Green songs

It’s Friday, it’s St Patrick’s Day, so let’s face it: if you can’t let your hair down and have a bit of fun today, when can you? You’re highly likely to see more green than you’d usually see, perhaps even wish to see, in increasingly lively celebration of St Paddy – not Patty, never Patty – and the enchanting Emerald Isle, so we might as well be entirely predictable and join blogs everywhere in focusing on green songs. Heck, we’ve done it before, but that was ages ago (no cheating now) and since when did we let that stop us? We know better than anyone, as Floyd fans, that ‘Green Is the Colour’ – and it is, especially today.

Green in the title, green in the lyric, even green in the name of the artist. Hey, we’ll take it all.

Obviously there’s The Lemon Pipers’ ‘Green Tambourine’, The Small Faces’ ‘Green Circles’, Shakin’ Stevens’ ‘Green Door’, The National’s ‘Green Gloves’…

The Jam had a pocket full of pretty green, Joni Mitchell had a ‘Little Green’ on an album called, um, Blue.

‘All the World Is Green’, declared Tom Waits. (If only it were, Tom. If only it were.)

See if you recognise the ten songs listed below and can recall the next line or two. For each that you know, please help test our fading memories by posting a suitably green lyric to identify. You know you want to play.

1) Take me down to the paradise city
2) Hair of gold and lips like cherries
3) Strange, beautiful grass of green
4) How can you stop the rain from falling down?
5) You opened the door, I let myself in
6) I thought yellow was pretty but…
7) Strip mines and one-crop farming drained the green earth dry
8) Loving would be easy if your colours were like my dreams
9) All the proud trees are standing as green as the sky
10) In a bottle of noodles I found a small green fish

Have a nice weekend, everyone. The chatroom will be open later – from 4pm (UK) – if you’ve nothing better to do than start it early by dropping in to say hello. Newcomers welcome, as are old friends, so don’t be shy.

75 comments

  1. Rino

    Have a happy Chat today… I’ll miss it!!!… pray for me because Monday I’ll have a little surgery to my right arm…. nothing special a Day-Hospital or maybe two …. but … well … you know!!!!!!

    Rino

  2. Taki

    Happy St Patrick’s day!

    I recognised one, so here’s another one:

    They had come to claim the Emerald

    Have a great weekend all!

    Taki

    • JC_2410

      A clever one Taki…….”Without it they could not leave”

      I’m from Manchester (of Irish decent), but have lived in Cheltenham for the past 20 years! I’ve backed the Gold cup winner “Sizing John” today, so swigging Guinness, counting my Euros and singing “Wish You Were Here”.

      Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

      Shine on…..
      John 🙂

      P.S. Tom Jones…..”The Green Green Grass of Home”.

  3. Scottishfloyder

    To All My Irish Brothers & Sisters “Lang May Yir Lum Reek And A Wee Moose Never Leave Yir Cupboard Wae Tear In Its Eye.”

    Happy St Patrick’s Day Folks, Aw The Best Cheers!! 😉

  4. Tim-C

    In time honoured tradition, Radiohead sing of ‘a green plastic watering can’ in ‘Fake Plastic Trees’ (which I imagine would also be the wrong shade of green) and Nick Cave is potty-mouthed in ‘Green Eyes’ ….

    And if there was ever a time to dust off Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ it is surely now.

    “Do you have the time to listen to me whine
    About nothing and everything all at once
    I am one of those
    Melodramatic fools
    Neurotic to the bone
    No doubt about it”

  5. Emilio

    I recognized only the Hendrix one…but without Googling. It’s a shame, I know!

    Anyway, ‘the grass was greener’ was too easy…what about this one:

    ‘Green light/seven-eleven, you stop in for a pack of cigarettes’?

  6. Andrew

    OK. First song related to green that popped into my mind was Green Eyed Lady by the band Sugarloaf. Who remembers that one? It’s probably one of those songs that most know the song but can’t remember who did it. As for FEd’s challenge:

    _______ ________ ________ _______
    Can I take my friend to bed?

    Thanks,
    Andrew

  7. Lizzy

    Wish he were still alive:
    The evening mists that creep and crawl,
    Will drench me in dew and so drown.

