"Colour Me In" as written by Patricia Ann Keenan and James Cargill....
I am grey, still on the page
Oh colour me in
Just an outline, sketchy but fine
Oh colour me in

If green is chasing the hills over miles
If blue is pursuing the sky
See if the red of your heart doesn't mind
Where you begin to colour me in

Something new and nothing to do
Then I'm just the idea
I must be real, 'cause somehow I feel
That I'm just the idea

Let's share the blue of the towering sky
The green of the hills that roll by
Leave the red of your heart to decide
If you cannot choose which colour to use

I'll always wait, it's never too late
To colour me in
To colour me in
Today or next year, I'll always be here
If you want to colour me in


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"Colour Me In" as written by Patricia Ann Keenan James Cargill

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    General Commentlovely
    macramebirdon July 05, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song always puts me in another place.
    When I first heard this song I imagined a person, or the concept of a person, incomplete and in the mind. This person is perfection, and the details are filled in by you;("I am gray, still on the page/Just an outline, sketchy but fine"). It's like this person's rough existence is there, but incomplete. She is real, but only in your mind;("I must be real cause somehow I feel/That I'm just the ideal") She is subjective perfection in your mind, and that gives her life and proves that she is real. When she says "I'll always wait, it's never too late...Today or next year, I'll always be here, if you want to color me in" that could be taken as, you can take all the time you need to figure out what perfection is for you. To fill in the picture of perfection with color eventually, and have it someday.
    It is the living, subconscious dream of perfection that we all have, be it a person, a beautiful place, a meaning, or state of being. We need to set the ideal, and set out to find it.
    Conceptionon August 27, 2010   Link
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    General CommentShe's simply inviting you to get to know her better. "You" could be an acquaintance, a family member, or whatever. Or maybe it's sung from the perspective of her deeper, truer self, addressing her conscious self. Either way, the listener has a limited, abstracted perception of the speaker's authentic qualities.
    There are people all around us, in our lives, that we only see as "sketchy outlines" in a coloring book, when in fact they're just as real and colorful and 3d as we are. "I'll always wait/ it's never too late" = if you want to get to know me, I'll be here; all you need to do is let your emotions get out and mix with mine ("leave the red of your heart to decide") and then you will have CONNECTED WITH ANOTHER HUMAN BEING WHICH AFTER ALL IS WHAT LIFE IS ALL ABOUT.

    If anything, this song confirms that Trish (RIP) was a huge talent as well as (probably) a huge stoner.
    barnesignobleon April 06, 2011   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionOh and a lyric correction right before the last paragraph:

    I am grey, still on the page

    Oh colour me in

    Just an outline, sketchy but fine

    Oh colour me in


    If green is chasing the hills over miles

    If blue is pursuing the sky

    See if the red of your heart doesn't mind

    Where you begin to colour me in


    Something new and nothing to do

    Then I'm just the ideal

    I must be real cause somehow I feel

    That I'm just the ideal


    Let's share the blue of the towering sky

    The green of the hills that roll by

    Leave the red of your heart to decide

    If you cannot choose which colour to use


    I'll always wait, it's never too late

    To colour me in

    To colour me in


    Today or next year, I'll always be here

    If you want to colour me...

    In........


    I'll always wait, it's never too late

    To colour me in

    To colour me in

    To colour me in

    To colour me in
    Conceptionon August 27, 2010   Link

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