Follow TV Tropes


Colorful Song

Go To

"It was red and yellow and green and brown
And scarlet and black and ochre and peach
And ruby and olive and violet and fawn
And lilac and gold and chocolate and mauve
And cream and crimson and silver and rose
And azure and lemon and russet and grey
And purple and white and pink and orange
And red and yellow and green and brown and blue!"
Company, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: "Joseph's Coat"

A song which names many different colors.

This often serves as a cheap excuse for Mood Lighting: for instance, when the singer sings that he's blue, he is surrounded by a blue spotlight or camera filter. Compare Song of Many Emotions, which is this but with emotions instead. Often overlaps with List Song.


    open/close all folders 

    Film — Live-Action 
  • South Pacific: While the songs themselves don't mention colors in any extreme way ("Nothing Like a Dame" does have the line "We feel restless, we feel blue", but that's about it), the film makes the rather odd decision to gel the camera during the musical numbers. When the sky suddenly turns pink, you know there's a song coming up.

  • Dolly Parton: "Coat of Many Colors", about a coat made out of colorful rags that Dolly's mother gave to her.
  • Enya: The chorus to "White is in the Winter Night" describes the various colors of Christmas night — green in the mistletoe, red in the holly, silver in the stars, gold in the candlelight, crimson in fire embers, and white in the night itself.
  • The Rolling Stones: Inversion with "Paint it Black". Only a handful of other colors are mentioned, namely red green and blue, and the singer wants everything to become black as he mourns the passing of his lover.
  • Taylor Swift's "Red" describes her many feelings as colors.
    Losing him was blue like I'd never known
    Missing him was dark grey all alone
    Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met
    But loving him was red
  • Numerous children's songs will be this.

  • Barnum: "The Colors of My Life", sung by the titular character and then as a Dark Reprise by his wife, who prefers more mundane colors.


    Western Animation 
  • Darkwing Duck: In the pilot, Gosalyn sings a lullabye her grandfather taught her to Darkwing since he doesn't know any, which is mostly singing random colors that exist in the rainbow in a seemingly random and redundant order. That is until Darkwing notices that her grandfather's Zero Point interface cannon has a color coded keyboard.
  • Walt Disney Presents: "The Green with Envy Blues" and "The Spectrum Song" from Disney's The Wonderful World of Color. The version of the Spectrum Song featured on Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color features an additional bit:
    Ludwig Von Drake: Now, alright, we know that everybody don't have television sets with color, so... we're gonna do a version for them, we don't want you to feel left out of it. Here's for you...
    Black black gray white gray gray gray white white white gray gray white, black.
    Black black gray white gray gray gray white white gray gray gray black, black.
    Alright, now you're happy? You don't feel left out? Now I wanna get back to my song.


How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: