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.
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