The Colors of My Life

One of my favorite musicals is Barnum, a musical biography of the life of P.T. Barnum.  One of my favorite songs from the show is The Colors of My Life.  This time of year always reminds me of that song…  There is such a wide range of color, from blazing fall foliage against deep blue skies, to subtle tans and browns in the fields as the wildflowers succumb to frost.

He sings:

Fall FoliageThe colors of my life
Are bountiful and bold,
The purple glow of indigo,
The gleam of green and gold.
The splendor of the sunrise,
The dazzle of a flame,
The glory of a rainbow,
I’d put ’em all to shame.
No quiet browns and grays,
I’ll take my days instead
And fill them till they overflow
With rose and cherry red!
And should this sunlit world
Grow dark one day,
The colors of my life
Will leave a shining light
To show the way…

Then it’s her turn:

It’s your own fault Charity Barnum
If you only asked a few logical questions
Before you married him
You would have put a healthy distance
Between yourself and a fella
Who wants to give the whole world a paint job
Which I’m not so sure it needs

Future Monarch FoodThe colors of my life
Are softer than a breeze.
The silver gray of eiderdown,
The dappled green of trees.
The amber of a wheat field,
The hazel of a seed,
The crystal of a raindrop,
Are all I’ll ever need.
Your reds are much too bold,
In gold I find no worth.
I’ll fill my days with sage and brown
The colors of the earth,
And if from by my side
My love should roam,
The colors of my life
Will shine a quiet light
To lead him home.

The song points to deep personality differences between this man – an extrovert with a love for being in and of the world, and his wife – an introvert, who would just as soon stay home and enjoy the quiet things.  Which are you?  Phineas or Charity?

Youngbarnum   charity
Phineas Taylor Barnum and Charity Hallett Barnum

3 thoughts on “The Colors of My Life

  1. @Susan – Yeah… we are all probably both. But which one would you say is your primary personality? (I’m definitely Charity!)

    @Emily – loves you muchly, too!

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