"O Green World" as written by Damon Albarn, Jamie Hewlett and Brian Joseph Burton....
Oh, oh
Oh, green world
Don't desert me now
Bring me back to fallen town
Where someone is still alive

Fighting for something new in this
When no one needs the heart of me and I'll
Get out somewhere other than me before

(Than me before)

O green world
Don't deserve me now
I'm made of you and you of me
But where are we?
Oh no

Sells to lie
Phone with talk, you stars
Suppose you
Down when you're in fast
'Cause it seems so little to you

But now you're in love, you know
You know, me too
You know, me too
I hope sex and drugs rust into my self, holy
It feels holy
It feels like you're with your father in the place you love


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"O Green World" as written by Brian Joseph Burton Damon Albarn

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  • +8
    General CommentI think this is a big ironic song.

    The song is called O Green World, but the way the music plays as well as the lyrics, suggest nothing but technology and how its taking over.

    "Bring me back to fallen town. Where someone is still alive" is like saying, take me back to the country/farmlands b/c the city streets run rampant with soulless zombies.

    "I'm made of you and you of me. But where are we?" is like saying how technology is connected with our lives but it'll never be the same as human contact

    "Sells to lie. Phone to talk...Cause it seems so little to you". is like talking about how commercialism ruins us. This particular stanza makes me think of big business and really rich people who can lie and make huge profits off the crap they sell. Phones w/ talk you stars are like cellphones. Cause it seems so little to you i think refers to life w/o technology.

    "but now you're in love, you know..I hope sex and drugs rust into myself, holy. It feels holy...it feels like you're with your father in the place you lave..." is saying how technology has finally become a part of us. Maybe the greatest human contact, sex or even drugs will some how end up as part of technology. It feels holy is like saying, it feels like we're in heaven just b/c we have all of our stuff.

    At least, thats what I'm thinking.
    RTBRAND1on May 25, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is about war and ENVIRONMENTALISTS. "O green world, don't desert me now" is saying that this was once a beautiful green world until WAR and POLLUTION took over and destroyed it. Not about drugs, commercialism, or anything else.
    Gorillaz Of A Downon January 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionO green world,
    Don't desert me now
    Bring me back to fallen town
    Where someone is still alive

    Icon soul
    Something new in this
    When no one needs to haunt me and I'm
    Looking out to somewhere I've never been before
    (been before...)

    O green world,
    You don't deserve me now
    I'm made of you and you of me
    But where are we?

    On ourselves to lie
    From the darkest stars I suppose you ('re)
    Down when you're in fast
    Does it seem so little to you?

    I know you now I know you know me too
    You know, me too
    I hope sex and rust, lust into my self, only
    That self only

    That's far when you're in the far in the place you were
    Aermixion March 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNice interpretation RTBRAND1, I agree with you.. Even I can't make sense of what 2D is saying sometimes, but you've done a really good job of it. Props to you.
    theheartlesson June 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI rather like your interpretation, but when I first read this, the impression I got was this.

    O green world,
    Don't desert me now
    Bring me back to fallen town
    Where someone is still alive
    Fighting for something new in this
    When no one needs the heart of me and I'll
    Get out somewhere other than me before...

    Again, it was reminescent of a war theme. It sounds a lot like what I think of other songs, about a soldier or something. I thought maybe he was looking for life in the rubble. I felt like he felt like a soulless pawn in a bigger game, fighting for something he didn't believe in. And at the end, he turned to drugs to rid himself of his angst. In the middle, he felt insignificant against such a big world.

    Whatever... I like yours. It works better, I think.
    Buckon July 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think i mostly agree with RTBRAND1.

    i think this song is more about commercialism than technology though.

    ("Bring me back to fallen town Where someone is still alive") So he wants to go back to the good old days where people are just people without all the commercialism and such.

    ("Fighting for something new in this When no one needs the heart of me") hes saying that hes fighting for change but no one cares about wut he thinks and he really has no way out

    ("I'm made of you and you of me") Is how commercialism and i guess technology have become a part of us and wut good has it done us ("But where are we?")

    And finally i guess he realizes in the that there is no fighting it and that it all feelz good (like the posessions, sex, drugs, etc. that the media has brainwashed us to want and like) and he's given up and is now hoping that it rusts into his being because its like a cult and it feels holy.
    vanilla4000on August 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this is another war related song...

    O green world,
    Don't desert me now
    Bring me back to fallen town
    Where someone is still alive

    he's died fighting, and hes wishing he could come back and be with those still living

    Fighting for something new in this
    When no one needs the heart of me and I'll
    Get out somewhere other than me before...

    he's been fighting for something that wasnt needed, and he gave his life for it (getting out somewhere other than the way he came in, like a coffin, or something relating to the fact he's died

    O green world
    Don't deserve me now
    I'm made of you and you of me
    But where are we?
    Oh no

    hes dead, and decomposing, and is now part of the earth. but he feels guilty over the lives he's taken, and feels like he doesnt deserve to return to the earth

    Sells to lie
    Phone with talk, you stars
    Suppose you
    Down when you're in fast
    Cause it seems so little to you

    we have so much, but think so little of it, and try to push it on others

    But now you're in love, you know
    You know, me too
    You know, me too
    I hope sex and drugs rust into my self, holy

    he's hoping that people are free to do what they want, when years from now, theyre on the land comprised partially of his decayed body (complete guess... im not sure on this one really...)

    It feels holy
    It feels like you're with your father in the place you love.

    and now he's in heaven?
    rivenoxon August 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually, I believe the war interpretation, because it comes after kids with guns and fits with the end of days/rapture/armageddon theme, as well as, the Iraq war interpretation.

    The former is probably about the war preceding the rapture and the latter is talking about how the soldiers stationed in Iraq feel that the war is meaningless as they lose men at a consistent rate.
    Proto Cloudon August 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGod damn...this is the best song to listen to when you're high. Hell, ANY Gorillaz song is the best ever when you're high...
    **DELETED**on September 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis whole album seems to be ripping on the modren world and how screwed up we are all.

    The soldier in Iraq makes alot of sense. The 'Green World' could very well be the home land of the soldier since he is now fighting in a desert, and when he finaly comes back home, his love, or maybe even his country that he fought for has left him or changed... Now all he does is sex and drugs to forget his time in war, to rust it away... Its the only thing that makes him feel good now, makes him feel holy... Also, the Iraq war is a new type of war... He is fighting something new.

    I also like the idea of how we are ruining our natural world, nature, with technology and polution. His voice is filled remorse and pain... maybe even a little bit of longing... Also, the picture in the CD booklet depicts a landfill for that particular song...
    Poboon February 25, 2006   Link

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