Green is the colour

As it is, indeed, the colour, and as I need to blog about something in the absence of the news I know you crave (new album, tour, etc.), let’s fill some white space today with green songs. That is to say, songs with a ‘green’ in the title or lyric.

This was top of the charts in the US on this day in 1968 and also made the Top Ten across the Atlantic in the UK: ‘Green Tambourine’ by The Lemon Pipers. Hands up who remembers it, with fingers eagerly outstretched if you remember them.

If you don’t want to play along with the green game, you could always just tell us about your favourite version of this Pink Floyd song instead, one which many a fan hoped would feature during David’s live performances of 2006. One early Floyd number that did was ‘Astronomy Domine’, with its luscious opening line which rolls off the tongue with such ease and somehow manages to sound better each time you say it: “Lime and limpid green…”

Johnny Cash memorably wrote of Ireland’s ‘Forty Shades of Green’. Similarly, Tom Jones made popular the country song ‘Green, Green Grass of Home’, about a prisoner waking from a dream and recalling fond memories past on the day of his execution. As in ‘High Hopes’, at any time of reflection, the grass always seems so much greener in our reminiscences. Wilson Pickett warns his love, in ‘Don’t Let The Green Grass Fool You’, that the promise of pastures new can deceive equally. (Fernando Torres, take note. No, of course I’m not bitter about it. It’s his loss.)

For others, and probably most predominantly in song writing, the colour green best symbolises jealousy. Think Elvis Presley on ‘A Little Bit of Green’, although for me nobody has better exhibited the agony of envy and resentment better than Marvin Junior when he half-wails “Green, so green, my jealous heart, I doubted you and now we are apart” (on The Dells’ 1969 medley ‘I Can Sing a Rainbow/Love is Blue’). Poor bugger.

I give you the following six for starters but believe you can give me many more:

– Coldplay, ‘Green Eyes’
– Dandy Warhols, ‘Green’
– Joni Mitchell, ‘Little Green’
– The National, ‘Green Gloves’
– Chris Rea, ‘Three Little Green Candles’
– Tom Waits, ‘All the World Is Green’

Shades of green are also welcome. Olive? Mint? Apple? Kawasaki? If the list doesn’t near a hundred by the weekend, I’ll be disappointed. Your interpretations of any of these songs would be an interesting bonus; as long as it’s green, it’s all good.

The chatroom is currently open, closing today at 5pm (UK).

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

100 thoughts on “Green is the colour”

  1. Pink Floyd – Green is the Colour
    The Brothers Four – Greenfields (I love the Faith No More cover)


  2. Here’s my best go at it… too many to list any interpretations – sorry:

    Green Door – Shakin’ Stevens
    The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown) – Fleetwood Mac
    Green Onions – Booker T and the MG’s
    The Green Man – Shut Up and Dance
    Green Circles – Small Faces
    Green Tinted Sixties Mind – Mr Big
    Green Light – Cliff Richard
    A Certain Shade of Green – Incubus
    Big Green Tractor – Jason Aldean
    Big Green And Yeller – Seasick Steve
    Gold and Green – Sugarland
    Green Earrings – Steely Dan
    Green And Dumb – Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers
    Green Bananas – Jake Owen
    Green Blimp – Dwight Twilley
    Green Christmas – Stan Freberg
    Green Is The Colour – The Coral
    Green Light – John Legend
    Green Light – Roll Deep
    Green River – CCR
    Greener – Arrested Development
    Jack in the Green – Jethro Tull
    Jolly Green Giant – The Kingsmen
    Just Be Good To Green – Professor Green
    Little Green Bag – The George Baker Selection
    Mean Green Mother from Outer Space -The Little Shop Of Horrors
    Somewhere That’s Green -The Little Shop Of Horrors
    Ten Green Bottles – Yorkshire Folk Song
    That Green Gentleman – Panic At The Disco
    The Ballad Of The Green Berets – Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler
    The Grass Is Green – Nelly Furtado
    Underneath the Big Green Tree – Stan Ridgway
    Velvet Green – Jethro Tull
    Chocolate Lime Juice – Lata Mangeshkar
    Corona And Lime – Shwayze
    Limelight – Rush
    Olive & An Arrow – Nick Jonas and the Administration
    Incense And Peppermints – Strawberry Alarm Clock


    1. See? We’ve 54 already, including ‘Astronomy Domine’ and ‘High Hopes’. 100 is far too easy.

      Love ‘Green Onions’ and bonus points to you for starting your list with a Welshman.

