I do my makeup in somebody else's car
We order different drinks at the same bars
I know about what you did and I wanna scream the truth
She thinks you love the beach, you're such a damn liar

Well those great whites, they have big teeth
Oh, they bite you
Thought you said that you would always be in love
But you're not in love no more
Did it frighten you
How we kissed when we danced on the light up floor?
On the light up floor

But I hear sounds in my mind
Brand new sounds in my mind
But honey I'll be seein' you, ever, I go
But honey I'll be seein' you down every road
I'm waiting for it, that green light, I want it

'Cause honey I'll come get my things, but I can't let go
I'm waiting for it, that green light, I want it
Oh, I wish I could get my things and just let go
I'm waiting for it, that green light, I want it

Sometimes I wake up in a different bedroom
I whisper things, the city sings them back to you

All those rumors, they have big teeth
Oh, they bite you
Thought you said that you would always be in love
But you're not in love no more
Did it frighten you
How we kissed when we danced on the light up floor?
On the light up floor

But I hear sounds in my mind
Brand new sounds in my mind
But honey I'll be seein' you, ever, I go
But honey I'll be seein' you down every road
I'm waiting for it, that green light, I want it

'Cause honey I'll come get my things, but I can't let go
I'm waiting for it, that green light, I want it
Oh, honey I'll come get my things, but I can't let go
I'm waiting for it, that green light, I want it
Yeah, honey I'll come get my things, but I can't let go
I'm waiting for it, that green light, I want it
Oh, I wish I could get my things and just let go
I'm waiting for it, that green light, I want it

I'm waiting for it, that green light, I want it
I'm waiting for it, that green light, I want it
I'm waiting for it, that green light, I want it
I'm waiting for it, that green light, I want it
I'm waiting for it, that green light, I want it
I'm waiting for it, that green light, I want it


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Green Light Lyrics as written by Joel Little Jack Antonoff

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  • +8
    Song MeaningTo me, this song is about that confusing time right after a breakup. You're angry, you're hurt, and you so desperately want to prove to yourself and the rest of the world that you're moving on. With both the song and the video, Lorde really nails those incredibly conflicted feelings that come in waves. One second you're happy and really feeling like you're moving forward, and then the next second a memory hits and you long for the past. It's about waiting for that "green light" moment when you finally move on, once and for all.
    sarahb1011on March 13, 2017   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation“Green Light” is about those little moments in your life when you stumble out of a Chinese buffet and throw up on the sidewalk and get arrested and throw up in jail too and then someone bails you out but won’t give you a ride home because you stink like Chinese buffet vomit so you walk home and then see a cool bird outside the police station and you chase it up a streetlight and you get up there but the bird flies away so you’re stuck up there and you look at the traffic light dangling below you and then one of the lights is green and so is the shirt you’re wearing and you’re like, “Nice.”
    elliot chaon July 17, 2017   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationFor me this is about a girl whose boyfriend cheated and she knows it. She wishes it were easier to just go to his place and gather her things and say goodbye without any attachment on her part, but she knows that it's going to be difficult to let go.
    ImaLilTpoton May 18, 2017   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI think it's a scathing attack on people with FOMO (fear of missing out). The green light is an illusion. They are always chasing something, but it's always a little bit out of reach.
    fra281139on August 29, 2018   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis is not a break up song.

    There is clearly a guy who has cheated on his girlfriend. But the singer in this song is not the victim, she's the new girl having the affair. She wants permission, the green light, to stop sneaking around together and have a public relationship, after the guy breaks up with his current girl.

    > I do my makeup in somebody else's car
    > We order different drinks at the same bars

    This is sung to the guy. It's his car she's avoiding, because she can't be seen with him. Similarly they want to be in the same place but not anyone to see them as together (different drinks is that they are ordering separately).

    > I know about what you did and I wanna scream the truth
    > She thinks you love the beach, you're such a damn liar

    He cheated on his girlfriend with her, when he said he was going to the beach. She hates hiding being with him.

    > Those great whites, they have big teeth
    > Oh, they bite you

    The lying will hurt you at some point (note "great whites" becomes "All those rumors" later in the song)

    > Thought you said that you would always be in love
    > But you're not in love no more

    Telling him he doesn't love his ex any more

    > Did it frighten you
    > How we kissed when we danced on the light up floor?
    > On the light up floor

    She's asking if the guy is afraid of his new passions, is he fearful of being driven by his feelings to leave his girlfriend and start a new relationship.

    > But I hear sounds in my mind
    > Brand new sounds in my mind
    > But honey I'll be seein' you, ever, I go
    > But honey I'll be seein' you down every road

    New sounds; she's smitten with him. It's new love. And she wants him so she's not going to just disappear.

    > I'm waiting for it, that green light, I want it

    She wants permission to go public, she wants a proper relationship.

    > 'Cause honey I'll come get my things, but I can't let go
    > Oh, I wish I could get my things and just let go

    She's spent the night (after the bar). She'll leave and keep the secret, but this is not the end of things. She wishes she could just forget him, but can't.

    > Sometimes I wake up in a different bedroom
    > I whisper things, the city sings 'em back to you

    They can't always be together, but she's still thinking of him

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    Most people want to interpret her as the victim here, but this way makes a much more interesting and less cliched song IMO. The "green light" makes no sense from the victim perspective; you don't need anyone's permission to get over someone. The whole vibe "I'm waiting for it, I want it" is all about positivity and hope and excitement; it's clear in the music too (the piano from "but i hear sounds in my mind"...), it's not about the melancholic longing and anger and pain of a break up. The line about being frightened by the kiss is a key one here too, it makes no sense if she was the girlfriend/victim. Why would he be afraid of kissing his girlfriend that he's fallen out of love with.
    philossoffeon January 01, 2019   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about not wanting to let go and wishing you cold hold on to what you could, even if it was just a one night stand. She's waiting for that green light, to go, one more time even if it's not forever.
    whatevergirl92on April 12, 2017   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationEs una clara canción sobre post-ruptura amorosa, al parecer su novio la engañó con otra y ella no solo se enteró de esto sino de cosas que le dijo a esa chica para seducirla ("I know about what you did and I wanna scream the truth
    She thinks you love the beach, you're such a damn liar")

    Ella se muestra dolida, y con un leve resentimiento, y recurre a la metafora de si "esos dientes blancos", como preguntandole si no se arrepiente o si no le carcome la conciencia haberla engañado, a la vez que le cuestiona el hecho de que le haya dicho que la iba a amar por siempre cuando finalmente no fué así.
    ("Those great whites, they have big teeth
    Oh, they bite you
    Thought you said that you would always be in love
    But you're not in love no more")

    Apartir de ahi la canción cambia, entra el piano en un tono mas bailable y empieza el quiebre: ella empieza a experimentar sensaciones nuevas, que quizás cuando estaba en pareja, no habia experimentado ("But I hear sounds in my mind, Brand new sounds in my mind"), y se siente atraída por ellas, pero a la vez recuerda a su ex-novio, simplemente porque no puede evitarlo ("But honey I'll be seein' you, ever, I go, But honey I'll be seein' you down every road"). Y luego grita por la "luz verde" que es una clara referencia a la idea de ser libre, de poder seguir su camino sin él de una vez por todas. ("I'm waiting for it, that green light, I want it").

    Es una canción hermosa y perfecta sobre una ruptura amorosa y de alguien que, a pesar de estar dolida y aun seguida enamorada de esa persona que la traicionó, entiende que tiene que seguir adelante.
    Bwoodingon September 28, 2017   Link

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