Colours

Donovan

About Colours

"Colours" is a song written and recorded by British singer-songwriter Donovan. The "Colours" single was released in the United Kingdom on 28 May 1965 through Pye Records (Pye 7N 15866) and a few months later in the United States through Hickory Records (Hickory 45-1324). The "Colours" single was backed with "To Sing for You" (previously included on What's Bin Did and What's Bin Hid) on the United Kingdom release and "Josie" (from What's Bin Did and What's Bin Hid) on the United States release.  


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1965
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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
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
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

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Donovan

Donovan (born Donovan Philips Leitch, 10 May 1946) is a Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist. Initially labelled as an imitator of Bob Dylan, Donovan quickly developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelia, and world music (notably calypso). He has variously lived in Scotland, London, California and Ireland, and currently lives with his family in County Cork in Ireland. more »

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Written by: Donovan Leitch

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10 facts about this song

Release Information
The song "Colours" was released by the British singer-songwriter Donovan in 1965 as a part of his album named "Fairytale".
Genre Specification
The song is primarily classified under the genre of folk, showcasing the beauty of folk music in the mid-1960s.
Songwriting Achievement
Donovan composed and wrote "Colours," displaying his songwriting prowess. He was just 18 when he did so, which is quite impressive.
Chart Performance
Upon its release, the song charted in the UK singles chart, reaching a peak of number 4. It also found success in the U.S., charting on the Billboard Hot 100.
Song Inspiration
The song's theme revolves around the colors of a romantic interest's clothing, signaling changes to the relationship's atmosphere.
Multiple Versions
Donovan re-recorded "Colours" in 1969 for his "Greatest Hits" album. This version had a more rock-influenced sound, unlike the original version's folky vibe.
Popularity and Longevity
The song has been featured in several movies and TV shows since its release, demonstrating its enduring popularity.
Cover Versions
Other artists such as Joan Baez, Cher, and Blackmore's Night have covered "Colours", pointing to its influence within the music industry.
Influence
"Colours" is often cited as a significant influence within the folk genre and helped shape the 1960s folk revival in the UK.
Music Video
Even though "Colours" was released prior to the common use of music videos as a promotional tool, a music video was made for it using live performance footage of Donovan.

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