  3. R.E.M. did an entire album called “Green.” The cover is orange. Go figure.

    They also have a song called “Green Grow the Rushes” on the “Fables of the Reconstruction” album. And there’s a cryptic line in their song “Camera”:

    “I fell by your bed once
    I didn’t want to tell you
    I should keep myself in between the pages
    Of the GREEN light room
    If we try by the sun.
    I still like you
    Can you remember?”

    I can add an entire band to this list: GREEN day. And the soul/gospel artist Al GREEN.

  4. Well Rob has mopped up the easy ones then!

    I can add:

    Pretty Green by the Jam
    Emerald by Thin Lizzy
    Vegetable by Radiohead (well some of them are greens)
    Lurgee by Radiohead (distasteful enough?)
    Vert – igo by U2
    Give Peas a Chance – John Lennon (sorry I’m getting desperate)

    I’m burning my way through gaps in my iTunes record so will keep my ears tuned, but finding embedded green references is a challenge alright.

  5. Part II:

    Lucky Denver Mint – Jimmy Eat World
    One Mint Julep – Ray Charles
    See The Leaves – The Flamming Lips

    That’s 41… trying for the big 5-0…

    Green – Edie Brickell
    Where the Green Grass Grows – Tim McGraw
    Blue in Green – Miles Davis
    John Deere Greeen – Joe Diffie
    Green To Black – Rebelution
    Green Grass and Hightides – The Outlaws
    Green Eyed Lady – Sugarloaf
    Green? – The Thrones
    Another Kind of Green – John Mayer Trio
    The Green Fields of France (No Man’s Land) – Dropkick Murphys
    Green Hell – Pepper
    Green Eggs & Ham – Suessical
    The Orange and the Green – The Irish Rovers
    Green, Green – The New Christy Minstrels
    Battling the Green Death – John Powell
    For Reverend Green – Animal Collective
    Green Eyed Love – Mayer Hawthorne
    The Brightest Green – Anarbor
    Green Grass of Tunnel – Mum
    O Green World – Gorillaz
    See Green, See Blue – Jaymay
    Green Spandex – Xavier Rudd
    Green Jacket – Deerhunter
    Grey Cell Green – Ned’s Atomic Dustbin
    Leaves That Are Green – Simon & Garfunkel
    ‘Cross The Green Mountain – Bob Dylan
    Green Eyes Don’t Lie – Envy on the Coast
    Pale Green Things – The Mountain Goats
    On Green Dolphin Street – John Coltrane & Miles Davis
    Green Light: Now Begin – Blackalicious
    The Green Fields of Summer – Peter Wolf & Neko Case
    Forest Green, Oh Forest Green – Holly Miranda
    Green Green Weed – HomeGrown Kush
    Everything’s Gone Green – New Order
    Green Green Lawns of Outerspace – Apollo Sunshine
    Green Arrow – Yo La Tengo

    Still more…

  6. Wow… I think that’s 77 with no repeats. I’m going for 100:

    Jaked on Green Beers – Alkaline Trio
    All The World is Green – Tom Waits
    Her Eyes Turn Green – Josh Abbott Band
    Green Piece of Paper – Styles P
    The Little Green Valley – Marty Robbins
    Love is Green – Jeff Beck
    Green Rocky Road – Department of Eagles
    Padddy’s Green Shamrock Shore – Young Dubliners
    Bein’ Green – Kermit the Frog
    Green Man – Type O Negative
    Three Leaf Shamrock – John Kerr
    Peace Frog – The Doors
    The Frog Prince – Keane
    I Can Be a Frog – The Flaming Lips
    Frog Giggin’ – Mofro
    Kiss That Frog – Peter Gabriel
    Frog on my Toe – Tori Amos
    Lima Beans – Eddie Ware
    Kawasaki (More Heat Than Chapati) – Cornershop
    On My Kawasaki Dream – R. S. Cain
    Lime Tree – Bright Eyes
    Lime House – The Breeders
    Squeeze My Lime – Darkstar
    101: String Bean – B.B. King

    Wow – I probably missed the chat doing this… but maybe now I can buckle down and get some work done. 8|

    I will say that some of these songs are simply unbearable to listen to, but at least you’re over 100 FEd.


