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48 Pop, Rock, and Country Songs About Redheads

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If you have red hair, celebrate your rare gift with a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about redheads.  We have a long list to start you off.

If you have red hair, celebrate your rare gift with a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about redheads. We have a long list to start you off.

Red Hair in Music

If you're a redhead, embrace your gift with gusto. Celebrate the beautiful red hair that makes you unique with a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs that feature redheads of all shades. Some of them merely mention red hair in their lyrics while other prominently feature redheads. We have a long list to get you started.

1. "I Ran" by Flock of Seagulls

This 1982 song made the Australian punk rock group Flock of Seagulls a one-hit wonder during the early days of MTV. The song was an international hit and describes the narrator's chance meeting with a redhead who mesmerizes him:

I never thought I'd meet a girl like you
Meet a girl like you
With auburn hair and tawny eyes
The kind of eyes that hypnotize me through... .

Whether he's scared by her beauty or the magic light effects emanating from the sky, we don't know. However, he gets a sudden panic attack and runs away.

2. "Jolene" by Dolly Parton

This 1973 country chart-topper was named one of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and was based on a gorgeous red-headed bank clerk who used to flirt with Dolly's husband when the couple was first married. The song's narrator describes Jolene's stunning beauty then begs the beautiful coppertop throughout the song not to take her husband just because she can:

Your beauty is beyond compare
With flaming locks of auburn hair
With ivory skin and eyes of emerald green
Your smile is like a breath of spring
Your voice is soft like summer rain
And I cannot compete with you, Jolene.

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3. “Fell in Love With a Girl” by The White Stripes

The guy in this 2001 alt rock song loves a red haired girl who belongs to someone else. While the logical left side of his brain tells him that all love is fleeting, the emotional right side loves who he loves:

Red hair with a curl
Mellow roll for the flavor
And the eyes were peeping
Can't keep away from the girl.

Readheaded Singers in Pop, Rock & Country Music

How many of these red haired pop, rock, and country artists do you know? Are there others you can suggest? If so, leave us a note in the Comment Section below.

Ed Sheeran

Florence Welch (of Florence + The Machine)

Wyonna & Naomi Judd

Jamie Lawson

Willie Nelson

Kate Pierson (of The B-52's)

Dierks Bentley

Cole Swindell

Brett Eldredge

Bonnie Raitt

Reba McEntire

Rick Astley

Belinda Carlisle

Tori Amos

Geri Hallowell (aka "Ginger Spice")

Jo Dee Messina

Trisha Yearwood

Janis Joplin

Axl Rose


Josh Homme

Billy Currington

Eric Paslay

Bette Midler

Melissa Etheridge

Dottie West

Patty Loveless

A mutation to one specific gene, the melanocortin 1 receptor (MCR1) or the "ginger gene," is responsible for red hair.  The ginger gene mutation produces pale skin, freckles, and red hair.

A mutation to one specific gene, the melanocortin 1 receptor (MCR1) or the "ginger gene," is responsible for red hair. The ginger gene mutation produces pale skin, freckles, and red hair.

4. "Redhead Girl" by Air

The lyrics from this ethereal 2007 song aren't extensive, but they repeatedly proclaim the unusual dreamlike allure of a red haired lovely:

When the redhead girl goes by
The course of time stands still ... .

5. "Red Headed Woman" by Bruce Springsteen

Whoa! Sex researchers have found that redheads actually do get more action in the bedroom. However, when The Boss wrote this 1992 rock song about his second (and current) wife, he was bragging about quality rather than quantity.

The song describes red hot physical love:

Well I don't care how many girls you've dated, man
But you ain't lived till you've had your tires rotated
By a red headed woman
A red headed woman
It takes a red headed woman
To get a dirty job done.

6. “Prejudice” by Tim Minchin

If you didn't know that Tim Minchin is a comedian, then you'd have no warning that this 2009 ditty is intended to be a humorous song. It starts off really heavy with its talk of oppression, prejudice, and abuse, further describing a six-letter taboo word that is composed of "a couple of Gs, an R and an E, an I and an N."

