All the leaves are brown.

Never mind.

With Extinction Rebellion eco-warriors rolling through Dublin and the Green wave making a splash at the ballot box, it seems everything’s gone, well, green.

But what about the other colours?

To win this week’s Golden Discs voucher worth a plant-watering €25, simply tell me below what your favourite song is which mentions a specific colour.

Here’s mine.

Nick says: Good luck!

Lines MUST close at 6.30pm EXTENDED until 11pm We’re Going Through Until 6am MIDNIGHT SATURDAY! OK, late stragglers won’t be exactly turned away.

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Golden Discs

109 thoughts on “Win Nick’s Voucher

  1. Brother Barnabas

    up until the mid 1960s it was considered gauche and graceless to include a colour in a song title

    that all changed with Yellow Submarine (1966), of course

    so for that reason, it surely has to be YS

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  2. Slightly Bemused

    Spandau Ballet and Gold. Not my personal favourite, but the favourite of a very good friend of mine. I remember at the time buying the CD for her here when I was on a break, and giving it to her when I returned. Where I was working (and where she lived) was at the time a little removed from standard trade and was basically a war zone. Her delight when she took the CD out of the envelope I had creatively wrapped it in (ok, I just put it in a standard manilla envelope) was wonderful.

    If I recall correctly it cost me about IR£15, but it was worth every penny to see her smile.

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  3. Slightly Bemused

    OK, I had to do it! Given colours as the theme, you have to do the rainbow, so I tried to think of the first songs with the various colours in the titles. This is what I came up with, without googling.

    Red Red Wine – UB40
    Orange Crush – REM
    Mellow Yellow – Donovan (not a Beatles fan, so no Yellow Submarine need dock here!)
    Green Green Grass of Home – Tom Jones
    Blue Velvet – Bernie Wayne
    Mood Indigo – Duke Ellington
    Violet and Blue – Stevie Nicks

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    1. Slightly Bemused

      *first songs that came to my head, I mean. Not the first songs to mention a colour, though that would be interesting too!

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    2. Slightly Bemused

      Ok, Links to each of the songs. May take time to post as multiple links hit the ‘Sheet’s ‘let’s make sure it is safe’ filter. But do enjoy!
      In order as in the above post:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXt56MB-3vc
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mSmOcmk7uQ
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrbni0tVBZ8
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u81CTfbc99c
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icfq_foa5Mo
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZyVBVFnrm4
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIWRKH51_r8

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  4. martco

    Golden Brown – Stranglers

    https://youtu.be/z-GUjA67mdc

    hm. all them clever fuppers in the class who seemed to have so much music knowledge & depth…the rest of us just thinking wow what geniuses they were (when in reality they were just regurgitating verbatim what they’d read in the NME) understood the true meaning of the lyrics while the rest of us just well liked the song & were happy at that. It’s just a good song, isn’t that enough?

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    1. Slightly Bemused

      Bit of pent up frustration there, martco? Relax, it is not a good song, it is a great song! And I realised I forgot the link in my own post. Thank you for reminding me

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  5. theo kretschmar schuldorff

    ‘I Am Kurious Oranj’ a rock opera also on the subject of rebellions & revolutions – albeit of a different hue.
    I choose this colourless track from it
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiDSoT5vy-I
    [My then 5 year old told all the kids at school when MES left us last year. If I had €25 I’d buy him the single of Industrial Estate which is his favorite!]

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  6. ItWasChaosBilly

    Has to be Little Green by Joni Mitchell.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIzJnBWovOs

    About the loss felt giving a child up for adoption, it’s autobiographical, brave, beautiful and incredibly sad. Mitchell’s writing on Blue (more colours!) is flawless, but the naming of the child ‘Green’ in this song tells us all we need to know about the narrator and their lost, imagined child:

    “Call her green and the winters cannot fade her
    Call her green for the children who’ve made her
    Little green, be a gypsy dancer.”

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  7. Slightly Bemused

    Nick, I am getting the feeling you are out to get me. With this there is the possibility I may miss another weekend’s work listening to great songs. Have you no shame?!!!

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          1. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

            You can film the night, I fear Sky will have filming the 8 point collapse sewn up.

