"Colors and the Kids" as written by and Marshall Cat Power....
It must be the colors
And the kids
That keep me alive
'Cause the music is boring me to death

It must just be the colors
And the kids that keep me alive
'Cause I'd want to go right away
To a January night
I built a shack with an old friend
He was someone I could learn from
Someone I could become

Will you meet me down
On a sandy beach
We can roll up our jeans
So the tide won't get us below the knees

Yellow hair
You are a funny bear
Yellow hair
You are such a funny bear
Slender fingers
Would hold me slender limbs would hold me
And you could say my name
Like you knew my name

I could stay here
Become someone different
I could stay here
Become someone better

It's so hard to go in the city
'Cause you want to say hello to everybody
It's so hard to go into the city
'Cause you want to say hey I love you to everybody
When we were teenagers we wanted to be the sky
Now all we want to do is go to red places
And try to stay outta hell

It must be the colors
And the kids
That keep me alive
'Cause the music is boring me to death

It must just be the colors
And it must just be the kids
That keep me alive on this January night.

Yellow hair
You are a funny bear
Yellow hair
You are such a funny bear


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"Colors and the Kids" as written by Chan Marshall

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  • +5
    General CommentThis song is quite astounding. The song is generally about looking at the world around you and realizing that you want more from life. In looking around and seeing where you are and what you have become you realize the decisions and the people you have turned away from. Despite the fact that you know you can't go back and change the decisions you've made, there's still the longing and wondering of what could have been. Which is a tricky game to play, because life could have splintered off into so many directions based on the most minute of decisions and its impossible to know what you might have become if only you had ordered the onion rings instead of the fries. But Chan is doing the big picture remembering, recollecting youth and influential people in her life, to come to a certain idealism and gaurded hope that realizes there is a world of possibilities hidden in front of her. It speaks to the real power that meeting the right people or finding the right places can have in bringing out something different and better in another person. I like the song "Maybe Not" from the "You Are Free" album as a follow-up to this song - it is more overtly optimistic and centred on changing the future, rather than romanticizing the past.
    tubesockson June 24, 2003   Link
  • +5
    General CommentDave Grohl:

    "One of the most beautiful songs I've heard is Cat Power's The color and the kids from her album Moonpix. That song is so heart wrenchingly beautiful and romantic-it makes me want to kidnap her and run away and hide forever."
    intothegrinder2on September 04, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"When we were teenagers, we wanted to be the sky." Perfect.

    This is astounding. It's strange, like I'd want this at my wedding or my funeral...it's sad, but something about it is really sweet and beautiful...I can hardly think of a better song than this. I went into Moon Pix convinced that Cross Bones Style would be my favorite, but Jeeeeesus I'm glad I found this song. It keeps me alive.
    SitarHeroon May 06, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyellow hair, you are a funny bear
    yellow hair, such a funny bear

    my favorite^ i love cat power
    blackliston March 10, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy brother, who owns moonpix, does not know this song. I do not understand how anyone could ever hear this and forget it. This song makes me feel like everything is alright, but that everything will never be as good as it was. No other song comforts me like this.
    woodwellon December 05, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTubesocks, I love your explanation.

    I love this song. Simultaneously heartbreaking and peaceful... no one does it better.
    parttimecynicon January 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSimple. Poetic. Meaningful. One of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard.
    carrebearon May 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is fantastic and gorgeous.
    atarisemokidon June 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentReally one of the most torturously beautiful songs I've ever heard. She's so good at that. This might be my second favorite, after Metal Heart.
    DevastatorJr.on February 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentintothegrinder2,
    I love that quote it's so sweet. AWWW.

    Anyway, I always end up singing this song to myslef when I'm walking on the beach alone. It's soothing and peaceful.
    GhostBitchon December 06, 2005   Link

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