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Monday Music: True Colors

Feels like ages since I’ve done one of these Monday Music posts.

One of my favourite old songs is True Colours. It’s just a brilliant song with lyrics that call out to me and a melody that gets stuck in my head without fail. I also think its a really encouraging song with its message about being yourself and not hiding away.

I’m also really big on disability pride and of our culture as disabled people. Which is why this new version of the song is so fabulous for me. It’s performed by The British Paraorchestra and features several Paralympic athletes and the Kaos Signing Choir (which is a choir made up of both hearing and deaf children who sing and sign together).

It’s got wheelies and blind people. It’s got signing, people with sticks and a kid with a Kay Walker. They’re singing and playing instruments and having a brilliant time. Interspersed are a few clips of the Paralympics. I noticed one of Ellie Simmonds in the water looking a little tearful after winning a race. Another was the guy playing table tennis with one crutch and lunging for the ball so hard he fell over. It’s even got a solo sung by a lady using her nose to operate an iPad which then speaks/sings it for her.

It’s an amazing example of inclusion and of people embracing themselves and their disabilities and their culture. My culture.

It makes me very happy.

The song is available on iTunes and there’s a bit of a campaign to get it to Christmas number one. It’s so so good and well worth buying. Besides, what else are you going to spend 79p on this week?

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 there inside you
Makes you feel so small

But I see your true colours
Shining through
I see your true colours
That’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colours
True colours are beautiful,
Like a rainbow

And 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 see your true colours
Shining through
I see your true colours
That’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colours
True colours are beautiful,
Like a rainbow

Ohhhh
I can’t remember
When I last saw you laugh
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 see your true colours
Shining through
See your true colours
That’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colours, true colours
Are beautiful like a rainbow

I see your True colours shining through
See your true colours
That’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colours
Your true colours are beautiful,
Like a rainbow

Ohhhhhhh

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