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Colors for War

By Georgia Lockwood

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Piano, Voice - Intermediate
Composed by Georgia Lockwood. 21st Century, Contemporary Classical, Repertoire, Recital, Americana. Score. 12 pages. Burke & Bagley #BB453. Published by Burke & Bagley (S0.18897).

Item Number: S0.18897

Colors for War was composed in 1984 and revised in 1994. The piece is part of “A Set of Colors” for high voice and piano. The other works in the set are: Pink Morning, Green, and Yellow Day. Premiered by the composer, accompanied by Dale Dykins on piano, in Kitsap County, Washington, on February 18, 1996.COLORS FOR WAR:I know red is for war.I know red is for glory.I know red is for the pretty uniform with the bright brass buttons on.Mother used to say that red is for roses and valentinesand the red flannel shirt she promised me,but Mother, can you buy me that pretty uniform?Oh, Mother, let me go to war.I know blue is for smoke.I know blue is for steel.I know blue is for the pretty uniform with the bright brass buttons on.Father used to say that blue is for clear skies and summer seas,and the blue fishing rod he promised me,but Father, will you buy me that pretty uniform?Oh, Father, let me go to war.I know gray is for ashes.I know gray is for eternity.I know gray is for the dirty uniform with the bright brass buttons gone.I know gray is for the dirty uniform with the bright brass buttons gone.Mother, will you buy me a gray wrapping cloth that I may wear for the visitors to day,and Father, will you buy me a fine gray horse to pull my small gray house away.And will you both remember me, and please keep all others from the war.For I know red is for blood.I know blue is for sorrow.And I know gray is for the ashes from the final firewhen man's last chance is gone.

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