Karma Chameleon

Album: Colour By Numbers (1983)
Charted: 1 1
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  • Dessert loving in your eyes all the way
    If I listen to your lies, would you say
    I'm a man without conviction
    I'm a man who doesn't know
    How to sell a contradiction
    You come and go, you come and go

    Karma, karma, karma, karma, karma chameleon
    You come and go, you come and go
    Loving would be easy if your colors were like my dreams
    Red, gold, and green, red, gold, and green

    Didn't you hear your wicked words every day
    And you used to be so sweet I heard you say
    That my love was an addiction
    When we cling, our love is strong
    When you go, you're gone forever
    You string along, you string along

    Karma, karma, karma, karma, karma chameleon
    You come and go, you come and go
    Loving would be easy if your colors were like my dreams
    Red, gold, and green, red, gold, and green

    Every day is like survival
    You're my lover, not my rival
    Every day is like survival
    You're my lover, not my rival

    I'm a man without conviction
    I'm a man who doesn't know
    How to sell a contradiction
    You come and go, you come and go

    Karma, karma, karma, karma, karma chameleon
    You come and go, you come and go
    Loving would be easy if your colors were like my dreams
    Red, gold, and green, red, gold, and green

    Karma, karma, karma, karma, karma chameleon
    You come and go, you come and go
    Loving would be easy if your colors were like my dreams
    Red, gold, and green, red, gold, and green

    Karma, karma, karma, karma, karma chameleon
    You come and go, you come and go
    Loving would be easy if your colors were like my dreams
    Red, gold, and green, red, gold, and green

    Karma, karma, karma, karma, karma chameleon
    You come and go, you come and goWriter/s: George Alan O'Dowd, Jonathan Aubrey Moss, Michael Emile Craig, Roy Ernest Hay, Philip Stuart Pickett
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management
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Comments: 17

  • Mic from OregonRed Gold and Green Rasta flag colors (yellow being called gold) specifically listed in that order. No idea what boy George has to do with Rastafari but maybe he loved reggae and dreamt of reggae music.
  • Ron from UsaThe song is clearly about George's relationship with Jon Moss. George was gay, but Jon was straight but apparently fell in love with George. The relationship was rocky and Jon would often disappear (often to the bed of women), hence the "you come and go" lyrics. They often had horrific fights which probably inspired the "You're my lover not my rival" lyrics. You can probably figure the rest out/
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 11th, 1986, Boy George guest-starred as himself on the 'Cowboy George' episode of the NBC-TV adventure series 'The A-Team'...
    The 60-minute weekly series ran for five seasons with a total of 98 episodes...
    Just under seven weeks later on March 30th Culture Club's "Move Away" entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #68; eight weeks later on May 25th it would peak at #12 {for 2 weeks} and it stayed on the chart for 14 weeks {it would be their last Top 100 charted record}...
    Between 1982 and 1986 the quartet had eleven Top 100 records; six made the Top 10 with one reaching #1, 'Karma Chameleon" for three weeks on February 26th, 1984...
    They just missed having two more #1 records when "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" and "Time (Clock of the Heart)" both peaked at #2.
  • Cyberpope from Richmond, CanadaCamille, EVERY colour is the gay colours now! (they hijacked the entire visible spectrum, didn't you notice?) & the purple, pink, green labels as gay were always dumb. One famous & flamboyantly gay celeb wears something of a solid colour & it's suddenly THE "gay colour."
    I myself am quite straight, but I love pink - especially in dessert tacos!
  • Bruno from Lima, PeruThe "You come and go" line maybe was about an insecure person and the "You string along" line was talking about an exploiter, a selfish person. In a sexual sense the line "You come and go" maybe was about an exploiter too.
  • Camille from Toronto, OhFun song. I hope Boy George has turned his life around by this time. He and his music definitely were great highlights of the 80s and of course early MTV. Sometimes people would sing the chorus of this song to me due to it sounding similar to my name, Camille. The lyrics make not much sense to me. I always thought purple and/or rainbow was the gay color, never heard red, gold and green were.
  • Brandon from London, United Kingdomcan anyone interpret "You come and go, You come and go" and "you string along, you string along" Does it have anything to do with not being in one place all the time?

    Thanks for helping!!!!
  • John from Nashville, TnCountry artists Moe Bandy and Joe Stampley sampled the introduction to this song for their 1983 CBS single "Where's The Dress" without the permission of the publishers.
  • Shesmiles from Seattle, WaRed,Gold and green were gay colors in the 80's, Steve.
  • Dougee from San Bernardino, CaRegarding the "red, gold, and green" comment: I believe that these refer to the chameleon's color changing ability. Per Wikipedia, colors that chameleons can assume include pink, blue, red, orange, green, black, brown, yellow and turquoise. "Red, gold and green" probably sounded the best when put in the song.
  • Robert from Denver, CoI just loved the way Boy George had said in an interview that he NEVER did drugs, and his way of getting off was dressing like a woman. The soon after we all found out he was a heroin addict.
  • Angela from Centereach, NyJohn, it's not cumma, it's karma.
  • Steven from Sunnyvale, CaThe first few seconds of the chorus was played in "Scary Movie 4" by the triPod before it changed the selection from "80's Music" to "Kill Humanity".
  • John from This City, AustraliaI know what a chamelion is but what is all this cumma cumma stuff about.
  • Steve from Ocean C, MdDoes anyone have an interpretation of
    "Loving would be easy if your colors were like my dream Red, gold and green"

    Is it coincidental that these are the three
    colors of the Rasta movement??

    Thanks for any info.
  • Krista from Elyria, OhI love Boy Georges voice!
  • Erickoverveen from Amsterdam, NetherlandsBoy George was a genius It is a shame that he rose to such high acclaim based on his extreme look (and not for his musical talent. His song writing, and arranging and that beautiful voice he gave to the world. Poor George...drugs ruined his career and his life, but it's nice to remember the good times and what a genius he once was. WE LOVE YOU, GEORGE!
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