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Monday, March 7, 2011

Colors by Crossfade

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2S1JnJJ2Rbc

Can you feel it crush you? Does it seem to bring the worst in you out?
There's no running away from these things that hold you down
Do they complicate you because they make you feel like this?
Of all the colors that you've shined this is surely not your best

But you should know these colors that you're shining are...

[Chorus x2:]
Surely not the best colors that you shine

I know you feel alone, yeah, and no one else can figure you out
But don't you ever turn away from the ones that help you down?
Well they'd love to save you. Don't you know they love to see you smile?
But these colors that you've shined are surely not your style

[Chorus x2]

I know you're feeling like you're lost
But you should know these colors that you're shinin are
I know you're feeling like you're lost,
You feel you've drifted way too far
Did you know these colors that you're shinin' are

[Chorus x2]

Surely not the best..
(I know you're feeling like you're lost)
Colors that you shine..
(but you should know these colors that you're shining are)
Surely not the best..
(I know you're feeling like you're lost you feel you`ve drifted way too far)
Did you know these colors that you're shinin' are..

       Honestly, this is one of my (most?) favorite songs I've ever heard simply because of the lyrics. I've sort of grown away from the music itself after hearing it for the first time a few years ago, but I still relate back to it, which doesn't happen often with me and songs. I think the author is talking about how oftentimes people push others away in difficult situations, oftentimes because they feel as if the friends are an encumberance to themselves, or vice versa. People can get vindictive, aggressive, and spiteful if they feel hurt or cornered, which normally gets directed at the people closest to them.  However, these people are there for you to lean on if needed; he says "they'd love to save you, don't you know they love to see you smile?," emphasizing this fact that the people that care for you, really do care for you. I know it makes me happy when I see my friends smile, I mean, heck, I go out of my way half of the time just to make random people I don't even know smile. However, the song also pushes not only to rely on other people to get out of a bad situation, but to rely on yourself as well. Whenever he says "I know........." and then proceeds to beat the listener over the head with the fact that the "colors" he or she is displaying are not the best, the artist is trying to exhort the listener  to try to get themself out of his or her own slump through mostly their own effor.  One of my favorite aspects of the song, as well as probably the most important, is the fact that the artist compares emotions and actions metaporically to "colors," which are just as wide and varied as the spectrums of the rainbow. The artist also uses a bit of contradiction, because usually negative emotions are related to darker colors such as reds or blacks, which cannot really be "shined" unless they are really bright or powerful. The repetition of certain phrases also adds to the overall effect of the song, especially when he states over and over again that "these colors are surely not the best that you've shined."

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