    1. :)) Take it to the bridge, Rob.

      Some of these sound atrocious. Haven’t heard ‘Peace Frog’ in ages. Great tune, that.

      Good to see ‘Kawasaki’ come up.

  7. Green Grass – Tom Waits

    Lay your head where my heart used to be
    Hold the earth above me
    Lay down in the green grass
    Remember when you loved me

    Love Green Tambourine!!

    Lisa (Martha)

  8. I can add

    “The Village Green Preservation Society” – The Kinks
    “20th Century Greensleeves” – Rainbow

    First line of “Fake Plastic Trees” by Radiohead is: “Her green plastic watering can for her fake Chinese rubber plant.”

    “Mother Nature’s son” finds Paul McCartney “in my field of grass.”

    “Grantchester Meadows” may also count…

    Nick Cave has also done a “Green Eyes” to match Coldplay.

    Maybe “Savoy Truffle” by the Beatles refers to a green “nice apple tart” – certainly the Apple in records was a nice green one.

    And I do believe Pink Floyd promised us “Any Colour You Like” – well, I’ll pick green then, to follow the lunatic trodden grass of King’s College.

    I need a lie down.

    1. “Grantchester Meadows” may also count…

      Indeed it does.

      “A river of green is sliding unseen beneath the trees
      Laughing as it passes through the endless summer making for the sea”

    2. There’s a YouTube video of David singing that line rather than Roger (who sings it on Ummagumma) that makes my hair stand on end every time I hear it. Between that and Green is the Colour I’m going to have a young David Gilmour’s voice in my head all weekend.

    3. A river of green is sliding unseen beneath the trees
      Laughing as it passes through the endless summer making for the sea

      Beautiful lyrics.

  9. A few more:

    Brian Eno – Another Green World
    Tom Waits – Green Grass
    Fleetwood Mac – The Green Manalishi
    Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Sun Green
    The Kinks – Village Green and Village Green Appreciation Society

  10. Neil Young – Sun Green
    Neil Young – Big Green Country
    Pearl Jam – Green Disease
    Bob Dylan – ‘Cross The Green Mountain
    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Green Eyes
    Siouxsie and the Banshees – Green Fingers
    Red Hot Chili Peppers – Green Heaven
    The Pogues – 5 Green Queens & Jean
    Leonard Cohen – Leaving Green Sleeves, which makes me think about the folk song “Greensleeves”, also performed by famous artists as Loreena McKennitt, Ritchie Blackmore and Jethro Tull (“Greensleeved”).

    1. Bob Dylan – ‘Cross The Green Mountain

      Bob Dylan – ‘The Girl On The Greenbriar Shore’

  11. This is my favourite version of ‘Green Is the Colour’ (KQED TV Studios, San Francisco, 1970).

    My list of ‘green’ songs:

    – ‘The Village Green Preservation Society’ – The Kinks
    – ‘Fiddlers Green’ – Stereophonics
    – ‘From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea’ – The Cure
    – ‘Green And Gold’ – Eminem
    – ‘Green Heaven’ – Red Hot Chili Peppers
    – ‘Green Disease’ – Pearl Jam
    – ‘Blue In Green’ – Miles Davis
    – ‘Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine’ – Simon & Garfunkel
    – ‘The Green Fields Of France’ – ?
    – ‘Emerald’ – Thin Lizzy
    – ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’ – Kermit The Frog 😉

  12. Rob mentioned the Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown) by Fleetwood Mac but I rather prefer the cover version done by Judas Priest.

    Two songs came to mind right away that Rob did not mention:

    Green Eyed Lady – Sugarloaf
    Green Grass and High Tides – The Outlaws

    …and of course:

    It’s Not Easy Being Green – Kermit the Frog.

    Let’s not forget the band Green Day.

    FEd, by the way, what came first, this blog topic or your discussion in the chat room about dog poo? Or did one lead to the other? So sorry I missed the chat today, sounds like it would have been amusing.



  13. Hello!

    Well I will leave all the listing for others but I will, of course, comment on one of my top 5 songs from PF. Firstly, I love all the versions I have heard, but on the ‘More’ album I love David’s honey sweet vocals the best. So below, I shall share with you all part of my essay which is based on some research I did on PF’s songs.

