"Shampoo" as written by and Elvis Brooke Perkins....
Sweep up, little sweeper boy
It's you who's got the wig on here
Sweep up, little sweeper boy, sweep up

Yellow is the color of my true love's crossbow
Yellow is the color of the sun
And black is the color of
A strangled rainbow
That's the color of my lung
Black is the color of my true love's arrow
That's the color of a human's blood

You got a shot o-o-o-of shampoo
Though it was made thirty years ago
Yeah, you still got a shot o-o-o-of shampoo
Though you were made twenty years ago

Speak up, little sweeper boy
They are hard of hearing
Anything that anyone has to say

Well, I say
Yellow is the color of my true love's crossbow
Yellow like the color of the sun
And, black is the color of
A strangled rainbow
Just the color of my lung
Black is the color of my true love's arrow
Exactly the color of my blood

But I don't want to die
I-I-I'll never die, tomorrow maybe (however dark tomorrow may be)
Above me a perfect square of sky
You are worth your weight in gold, you are worth your weight in sorrow, baby
Though you will never know why


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"Shampoo" as written by Elvis Perkins

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    General CommentI have a different version of the song (that I got off Daytrotter)

    There is an extra verse that comes in after "my blood" and goes like this:

    But I don't want to die,
    I'll never die*, tomorrow maybe
    Above a near perfect square of sun*
    You are worth your weight in gold
    you are worth your weight in sorrow baby
    though you will never know why

    *equals I don't really know
    Caveman7on February 11, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf you have the live version it is slightly different though.
    nausikaäon March 24, 2007   Link
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    General Commentlive version is better to me, he sings with more passion
    hamfohon May 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOkay, so in one of his interviews he stated that this song is a metaphysical love song... so with that:
    * He's stating that his lover, as a person [crossbow]is loving, warm, open hearted [yellow].
    * But then he is comparing things such as death, a strangled rainbow, blood, etc [black] as his lover's output or just actions that s/he does [arrow]. --> Maybe he got hurt emotionally?
    * Also, it seems that things were always meant to be... becuase he states that the shampoo was made 30 years ago, yet they are only 20 yearsold. So this could either mean an arranged marriage or it was just the drift of the wind...
    * I'm still not too sure what the sweeping boy has to do with anything... hmm
    AFL1187on February 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think the shampoo he is referring too is the movie shampoo by Hal Ashby....since it was made in 1975......30 years ago in 2005......also in the live version he says "You've got a pretty good shot of starring in Shampoo"
    VivaLasVegason July 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe lyric "black is the colour of / a strangled rainbow / that's the colour of my loss" is just about the most awesome line ever.
    Alagemoon March 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure the lyrics go as follows:

    yellow is the color of my true love's crossbow
    yellow is the color of the sun
    black is the color of a strangled rainbow
    just the color of my lung
    black is the color of my true love's arrow
    just the color of a human's blood

    this comes from the liner notes in the album

    also, i think the meaning behind this song may have something to do with "shampoo" being a barber/hair salon. the narrator is telling the sweeper boy that he can has a chance to be more than what he is although he is young and "shampoo" has been around for 10 years longer than he has even been alive. it is beautiful lyrically regardless and whatever it means im in love.
    seffroniaon March 30, 2009   Link
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    General Commentis it just me, or is there an entire verse missing on all the internet lyrics...? or is that verse just in one version of the song?
    regardless, this is a beautiful song. i love the twist on the traditional "black is the color of my true love's hair" lyrics.
    SilverStellaon August 14, 2009   Link
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    TranslationThe lyrics are-
    Sweep up, little sweeper boy
    It's you who's got the wig on here
    Sweep up, little sweeper boy, sweep up

    Yellow is the color of my true love's crossbow
    Yellow is the color of the sun
    And black is the color of
    A strangled rainbow
    That's the color of my lung
    Black is the color of my true love's arrow
    That's the color of a human's blood

    You got a shot o-o-o-of shampoo
    Though it was made thirty years ago
    Yeah, you still got a shot o-o-o-of shampoo
    Though you were made twenty years ago

    Speak up, little sweeper boy
    They are hard of hearing
    Anything that anyone has to say

    Well, I say
    Yellow is the color of my true love's crossbow
    Yellow like the color of the sun
    And, black is the color of
    A strangled rainbow
    Just the color of my lung
    Black is the color of my true love's arrow
    Exactly the color of my blood

    But I don't want to die
    H-h-h-however dark tomorrow may be
    Above me a perfect square of sky
    You are worth your weight in gold, you are worth your weight in sorrow, baby
    Though you will never know why
    Eliadon April 10, 2014   Link

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