"Color Me Once" as written by Gordon Gano and Brian Richie....
Color me once, color me twice
Everything gonna turn out nice
Everlasting arms you gotta
Keep me from these false alarms

Alarm, alarm I see you sad
Maybe I see you I'm glad
Maybe maybe the fire of her desire

Patience, patience said the man
Patience, patience I can't understand
Patience like a man and a wife I got patience
On my neck like a cold, cold knife

I say Jack be nimble Jack fall dead
Jack bend over and give Jilly head
Oh, you gotta help my body heal my soul

Dead men working a sinner a saint
Mixing up a pail of paint
Painted the house, black as night
When the sun came up the house was white

Gotta go on, gotta go on
We gotta go on, you gotta go on
You gotta go on, go on, go on
Try and live life like I couldn't

Lyrics submitted by typo, edited by JudasDenied

"Color Me Once" as written by Brian Ritchie Gordon James Gano

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    General CommentThis song is about a man finding out the realities of life and relationships. You begin life with your arms open to the world, so naive. And when you find out life is cruel you feel as if you have been lied to. Nothing is as it seems. Emotions are like a roller coster and you wonder what people think about you...especially those you have crushes on. So all you have is patience, because the answers don't come until these things or people are unimportant to you, and it doesn't matter anymore. But you gotta go on.
    beth3012on April 26, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwell said
    JayZ03on May 03, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favourite Violent Femmes song...very different.
    Chloe le Fayon July 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think this song was used in "The Crow" and ot was perfect for that movie. The song itself is depressng but in a good way
    Doomcookieon April 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song was off of "The Crow" and it is awesome!
    The lyrics are great and I agree with Beth on the meaning.
    Rocklovinggirlon July 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWas recorded during the 'why do birds sing?' sessions, but Gordon Gano refused to put it on the album. The rest of that album was very acoustic whereas this has some moody synth in it, so probably a good call. Great track for the Crow movie.

    Fantastic song.
    angel_wiredon November 11, 2006   Link

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