    The lyrics ‘Heavy hung the canopy of blue, shade my eyes and I can see you. White is the light that shines through the dress, that you wore’ are lyrics that were directly inspired by William Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. In Act II, Scene II there are these words: ‘…bows toward her, and would under-peep her lids, to see th’ enclosed lights, now canopied under these windows, white and azure lac’d with blue of heaven’s own tinct’. Now I will extract the editor’s footnote on this aforementioned quotation from the Shakespeare play. ‘Lights canopied with heaven’s blue suggests a secondary strand of cosmic imagery, the lights in Imogen’s eyes, though now enclosed, yet resembling the sun in the firmament’. So the first four lines in the song ‘Green is the Colour’ were inspired by the tragi-comedy play, Cymbeline.

    The lyric ‘She lay in the shadow of a wave’ is a reference to yang – the sun. Yin and yang symbols are called waves so she is lying directly opposite to the moon – yin (is the moon); so Imogen is the sun symbol.

    ‘Sunlight on her eyes but moonshine made her cry every time’. Because the “moonshine” (the moon symbolism could be likened to evil in this instance) made her cry, she must be the embodiment of good. This statement may seem vague, but it does tie in with my good/evil essay (the tree of knowledge).

    ‘Green is the colour of her kind, the quickness of the eye deceives the mind’: this ‘quickness of the eye deceives the mind’ is a reference to ‘magic visions’. In magic there is the saying ‘the quickness of the hand deceives the eye’ so the aforementioned lyric is a play on words but the on this occasion, the eye deceives the mind instead of the hand deceiving the eye. So the magic deceives her mind instead: she is deceived into thinking she has had a magic vision. I hope this makes sense. The lyric: ‘envy is the bond between the hopeful and the damned’ is the “unity” of good versus evil. So this could be a song about the unity of opposites.

    I hope the above is, at least, of any interest to someone.

    1. The above is of course all conjecture, but it was just something I was working on at the time. During my research I saw yin yang, division versus unity in ALL of PF’s work.

      But being as the girl is “green” what is she envious of?

      And then of course, “green” can be found in the table of elements of the I Ching just like other common themes in Floyd’s work like dog, cloud, stone etc. Please see this and scroll down to the trigrams section for more info on the table I am referring to. However, this particular table omits the colour element. I have the full table in my I Ching book.

      Oh forget it, I am going off on a major tangent now!

  14. Here’s an A to Z effort of artists with GREEN in the song title.

    Anvil – GREEN Jesus
    Beyonce – GREEN Light (hot video, very Robert Palmer-Addicted To Love-esque)
    Counting Crows – The GREENing of America
    Dink – GREEN Mind
    Elvis Costello – GREEN Shirt
    Frank Sinatra – Little GREEN Apples
    Graham Parker – GREEN Monkeys
    Herman’s Hermits – GREEN Street GREEN
    Iced Earth – GREENface
    James – GREENpeace
    Kinks – The Village GREEN Preservation Society
    Less Than Jake – GREEN Eyed Monster
    Mothers Of Invention – Mr GREEN Genes
    New Model Army – GREEN and Grey
    Omnium Gatherum – GREENeyes
    Pogues – GREENland Whale Fisheries
    (Status) Quo – GREEN Tambourine
    Red Hot Chilli Peppers – GREEN Heaven
    Siouxsie and the Banshees – GREEN Fingers
    Travis – GREEN Behind The Ears
    Used – GREENer With The Scenery
    Van Morrison – GREEN Mansions
    Whatever It Takes – GREEN Light, Yellow Light, Stop
    XTC – GREENman
    Yoko Ono – GREENfield Morning I Pushed An Empty Baby Carriage All Over The City
    Zakk Wylde – The Colour GREEN

    1. Now you’ve done it.

      “When I was seventeen, it was a very good year
      It was a very good year for small town girls and soft summer nights
      We’d hide from the lights on the village green
      When I was seventeen”

      There’s also an ‘Evergreen’ and a ‘When the Wind Was Green’…

  15. It will no doubt indicate how peculiar I am, but the playlist from iTunes whilst I’m ironing has thrown up:

    “Until the sky turns green
    The grass is several shades of blue
    Every member of parliament trips on glue”

    — from the Stones Roses, “(Song For My) Sugar Spun Sister”

    1. Surely someone will mention:

      “I see trees of green,
      red roses too.
      I see them bloom,
      for me and you.
      And I think to myself,
      what a wonderful world.”

