Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Spectrum (Colour) Song

I have just discovered an amazing song about colour, and indirectly about blending colour.

A song created in 1961 by Paul Fress aka Ludwig Von Drake (Duck character), The Spectrum Song, for the Television series A Wonderful World of Color. The song was introduced as an educational segment for viewers for the transition from black and white t.v. to colour t.v.. 

Though this song was before my time, and I am only now discovering it by chance, I LOVE it! I find it very catchy and funny. I checked out Utube and found a clip of the original video, and another presentation someone created. Here they are:





Here are the lyrics:
 The Spectrum Song Lyrics
Red, yellow, green, red, blue blue blue
Red, purple, green, yellow, orange, red red
Red, yellow, green, red, blue blue blue
Red, purple, green, yellow, orange, red red

Blend them up and what do you get?
Cerise, chartreuse, and aqua
Mauve, beige, and ultra marine, and every colour in between
Hazo ka li ka no cha lum bum

Colour has it's harmony and just like I have said
Red, yellow, green, red, blue blue blue
Red, purple, green, blue, purple, red red

Blend them all and what do you get?
Cerise, chartreuse, and aqua
Mauve, beige, and ultra marine, and every colour in between
Ing za ri ka fo zi brun brun

Colour has it's harmony and just like I have said
Red, yellow, green, red, blue, pink, grey
And white, and plaid and blue,
green, white, yellow and toodinz 'n' and and and
right and and strips with blue and a black and Plaid and a....a

oo and ...vut vut, vait a second, vut vut's going on wid all da colours?
Blue, red, green, green, white, white, black....
vut ever happened to just plain old
lavender blue dilly dilly dilly dilly.......dilly...silly
Text sourced from: http://artists.letssingit.com/paul-frees-lyrics-the-spectrum-song-paul-frees-4v2bd9v

Description of Colours:
Cerise = Deep pinkish red. Think of a cherry
Chertreuse = yellow-green
Mauve = also known as Mallow is a pale gray purple (sometimes more blue or more pink)
Ultramarine = deep ocean blue
Plaid = Not a colour but refers to the type of cloth pattern.


Please if anyone has any other information about the funny lyrics and what some things mean like "Hazo ka li ka no cha lum bum" please leave a comment. Also, if anyone else has discovered some good colour theory songs and other song about art related topics, do share.

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