The War Was In Color Lyrics - Carbon Leaf

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I see you've found a box of my things -
Infantries, tanks and smoldering airplane wings.
These old pictures are cool. Tell me some stories
Was it like the old war movies?
Sit down son. Let me fill you in

Where to begin? Let's start with the end
This black and white photo don't capture the skin
From the flash of a gun to a soldier who's done
Trust me grandson
The war was in color

From shipyard to sea, From factory to sky
From rivet to rifle, from boot camp to battle cry
I wore the mask up high on a daylight run
That held my face in its clammy hand
Crawled over coconut logs and corpses in the coral sand

Where to begin? Let's start with the end
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This black and white photo don't capture the skin
From the shock of a shell or the memory of smell
If red is for Hell
The war was in color

I held the canvas bag over the railing
The dead released, with the ship still sailing,
Out of our hands and into the swallowing sea
I felt the crossfire stitching up soldiers
Into a blanket of dead, and as the night grows colder
In a window back home, a Blue Star is traded for Gold.

Where to begin? Let's start with the end
This black and white photo don't capture the skin
When metal is churned. And bodies are burned
Victory earned
The War was in color

Now I lay in my grave at age 21
Long before you were born
Before I bore a son
What good did it do?
Well hopefully for you
A world without war
A life full of color

Where to begin? Let's start with the end
This black and white photo never captured my skin
Once it was torn from an enemy thorn
Straight through the core
The war was in color








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War was in color | Reviewer: Howie | 1/14/11

Just stumbled upon this song tonight. Didn't know it was in the Carbon Leaf library. Beautiful song sung perfectly by the band.

My 92 year old grandfather, WWII vet, doesn't speak much of the war, especially the liberation of the concentration camps. I'm afraid the war was and is very much still in color for him.



...wow... | Reviewer: Stephen | 5/26/10

i just bought the CD this was on at a dollar store. this song made the whole CD worthwile. although the other songs are great too, the songs that put a lump in your throat are the ones that are never forgotten, and those dont come around very often.



The War Was In Color | Reviewer: Jimmy | 3/19/10

I've watched and followed Carbon Leaf for years now, since they played festivals and shows in theirs and my hometown of Richmond, VA. I saw the band live tonight in Charlotte, NC, and I can tell you, I was visibly shaken listening to and singing the words to this song. My grandfather served in WWII and it reminds me of him, but it also makes me think of the cost of war whenever I hear it. After the song tonight, a gentleman came up to me and asked if I was okay b/c he saw how deeply it affected me, and he told me it touched him, too, bc his father served in ww2 and he served in vietnam. I've never had any military service, but the lyrics are so beautiful and vivid, that they certainly touch you. I also had the opportunity to meet the band after this show and tell them how much I love their music. I recommend anyone to see one of their live shows - a ton of fun - and if you are fortunate enough to hear this song life, get out your kleenex!



Wow | Reviewer: Jason | 12/18/09

I just randomly found this song in my own personal collection of music. I have always liked Carbon Leaf, but I didn't know they had this.
My Grandfather was in WWII, my Father was in Vietnam, and I was in Iraq (with the Army, Air Force, and Marines respectively) and this song... there are no words for how deeply this has touched me.



Chills | Reviewer: Eric | 10/13/08

This song sends shivers down your spine. I saw Carbon Leaf in Baltimore this past summer and they were amazing!!! I plan to see them in a couple weeks when they come thru to Hagerstown. I surely hope that these guys get more nationwide playtime. They are talented musicians - I went out and bought every album they had so far and cannot wait for further releases.



Such a great song! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/11/08

I actually wasn't familiar with this song before I had the opportunity to see them live in Baltimore this summer. Needless to say, it blew me away. Their songs connect to so many people, even if it's not the standard type of music you listen to, there's something you can relate to.



What a great song! | Reviewer: Nighthawk | 8/21/07

I came across this song by accident while setting up a closing flag retirement ceremony for a local BSA camp outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. I needed several songs so we could do the final US flag retirements. We had 25 flags that needed to be retired. While looking for songs I came across this one. After listening to it I knew this was the one. I found that Carbon Leaf had just performed it in front of several US Veterans’ during a special ceremony in Washington D.C. I was in tears thinking about both of my father-in-laws that served our great country. When we finished the ceremony there wasn’t a dry eye at the campfire. Several Veterans came up later and thanked us for the very memorial ceremony. I decided to purchase Carbon Leafs new album and love it. They really have some great songs. Texas Stars * Learn To Fly * A Girl and a Horse * The War Was In Color * Under the Wire * Bright Lights



The War Was In Color | Reviewer: Nighthawk | 8/21/07

I came across this song by accident while setting up a closing flag retirement ceremony for a local BSA camp outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. I needed several songs so we could do the final US flag retirements. We had 25 flags that needed to be retired. While looking for songs I came across this one. After listening to it I knew this was the one. I found that Carbon Leaf had just performed it in front of several US Veterans’ during a special ceremony in Washington D.C. I was in tears thinking about both of my father-in-laws that served our great country. When we finished the ceremony there wasn’t a dry eye at the campfire. Several Veterans came up later and thanked us for the very memorial ceremony. I decided to purchase Carbon Leafs new album and love it. They really have some great songs.



it hits home. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/25/07

i was very young when my grandfather died, so everything i know about his experiences in world war II is through old black and white photos.
i got more than teary-eyed when i heard this song. i sobbed. this is a conversation i would have liked to have had with my grandfather.



wow | Reviewer: Vevila | 2/13/07

This song gets me every time
A couple friends and I performed this at our school's MLKJr. assembly, it seemed like the entire high school was teary-eyed by the end.
Carbon Leaf's music is great, but the lyrics really speak.




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