Just when your mind goes to thoughts of racism (spell it out, people!), the narrator relieves you of your misconceptions:

Only a ginger can call another ginger, "ginger"
So listen to me if you care for your health
You won't call me "ginger" 'less you're ginger yourself.

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7. “Good Time” by Counting Crows

Wanting to make an impression on a love interest but being unsure how to achieve the desired effect, the guy in this 2002 rock song feels isolated. He makes an appeal to her:

I really love the red haired girls
I'm just another boy from Texas
Come on and take a spin
I got a brand new set of wings.

Red haired people typically require about 20% more anesthesia to prevent waking up during surgery.  Surgeons consider redheads a bit more of a wild card.

Red haired people typically require about 20% more anesthesia to prevent waking up during surgery. Surgeons consider redheads a bit more of a wild card.

8. “Ain’t Going Down (‘Til The Sun Comes Up)” by Garth Brooks

In this 1993 country song, there's a red headed girl with a wild streak. She stays out all night and worries her mother:

Momma's on the front porch screamin' out her warning
"Girl you better get your red head
Back in bed before the morning!"

The red headed young woman spends her Friday night bouncing from the rodeo to the honky tonk. Then she heads down to her favorite parking spot down by the creek for a night of dancing and making out with her boyfriend in his pickup truck.

She's back home as the rooster starts to crow only to repeat the routine on Saturday night. But don't blame this free spirited girl. These are the types of memories she'll look back on fondly as an old woman.

9. "Valerie” by Amy Winehouse

Sometimes you cannot help who you love. The ginger haired Valerie has her former lover under a spell in this 2007 pop tune.

Even after the relationship is over, her ex is still entranced with the troubled Valerie who loves to shop, needs a good lawyer, and was facing jailtime plus fines the last the ex knew.

'Cos since I've come on home, well my body's been a mess
And I've missed your ginger hair and the way you like to dress
Won't you come on over, stop making a fool out of me
Why won't you come on over Valerie, Valerie?

10. "Green Eyes, Red Hair” by Gaelic Storm

This is a fun and peppy, Celtic-inspired pop song from 2010. In it, the narrator plays homage to his beloved, a red-haired woman who encapsulates all things both beautiful and devious.

Green eyes, red hair, long legs
She's got the devil inside her
She can disappear, she can walk on water
She's the Queen of Sheba, she's the farmer's daughter
She's a cocktail dress, a cowboy boot
She's a question mark, she's absolute.

11. "Samson” by Regina Spektor

The biblical tale of Samson and Delilah is portrayed in this 2006 pop tune. Samson was granted supernatural physical strength by God which he carried in his hair. He was lustful and fell in love with beautiful Delilah. She discovered the source of his strength and cut his hair.

With vocals that float then soar, this song tells the story from Delilah's perspective:

Samson came to my bed
Told me that my hair was red
Told me I was beautiful, and came into my bed.

Where are all the songs about red headed men?

Where are all the songs about red headed men?

12. “San Andreas Fault” by Natalie Merchant

This 1995 indie rock song advises a young woman who seeks fame and fortune to go west to the promised land. That is where she'll become a Hollywood star:

Your pale blue eyes, strawberry hair
Lips so sweet, skin so fair
Your future bright beyond compare
It's rags to riches over there.

But then the narrator describes the wicked and destructive power of the San Andreas Fault that underlies the area and destroys dreams. It is a foreboding tale about being cautious when faced with situations that seem too good to be true.

13. ”Honey Jar” by The Wood Brothers

This 2013 ditty is blues-inspired and describes a bittersweet memory about lost love. The narrator describes a man who simply cannot get the memory of former flame out of his heart:

Yeah, white skin, freckles, big heart, candy-green eyes
I bet you wish you had your red-headed woman back sometime
Yeah the last thing you got was a left-handed letter
And you opened up the seal like you didn't even know better.

14. "Sightseeing" by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

The protagonist describes rare and vivid sightings in this 1991 rock song, including an ancient castle that has returned to nature and a cinnamon-haired woman with blue eyes. (Less than half of people with red hair also have blue eyes.)

