"Green" as written by and Tanya Donelly....
You built a city in my head
Then there were candles
And a phoenix burned my bed
These are subwords
These are air

There's one boy
In one house
In one place
At all times
And green eyes 

I got no more
Who are you for?
I got no more
What is this? 

I shouldn't be smoking
This last cigarette
I feel sick 
Now there are words in my head 

You took my house
Burned it inside out
Kneel in my ashes
Kneading them 

There's one boy
In one house
In one place
At all times
And green eyes 

I got no more
Who are you for?
I got no more
What is this?
And now you're leaving again, no

Temper and tempest 
To knock at the moon
And the stars come out at night
What's that beyond the floor?
You were left screaming
My hands are in your hair
You're on the deep with the stars(?)

You built a city in my head 
Where are your candles?
(...can see my...)
And a phoenix that was you in my bed
These are subwords
These are air 
(Turning my body around)

There's one boy 
In one house
In one place
At all times
(There's one boy)
And green eyes 

I got no more
Who are you for?
I got no more
What is this? 

Smoke falls to the ceiling
It begins
There's a man dancing at me
He's making circles
So I will tell you now
(I wear your clothes) 
I wear your clothes like armour
(I love your face) 
I love your face like God
So you're in love and I'm indebted always
Green eyes
And now you're leaving again
No


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"Green" as written by Tanya Donelly

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    General CommentThe second in the magnificent Throwing Muses trilogy.

    My guess (and I could be ridiculously wrong) is that she is in love "with one boy" and living with someone "in one house" who is jealous (hence the green eyes ). He thinks she has other lovers, but

    I got no more
    Who are you for?
    I got no more
    What is this?

    And this is making them both a little crazy.

    There are mentions of the greater heavens

    Temper and tempest
    To knock at the moon
    And the stars come out at night

    almost indicating that this jealousy is an eternal force, an endless cycle.

    In the last verse, there are some beautiful lines

    I love your face like God
    So you're in love and I'm indebted always
    Green eyes
    And now you're leaving again

    that seem to evoke the elemental power, beauty and frustration of romantic and jealous love.
    ladylizzieon November 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe meaning parallels a saying by Nietzsche: "There is always some madness in love. But there is also some reason in madness."
    Must like the madness in loving the melody of "Green" thus compelling one to play this track again & again...
    pharmageekon May 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe thing that amazes me about this song is that Tanya wrote it when she was 15. She understood more about the madness of love as a naive teenager than most poets do as adults.
    falcotronon January 02, 2016   Link

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