    2. Not forgetting:

      “Green is the colour of the sparkling corn
      In the morning, when we rise”

      — Donovan, ‘Colours’

  16. OK, here’s a random ‘Shades of Green’ A to Z (as defined by Wikipedia):

    ASPARAGUS – Forever and Ever (Winnie the Pooh’s Most Grand Adventure)
    BOTTLE Pop – The Pussycat Dolls
    CAMOUFLAGE – The Great Commandment
    DARTMOUTH Dodecaphonics – I Will Love Again
    EMERALD and Ash – Steve Hackett (Just for you Ash 😉 )
    FERNando – Abba (Just to annoy you FEd 😛 )
    GRASShopper Takeover – Forever Young
    (John Lee)HOOKER – Boom Boom
    INDIAn Summer – The Doors
    JADEd – Aerosmith
    KELLY Clarkson – Behind These Hazel Eyes
    LIMElight – Alan Parsons Project
    (Miss)MYRTLE – Albert Hammond Jr.
    NEON Knights – Black Sabbath
    OLIVEr’s Army – Elvis Costello
    (Trail of the Lonesome)PINE – Laurel & Hardy
    Q – ???
    (Eton) RIFLEs – The Jam
    SEA Of Love – The Honeydrippers
    TEars In Heaven – Eric Clapton
    (Don’t Give) UP [FOREST] – Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush (very tenuous, I know but WTF?)
    VERTigo – U2
    W – ???
    X – ???
    (GREEN) & YELLOW – Lil Wayne (With apologies to Susan and any other Steelers fans)
    z – ???

    Not quite a full house, but I tried…

    1. FERNando – Abba (Just to annoy you FEd 😛 )

      Let’s hope he can hear the drums on Sunday. Those plastic blue flags that they give the fans in a desperate attempt to try and create an atmosphere down at Stamford Bridge really don’t make much noise.

      I’m sure he’ll hear a new song, anyway. I’m hoping that this one catches on (sung to the tune of The Who’s ‘Who Are You?’): “Su-arez, Su-Su-Su-Su”. Brilliant. 😀

  17. A song to identify from its second and third lines, please:

    I sit by the stream
    Heaven blazing in my head

    And one that counts as three songs? Here. 😉

    1. And one to identify from its sixth line:

      “Don’t use no green or rotten wood, they’ll get you by the smoke”

  18. I was stuck with only two songs and one of those was your Joni Mitchell one Fed. However! I have got some more now. 😀

    Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds by the Beatles: “cellophane flowers of yellow and green…”

    Yellow Submarine, Beatles: “till we found a sea of green…”

    Paint it Black, Rolling Stones: “no more will my green sea go turn a deeper blue…”

    Parsley SAGE Rosemary and Thyme, Simon & Garfunkel

    Little Green Rosetta, Frank Zappa

    Steam, Peter Gabriel: “you know your green from your red…”

    O Green World, Gorillaz

    Bein’ Green by Kermit the Frog. Have a look, it’s awful. Then look at this and see how many people have also performed it! :))

    (Not that I have anything against frogs or green people…)

    Will we make the hundred by the end of the day?


    1. I think Frank Sinatra did a version of Kermit’s ‘Bein’ Green’ – it’s on Sinatra & Company, if memory serves me well – and I believe Tony Bennett covered it more recently.

      God, I hate Kermit the Frog. Each time I hear that annoying voice of his, I hope he’ll get his smug, gormless face stuck in a heavy door sooner rather than later.

    2. Guess FEd also doesn’t like hearing Canned Heat doing “I’m Going Up to the Country.” Some think that Kermit was actually singing that tune.



    3. I could have sworn I sent this link. My brain’s gone Fed. :!

      Yes, Frank and Tony did do it. I hate to tell you this, so did Don Henley.

      You can borrow my liquidiser or microwave for the frog Fed. :))


    4. Yes, Frank and Tony did do it. I hate to tell you this, so did Don Henley.

      Oh no, not Don. Tell me you made that up.

      It seems it was a duet with Kermit for a kids’ record called Kermit Unpigged. Nice.

  19. – Jefferson Airplane “The Ballad Of You & Me & Poonell”
    “Doesn’t the sky look green today?”