It was a marvelous sight to see
A redhead workin' in a brasserie
Five foot nine built to a "T"
Eyes so blue and bright.

He images taking a stroll with her by the castle and walking away with a painting of the surreal setting to remember the experience by.

Fun Facts About Red Hair

Are you one of the rare lucky ones? Tell us about your experience being a redhead in the Comments Section below!

Just 2% of the world's population is red headed (more in Scotland and Ireland than anywhere else in the world).

Redheads are usually more pain-sensitive because the gene that causes red hair also linked to pain receptivity. Thus, redheads often need more anethesia for dental and medical procedures.

Stories in Greek mythology about redheads turning into vampires postmortem have plagued the cinnamon-haired for centuries.

Bees are attracted to red hair.

Red hair is typically thicker, however redheads actually have fewer strands than blondes or brunettes.

Red heads report bruising more easily than others.

Red hair usually doesn't turn grey but rather just fades to blonde then white.

Hitler opposed intermarrying with redheaded people.

People with red hair have twice the risk of developing Parkinson's Disease.

Redheads are more likely to be left-handed than people with other hair colors.

There is a Dutch festival, RedHead Days, held the first weekend in September that celebrates people lucky enough to be born with red hair.

“Gingerism” is the bullying or prejudice of redheads.

Russia means "land of reds." In its Kazan region, there are over 10% redheads, a popuation density similiar to Ireland and Scotland.

When exposed to low-light conditions, redheads can produce their own Vitamin D.

In Denmark, it's considered an honor to have a redheaded child. (Well, yeah!)

15. “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” by Brooks & Dunn

Yee-haw! On the outskirts of town is a honky tonk where you can get liquored up and dance the night away any night of the week. This 1991 country song describes the juke joint from the perspective of a working man who loves to hit the bar after work for some beer and a meet-up:

The bartender asks me, says, "Son, what'll it be?"
"I want a shot at that redhead yonder lookin' at me."

16. "Cinnamon Girl" by Neil Young

Even before you meet the person of your dreams, you might imagine what they'd be like ideally. The narrator in this classic rock song from 1969 is convinced his heart could be forever captured by a red haired woman he has yet to meet:

I want to live with a cinnamon girl
I could be happy the rest of my life
With a cinnamon girl.

17. "Oklahoma Swing" by Vince Gill & Reba McEntire

This duo goes down home country in this 1990 traditional country song that describes a couple in love with each other as well as dancing. The man is an Oklahoma cowboy with a tainted past, and he's in love with his lovely dance partner:

There's a redhead from my hometown that loves to let her hair down
She tears my heart out when she starts to sing.
She's from the right side of Red River and she's pretty as a picture
Don't you know she's this ole cowboy's dream.

18. “Red Headed Stranger” by Willie Nelson

A grieving Montana cowboy has lost his wife, and all she left him is her her memory and the bay pony she treasured. In this 1975 country song, the red headed stranger rides into town to visit the wife's. He meets trouble in the local bar and handles it his way.

This is the tale of the red headed stranger,
And if he should pass your way,
Stay out of the path of the ragin' black stallion,
And don't lay a hand on the bay.

19. "Ginger" by David Devant And His Spirit Wife

When only two percent of the population rocks red hair, you can sometimes feel alienated from the rest of the crowd by your uniqueness. This 1997 rock song depicts the teasing some gingers endure as well as the feelings of ostracism and individuality they may experience.

It's not the same for you.
In another life
Maybe we'll all be ginger and free.

20. “Red Headed Woman” by Wade Bowen

In this 2010 country song, the narrator is awestruck by his lover, a redheaded mixture of angel and darkness:

Her red hair stood out in the darkness and the silence took over her soul
She's a red headed woman with a cigarette desire in her eyes
She's a red headed woman with a cigarette thats her clever disguise.

Everyone's a mixture of darkness and angel.

Everyone's a mixture of darkness and angel.

Even More Songs That Mention Redheads

Know a song that should be on this Redhead list? Leave us a comment in the Comments Section below.

