Colors: The Musical – Act 4: Green

The Story
Color is a large, broad topic, yet color is a human perspective.

We see because cones on the eye’s retina detects a specified range of colors in light, transforms the light messages into nerve impulses to be sent to the brain for interpretation and translation into sight. If it wasn’t for the cones on the retina we wouldn’t see the range of colors that we do … but we could still see without cones.

Colors are a range in the visible light spectrum that correspond to some guy named Roy G Biv. We categorize colors into different levels as primary, secondary, and intermediate. involve tints, shades, and hues with neutrals, pastels, warm/cool, and complementary/contrast … yet designers and artists organize usable colors into a palate.

While a color space organizes colors, a color model serves as a mathematical interpretation … yet 216 colors have been identified as safe for web pages – each with an identify code – each with its own mixture of RGB (red, green, blue), HSL (hue, saturation, lightness and HSB (hue, saturation, brightness).

Cultures adapt color for various symbolisms. The same color can mean excitement, purity, danger, success, and more … yet colors are associated with personality, psychology, meditation, philosophy, and marketing.

No matter the perception, scheme, physics, theory, psychology, or culture, this experience is Color: The Musical.

Act 1: Black
Act 2: Red
Act 3: Orange and Yellow

Act 4: Green

Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises. (Pedro Calderon de la Barca, dramatist)

For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver. (Martin Luther, theologian)

Beauty, sweet love, is like the morning dew, Whose short refresh upon tender green, Cheers for a time, but till the sun doth show And straight is gone, as it had never been. (Samuel Daniel, poet)

Green – the color associated with 495-570 nanometers of light.

Green – the color between blue and yellow.

Green – an apple, avocado, many leafy vegetables, an emerald.

Green – a light, signal, the color of safety, and so much more.

Green – the theme for Act 4.

Songs must have Green in the title.


  • No songs using green as a compound word (evergreen, greensleeves, greenfields, etc)
  • No songs using a form of green (greener, greenest, greeny, greenery, etc)
  • No songs using shades or hues as blue-green, aqua, jade, emerald, and others
  • OK! Hyphenated words with green (green-eyed turtle), but not when as a shade (blue-green).
  • No duplicates songs regardless of artists

Production Note
To prevent browsers crashing from loading too many videos, please 1) include the song title and artist in your text, and 2) paste the URL as part of your last line (not a new line). The latter will provide a link, thus not embed the actual video … but I don’t mind unembedding, so apologies are not necessary.

The songs with green in the title is a long list – a list that includes one of my all-time favorite songs. A surprise song popped out above the others. One that I didn’t know, but the titled tugged at my heart. The opening song is about a different place – the one in Kentucky, not mine in Ohio. (Past post explains the differences.) Nonetheless, let give a big and loud welcome to The Everly Brothers singing Bowling Green.

130 thoughts on “Colors: The Musical – Act 4: Green

  1. Lynn Riggs wrote a dramatic play named “Green Grow the Lilacs.” Its 1931 stage production was a flop, but when renamed and reworked as a musical, it was a huge success, running 5+ years on Broadway. The musical was made into a movie in 1955–“Oklahoma!” starring Gordon MacRae. This song is also often told to be the origin of the Latino term “gringo”….because so many cowboys in the southwest sang it…gringo=green grow.
    Here is Gordon MacRae singing GREEN GROW THE LILACS


  2. A really tough one, as in, hard to choose from a big list [almost as big as ‘black’!]
    That makes it hard to pick the first one too, so I went for the creature that takes care of …green: Jack-in-the-Green by Jethro Tull [a hint for anyone who’s having a hard time finding a green song – this is not the only song with ‘green’ by that band!] Happy Wednesday, my friend! 🙂

    Another link if unavailable:


  3. From 1963 here’s the legendary Anita O’Day (1919-2006) singing/scatting the jazz standard ‘On Green Dolphin Street.’ O’Day was widely admired for her sense of rhythm and dynamics, and her early big band appearances that shattered the traditional image of the “girl singer.” Refusing to pander to any female stereotype, O’Day presented herself as a “hip” jazz musician, wearing a band jacket and skirt as opposed to an evening gown. O’Day, along with Mel Tormé, is often grouped with the ‘West Coast’ cool school of jazz. While maintaining a central core of ‘hard swing,’ O’Day’s skills in improvisation of rhythm and melody put her squarely among the pioneers of bebop.

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  4. This song goes out to Dale – the official Maitre D’ of the musicals … She’s unable to attend this act, and to let her know she’s missed – I could resist this one … after all, she’s frequently surprised what I (and Marina) find in our musical abyss.

    The title is a classic … and Ray Stevens is the only one who would do this song … Jeremiah Peabody’s Polyunsaturated Quick Dissolving Fast-Acting Pleasant Tasting Green and Purple Pills (Ray Stevens)


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    • Lynn,
      I considered that one in a comment during this act, then decided it was so bad I couldn’t do it. Although poorly done, The Producer says it qualifies.

      On the other hand, The Producer sentences you to watching it once a day for the next 10 days … and failure to comply means you will have to play it in to your university class.

      This act includes a collection of songs from musicals – so to soften the blow from Weird Al, here’s Green Finch and Linnet Bird (the cast of Sweeney Todd)


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