Donovan delivers colors in black & white

One Single Impression‘s color theme immediately reminded me “Colours”, an early song by Donovan from 1965. The colors he sings about are yellow, green, blue, mellow and freedom.

What color do you associate with mellow? Which one with freedom?

Luckily, I found a video of a very young Donovan performing the song on Youtube (lyrics below).

Colours

Yellow is the colour of my true love’s hair
In the mornin’ when we rise,
In the mornin’ when we rise,
That’s the time, that’s the time,
I love the best.

Blue’s the colour of the sky
In the mornin’ when we rise,
In the mornin’ when we rise.
in the mornin’ when we rise.
That’s the time, that’s the time
I love the best.

Green’s the colour of the sparklin’ corn
In the mornin’ when we rise,
In the mornin’ when we rise.
in the mornin’ when we rise.
That’s the time, that’s the time
I love the best.

Mellow is the feeling that I get
when I see her, mm hmm,
when I see her, uh huh.
That’s the time, that’s the time
I love the best.

Freedom is a word I rarely use
Without thinkin’, mm hmm,
Without thinkin’, mm hmm,
Of the time, of the time
When I’ve been loved.

(Written by Donovan Leitch)

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About James Steerforth

I am an author of poetry and fiction, translator and painter who loves to have fun with borrowed feathers.
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7 Responses to Donovan delivers colors in black & white

  1. Raven says:

    Hi James,

    This takes me back in time. I guess I would associate all the colors with freedom – in their most vibrant hues. But I always hate choosing. I wonder why I can reply for OSI and can’t seem to do it for your Wordzzles submissions. Hmm.

  2. Tumblewords says:

    I remember this – nice memories…

  3. teric says:

    I didn’t know this song but it is lovely.

  4. maryt/theteach says:

    James, I remember Donovan and Mellow Yellow. These lyrics I’m not familiar with. You know Anna Carson has a new Project Green. You might want to try it…Anna Carson Photography

  5. maryt/theteach says:

    Gave you the wrong link, James. It’s here

  6. Thank you all for visiting and commenting!

    Raven: I removed the “must be registered” tick mark from the settings to make commenting easier.

    Mary: Seems like Donovan himself provided the answer for what color he associated with yellow with this later song “Mellow Yellow”. 🙂 I’ll take a look at Project Green.

  7. Oh dear,I remember this song too, but only the recording made by Joan Baez,somehow I thought it was hers.

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