    – Pink Floyd “Sheep”
    “Through pastures green…”

  20. “Green River” – CCR
    “Greens” – Peter Frampton
    “Green Onions [live]” – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
    “You All Green” – Bo Diddley
    “Girl On The Greenbriar Shore” – Bob Dylan
    “The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine” – Simon & Garfunkel

  21. Good work fellow bloggers. There are some excellent suggestions in there and I for one am rather annoyed I didn’t remember “everybody else is just green…”

  22. Although it seems that you’ve met your mark, I propose “Bitter Green”by Gordon Lightfoot. It starts, “Upon the bitter green she walked on the hills above the town…”

  23. Green IS the Colour! 😀

    I don’t think these were mentioned:

    Grassy Grass Grass: Woody Guthrie
    Grass: XTC
    Ballad of the Green Beret (I was desperate)
    Green Are Your Eyes by Marianne Faithful
    Greenback Dollar: The Kingston Trio

    …Biased by a former state of residence and apropos of nothing I thought I’d root for Wisconsin’s Greenbay Packers and Green M&Ms while we’re on the subject!! 😛

  24. … the early bird catches the worm, so I can only contribute a few green songs:

    Frank Zappa – Hot Plate Heaven At the GREEN Hotel
    Frank Zappa – Mr. GREEN Genes
    Phil Manzanera – GREEN Spikey Cactus

    Before continuing with my list: I read about a new Zappa Book by Frank Wonneberg called “Grand Zappa: Internationale Frank Zappa Discology”. Does anyone know if there is something similar about Pink Floyd available?

    Now I’m actually cheating:
    Nancy Sinatra – GREENwich Village Folksong Salesman :/
    Rainbow – Sixteenth Century GREENsleeves

    Best regards,


  25. How about Echoes from my favorite album Meddle?

    Thank you David for this masterpiece. I’ve been listening to it for 35 years.

    Echoes 1st verse has the word green in it:

    ♪♫♪ Overhead the albatross
    Hangs motionless upon the air
    And deep beneath the rolling waves
    In labyrinths of coral caves
    An echo of a distant time
    Comes willowing across the sand
    And everything is green and submarine. ♪♫♪

  26. Well that just about covers everything. The oldest green that I could come up with is the Christmas song, Greensleeves.

    How about Al Greene?

  27. Something I found out browsing deeply through my memory, CDs and music files:

    Uriah Heep – Green Eye
    Sonic Youth – Green Light (also by Beck)
    Dinosaur Jr. – Green Mind
    Aphex Twin – Green Colx
    NOFX – Green Corn
    Kyuss – Green Machine
    The Lemonheads – The Green Fuz

  28. Sorry, FEd, for being completely off topic, but I just received this petition and I thought someone here might be interested in signing it.

    1. Thanks, Alessandra. That story particularly sickened me recently amidst all the other doom and gloom. 94,000+ signatures would suggest that an awful lot of other people are as angry and repulsed.

      Has the sick person who shot those poor, defenceless creatures been shot yet, do we know? Possibly repeatedly, I don’t care in the least for his well-being – emotional or otherwise. It’s a good thing that I don’t rule the world. He wouldn’t receive compensation for ‘stress’, that’s for sure.

    2. That man is just a monster and I also don’t care for him at all. I doubt it will happen, but I do hope the memory of the “stressing job” (as if slaughtering could be considered a job) he “had to do” will actually persecute him until the end of his life.

    1. Gary Moore was a Great guitarist.

      Well, you don’t be so sad Taki, because I think he lives here again through his music. 🙂

  29. That is to say, songs with a ‘green’ in the title or lyric.

    I was curious enough to search for Pink Floyd songs with a ‘green’ in the lyrics. And this word seems to have inspired them pretty often.

    Apart from Green Is The Colour, High Hopes, Astronomy Domine and Granchester Meadows which were already mentioned above, here are some more PF songs with ‘green’ in the lyrics:

    – ‘Sorrow’:

    “A man lies and dreams of green fields and rivers”

    – ‘Sheep’:

    “He makes me down to lie
    Through pastures green He leadeth me the silent waters by
    With bright knives He releaseth my soul”

    – ‘Wish You Were Here’:

    “Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail?”

    – ‘Have A Cigar’:

    “Everybody else is just green, have you seen the chart?”

