, Germany black" from the song Finland red, Egypt white, Germany black by The Sisterhood / The Sisters of Mercy.

lieu
08-21-2002, 09:58 AM
Green Eyed Lady was done by Sugarloaf sometime in the 70's.

(Thanks Lib.)

Politzania
08-21-2002, 10:10 AM
How about Ken Nordine's Colors (http://amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000001PAI/qid=1029938462/sr=1-4/ref=sr_1_4/002-9674917-3301612) album?

Sample lyric from "Gray"
"Absolute gray is the grayest gray / That's the same distance from absolute white as it is from absolute black,"

Eonwe
08-21-2002, 11:29 AM
Um... Yellow Submarine.

lieu
08-21-2002, 11:52 AM
Purple Haze - Jimi
Black & White - Three Dog Night

Skywatcher
08-21-2002, 12:48 PM
"White Room" by Cream.
In the white room with black curtains near the station.
Blackroof country, no gold pavements, tired starlings.
Silver horses...

Hometownboy
08-21-2002, 12:56 PM
A couple of likely suspects:

Don Gibson's #20 hit in 1958 Blue, Blue Day

Bobby Vinton's (#3, 1960 Blue on Blue

Foreigner's (#15, 1979 ) Blue Morning, Blue Day

Los Bravos (#4, 1966) Black is Black


For a fairly obsure title, how about either version of Black Denim Trousers from 1955? You could pick either The Cheers' #5 version or the Vaughn Monroe :eek: #38 version. The chorus:
"He had black denim trousers and motorcycle boots and a black leather jacket with an eagle on the back."

If a folk song would work, there's the New Christy Minstrels' Green, Green, a #14 charter from 1963.

And from the Vegas circuit, Red Roses for a Blue Lady, mostly associated with Wayne Newton, who took it to #23 in 1965.

According to my trusty Joel Whitburn's, Newton's version placed the lowest of the three charted versions. Bert Kaempfert's insturmental hit #11, and Vic Dana's vocal went to #10. Don't remember who covered who on this one, but was interested to note that Dana covered another multiple color song, Neil Diamond's #62, 1968 Red, Red Wine. Dana did a version in 1970 that reached #72. Ah, the joys of a good reference book!

MsRobyn
08-21-2002, 01:23 PM
The Monkees did a song called "Shades of Grey" with this lyric:


There is no black or white
Only shades of grey


Robin

Purd Werfect
08-21-2002, 01:49 PM
"There's a smart young woman on a light blue screen
Who comes into my house every night.
And she takes all the red, yellow, orange and green
And she turns them into black and white."

- Elvis Costello - "Green Shirt"

monster
08-21-2002, 05:31 PM
Originally posted by Aro
That rainbow song..."Red and yellow and orange and green...."
Ok, forget that too.



<clears throat>

Red and yellow and pink and green
Purple and orange and blue
I can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow too

Listen with your eyes, listen with your eyes
Sing everything you see
I can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow, sing along with me

Red and yellow and pink and green
Purple and orange and blue
I can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow too

I remember singing this song in 2nd grade, which probably would've been about 1979 or 1980.

Minor Irritant
08-21-2002, 05:34 PM
I see a red door, and I want to paint it black
No colours anymore, I want them to turn black...

Paint it Black, The Rolling Stones.

Mephisto
08-21-2002, 05:37 PM
How does that old Black Sabbath song go?

"Black is white and blue is brown/
All the colors now are different somehow . . ."

Something like that. It's off the Sabbath Bloody Sabbath album if I'm not mistaken.

Mephisto
08-21-2002, 05:43 PM
Okay. The song is "Killing Yourself To Live," and the lyrics to the verse I was thinking of are:

"I don't know if I'm up or down,
Whether black is white or blue is brown,
The colors of my life are all different somehow . . ."

and Ozzy goes on to sing some stuff that's incomprehensible if you're not on acid . . .

The Scrivener
08-21-2002, 07:44 PM
Kate Bush, in "Symphony in Blue," uses "blue" five times in five lines, and in a later stanza, "red" three times.

XTC's "Senses Working Overtime" uses "black" in three consecutive lines.

No Me Ayudes Compadre
08-21-2002, 07:56 PM
See I am Wonder Mike, and I'd like to say hello,
To the black, to the white, the red and the brown,
The purple and yellow.

- Sugarhill Gang, Rappers Delight

John Carter of Mars
08-22-2002, 12:18 AM
"Red, White, and Blue" by Loretta Lynn, 1976
"The Coloring Song", by Petra. Contains all the colors of the rainbow. 1970's
"Be-bop-a-lula" by Gene Vincent, 1957? "She's the girl in the red blue jeans"
"Lavender Blue" by Burl Ives among others.
"Tan Shoes and Pink Shoelaces" by Dodie Stevens, 1959, names at least three colors, four if you count polka-dot.

