Green & Gold
Lyrics Lianne La Havas

Written by: Lianne La Havas, Jamie Lidell, Matt Hales

Produced by: Lianne La Havas, Jamie Lidell, Matt Hales

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Six years old
Staring at my nose in the mirror
Trying to dip my toes in the mirror
Thinking "Who's that girl?"
And "Does the mirror world go on forever?"
Calmly you roll
Sharpening the knives in the attic
Trying to watch cartoons through the static
Thinking where am I gonna be
If I'm ever twenty-three, oh

I'm looking at life unfold
Dreaming of the green and gold
Just like the ancient stone
Every sunrise I know
Those eyes you gave to me
They let me see
Where I come from

Found an old friend
Meeting my guitar in the city
Feeling like a star in the city
And suddenly it seems that I'm where I'm supposed to be, oh
And now I'm fully grown
And I'm seeing everything clearer
Just sweep away the dust from the mirror
We're walking hand in hand on the warm white sands

I'm looking at life unfold
Dreaming of the green and gold
Just like the ancient stone
Every sunrise I know
Those eyes you gave to me
They let me see
Where I come from

Ancient stone
Oh, green and gold
Ancient stone
Green and gold

I'm looking at life unfold
Dreaming of the green and gold
Just like the ancient stone
Every sunrise I know
Those eyes you gave to me
They let me see
Where I come from

Ancient stone
Green and gold
Ancient stone
Green and gold
Ancient stone
Green and gold

Song facts

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."

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