Song & Year ReleasedArtistRed Headed Lyrics

21. Frankie's Man Johnny (1958)

Johnny Cash

Then, in the front door walked a redhead / Johnny saw her right away / She came down by the bandstand to watch him while he played / He was Frankie's man, but she was far away / He sang every song to the redhead, she smiled back at him

22. Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde (2002)

Travis Tritt

Yeah and it's a long way to Richmond / Rollin' north on 95 / With a redhead ridin' shotgun / And a pistol by my side

23. I'm Indebted to You (2012)

Lana Del Rey

What an unusual name you said / What a spectacular redhead / You really seem like a prize to me

24. Keeping the Faith (1983)

Billy Joel

I thought I was the Duke of Earl / When I made it with a red-haired girl In the Chevrolet. / Oh, yeah

25. Fifteen (2008)

Taylor Swift

You sit in class next to a redhead named Abigail / And soon enough you're best friends

26. Redhead Walking (2008)


That redhead walking, uh / Don't get close / She'll warn you with her growl / She's a bud cuttin', star studded, leather chested girl / Out there a redhead walkin'

27. Tangled Up in Blue (1975)

Bob Dylan

Wonderin' if she'd changed at all / If her hair was still red

28. Barefoot Blue Jean Night (2011)

Jake Owen

Blue eyes and auburn hair / Sittin' lookin' pretty by the fire in a lawn chair

29. Mr. Misunderstood (2015)

Eric Church

First time I met Alabama Hannah, I was skinny as a rail / Red hair tied up in a blue bandana / She was hotter than the devil's Hell

30. Dead On Arrival (1982)

Billy Idol

I got a vital injection / And a gun at my head man / From a thrill hit redhead / That brought me into this town

31. Amarillo (1984)

Emmylou Harris

Now I got him past that redhead in Atlanta / Lord I walked all over that black-eyed Cajun queen

32. Red Hair (2005)

Shawn Desman

I guess I fell in love too quick kinda got burned up by a red head chick / So I ain't tryin go that route again.

33. Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under? (1995)

Shania Twain

I've seen you around with Rita / The redhead down the lane

34. Ricky (1983)

Weird Al Yankovic

You're such a crazy redhead I just don't know what to do, Lucy

35. I'm All About It (2010)

Randy Houser

Well your redhead temper don't scare me none / Matter of fact it kind of turns me on

36. Tennessee Blues (2007)

Steve Earle

Redhead by my side, boys sweetest thing I've found / Goodbye guitar town

37. She Gave Her Heart to Jethro (1968)

Tom T. Hall

He married a beautiful redhead; of women they say she's a pearl / She gave her heart to Jethro, and her body to the whole damn world

38. I Want the Redhead (2011)


A red haired girl could rule my world, fair skin, freckles and those lovely Irish curls / Mix in a little bit of that sassy attitude, there’s only one thing I conclude

39. Vincent Black Lightning (1991)

Richard Thompson

And I've seen you on the corners and cafes, it seems / Red hair and black leather, my favorite color scheme

40. Red-Headed Wildflower (1978)

Little River Band

It's a shame, such a shame, a red-headed wildflower in the wrong garden

41. Front Porch Looking In (2003)


There's a carrot top who can barely walk / With a sippy cup of milk

42. 1952 Vincent Black Lightning (2011)

Red Molly

In my opinion, there's nothing in this world / Beats a '52 Vincent and a Redheaded girl.

43. Barefoot Blue Jean Night (2011)

Jake Owen

Blue eyes and auburn hair / Sittin' looking pretty by the fire in a lawn chair / New to town and new to me / Her ruby red lips were sippin' on sweet tea.

44. Redheads (2016)

Marc Daniels

I like them redheads / Those big green eyes just knock me dead / Them redheads / I just gave up trying to fight it / Redheads / They’re trouble, boy, that's what they've said

45. Son (1968)

Gary Puckett & The Union Gap

My son / Red was his hair / And green his eyes / Looking up at dad / Three times his size

46. White Liar (2009)

Miranda Lambert

But your face has more to tell / 'Cause my cousin saw you on the street / With a red head named Bernice / Turns out you don't lie too well

47. Red (1977)

Sammy Hagar

Red! I want red, there's no substitute for red / Red! Paint it red, green ain't mean compared to red / You don't know what it does to me / My crimson intensity / I'm haunted by the mystery / The mystery of red / Red knocks 'em dead / Some like it hot, I like it red

48. Hurricane (2012)

Dustin Lynch

A redhead, wild child with storms in her eyes / I knew I'd never be the same / That's the thing about a hurricane / She's all lightning and wind and rain

© 2017 FlourishAnyway


FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 27, 2020:

Diana - What a blessing!

