Malvina Reynolds: Song Lyrics and Poems  

Many Colors

Notes: words and music by Malvina Reynolds; copyright 1968 Schroder Music Company, renewed 1996. This song was also published in the Tenth Anniversary editon of the KPFK (Los Angeles Pacifica radio station) program guide, July 1969.

We looked out on that picture,
It was all white.
Didn't seem right.
The faces all were bright
But they were all white.

And the Lord has many colors
On his brushes when he's painting,
The fire and the flower and the sea.
And you and me.

The world has many colors
In the field and wood
And the neighborhood,
They work so well together,
And that's good.


We'll get color in that picture
Of a glowing kind,
Blow your mind,
All the living love
That we can find.


The black won't do alone,
That's what the wise man said,
Bring instead
Black and white and tan
And Indian red.


Malvina Reynolds songbook(s) in which the music to this song appears:
---- Cheerful Tunes for Lutes and Spoons: Youngish Songs

Malvina Reynolds recording(s) on which this song is performed:
---- [none]

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