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by Susan J Bowes (subscribe)
Writing for pleasure to showcase the best Australia has on offer.
Published May 8th 2014
What does the word "Blue" mean to you
Blue ...

What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of the word "Blue"? I'm sure the thoughts would be numerous: the ocean, the sky, bluebirds, your favourite crystal, eye colour, pastels, favourite outfit, blue moon, blue movies, blue-blood, blue-jacket/blue-coat, music style, out of the blue, to be blue. Whatever your thoughts are, they all relate to the word "Blue".
Crystal, The Colour Blue
Blue Crystal Labradorite

So, let's look at the meaning of the word. In the 'New Universities Dictionary', printed in 1925, it states that blue (pronounced blǔ) is one of the primary colours and I'm sure all artists would use it and mix it into many other hues. Again, as an individual when we think of the word blue in this context which colour blue comes to our mind?

In the Eastern philosophy the colour "blue" relates to the throat area of the Chakra system with a meaning of being able to verbalise or express truth through the power of the spoken word. If the Chakra is blocked or closed one may have trouble expressing what he needs to say.

According to the internet "blue" is consistently ranked as the World's favourite colour with around 53% of the World's flags having blue in them. Other facts about the colour "blue" are as follows:

Blue is the most common colour in corporate logos
A dark blue suit is professional business attire
Blue jeans are worn all over the World
Aristocracy is blue-blooded in all European languages
Greeks believe that blue wards off "the evil eye"
Dark blue colour is for mourning in Korea
In American culture blue has evolved as a symbol of depression. We sing the blues and feel blue
Blue has very few connections to taste or smell, therefore blue may act as an appetite suppressant. I better get out and buy that blue tablecloth!

Then there is that rare event where an extra full moon occurs in a subdivision of a year and the event is called a "blue moon". So the saying "once in a blue moon" can relate to a rare event in someone's life events. The phrase has nothing to do with the colour of the moon, although sometimes due to atmospheric conditions, the moon can appear with a tinge of blue.

It's uncertain where the "blues" music originated; however some say it came from the black workers who yelled and shouted in the slave fields. This developed into solo songs laden with emotions. The "blues" music has been the foundation for a lot of rising singers over our time. People like Elvis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Buddy Holly all either studied, played and some even recorded "blues" music.

If you are feeling sad, it is said you are "feeling blue"; however did you know that this saying was coined from a custom long ago among many deepwater sailing ships. If the ship lost its captain during a voyage, the vessel would fly a blue flag and have a blue band painted along the entire hull when returning home to port. So it's understandable that a charity organisation that wants to combat depression and anxiety would market a purposeful name like "Beyond Blue".

As I was born and bred in Australia and am very patriotic to its culture and ideals in everyone having a fair go and helping each other in need, I couldn't go past ending this write up with a reference to John Williamson's song "True Blue" and lyrics below.

Hey True Blue, don't say you've gone
Say you've knocked off for a smoko
And you'll be back later on
Hey True Blue, Hey True Blue

Give it to me straight
Face to face
Are you really disappearing,
Just another dying race,
Hey True Blue.

True Blue, is it me and you?
Is it Mum and Dad, is it a cockatoo?
Is it standing by your mate
When he's in a fight?
Or will she be right?
True Blue, I'm asking you...

Hey True Blue, can you bear the load?
Will you tie it up with wire,
Just to keep the show on the road?
Hey True Blue, Hey True Blue, now be Fair Dinkum

Is your heart still there?
If they sell us out like sponge cake
Do you really care?
Hey True Blue.

True Blue, is it me and you?
Is it Mum and Dad, is it a cockatoo?
Is it standing by your mate
When she's in a fight?
Or will she be right?
True Blue, I'm asking you...
True Blue, is it me and you?
Is it Mum and Dad, is it a cockatoo?
Is it standing by your mate
When he's in a fight?
Or will she be right?
True Blue ... True Blue.
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well researched and fascinating article :)
by Joy (score: 3|1910) 2011 days ago
Blue is my favourite colour. Great factoids you have here, Susan.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12479) 2017 days ago
I love the colour blue and have to say thank you for the lyrics we have always said when he's in a bind or is it vegemite now i know the True Blue words - great article and thanks for the family laugh we all have just had
by Anne Dignam (score: 2|870) 2006 days ago
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