Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Song: Colours -- Amos Lee


Image from Wikipedia

Haven't recommended songs for awhile, so it is time for one.
Interesting to know that English speakers have Chinese names? Actually, "Lee" is not a rare surname in English, and "Lee" is not his real surname anyway [1].

Anyway, another nice song I heard from House M.D. Season 2 Episode 7 Hunting, quite a nice little downtempo song, relatively sad, talks about the missing feeling after the girl is gone. The exact case has not been thoroughly described, and the song is a little too short to add more details, but there are a few words to pick up from the song, and the most important of all? It is a song with romantic guitar as melody with some pump-and-release vocal near the end of the song, quite soothing, like the high-key falsetto by Amos, then the second version also features Norah Jones, should be quite some jazz?

Norah Jones
Image from paraorkut.com
A special note: Norah Jones is half American and half Indian [2].


Lyrics:

Yesterday I got lost in the circus,
feeling like such a mess.
And now I'm down,
I'm just hanging on the corner.
I can't help but reminisce.

Cuz when you're gone,
all the colours fade.
When you're gone,
no New Years day parade.
You're gone,
colours seem to fade.

Your mama called, she said,
that you're downstairs crying.
Feeling like such a mess.
Ya, I hear ya,
in the background bawling.
What happened to your sweet summertime dress.

I know we all,
we all got our faults.
We get locked in our vaults,
and we stay..

When you're gone,
all the colours fade.
When you're gone,
no New Years day parade.
You're gone,
colours seem to fade,
colours seem to fade.



Vocabulary:
falsetto -- (n)  [C] (plural falsettosa form of singing or speaking by men using an extremely high voice
reminisce -- [I] formal to talk or write about past experiences which you remember with pleasure
parade -- (n)[C] a large number of people walking or in vehicles, all going in the same direction, usually as part of a public celebration of something
bawling -- (vb) [I or T] to shout in a very loud voice
fault -- (n) [U] a mistake, especially something for which you are to blame
vault -- (n)[C] (UK also vaultsa room, especially in a bank, with thick walls and a strong door, which is used to store money or valuable things in safe conditions


Resources:

Colours - Amos Lee @ YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeVLJKS0XmU

Amos Lee - Colors (feat. Norah Jones) @ YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/embed/1FtvF4k2QaQ

AMOS LEE LYRICS @ azlyrics
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/amoslee/colors.html

[1] Amos Lee @ Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amos_Lee

[2] Norah Jones @ Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norah_jones

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/falsetto_1?q=falsetto+
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/reminisce?q=reminisce
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/parade_1?q=parade
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/bawl_1?q=bawling#bawl_1__3
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/fault_1?q=fault
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/vault_2