    Wish he were still alive:
    Wife and kids household pet
    Army green was no safe bet

    I like them better with the ‘blond bimbo from California’:
    Busting in on my dreams
    Making me see things I don’t wanna see

    I’m Dutch and this is probably the only song known abroad, unfortunately:
    Turn to the left turn to the right
    Lookin’ upstairs lookin’ behind

  8. Pavlov

    At a glance I recognize three so while I’m working out the others, here’s something many will remember …

    The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is in full swing outside …

  9. Pavlov

    1) Take me down to the paradise city, ♫where the grass is green and the girls are pretty♫

    2) Hair of gold and lips like cherries. It’s good to touch the green, green grass of home…

    3) Strange, beautiful grass of green, with your majestic silver seas (♥oh, Jimi)

    4) How can you stop the rain from falling down? … Please help me mend my broken heart and let me live again (Al Green’s cover was great even though I’ll always love the original)

    5) You opened the door, I let myself in (I have absolutely no clue)

    6) I thought yellow was pretty but… (I think it starts out with Come See Me Baby)

    7) Strip mines and one-crop farming drained the green earth dry (don’t know)

    8) Loving would be easy if your colours were like my dreams (it feels very familiar but I don’t know for sure)

    9) All the proud trees are standing as green as the sky, as green as the greenstone

    10) In a bottle of noodles I found a small green fish (alas, I’m not faring too well here 🙁 )

      • FEd

        You got it, it’s Culture Club and ‘Karma Chameleon’:

        ‘Loving would be easy if your colours were like my dreams
        Red, gold and green
        Red, gold and green’

        Apologies to everyone I didn’t get the chance to say goodbye to during today’s chat. Thank you all for the laughs. Have a great weekend, folks.

  10. Hannouresk

    My first suggestion was Green Eyes by Coldplay from the beautiful second band´s album A Rush Of Blood To The Head. 😉 Lovely St. Patty’s Day everyone.

  11. Pavlov

    What is this?

    But green’s the color of Spring
    And green can be cool and friendly-like
    And green can be big like an ocean, or important
    Like a mountain, or tall like a tree

  12. Andrew

    I seem to keep thinking of songs where the first line has the green reference. See if you can guess this one:

    ______ _______ ____ ______ _______ _______
    Castles of stone, souls and glory.

    Thanks,
    Andrew

  13. Pavlov

    Fill in the blank:

    I saw some grass growing through the pavements today.
    the rowan, the oak and the holly tree
    are the charges left for you to groom.
    Each blade of grass whispers ____-__-___-_____ .

  14. Michèle

    # 10 in particular caught my attention 😀 and I had to cheat of course (shh… don’t tell my pupils!)

    In a bottle of noodles
    I found a small green fish

    The fish rolled up his sleeves
    And said “Your wish is my command”
    I want a box of gold
    And a palace of pearls
    I want a Fiat 500 that can fly
    And X-Ray eyes

    ‘Lotto Fever’ by The Aquabats.

    LOL, I wonder how you did to find this song, you really knew it? Great fun. Hats off to you!

  15. Pavlov

    “Well, take me back down where cool water flow, yeh
    Let me remember things I love
    Stoppin’ at the log where catfish bite,
    Walkin’ along the river road at night,
    Barefoot girls dancin’ in the moonlight”

    And how could I possibly have forgotten this? It’s positively criminal …

  16. Maya

    Green is the colour of her kind…..

    Everyone did a great job with the above, I only knew a few without googling.

    But another Hendrix reference:
    …Queen jealousy envy waits behind him

    And a Jefferson Airplane one:
    …talking about the problems of the leaf and yes, it will be back soon. 😉

    Hope everyone had a wonderful St Patty’s Day!

  17. Suzy Smith

    The first song that came to mind was “Green River” by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

    The first name that came to mind was Al Green playing “Take Me To the River”.

    I just enjoy anything to do with rivers or bodies of water.

    Another great Rock & Roll trailblazer passed. I hope Chuck Berry was able to find his “Promised Land” while on Earth. But sense he has passed maybe now…

    Take care, Suzy

  18. Emilio

    In a couple of days, James Cotton and Chuck Berry are gone…the Great Gig is becoming bigger.

  19. Michèle

    In honour of Chuck Berry, ‘Johnny B. Goode’:

    Deep down Louisiana close to New Orleans
    Way back up in the woods among the evergreens
    There stood a log cabin made of earth and wood

    Now, are shades of green allowed?

    I close my eyes and picture the emerald of the sea – Johnny Cash (‘Forty Shades of Green’)
    – ‘Couleur menthe (mint) à l’eau’ – Eddy Mitchell
    Lime and limpid green… – Pink Floyd (‘Astronomy Domine’)
    There’s pistachio and lemon pie… – Doris Day (‘A chocolate Sundae on a Saturday Night’)

    And one to identify, please:

    I’ve seen all these decoys through a set of deep turquoise eyes
    And I feel so depressed

    • FEd

      Nice lyric. It can only be Bob Dylan, the greatest lyricist of them all.

      China doll, alcohol
      Duality, mortality
      Mercury rules you and destiny fools you
      Like the plague, with a dangerous wink
      And there’s no time to think

  20. ash

    We have to have a Chuck Berry song. . .

