Different Shades of Blue

Different Shades of Blue is one of two tracks by Bo Bice and Greg Barnhill on 3 – the other is Lonely, Broke, and Wasted. (Those two guys must be a barrel of laughs at parties.)

Bo talked about the song in an interview with American Idol Net

Number one I wrote that song with Greg Barnhill, he’s a friend of mine and an incredible writer and I don’t know how I got hooked up writing with Greg Barnhill, he’s just incredible and has had so many hits and so many people have sung songs of his. To be quite candid there’s people who do know I struggled with drugs and alcohol when I was a younger guy. Really that’s how a lot of us songwriters do, we delve into ourselves and into the things that made us who we are and a lot of the time it’s tragedy that’s made you who you are because you learn from those style of things.

So for me it just kind of paints that picture you know the brokenness of a man sitting in the glare of the neon smoke in a bar with that neon sign shining down. It’s just from the first verse to the second verse, my inspiration on the second verse might have been different from Greg’s but my inspiration was when my Grandmother passed away, talking about the “cold dark pewter of the casket rail, there’s not too much these eyes ain’t seen between the yellow and the green.” That’s very much digging in to the heart of what’s made me who I am and like I said, I can’t take credit for all the song but I’m throwing out what MY inspiration was and my side of how things arrived for the song. But I think that’s probably the best way to sum it up just picking little pieces of moments in my life and it’s very therapeutic to be able to look back and to delve into those things that were times you hurt. You know relationships or like I said, struggling with dependency or struggling with family passing. These are ways that you can reach in and you pull that out of your soul and it’s almost like you’ve made the amends to yourself and in some ways I think we also help people who might struggle with those kinds of situations and that’s what music does.

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Lyrics

Sitting in the glare of the neon smoke
Always mistaken for the light of hope
Mourning in a lonely woman’s eyes
She’s fallen one more time

Feeling the weight of the morning sky
I’m running again from another lie
From gray to midnight I’ve been through
Every broken-hearted hue

You may think I’m lying, but I swear that it’s true
You think hurt only comes in one color
Have I got news for you
I’ve seen it all, in different shades of blue

Faded photo of a house for sale
Cold dark pewter of a casket rail
There’s not too much these eyes ain’t seen
Between the yellow and the green

You may think I’m lying, but I swear that it’s true
You think hurt only comes in one color
Have I got news for you
I’ve seen it all, in different shades of blue

Every time we fell in love, breaking down and making up
The azure of a new sunrise, the shadow of a moonlit night
Standing in the ocean laughing, watching as the waves come crashing
Seeing colors that we never even knew

You may think I’m lying, but I swear that it’s true
You think hurt only comes in one color
Have I got news for you
I’ve seen it all, in different shades of blue

You may think I’m lying, but I swear that it’s true
You think hurt only comes in one color
Have I got news for you
I’ve seen it all, in different shades of blue

I’ve seen it all, in different shades of blue
I’ve seen it all