    – ‘Echoes’:’

    “And everything is green and submarine”

    – ‘A Pillow Of Winds’:

    “Now wakes the owl, now sleeps the swan
    Behold a dream, the dream is gone
    Green fields, a cold rain
    Is falling in a golden dawn”

    – ‘Jugband Blues’:

    “And the sea isn’t green
    And I love the queen”

    – ‘The Gnome’:

    “He wore a scarlet tunic
    A blue-green hood
    It looked quite good”

    – ‘The Scarecrow’:

    “The black and green scarecrow as everyone knows
    Stood with a bird on his hat and straw everywhere”

    Not a single ‘green’ in David’s solo work, I think, but many times the word ‘blue’. Must be his favourite colour. That and black. 😉

    1. We will search for all the blues one of these days, of that you can be sure.

      ‘A Pillow of Winds’ is lovely, isn’t it?

    2. Well done Michèle. 🙂

      Maybe a new song with the use of AZURE in it? That would be dandy.

      I have two more to add to the ‘Green’ Game:

      Green Eyed Lady ~ The Guess Who
      Green Grass and Hightides ~ The Outlaws

    3. Lovely song, yes. So relaxing. Delicious poetry, beautiful slide guitar and acoustic guitar. David’s voice on this song is absolutely gorgeous.

      And a love song by Pink Floyd, it’s not usual, this makes the song even more special.

      Too sad it was never played live.

    4. Congratulations Michèle, I admire your tenacity.

      Maybe a new song with the use of AZURE in it? That would be dandy

      Well, I will shortly be onboard AZURA, cruising in the Caribbean.

      Soon the Blue, so soon… 8)

  30. Hi mates,

    do you remember “Echoes” …and everything is green and submarine…?

    And two terrible Italian songs in the ’70s “…mi hanno fatto innamorare gli occhi verdi di tua madre…” e “”…penso ai tuoi occhi verdi che non mi guardano più….”

    Ah… a very important topic: my wedding dress was green.

    Bye bye

  31. I’ve been learning a bit of Green Day on Guitar, if that counts.

    Green Green Grass of Home springs to mind, as a Welshman.

    Happy Days,
    Simon J

  32. Gary Lewis And The Playboys: ‘Green Grass’ is one song which brings great memories of my youth to mind. 😀

    ‘Greensleeves’ is also a great song and tune which I find myself whistling at odd moments. One of the first songs I had ever learned to play on the trumpet. Taught me by one of the coolest music instructors I had ever met, Mr. Rock! 8)

    Oh by the way, the grass always seems greener on the other side, when you’re not watering tending your own lawn… 😉

    1. Cccccooooooooooooorrrrrrrr!!!

      I love these live versions. I also love how it merges in with the excellent ‘Careful With that Axe, Eugene’, like here for example.

      Almost every live version of ‘Green is the Colour’ seems to merge with this song. Lovely.

  33. Polly said something in her Twitter about David Gilmour playing along with Eric and Stevie Winwood and posted a picture of David in what seems to be a rehearsal or something.

    1. It looks that May 2011 can be quite busy for David, or alternatively David is rehearsing “new” members of his band for next tour, which seems less likely.

      I wish I liveD in London, but still buying tickets for all Roger and Eric/Steve concerts would be a challenge. But great news that David is still keen to perform. I’m curious which songs are considered for those artists (Eric/Steve/David) to play together.

  34. P.S. ‘Lo All. Don’t ask me! …I’m innocent!

    However, this is enough to Quibble any man, the word Green once.

  35. Hi Fed and all.

    Totally off subject but just thought we pause a moment for very sad and untimely death of Gary Moore. You probably already know Fed but he was found dead while on holiday abroad. He was a brilliant musician and great guitarist, more known for Thin Lizzy. He was mentored by Pete Green of Fleetwood Mac, his most famous song if I can spell was Parisian Walkways.


  36. I have an idea for a blog if you might be interested. As The Buggles aptly noted in their song “Video Killed the radio Star” (1979) (which not so ironically launched the MTV telecast in 1981), the music industry has changed dramatically owing to the music video and the various channels and media that play them.

    Does there exist the possibility that video has enhanced music? Is there a list to be compiled of artists who have maintained quality music while exploiting the visual nature of our electronic society?

    I suggest that Pink Floyd and Mr. Gilmour have been rather successful in this respect, particularly in live performances (not to mention The Wall and DVDs like Delicate Sound of Thunder and P.U.L.S.E).