    1. scottser

      The thrill is gone has a gorgeous line:
      When evening draws magenta
      And goodbye hangs on and on and on
      I don’t need the go to sleep and dream to remember
      That the thrill is gone
      And we’ll never get it back’

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  8. millie vanilly strikes again

    For Emily Wherever I May Find Her – Simon and Garfunkel

    What a dream I had, dressed organdie, cloaked in crinoline of smoky burgundy, softer than the rain…

    It’s a long time favourite of mine for deeply personal reasons, but more than that, it’s beautiful.

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    1. Slightly Bemused

      Such a beautiful song.

      And I know an Emily well worthy of it. If anything, the song does not live up to her, either her beauty of body or, most importantly, her beauty of person!

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  9. millie vanilly strikes again

    The Mater – Saint Sister

    Fell out of my soft head the night we left The Mater
    Bravo maestro, never seen the sky so pink
    Fell into your soft bed and stayed the morning after
    I said, “Baby, we are colder than we think”
    So I made love to the idea of your approval
    And the conversations we had with our hands
    I don’t go in for that sort of thing, I told you
    And I sang, “Stand By Your Man”

    https://youtu.be/cdceo4yGN1g

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  10. Papi

    Black is the colour of my true loves hair,
    Her lips are like some roses fair
    She’s got the sweetest smile and the gentlest hands,
    And I love the ground whereon she stands.

    Always makes me smile.

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  11. Kingfisher

    Wearing of the Green, of course. And Purple Rain, as long as an orange man who shall be nameless not to give him more publicity is nowhere near, seeing as Prince’s estate refused him permission to use the song, and it’s a song about blood in the sky and the end of the world.

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  12. Clampers Outside

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    Life it seems to fade away
    Drifting further everyday
    Getting lost within myself
    Nothing matters no one else
    I have lost the will to live
    Simply nothing more to give
    There is nothing more for me
    Need the end to set me free

    Things not what they used to be
    Missing one inside of me
    Deathly loss this can’t be real
    Cannot stand this hell I feel
    Emptiness is filling me
    To the point of agony
    Growing darkness taking dawn
    I was me but now, he’s gone

    No one but me can save myself, but its too late
    Now I can’t think, think why I should even try

    Yesterday seems as though it never existed
    Death greets me warm, now I will just say goodbye
    Goodbye

    ….because the lyrics, and that break at 3m 55 secs is as pure a classic can get… :)

    https://youtu.be/WEQnzs8wl6E

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  13. f_lawless

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDl8ZPm3GrU
    Tommy James & The Shondells’ Crystal Blue Persuasion has been a favourite of mine for a long time – and years before Breaking Bad I might add. ;) Apparently the lyrics are not about being under the influence of crystal meth but are about becoming a Christian. So there you go now

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  14. Otis Blue

    Everything’s Gone Green – New Oder

    Green Eyes – Husker Du

    Blue Moon – Big Star

    This Girl, Black Girl – Go Betweens

    Pale Blue Eyes – Velvet Underground

    Sky Blue Sky – Wilco

    Red Apple Falls – Smog

    Black Screen – LCD Soundsystem

    Blue Hotel – Chris Isaak

    Famous Blue Raincoat – Mark Kozelek

    Green Gloves – The National

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  15. Otis Blue

    Given that it’s Friday and the piano has been drinking…

    Black Lighthouse – Art of the Memory Palace.

    Blue Moon – Beck

    Greetings to the New Brunette – Billy Bragg

    Union City Blue – Blondie

    French Navy – Camera Obscura

    White Magic for Lovers – Drugstore

    A Pair of Brown Eyes – The Pogues

    When the Stars go Blue – Ryan Adams

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  16. mistermeseeks

    this version of Tom Waits’ All the World is Green is exquisite, with one of my favourite lines of his, probably by Kathleen mind, is ‘he’s balancing a diamond, upon a blade of grass’ and ‘the face forgives the mirror, the worm forgives the plow, the question begs the answer, can you forgive new somehow’.
    Lovely interview with Letterman follows. https://youtu.be/33lOH7MPZQI

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  17. Cool_Hand_Lucan

    Tangled Up In Blue – Bob Dylan

    My favourite Dylan track. I always think about a couple of exes when I hear this song:
    “But all the while I was alone
    The past was close behind
    I seen a lot of women
    But she never escaped my mind”

    Dylan said that it took him two years to write it but ten years to live it.

    It’s a poem about failed love but it also has a gorgeous melody.

    https://youtu.be/QKcNyMBw818

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