Song of the Day #5,154: ‘Different Colors’ – Walk the Moon

Talking is Hard, the third album by Ohio-based alternative rock band Walk the Moon, is one of the great pop albums of the last decade or more. I spent a lot of time listening to this album in the years after its release, and I’m always thrilled to come across it in a playlist or on a Random iTunes Weekend.

Every track on this album is a winner. ‘Shut Up and Dance’ was a top five single that pushed the album into the top 20, but the band has managed to land only one song in the Hot 100 since.

Today’s track, the album’s opener, is about the LGBT community’s fight for equal rights, and the role of music as a unifying force.

[Verse 1]
Coming up slowly, oh, sun over the hill
Daylight still a long time coming
But I know it will
Been under their spell, oh, but we’re coming awake
So we’ll be rude, we’ll be loud
As long as it takes

[Pre-Chorus]
This is why, this is why, we crank the dial to the right
This is why we’re biting the bullet
We know the kids are right

[Chorus]
Different colors
We carry each other
Just different colors
This is why we’re biting the bullet
We know the kids are right

[Verse 2]
We keep cranking the music up
Driving through our towns
But they don’t wanna hear
They want us to turn it down
So come on lovers, come on haters
Tonight we raise the fire
Cause when the people get to dancing
They forget about taking sides

[Pre-Chorus]
This is why, this is why, we crank the dial to the right
This is why we’re biting the bullet
We know the kids are right

[Chorus]
Different colors
We carry each other
Just different colors
This is why we’re biting the bullet
We know the kids are right
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction

[Bridge]
We’re coming awake
Out of your spell, as long as it takes
We’re coming awake

We’re coming awake
Out of your spell, as long as it takes
We’re coming awake

[Pre-Chorus]
This is why, this is why, we crank the dial to the right
This is why we’re biting the bullet
We know the kids are right

This is why, this is why, we turn it up all night
This is why we’re biting the bullet
We know the kids are right

[Chorus]
Different colors
We carry each other
Just different colors
This is why we’re biting the bullet
We know the kids are right

One thought on “Song of the Day #5,154: ‘Different Colors’ – Walk the Moon

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    This song had a fair amount of radio play as another single from the album, but I agree it wasn’t as catchy as “Shut up and Dance.”

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