Black is the color

My instrumental tribute to an old Scottish folk song, read more about the history at wikipedia: Black Is the Colour (Of My True Love’s Hair. There are many versions on YouTube, I was excited by the version of Nina Simone, but there are many interesting versions uploaded from UK too. I had to change the strange Scottish rhythm to make it more bluesy. Now waiting for some vocals, banjos, fiddles or bagpipes to join the session … – I’m very amused by the possibilities of the modern technologies: an hour later I found vocals, suddenly uploaded by the Scottish musician Ian McAulay / Babbazitt – as if we had been together in the same pub on this Sunday afternoon (a day later the bass player jmrukkers from Zurich joined):

this was the Scottish version, but the US-version was changed a lot over the decades (I’ll try my own second version soon), US example: Nina Simone, in the second part a guitarist introduces his own, different version:

About frizztext

writer, photographer, guitarist

8 responses to “Black is the color

  1. Love your version, and I always enjoy Nina Simone. Thanks for posting this one. 🙂 Happy Sunday to you, Frizz.


  2. Always love listening to the voice of Nina Simone.


  3. It’s funny how sometimes just seeing a song title will start you off singing, Frizz 🙂 This is one of those.


  4. Love Nina Simone. Love your version as well.



  5. Pat

    Great post, Frizz.


  6. Mirada

    Oh I LOVE that song!!


  7. Don’t want to be pushy, but I’ve also done versions of these two songs, one with Ian in fact! Here is a link to a traditional version of House of the Rising Sun which Ian asked me to sing on (thank you for that!) with lyrics I hadn’t heard before he brought it up to me. I even did original artwork for the song, which can also be seen here:

    As for Black is the Color of My True Love’s Skin, I hadn’t heard Nina Simone’s version when I did mine (a cappella) recently. How I missed her version, I haven’t a clue since I adore her on every level and thought I’d heard everything she’d done! Here’s my version, just to add to the pot (featuring my own altered lyrics):



Hearing from you makes my day!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: