True Colors (acapella version)

Credits

Written by Tom Kelly & Billy Steinberg
Produced by Cyndi Lauper & Lennie Petze
Executive Producer: David Wolff
Engineered and mixed by Brian McGee
Additional mixing by Jason Corsaro
Arranged by Cyndi Lauper & Peter Wood
Background Vocals: Cyndi Lauper & Angela Clemmons Patrick
Linn Drums, Jam Box & Percussion: Jimmy Bralower
Bass: Neil Jason
Keyboards: Peter Wood
Guitars: John McCurry

Release Information

Video

Director: Pat Birch
Producers: Beth Broday & Brooke Kennedy
DP: John Bailey
Editor: Alan Heim
May be found on Twelve Deadly Cyns... And Then Some video.

In an article from the NY TIMES, detailing the making of "True Colors" and the time right before its release, Cyndi described the True Colors video:
In the beginning, she's a storyteller pounding on an African drum; a girl moves through childhood and adulthood, with the shell symbolizing the turning of tides and so forth; Cyndi then walks through that desert with the new group of children in the background; the last shot is of Cyndi pounding on the drum a final time. Then she of course spoke of loving yourself, and accepting who you are (info from Eric Riley).

 

Lyrics

You with the sad eyes

Don't be discouraged

Oh I realize

It's hard to take courage

In a world full of people

You can lose sight of it all

And the darkness inside you

Can make you feel so small

 

But I see your true colors

Shining through

I see your true colors

And that's why I love you

So don't be afraid to let them show

Your true colors

True colors are beautiful,

Like a rainbow

 

Show me a smile then,

Don't be unhappy, can't remember

When I last saw you laughing

If this world makes you crazy

And you've taken all you can bear

You call me up

Because you know I'll be there

 

And I'll see your true colors

Shining through

I see your true colors

And that's why I love you

So don't be afraid to let them show

Your true colors

True colors are beautiful,

Like a rainbow

 

© 1986 Denise Barry Music and Billy Steinberg Music (ASCAP)

All Rights Reserved

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CYNDI LAUPER

Mom.Singer.Activist.Actress

Co-Founder True Colors United

Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee

Tony™ Award Winner

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