Colors Of The Wind (4:19)

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The first two notes of Alan Menken’s melody span a musical interval of a major sixth. Overall, the span of the melody reaches an eleventh. Because the melody spans a slightly larger range than some instruments, such as the Native American Flute, can reach, alternate versions of the melody have been arranged that span a more modest interval.

Described as a “stirring anthem to animism”, this song is Pocahontas’ exhortation to Captain John Smith about the wonders of the earth and nature, including the spirit within all living things , encouraging him not to think of them as things he can conquer or own, but rather as beings to respect and live with in harmony. She also urges him to accept humans who are different in appearance and culture and to learn from them.

Colors of the Wind is a song written by lyricist Stephen Schwartz and composer Alan Menken for Walt Disney Pictures’ thirty-third animated feature film Pocahontas (1995). The film’s theme song, “Colors of the Wind” was originally recorded by American singer and actress Judy Kuhn in her role as the singing voice of Pocahontas. American recording artist Vanessa Williams’ cover of the song was released as the lead single from the film’s soundtrack on March 23, 1995. A pop ballad, the song’s lyrics speak of respecting nature and living in harmony with the Earth’s creatures. The became a major success charting on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart at number 16, on the Irish Singles Chart at number 16, on the New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart at number 25, on the UK Singles Chart at number 21

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