From Orange to Pink
Patrick Sweany Lyrics


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Chilly winds will soon be blowing
Leaves will follow, round our feet
Pinwheels change to, orange and yellow
Clouds will turn from, orange to pink

I just talked to her, whole town used to
Time to time she, calls on me
Talk about some more recent used to's
Times ain't like they used to be

Well sometimes it makes me wonder
Works for some but, not for me
Other times it's less of a bother
Times ain't like they used to be

You take Mary, I'll take Margaret
You take Jodi, I'll take Jane
Other times it hardly matters
Made no difference, they're quite the same

You take Mary, someday maybe
Someday baby, I'll take Sue
Times ain't like the way they used to
Ain't no difference ‘tween the two

Sit and think here in my bedroom
Late at night, or clearly morn'
Think about the things I used to
Used to do but now no more

Feel the breeze in the early evening
See the sun sinkin' low




See the leaves turn red and amber
Clouds turn blue and pink and orange

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Patrick Sweany’s song, “From Orange to Pink”, speak of the passing of time and how things change beyond recognition. The first verse sets the tone for the entire song, with the ominous warning of ‘chilly winds will soon be blowing’ and the leaves will fall around us. He then goes on to talk about the changing colors of the pinwheels, which move from orange and yellow to pink as the sun sets. The theme of change comes up again in the second verse, where Sweany reminisces about the past and laments that times aren’t what they used to be.


The third verse is where the song takes a melancholic turn, as Sweany talks about how people come and go in our lives, and how it hardly matters who we end up with. He muses about different women he’s been with and how it makes little difference, as times have changed and things are not the same. The song’s refrain, ‘Times ain’t like they used to be’ is a lament at the loss of the past and the uncertainty of the future.


“From Orange to Pink” is a poignant song about the passage of time and the inevitability of change. The lyrics are introspective and speak to the universal human condition of longing for a past that can never be recaptured. The song is a testament to Sweany’s songwriting ability, as he weaves a haunting tale that is both heartbreaking and beautiful.


Line by Line Meaning

Chilly winds will soon be blowing
Winter is approaching.


Leaves will follow, round our feet
Autumn is here and leaves are falling.


Pinwheels change to, orange and yellow
The season is changing and the colors of the world are transforming.


Clouds will turn from, orange to pink
The sky is changing colors as the day comes to an end.


I just talked to her, whole town used to
I caught up with an old friend and we reminisced about the past.


Time to time she, calls on me
Sometimes my friend will reach out and we'll catch up.


Talk about some more recent used to's
My friend and I talked about things we used to do together that we don't anymore.


Times ain't like they used to be
Things have changed and life is different now.


Well sometimes it makes me wonder
I sometimes reflect on how life used to be compared to now.


Works for some but, not for me
Although some people may enjoy change, it's not always welcome in my life.


Other times it's less of a bother
Sometimes, I am okay with a little bit of change.


You take Mary, I'll take Margaret
We can choose different paths and preferences when it comes to relationships.


You take Jodi, I'll take Jane
Our relationships with people can be different without affecting their worth.


Other times it hardly matters
Sometimes, the differences between people don't matter as much as the connection we share.


Made no difference, they're quite the same
Despite differences, people can still be similar in many ways.


You take Mary, someday maybe
I may choose someone different in the future.


Someday baby, I'll take Sue
I may choose someone named Sue in the future.


Times ain't like the way they used to
The present is not the same as the past.


Ain't no difference ‘tween the two
No matter who I choose in the future, they are all the same.


Sit and think here in my bedroom
I often reflect on my life when I am alone in my bedroom.


Late at night, or clearly morn'
During any hour of the day or night, I reflect on my past.


Think about the things I used to
I remember things that I did in the past.


Used to do but now no more
I no longer do those things that I used to enjoy.


Feel the breeze in the early evening
I experience the gentle touch of the breeze as the sun sets.


See the sun sinkin' low
The sun is setting after a long day.


See the leaves turn red and amber
Autumn is in full swing and the colors of nature are changing.


Clouds turn blue and pink and orange
The sky is a beautiful blend of colors.




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