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"Green Light" is the lead single from Lorde's 2nd upcoming studio album, Melodrama. It was released on March 2nd, 2017 in the US and March 3rd, 2017 in New Zealand.

Background and releaseEdit

Prior to the song's release, Lorde teased the song on her Twitter account, saying the "Green Light" would be "different, and kinda unexpected. Complex and funny and sad and joyous and it'll make you DANCE."[3] Lorde announced the release of the single and its music video on Twitter on 2 March 2017.

In an interview with MTV, she revealed "Green Light"'s piano part was inspired by Florence and the Machine's "big, jangly" piano movements.

LyricsEdit

I do my make-up 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

Those great whites, they have big teeth
Hope 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
Hope 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

Music videoEdit

The music video for "Green Light", directed by Grant Singer, was filmed in Los Angeles' MacArthur Park and released on 2 March 2017.[22] It shows Lorde in a small pink dress and sneakers dancing on a street, intercut with clips of Lorde in a club singing, Lorde in a taxi with her head hanging out of the window and her dancing on a passerby's car. The video has garnered over 48 million views.

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