This week Jim Adams has prompted us with choosing a song pertaining to Colors for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday. The song I chose this week is “In Color” by Jamey Johnson.
This song is a tribute to the generation of people that were my grandparents. I fell in love with this song when I heard it the first time. My grandparents got married when they were 17 & 18. My grandmother lied about her age to marry my grandfather, who her daddy didn’t approve of. They ran away together. My grandfather served in the Army. They were married in 1926, lived through the Great Depression, World War II and so many other historical milestones. They were financial poor their entire lives, but rich in so many other ways. My grandparents were 3 weeks shy of celebrating 63 years together when my grandfather had a major stroke and died a week later in August, 1989. My grandmother lived another 11 years and passed in December, 2000 at the age of 91, a week before her 92 birthday. This song reminds me of them!
“In Color” shows great imagery of days gone by. I heard this song on the radio before ever seeing the video. As I listened to the lyrics, my imagination went straight to the black and white photos of my grandparents where I imagined them in color. The video was so well done and exactly as I imagined!
I said, "Grandpa what's this picture here? It's all black and white, and it ain't real clear Is that you there?" He said "yeah, I was 11" "Times were tough back in '35 That's me and uncle Joe just tryin' to survive A cotton farm In a great depression If it looks like we were scared to death Like a couple of kids just tryin' to save each other You should've seen it in color" "Oh, and this one here was taken over seas In the middle of hell in 1943 In the winter time You can almost see my breath That was my tail gunner ol' Johnny Magee He was a high school teacher from New Orleans And he had my back Right through the day we left If it looks like we were scared to death Like a couple of kids just tryin' to save each other You should've seen it in color" A picture's worth a thousand words But you can't see what those shades of gray keep covered You should've seen it in color "This one is my favorite one This is me and grandma in the summer sun All dressed up The day we said our vows You can't tell it here but it was hot that June And that rose was red and her eyes were blue And just look at that smile I was so proud That's the story of my life Right there in black and white" And if it looks like we were scared to death Like a couple of kids just tryin' to save each other You should've seen it in color Yeah, A pictures worth a thousand words But you cant see what those shades of gray keep covered You should've seen it in color (Should've seen it in Color) Source: Musixmatch Songwriters: James Otto / Jamey Johnson / Lee Thomas Miller In Color lyrics © Warner-tamerlane Publishing Corp., Emi Blackwood Music Inc., Big Gassed Hitties, Eldorotto Music Publishing, New Songs Of Sea Gayle, Spirit Catalogue Holdings, S.a.r.l.