"In Color" as written by Lee Thomas Miller, Jamey Van Johnson and James Otto....
I said grandpa whats this picture here
Its all black and white
It ain't real clear is that you there?
He said yeah I was eleven

Times were tough back in '35
That's me and uncle Joe just tryin' to survive
A cotton farm, in a great depression.

If it looks like we were scared to death
Like a couple of kids just trying to save each other
You should've seen it in color.

Oh and this one here was taken over seas
In the middle of hell in 1943
In the winter time, you can almost see my breath

That was my tail gunner ole Johnny Magee
He was a high school teacher from New Orleans
And he had my back right through the day we left.

If it looks like we were scared to death
Like a couple of kids just trying to save each other
You should've seen it in color.

A pictures worth a thousand words
But you cant see what those shades of gray keep covered
You should've seen it in color

This one is my favorite one.
This is me and grandma in the summer sun
All dressed up the day we said our vows.
You can't tell it here but it was hot that June
And that rose was red and her eyes were blue
And just look at that smile I was so proud.
That's the story of my life right there in black and white

If it looks like we were scared to death
Like a couple of kids just trying to save each other
You should've seen it in color.

A pictures worth a thousand words
But you cant see what those shades of gray keep covered
You should have seen it in color.

You should have seen it in color

Yeah a pictures worth a thousand words
But you cant see what those shades of gray keep covered
You should have seen it in color


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"In Color" as written by Lee Miller Jamey Johnson

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    General CommentThis is an amazing song. So much meaning. Very sentimental and agreed its all about how a picture says so much yet can fall short on the whole story.
    rookoramion October 21, 2012   Link
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    My Interpretation The lines "A picture's worth a thousand words, But you can't see what those shades of gray keep covered" means that you can say a thousand words about the picture and what you think is going on in the picture, but you have no idea what it was actually like unless you were there, and saw it in color. the shades of gray keep covered all the things that you cant see in the picture, like how the people were acting and how they felt and everything.
    Like when he is singing about being in Wolrd War II, for example. If it looks like they were scared to death, you have no idea how scared they actually were unless you were there with them and "saw it in color" so to speak.
    gmc1323on March 23, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti think this is an amazing song... i totally agree with gmc1323
    Moshi1559on July 19, 2009   Link
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    General Commentafter i heard this song even before it iwould always ak my grandparents and great gramma and grandpa about stuff that happened back then ao yeah this song is reallly good
    rockergryl08on January 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentSuch an amazing song. It gives you a lot to think about when considering how the past was.
    rookoramion February 12, 2013   Link

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