Colors
By: Beck Hansen, Greg Kurstin

Written by: Beck Hansen, Greg Kurstin

Versions:
  1. Colors
    Available on Colors.
    Credits
    Serban Ghenea: Mix
    Beck Hansen: Producer, Vocals
    Greg Kurstin: Producer
    Roger Joseph Manning Jr.: Vocals (Background)
 
Lyrics:
Colors [Version (a)]:

I'll find you and go right through walls we made
I see you, I need you every day
It's nothing, it's your life
I don't know why, can't get what I want
But I keep, I keep trying

Found our way through the lost years
Now the day brings it all here

All the colors
See the colors
Feel the colors
She says, see it in your eyes
All the colors
See the colors
Feel the colors
Tell me, do you feel alive?

All the colors
See the colors
Feel the colors
She says, see it in your eyes
All the colors
See the colors
Feel the colors
Tell me, do you feel alive?

I've got all the love you need
I've got all the love you need
I'll keep it with you
I don't have the time to wait
I don't have the time to wait
I need to see you
Got it all under control
Got it all under control
You can't hear me
Now it only hurts to know
Now it would only hurt to know
When you don't need me
You don't need me

Found our way through the lost years
Now the day brings it all here

All the colors
See the colors
Feel the colors
She says, see it in your eyes
All the colors
See the colors
Feel the colors
Tell me, do you feel alive?

Feel alive
Do you feel alive?
Na na na na na...

All the colors
See the colors
Feel the colors
She says, see it in your eyes
All the colors
See the colors
Feel the colors
Tell me, do you feel alive?

All the colors
See the colors
Feel the colors
She says, see it in your eyes
All the colors
See the colors
Feel the colors
Tell me, do you feel alive?
 
The Song:

This is the title track for Beck's 2017 album, Colors.

Beck has talked about the creation of the song a few times, mostly noting the complex nature of it and how much time it took. He told The Sun that there was "no easy way" to make a song like this. "We could have made 20 other songs in the time it took, but I am glad we made it," he added.

On Sirius radio, Beck referred to the creation of "Colors" as a "labyrinth," calling it "a lot of failed ideas brought together." He told All Songs Considered that not only was the song itself complex, but every section of the song went through multiple versions and attempts before arriving at the final track. Beck also elaborated to Matt Pinfield:


At one point, it was something like 'The Clash doing a dance track'... it then evolved into Earth, Wind & Fire... then suddenly a psych rock fuzz guitar thing happened... then we found these gospel chords that ended up in the chorus. "Colors" was very roundabout coming into existence."


And since the album was worked on over such a long period of time, he explained how, for example, the intro was from one year and the pre-chorus was from a few years later.

The song is a spectacularly groovy disco track, with two different verses sandwiching a bridge, chorus, and some sort of windpipes/recorder/ocarina jam. It is definitely one of the more successful songs on Colors, the heavy construction and years-long construction still feeling natural as everything flows together, and even within it all, maintaining a feeling of simplicity, as perhaps the best songs usually do.

The reason "Colors" was the opening track was that it was the song that best let you in, as a representation of trying to bring elements of dance music and mix with harmony and jazzy/Beach Boys-style chords. He also referred to early era Michael Jackson.

Lyrically, the song is not particularly complex, sort of a love song. Maybe more accurately, a hope song. Getting through all the walls that block, or lost years, love can be waiting (represented by the colors in his lover's eyes).

"Tell me, do you feel alive?" seems to be a question that will get answered throughout the rest of the album, as well.
 
Live:

Played live 6 times:
Earliest known live version: October 12, 2017
Latest known live version: December 9, 2017