Diana Corwin on July 25, 2020:

As a redhead I find it crazy there's so many songs about us. I have 32 cousins and a 1/3 of us are redheads. So i never knew we were an Oddity, it was very normal in my family. I got mine from my German grandfather and Scott Irish grandfather. Was a double whammy. With the attitude to go with it.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 09, 2019:

Thewopfromthenorth - Thank you for the song suggestions which I have added!

Thewopfromthenorth on June 09, 2019:

Marc Daniels has a song called redheads.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 09, 2018:

Sarah - I knew it wasn't her original song, but didn't know about the Zutons, so thank you. I looked theirs up and listened to it. I knew that Bruno Mars also covered it. I'm just such an Amy Winehouse fan. So sad she self-destructed. Thanks for leaving me a comment. Have a wonderful rest of your week.

Sarah on August 08, 2018:

Hey you do know that Amy Winehouse coverd valerie? It was orginally by a band called the Zutons who had a make singer

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 09, 2018:

Frank - Redheads are rare wonders. Some people are born redheads and the rest of us are just kinda jealous. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a mighty fine weekend.

Frank Atanacio on March 09, 2018:

I always thought red heads were so awesome now red head in music.. double awesome.. The group A Flock of Seagullls.. one hit wonders? Kind of never heard of them.. well I'll check google.. thanks Flourisg.. bless you

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 09, 2018:

Donttreadonme03 -Thanks for the recommendation. I added it as #41. I love Lonestar! Have a great day.

Donttreadonme03 on March 08, 2018:

You forgot my front porch lookin in by lonestar:

Theres a carrot top that can barely walk with a sippy cup of milk,

A blue eyed blonde with her shoes on wrong cuz she likes to dress herself

And the most beautiful girl, holdin both of them

Ya the view i love the most is my front porch lookin in

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 10, 2017:

shanmarie - I enjoyed your memory. Thanks for sharing it! I have a cousin who is a rockin' redhead and my daughter has some strong auburn highlights. It's neat finding out that certain songs are about redheads.

Shannon Henry from Texas on October 10, 2017:

What a fun list. My daughter would love it. She gets delete ghtef when she hears mention of other readheadz in a song. I'll never forget HSR reaction when she was little and first realized that "Ain't Going Down Til the Sun Comes Up" is about a redhead. We were in the car, singing along to the radio when I looked right at her to say "girl, you better get your redhead back in bed before morning." She said, "Hey!". She didn't like the line about being grounded til she's dead either. Haha. Thanks for the reminder of a fun memory.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 23, 2017:

Jo - You've got to respect the red. It's more than a hair color. It's an attitude through and through. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your personal tidbit.

Jo Miller from Tennessee on May 23, 2017:

Another great list, Flourish. Made me think of a couple of my friends, one's red hair is beginning to fade and the other sees to it that hers does not--"as long as my hands can reach my head", she says. She's an old woman with bright red hair. You can see her coming.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 21, 2017:

Debangee Mandal - Glad you enjoyed this.

DEBANGEE MANDAL from India on May 20, 2017:

Very resourceful and interesting . Well done.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 17, 2017:

MsDora - They do stand out! Have a lovely week.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 17, 2017:

Redheads do seem to make their mark. If Delilah's hair was red, no wonder . . .

