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Favorite Colour

by Joni Mitchell   Printer-friendly version of this lyric

I met a child a year ago
Whose eyes would never see.
She asked me with a timid smile,
"What colour is a tree?"

"In summertime a tree is green;
In autumn gold and red;
In winter they are frosted white
when all their leaves are shed."

"I know the sky is blue," she said.
"And silver is the sand;
And apples are the brightest red.
What colour is a man?"

"Man is many colours child:
Some are yellow, some are brown.
And some are black as sightlessness,
Some white as eiderdown."

She took her crayons from a box
And placed them in my glove
And said, "By mixing all of these
Comes my favourite colour--love."


© 1965; Joni Mitchell

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Favorite Colour has been recorded by 2 others

Molly Venter with Strings Attached (from "Strings on Grass 9​.​26​.​14 " - 2014)
Will Taylor And Strings Attached (from "Back To The Garden - A Tribute To Joni Mitchell" - 2007)
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