Colorado

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"Colorado"
Colorado cover
Single by The Rentals
Released September 27, 2008
Format MP3
Recorded 2008 at Dan Joeright's home studio
Length 3:25
Label Self-released
Writer Matt Sharp
Producer The Rentals
Status Officially released
The Rentals singles chronology
"She Says It's Alright"
(1999)
"Colorado"
(2008)

"Colorado" is a single by The Rentals released on September 27, 2008 as a precursor to Songs About Time. The song was previously played by Matt Sharp during his 2004 solo acoustic tours.

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Overview

"Colorado" was a single-only release, meaning it is not featured on any of The Rentals' albums. Like many other songs in the band's discography, the song features extensive use of synthesizers and female vocal harmony. This was the first release by the band to include vocalist Jamie Blake. The song's intro is a collage of strings and synthesizer. The band attempted many nontraditional methods of recording for this song, some of which include the drum beats programmed into a keyboard and drumming with drum sticks on the floor of the studio.

The second video included in the Songs About Time project shows the band recording the song. View that video on Vimeo here.

Solo performances

"Colorado" was written during Sharp's acoustic solo career, and he performed it many times while on tour. The video below features Goldenboy acting as Sharp's backing band. As is expected from this era of Sharp's career, the song is very stripped down and relaxed. The tempo is slower and a piano melody is more prominent.



Release message

"A few words about Colorado from Matt & The Rentals" was posted by The Rentals on their MySpace about "Colorado." It describes how the song was written, recorded, and chosen for release.

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Lyrics

Sometime tomorrow Sloan steps out to the road
She packs her bags and loads them up and off she goes to Colorado

But, why Colorado, she don’t know

On the ride right by her side is her dog “Joe”
Books on tape help her mind escape as a cold wind blows to Colorado

Why Colorado, she don’t know

As she was leaving from LA
I could not give her one reason to stay
But, the reason she’s got to go, well, we both know
I know why she goes out to the road

But why to Colorado, I don’t know

The mountainside broke through the night and killed the radio
The voices of the station quickly faded, coast to coast

In the shadows, the static of the station slowly rose

With her mind at rest in her thoughtlessness in a haze of falling snow
Her weightless dream fell to the street and melted as she rolled to Colorado

Still, why Colorado, she don’t know

Colorado

Will she find Colorado? I don’t know

But, as she was leaving from LA
I could not give her one reason to stay
But, the reason she’s got to go, well, we both know
I know why she goes out to the road
But, why to Colorado I don’t know

As she was leaving from LA
I could not give her one reason to stay
But, the reason she’s got to go, well, we both know
I know why she goes out to the road

But, why to Colorado I don’t know

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