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 17, 2017:

Linda - I appreciate your stopping by and leaving such a kind comment.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 17, 2017:

Kallini - How interesting! Maybe a hub about words in English that have Russian origins? The blonde, black, and red hair color wheel definitely registers. When my daughter was a baby she went through all the hair colors and we had no idea where she'd land. My husband is a light blonde/blue eyed, I have dark brown hair and eyes, and we just knew we'd end up in the middle with a redhead. She is kinda auburn. Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a wonderful week and take care of yourself.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 16, 2017:

You've shared some very interesting facts about redheads, Flourish. Thanks for sharing the information and the music.

kallini2010 from Toronto, Canada on May 16, 2017:

Thank you, Flourish! Yep, that guy has a very low voice! Indeed! I found Ricky Nelson (looking that sweetheart Mary Lou) - I think he is a bass too. (It's probably not the same in speech and singing ? I sing in higher tonality than I speak).

I have only one idea about Russia and it's a song and I've been postponing writing about it forever. Maybe I should.

After I wrote you the response, it dawned on me where this "the Land of Reds" could have come... but that's another matter.

It's the colour that messes all of us up - blacks are not black, they are of all sorts of brown and whites are not whites (technically speaking) - they are in the spectrum of colour of skin...

I think you'll like this bit - I don't think anyone ever brings it up because it is so trifle and seemingly irrelevant -


the word "roussky" (u - like in food, mood) - Russian

is related to

"roussy" - used only for hair colour - because hair are not brown or grey - they are of that incomparable non-translatable hair-colour that we call - "roussy"

and originally "Russia" was "Rouss" - more like the land of Roussy-haired than any other colour (which covered the whole range from light to dark...), but mostly fair and light.

That's what I should include in my "colour-confusion-wheel": blond, black, red and hair-colour.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 16, 2017:

Peggy - She was certainly a comedy legend. Weird Al Yankovich's song, "Ricky," is about Lucille Ball. Glad you enjoyed this playlist!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 16, 2017:

Larry - I hadn't heard lefties are evil. I do know they're a tad smarter. Thanks for stopping by!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 16, 2017:

Kallini - Oh, you really should write hubs about Russia -- the culture, music, literature, traditions, history, whatever pleases you. With your unique experience and all that is going on in the world now with you know who, you are really the person to do it. And the curiosity about Russia has to be at an all-time high right now. On the question regarding baritone voices, hmmm. I wouldn't have said Johnny Cash but back in the 1970s and 80s there was a country group called The Statler Brothers. They were a group of four, and one member had a very deep voice. Look up "Hello Mary Lou" on YouTube and wait for his unmistakable sound.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 16, 2017:

I especially liked your fun facts about redheads. I think that my favorite redheaded person of all time will be Lucille Ball. She has left a legacy of comedy behind for generations of people to still enjoy.

kallini2010 from Toronto, Canada on May 16, 2017:

Hello Flourish:

As always you amaze me with how you classify songs! It would have never occurred to me...

(therefore, since it occurred to me now to search and find nothing remotely suitable, I would like to ask you - Do you happen to know modern (hopefully known) male singers with a deep bass voice? My son has a really low voice, which he hates. I can't argue that he may as well have a good opera voice. But I tried to find pop singers - no, Johnny Cash does not have that low bass neither Leonard Cohen - ... If you ever come across, please let me know! I appreciate it)

As a redhead in disguise -

my grandfather had red hair so did my father

according to my mother - she never ever - neither before nor after - have seen that shade of red - which she describes as "carrot red" yet she never could find any object of "that" colour to show me.

I have never seen my father's red hair. He is still alive, but his hair colour changed mid-life - from red to black.

I never had red hair, but I have too light a skin (which is a problem for sunburns and such) and I try to wear pantyhose just not to show my "pasty" skin. But there is a combination of the hair colour and complexion. You are right about the pain threshold - lucky me! Since my youth I used henna to dye my hair - then because henna is good for the hair. Now I dye them - I had to check! - the colour is called "Intense Light Red" by Nutrisse (660) - I'm specific because I was diligent and I looked up all the shades you mention - I can't choose. For each colour - the colour in the images are all over the place.

People think I'm a redhead.

What's funny - when my son was born - he had "a lot" of hair and they were light red and in the sunlight had this, sort of sparkle... I have that too - if you see my hair in a certain light - I cannot describe it. Totally fascinating - you can see red.

All in all - I'm in disguise and borderline.

