When I realized the mirage reflected in the mirror
Speed had suddenly picked itself up
Tonight, flames are flickering, and again we’ll be painting our dreams
If there’s no blue sky in sight, let’s open a blue umbrella
In the next scene, she's met her new partner "on a black and white chessboard under fading fluorescent light." Confused, they quickly fell in love with each other in a month's time. I imagine that the chessboard metaphor means that they're probably playing games with each other at the beginning.
Unfortunately, things ended quickly. It would have been great if they could just watch the orange sunset together. But they quarreled and eventually broke up. She vows not to wear "black outfits" because they're only for attending funerals. She went back and continue her quest for one-night stands, intentionally leaving red rouge marks on every man's body, as if she's keeping score of her revenge against her ex-boyfriend.
Lastly, she reveals her attitude again in the ending portion of the song.
If one say she can only produce dreamless paintings
Just paint the canvas over and over again, as many times as you please
A person only holds up a white flag when she's giving up
By now you have no idea what color I've become
If she couldn't find her true love, she'd rather sleep with as many men as she wants. She's also telling her ex-boyfriend that the next time they meet, she'll be an unknown color to him!
Throughout the song, a total of 6 colors are mentioned: black, white, blue, red, orange, and gray, each signifying a different emotional state of the female protagonist. The word color also serves as a double metaphor - men with whom she slept with.
I am personally very impressed with the song, both its lyrics and its arrangement. I am not a fan of electronica. But I really love its use throughout the song, especially in the intro and the conclusion. It gives the song a layer of mystery. As I listen to the music, I could totally imagine myself being in a night club, which is quite fitting for its contents.
Before I end this blog post, I want to mention one last thing that I've read on another blog. The author said for some unknown reason, gay men are especially attracted to Utada's songs, Japanese or English. He's himself gay and he said all his gay friends agree with him.
The true meaning of Colors will remain unknown until Utada speaks up. I don't know if she'll come across Kayo Kyoku Plus some day and offer her own comments :)
Let's enjoy the last day of 2016, and I wish everybody a Happy New Year 2017!