    Ken Mart

  37. Crimson and CLOVER – Tommy James and the Shondells

    Green Gloves – The Nationals

    Green Onions by Booker T and the MGs (a cover by Tom Petty given honorable mention somewhere above)

    Little Green Bag – The George Baker Selection

    Aren’t there any songs about Absinthe or the Green Fairy? (should’ve done some homework and not come empty handed) :v

    And of course …

    Lavender’s blue, dilly dilly,
    Lavender’s GREEN
    When you are king, dilly dilly,
    I shall be queen

    Marillion used the lullaby in their song Lavender.

  38. Money-Pink Floyd

    Some of it is green over here in Canada… and I do believe that all of the paper money is green in our good neighbour the USA.

    1. Ah, ‘Jerusalem’. England’s “mountain green” and “green and pleasant land.”

      It’s obviously none of my business, being Welsh and all, (although I do have to endure that dire, dull dirge, ‘God Save the Queen’, as the apparent British anthem, which never fails to turns the stomach), don’t you think ‘Jerusalem’ should be England’s national anthem? I’m not suggesting for one moment that it would mean rolling David out at occasional sporting events to perform it, of course.

      There was a push for this change of anthem, including an Early Day Motion proposed by a Conservative MP in the House of Commons some years back, I believe.

      Of course, from this ‘hymn’ (questionable) and quill of William Blake also comes the line “dark, satanic mills.”

    2. Fed, right all the way! “God save our Blahh Blahh, Long Blahh blahh our. Blahh blahh… ” Couldn’t say it’s stomach churning, more boring.

      P.S. Didn’t know Billy Connelly was a Tory MP??? LOL.

    3. “Rolling him out”, Fed?! You make David sound positively decrepit! LOL!

      Of course we know he is nothing of the kind. 8)

      I LOVE Jerusalem. Your comment sounds like David has sung it? Is there a video online somewhere?

  39. Yes, I thank you too David for Echoes, a truly beautiful, amazing piece of music, also one of my many, many favorites. I have no ‘green’ line to add but just had to say how much I love this track also.

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE grace us with a performance soon, I’m sure I echo the sentiments of everyone else!!

    Sorry this is totally off the topic but just wanted to add it!

  40. How about “Green is the color of the money David is using to pay that nut Gary McKinnon’s rip off shrink bills”??

    Bet ya wont post this. 😡

    1. Personally, as the mother of two nuts, or rather autistic kids (who’ve had to put up with arseholes like yourself every day of their lives), it does my heart good to know that there are people with some humanity out there too.

      Nice one Mr G.

    2. You ought not to mock people because of their disability Linda. Also, you may have just broken a British anti discrimination law. You definitely would never get away with saying “black” instead of “nut”.

      You should be aware also that you or anyone, could become disabled at any time: road traffic accident, drowning incident, head injury, stroke, sports accident, numerous progressive diseases such as Parkinsons, to quote a very few examples.

      Any of these things can happen to any previously able bodied person who may also suffer brain damage or deterioration at the same time or as a consequence.

      You may not yet have children Linda or your children may not yet, any baby born to any woman could suffer brain damage at or near the time of birth and have life long disabilities because of it.

      There but for fortune go you or I.

      (Sorry there’s no green in the song Fed.)

      All the best to you and your family Lorraine. X


    3. I think I’ve donated some as well. I know I’ve made some phone calls on Gary’s behalf. We’ve all (here in the United States) broken some law, somewhere, Linda. Why the “Holier than thou” attitude?

  41. Little you know about ME. You say don’t judge and that’s just what you’re doing. My daughter has it too OK??? It’s NO excuse to do what he did.

    I apologise for calling him a “nut”. I have mental illness too and I don’t feel insulted by that term, seriously.

    I was mad because, yes, it’s HIS money but there are so many more important causes then Gary McKinnon’s (at least to me).

    Just my opinion. It doesn’t have to be anyone else’s.

  42. I cringe at the memory of ‘Green Grow the Rushes Oh’ but I like trying to understand what the words mean. 😕

  43. Aaauhhh – is this game over? 🙁

    I have one from Division Bell ‘High Hopes’:

    The grass was greener
    The light was brighter
    With friends surrounded
    The night of wonder

    Actually I see it was already used and I see Jerusalem was mentioned – excellent!

    I have to get involved on here more often, especially since it’s David’s Birthday week. Happy Birthday David.

  44. Happy St Patrick’s Day to everyone from the emerald isle and all of us who have some Irish blood!

    Should have sent some daffodils on St David’s Day Fed.

    ash 😀

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