‘Green Light’ is about “heartbreak,” Lorde told Apple Music.
“And it’s not something that I really am used to writing about … It was my first major heartbreak. And 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.”
The song is upbeat, catchy, and sure to be a hit on the radio. It’s definitely a different sound from Lorde, but I can’t say that I don’t like it. It might be different, but it’s still good.
Jack Antonoff co-produced the song, which explains a lot. Antonoff was a big influence on Taylor Swift’s 1989 and Swift and Lorde are total BFFs. Hopefully Lorde doesn’t turn too much into Taylor on Melodrama.