Written by: Lianne La Havas, Jamie Lidell, Matt Hales
Produced by: Lianne La Havas, Jamie Lidell, Matt Hales
The track came to fruition during a trip La Havas took to Jamaica to connect with her ancestral roots. During the trip, the lyric "green and gold" came to mind as a representation of the colors of its flag, while the chorus line "ancient stone" represents her Greek heritage. Lianne La Havas referred to "Green & Gold" as "kind of an autobiography," with semi-autobiographical lyrics on growing up, finding her roots, and appreciating her ancestors: "I went to Jamaica to write. Kingston is one of the coolest cities and when I was there, I felt super-badass. I went New York next and I had the words "green and gold" in my head. I loved the imagery of it and then it seemed to develop into where I was from and I thought of a lyric to represent Greece which was "ancient stone". So the chorus was written before the verses. And then I called Matt Hales (of Aqualung) because it was just a vibe with a chorus and he really liked it and he said, "It feels like you've learnt a lot about where you're from"' so we made it a chronological autobiography. It made sense to start it when I was six, my earliest memories about looking in the mirror and thinking, "Why don't I look like either of my parents?"; then into the second verse as a young lady who has somehow been able to live my dreams."