MUST STOP NOW.........

The Scrivener
08-22-2002, 01:05 AM
Kermit the Frog, It's Not Easy Being Green

Skywatcher
08-22-2002, 10:55 AM
There is a yellow one that won't accept the black one
That won't accept the red one that won't accept the white one

Hometownboy
08-22-2002, 08:16 PM
Mark Lindsay's Arizona
has a line about "colors of green and gray"

lieu
08-22-2002, 09:34 PM
sol.una... reply back if this is helping because if you want this well informed group could actually get serious about your request. :)

riserius1
08-22-2002, 09:49 PM
"Black, white, green, red,
Can I take my friend to bed?
Pink, Brown, yellow, Orange and Blue, I Love You"
--The BeatlesAll Together Now

Chris W

astorian
08-23-2002, 11:46 AM
From Bad Company's song "Silver, Blue and Gold."

"Give me silver, blue and gold.
The colors of the sky, I'm told.
My rainbow is overdue."

sol.una
08-24-2002, 07:02 PM
Originally posted by lieu
sol.una... reply back if this is helping because if you want this well informed group could actually get serious about your request. :)

Many thanks Lieu and all of you. Yes this is helping. I've certainly got enough and could use even more if the Colour Folks out there are willing to keep trawling. The running gag in my novel is that a tourist brochure for a small (and dull) town is not only cliched but also all factually true. One sentence in the brochure therefore refers to the town's "colourful street entertainers" (are there ever any other kind?) and I'm going to follow that up with sightings thru the book of wannabe rock-star buskers doing appalling versions (perhaps wearing wigs) of our favourite and most colourful rock and pop standards. As you can all appreciate, it's a very, very serious novel. Apologies to all for not posting back before. This is mostly due to the embarrassment at not remembering Elvis Costello's "Green Shirt" until reminded by Purd W.

John Carter of Mars
08-25-2002, 12:26 AM
"Ruby Red" by the Kingston Trio, circa 1960, mentions at least four colors.

There was also one called "The Prism Song", '60's or '70's, that had many colors in the lyrics. Not sure of the artist on that one.

Skywatcher
08-26-2002, 12:13 PM
Red and yellow, blue and green
Prettiest thing I've ever seen
You know it's red and yellow, blue and green
Don't this world treat a little child mean.

Skywatcher
08-26-2002, 12:20 PM
"Everything is Beautiful" by Ray Stevens begins with a classic children's hymn:

Jesus loves the little children, all the little children of the world
Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world

JohnBckWLD
08-26-2002, 09:09 PM
Originally posted by Mephisto
Okay. The song is "Killing Yourself To Live," and the lyrics to the verse I was thinking of are:

"I don't know if I'm up or down,
Whether black is white or blue is brown,
The colors of my life are all different somehow . . ."
...Little Boy Blue's a Big Girl Now.

Mephisto
08-26-2002, 09:37 PM
^ Hey, John, thanks! I didn't really forget the last line, though, I just couldn't ever figure out what the hell Ozzy was singing there. Anyway, now I know. Thanks again.

sol.una
08-29-2002, 05:35 AM
There haven't been any posts to this thread for a couple of days now. I've got much more from everyone's efforts than I thought I would so perhaps it's time to close this down and free up some space for someone and something else. I'd like to thank everyone who has participated. This Rainbow Coalition has covered the spectrum. Time to go infra-red. Ciao for now - sol.una

Richard Pearse
08-29-2002, 09:38 AM
Just one more:

"Black (black, black, black) and blue (blue, blue, blue)
and who knows which is which, and who is who?"

- Pink Floyd "Us and Them"

Otto
08-29-2002, 11:28 AM
"The Colors of my Life" from "Barnum." There are two different color lists (neither of which I can remember all the way through and we're not supposed to post complete lyrics anyway) which contrast (homebody browns and greys vs. showman's reds and golds) that two wretched street performers could sing as a wretched duet.

John Carter of Mars
08-29-2002, 04:37 PM
Cannot--resist--one--more--entry

"A White Sportcoat and a Pink Carnation" (And in a blue, blue, mood) Marty Robbins

"A White Sportcoat and a Pink Crustacean" Jimmy Buffett

bristlesage
08-29-2002, 09:58 PM
Not so much a pop/rock song, but a truly colorful street performer would be required for "The Spectrum Song" (originally sung by that fine cartoon character Ludwig von Drake).

TJdude825
08-30-2002, 04:01 AM
not pop or rock, but:

Sunday, by the blue purple yellow red water
on the green purple yellow red grass

-Sunday from Sunday in the Park with George by Sondheim

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