Suffice it to say - I love! love! love! red-haired women (men not so much). My mother, however, claims that my dad's hair carrot-red colour was the sole reason she fell in love with him.

His hair colour changed, but his deep bass voice is still here and now I have to basses in the house - because my son took after his granddad... - I think there is a chance I'll have a redhead for a grandchild - maybe even with that "indescribable" carrot red.

I loved your selection of songs - some are adorable, some are funny - and so "I Ran"


Russia does not mean "Land of Reds" (nobody knows what it means, there are only speculations), but what you could have seen -

red & beautiful - have the same root

and at some point were the same words

therefore the expressions which sound literally like

Red Square

red girl (maiden)

red word

red speech


Beautiful Square/place

beautiful girl

beautiful word (used to show off)


So you can guess where "Very Red" led - to words like "the most beautiful, wonderful"... maybe in that sense - we are the land of reds.

Language carries on, but what happened back then - nobody knows.

Well, this is my red story (by the way - I hope you did not fall asleep yet - the word kallini - in one of its aspects refers precisely to something very red and extremely Russian).

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 16, 2017:

Linda - Glad you liked this and so interesting that the leprechaun in you attests. I have a friend with brilliant red hair and green eyes and I can always spot her from across the room (or a parking lot, for that matter). She has all the confidence in the world to go with it which I also think is wonderful. The closest I come to red hair is a ginger cat whom I adore.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 16, 2017:

Demas - Good to "see" you. I have to agree with your dad. There's purpose in everything! I bet that Beverly Clark would love to hear from an old friend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 16, 2017:

Heidi - I'm so jealous! You always have tickets to some great group, it seems! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on May 16, 2017:

With such a small minority of folks with red hair, no wonder we're fascinated by them! Fun list, as always. (BTW, I'm seeing Flock of Seagulls and B-52s from your list this summer.)

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on May 16, 2017:

My dad used to say, " God didn't give them red hair for nothing!" My square dance partner was Beverly Clark. I bet she's still a stunner with her red hair.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on May 16, 2017:

Really fascinating to learn about freaks. Of course this coming from a left-hander, which I'm told means I'm evil;-)

All kidding aside, I really enjoyed your list.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on May 16, 2017:

I'm with Bill on this one--but you gave me a few "ah-ha" moments.

There's a bit of red in my hair (I'm part leprechaun) and I can attest that some of oddities you mentioned are true. (It takes a lot of anesthetic to put me down and out, I'm left-handed, I bruise if you give me a harsh look, and although I'm well into my 6th decade there is not one gray hair--just a white streak in the front.)

By the way, there is also an Auburn, Washington (near Seattle).

Fun hub!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 16, 2017:

Debangee Mandal - Thank you!

DEBANGEE MANDAL from India on May 16, 2017:

Wow..a very impressive hub. Well done.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 16, 2017:

Sherry Hewins - I had never heard this so thank you for the suggestion! Adding it at #39. Have a wonderful week.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 16, 2017:

Jodah - Thanks for stopping by. It was a fun list to compile. Hope you found some new songs you enjoy.

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on May 15, 2017:

How about Vincent Black Lightning by Richard Thompson?

Says Red Molly, to James, "Well that's a fine motorbike.

A girl could feel special on any such like."

Says James, to Red Molly, "My hat's off to you.

It's a Vincent Black Lightning, 1952.

And I've seen you on the corners and cafes, it seems.

Red hair and black leather, my favorite color scheme."

And he pulled her on behind,

And down to Boxhill, they did ride.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on May 15, 2017:

This was a great collection, Flourish. I admit that most were new to me, however. Good to see Tom Minchin and his song included.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 15, 2017:

Bill - This has been one of the more challenging ones. I began to notice that there seemed to be a number of references to redheads in songs even though redheads are themselves rare.

I have several red headed cousins and my mother-in-law was a ginger with a spicy personality. She always had a cigarette in her hand, stood up to tell stories, and used her outside voice no matter the setting. I remember her fondly.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 15, 2017:

Wow, I drew a total blank. I had no trouble thinking of redheaded singers, but songs with red hair...nothing! :) You totally stumped me on this one.

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