Green Light by Lorde – song review

So, Lorde is back!!! Finally. Singer that shaped pop music and spawned tons of copycats(Alessia Cara, Daya etc.). So what do we get with “Green Light”?

I bet nobody expected dance song from Lorde. At this point I can see some people calling out Lorde for being “sellout” because of this song. Guess what? Who cares because this song is absolutely fantastic. Let me explain.

Song opens up with beautiful piano and equally beautiful Lorde’s vocals. It perfectly sets up the mood for what it is about to come. Best part of the song is pre-chorus. Great instrumentation with great drums, amazing synths and gorgeous Lorde’s vocal performance. She should use her voice more in that way because she sounds amazing.

Now we get to the chorus. Honestly if there is anything that I could criticize this song for is the chorus. Do not get me wrong chorus is great but it could be better. This song desperately cries for more bombastic chorus because of that great build up. That build up and more bombastic chorus would create beautiful contrast, but this chorus can work too and this is just me nit picking. Backing vocals sound so familiar to me but I can not remember where I have heard that melody, also one kid is singing very bad which kinda kills the mood of the chorus. Thankfully it is buried very low in the mix so it is kinda hard to hear it.

This is what Lorde said about the song:

 

And I definitely agree with that dance part. This song will definitely make you dance. If “Green Light” was mathematical function then it would be y=e^x. Now you are probably thinking what is he even thinking and why is he comparing this song with math? Let me explain. I love how song exponentially (yes I just used math term) builds up. Lorde’s vocals follow same “exponential function” (Yes I used math term again) which creates great atmosphere.

This is how Lorde described lyrics of the “Green Light”:

The song is actually about a heartbreak. And it’s not something that I really am used to writing about. It took me a while to be able to figure out how to write about that. It was my first major heartbreak. The song is really about those moments kind of immediately after your life changes and about all the silly little things that you gravitate towards. I say, “She thinks you love the beach, you’re such a liar”. What the fuck, she thinks you like the beach?! You don’t like the beach! It’s those little stupid things. It sounds so happy and then the lyrics are so intense obviously. And I realized I was like, “how come this thing is coming out so joyous sounding?” And I realized this is that drunk girl at the party dancing around crying about her ex-boyfriend who everyone thinks is a mess. That’s her tonight and tomorrow she starts to rebuild. And that’s the song for me.

In the first verse she is talking how are they separated, how both of them are ordering different drinks in a same bar, how he is lying to other girl just so she likes him.

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

In the refrain she says how he told her that he will love her forever, but he lied and she hopes worst to him.

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

And in the end she hopes that her love for him will go away, how she is waiting for her “green light”.

‘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

 

Overall this is amazing song with some minor flaws which are easily ignored and that is why this song gets perfect score 5/5.

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