    Deep down in Louisiana close to New Orleans,
    Way back up in the woods among the evergreens

    Does ‘evergreens’ count Fed ?

    My hands are greasy
    She’s a mean, mean machine

    I could not foresee this thing happening to you

    • FEd

      It sure does, Ash.

      No more will my green sea go turn a deeper blue
      I could not foresee this thing happening to you

      ‘Paint It Black’ – love that song.

  21. Pavlov

    I know Marillion isn’t everyone’s ‘cup of tea’ …

    Lavenders blue, dilly dilly, lavenders green
    When I am king, dilly dilly
    You will be queen
    A penny for your thoughts my dear
    A penny for your thoughts my dear

    In case you want to give it a listen: Marillion – Lavender

    While on the topic of Marillion … they did an impromptu cover of a timeless classic where the audience took over the lyrics ♫Can you tell a green field…♫ –

    Happy Spring equinox everyone.

    • tim_c

      Probably and of course RB’s Rainbow did ’16th Century Greensleeves’ (just to confuse matters)

      “Meet me when the sun is in the western skies
      The fighting must begin before another someone dies
      Cross bows in the fire light ….”

      We don’t really look to Rainbow for lyrics do we?

  22. Meche

    The grass was greener,
    the lights were brighter,
    with friends surrounded,
    the nights of wonder

    …an album which I just loved not in my youth but in my late 30s..

    And now to “something completely different”?

    Green Fields by The Brothers Four.

  23. ash

    Some lyrics for you:-

    Somewhere high above me
    Someone’s smiling again

    Green Tambourine by the Lemon Pipers

    Some more lyrics (and shame on anyone who doesn’t recognise these) :-

    There’ll be no more bottles hanging on the wall

    • Pavlov

      And if one green bottle should accidentally fall…

      Although I’m not sure that anyone outside the U.K., a Commonwealth country, or former Commonwealth country would know it.

  24. MaryAnn

    I’m late I know, but can anyone guess?

    “Deep greens and blues are the colors I choose,
    Won’t you let me go down in my dreams”

  25. frank

    Green happens to be my fave colour, especially teal.

    Greensleeves would be out of season, but hey, it works here.

    I wrote a song about my dog Lime, oddly enough.

    “Got a dog named Lime, Got a dog named Lime
    Wherever I go, he’s sure to follow,
    He’s nearly blind, and sleeps all the time.
    But he’s mine, all mine, All mine.
    He’s mine, all mine.”

    Guitar solo Bm Bm Em Bm G G F# F# Bm E Bm E Bm.

    HEE HEE enjoy it if you may!! It was St. Paddy Day!!!!!

    Frank.

  26. Maya

    So….the official Gilmour accounts have been posting to social media a bit recently. Does this mean we’re getting closer to a DVD (whatever that is?) of this tour?

    You know I’ll sit, raptured and weeping, watching it over and over for the next several months. I’ll be extra annoying, dragging in innocent onlookers and passersby to tell them what I was seeing if it’s a show I was at. And possibly I’ll shake my house down to its foundation trying to achieve concert sound.

    Oh how I’m looking forward to the noise complaints from neighbors! ❤

    ‘They’ always told me it’s good to have goals.

  27. Maya

    ps….Dear Britain. Stay safe. I just saw the news report. Wish I had more than good wishes to send to you. My heart breaks with you.

  28. Suzy Smith

    I recognized one of the lyrics you listed FED. The first one.

    Guns and Roses – “Paradise City”.

    Take me down to the paradise city
    Where the grass is green
    And the girls are pretty
    Oh, won’t you please take me home.

    The above is the only one I recognized without looking it up.

    Saw the news today, naturally it was not good.

    Take care, Suzy

  29. Andrew

    No one has mentioned the Kermit the Frog classic, “It’s not easy being green….”

    Lol.

    Thanks,
    Andrew

  30. Hannouresk

    No green in it, but after yesterday I am hearing it again and again:

    The dark must not enter in
    So let the dance begin
    Dance me, love
    Dance me through the dark

    Wish you all a peaceful weekend.

  31. tim_c

    Just in case you are dismayed that Radiohead may only have used the word green once, I have dragged up this little ditty to our friend the Supercollider ….

    Swimming upstream
    Before the heavens crack open
    Thin pixelations
    Coming out from the dust

    In a blue light
    In a green light
    In a half light
    In a work light

  32. Suzy Smith

    I can not help but reflect on how wonderful tonight was a year ago.

    I was watching, in awe as David did his magic at The Forum in LA.

    How fortunate that I got to experience that.

    Thank you David and everyone that made it happen.

    Take care, Suzy

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