"Colours" as written by Christian Zucconi, Hannah Hooper, Sean Gadd and Ryan Rabin....
I am a man, man, man, man
Up, up in the air
And I run around, round, round, round this down town and act like I don't care.
So when you see me flying by the planet's moon,
You don't need to explain if everything's changed
Just know I'm just like you.

Huh.
Ha, (x4)

So I pull the switch, the switch, the switch inside my head.
And I see black, black, green,and brown, brown, brown and blue, yellow, violets, red.
And suddenly a light appears inside my brain
And I think of my ways, I think of my days and know that I have changed.

It's the colors you have
No need to be sad.
It really ain't that bad.

It's the colors you have
No need to be sad.
You've still got your health.

So mistress, mistress have you been up to the roof?
He shot himself, self
There's blood on the wall
'cause he couldn't face the truth.

Oh, knock that down, leave the ground and find some space
And tell your friends, friends,
You'll be back again, gain
Before it's too late.

It's the colors you have
No need to be sad.
It really ain't that bad.

Oooooooooh, it's the colors you have
No need to be sad.
It really ain't that bad

It's the colors you have
No need to be sad.
You've still got your health.

So I am a man, man, man, man
Up, up in the air
And I float around, 'round, 'round this downtown
And know I shouldn't care.
So when you see us there out in the open road
You don't need to explain
If everything's changed
Just know that you don't know.

We call it life
Oh yeah, that's what we call it.
We can't call it at all.
We call it life
Oh yeah, that's what we call it.
When you can't call it at all.
Yeah, we call it
Oh yeah that's what we call it.
(oooooooooohhhhh)
We do it for love, sweet love.


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"Colours" as written by Hannah Hooper Christian Zucconi

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  • +6
    My InterpretationI definitely think this song is about self-acceptance, like plenty of others have said, but I also think it goes a little deeper than that.

    It's not just acceptance of who you are, but also who you used to be, and to accept the fact that you have changed and will probably continue to change for your entire life. I also get a feel that there's a bit of outward acceptance here (of other people, or that other people change), but that's probably just me because I can't really point to any specific lyrics.
    Demeraldeseon May 23, 2012   Link
  • +5
    Lyric Correction"It's the Colours you have" not "if the colours bad"
    tonytigr29on November 14, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI suppose he's saying not to be ashamed of who you are. He makes mistakes, causes trouble, maybe does drugs (nor sure how else he pulled the switch inside his head). No one should consume themselves with their faults, especially when looking back on what you've done. We all have regrets, he's just like you. You can always change going forward and what you've done in the past is just who you are, your colors.
    AnalogPMon August 05, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI'm pretty sure that this song is about learning who you are and accepting it. I don't think the line about the switch in his head and the colors is a drug reference. I think it's just about self discovery and acceptance.
    Aenema91on October 07, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentHe pulls the switch, the switch inside his head, and he sees memories, memories, memories, memories, memories...

    And suddenly a light appears inside his brain,
    And emits light upon all his memories

    And knows that he has changed.


    Plain and simple...

    He's not doing LSD, silly gooses!
    r1ddl3ron February 06, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentHmm, I actually really think its a Be Yourself with subtle gay themes. The chorus sounds pretty straightforward about being yourself and so is the first verse, but that last line hints at something:

    So when you see me flyin' by the planet's moon
    You don't need to explain if everything's changed
    Just know I'm just like you

    With all the hysteria about gays destroying the world he just wants you to know they're people just like everyone else. Different, sure, but the same nonetheless.

    So I pull this switch
    The switch, the switch inside my head
    And I see black black, green and brown brown brown brown,
    And blue yellow violet's red

    This could be sarcasm directed at the people who believe its a choice. Either way he sees his colors for what they are.

    And suddenly a light appears inside my brain
    And I think of my ways, I think of my days
    And know that I have changed

    The sudden epiphany where you realize you're a completely different person from a couple years ago, perhaps he didn't accept himself before but now he's no longer ashamed of being gay. Doesn't have to relate but thats how I see it.

    So mistress, mistress
    Have you been up to the roof?
    He shot himself self, there's blood on the wall
    'Cause he couldn't face the truth

    This one just seemed weird until I realized it could be about the gay men who spend their whole lives denying who they are and trying to live a more acceptable charade, only to end up cheating on their wives (hence the use of the word mistress) and committing suicide.

    Oh knock that down, leave the ground and find some space
    And tell your friends friends, you'll be back again gain
    Before it's too late

    This is like a bit of friendly advice. Forget about your current troubles and try to think things through before you do anything drastic. The telling your friends part is pretty important when you feel suicidal. I think the "before its too late" speaks for itself.

    Que chorus about accepting yourself, its not so bad at least you're healthy yadda yadda

    So when you see us there, there out in the open road
    You don't need to explain if everything's changed
    Just know that you don't know

    I think this is telling people who are afraid of acknowledging gay rights (or even gay people in general) and who think gay marriage is the beginning of the end of the moral fabric of society that you really don't know what's going to happen. No one does, but that's life, its unpredictable. Then at the outro he says "Yeah we call it... love". It's life, it's love. You may think it's hell on Earth but people are going to have to accept that this is real and its here to stay so deal with it.
    KillaTequillaon July 01, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is saying how life changes in bad ways yet you still have to go on and try to not let it bother you.
    DJIrishBrownson January 04, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionWow, can you not just copy & paste half-assed lyrics from every other site?
    Here are the ACTUAL lyrics:

    Yeah I am a man, man man man
    Up up in the air
    And I run around round round, round this town town
    And act like I don't care

    So when you see me flyin' by the planet's moon
    You don't need to explain if everything's changed
    Just know I'm just like you

    Huh, ha (x4)
    (ahhhh-ahhh-ahh)

    So I pull this switch
    The switch, the switch inside my head
    And I see black black, green and brown brown brown brown,
    And blue yellow violet's red

    And suddenly a light appears inside my brain
    And I think of my ways, I think of my days
    And know that I have changed

    It's the colours you have
    No need to be sad
    It really ain't that bad

    It's the colours you have
    No need to be sad
    You still got your health

    So mistress, mistress
    Have you been up to the roof?
    He shot himself self, there's blood on the wall
    'Cause he couldn't face the truth

    Oh knock that down, leave the ground and find some space
    And tell your friends friends, you'll be back again gain
    Before it's too late

    It's the colours you have
    No need to be sad
    It really ain't that bad

    (woaaaah)

    It's the colours you have
    No need to be sad
    It really ain't that bad

    It's the colours you have
    No need to be sad
    You still got your health

    So I am a man, man man man
    Up up in the air
    And I float around round round, round this town town
    And know I shouldn't care

    So when you see us there, there out in the open road
    You don't need to explain if everything's changed
    Just know that you don't know

    We call it... life
    Oh yeah that's what we call it
    We can't call it hell

    Yeah we call it... life
    Ho yeah that's what we call it
    When you can't call it hell-ohhh

    Yeah we call it... love
    That's right we call it... love
    We do it for love
    Sweet love
    DanielRogerson November 01, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Lyric Correction"you've still got your health" should be
    "you've still got your hands."

    I was so curious I tweeted at them and they answered!
    ilikecatsOKAYon May 12, 2012   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionI kind of think it's about life, and the hand you are dealt. Like, you know when you were a kid and you would complain about the color of the crayon you get, I think there is a connection there. Like: "It's the colors you have, don't be sad, it really ain't that bad." Like this is the life you have, don't be sad. Anyhow, who knows? It's probably different for everyone.
    samthemamon July 12, 2013   Link

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