Which Is Deeper: Lorde’s “Green Light” or Pitbull’s “Greenlight”

Pitbull and Lorde have both come out with a new song about green lights, so I thought it would be best to compare their lyrics, and see which one has more depth and symbolism in it, and which one is mostly about genitals.

 

Lorde:

“I do my makeup in somebody else’s car

We order different drinks at the same bar”

This represents the emotional gap that now separates Lorde from her ex. Something as small as doing makeup or buying similar drinks has become a chasm between them. They are no longer an intricate part of each other’s lives.

 

Pitbull:

“RED LIGHT! GREEN LIGHT!

EVERYBODY TAKE A SHOT!”

This represents how, after Pitbull screams traffic signals at them, everybody needs to take a shot. Pitbull grants no other alternative.

 

Lorde:

“I know about what you did and I want to scream the truth

She thinks you love the beach, you’re such a damn liar”

Lorde is the only person that knows the exact details of how her ex hurt her. She watches as he now engages with another woman, twisting himself into a seemingly different person.

 

Pitbull:

“RED LIGHT! GREEN LIGHT!

GIVE ME EVERYTHING YOU GOT!”

Three lines into his song, Pitbull begins yelling the first line again. He then tells his shadow audience that they need to give him everything they’ve got, which, considering that all we know about his wishes are that we all need to start drinking right goddamn now, could literally mean anything.

 

Lorde:

“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”

After wishing pain upon her ex, Lorde begins to question how he felt in the first place. When did he know that she wasn’t it? Did the emotions that they once shared scare him away? What made his promises turn hollow?

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Pitbull:

I got the green light, mami and you know what that means
That we can do anything, anything that you dream
I wanna make you ooh, ah, till you scream
And I practice what I preach, if you know what I mean”

Pitbull makes the once-shouted-about “green light” a reality for some lady, and then promises her that it will be her personal genie. It can fulfill any desire she has. But before Pitbull can explain further, his boner gets in the way, and he drops that point of the song entirely to tell her that he is very willing to do all of the sex that he’s been talking about.

 

Lorde:

“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”

Lorde then tells us that there are new whispers in her head. Perhaps she fancies someone new? But still, the thought of her old flame lingers, and she wishes that she could just get the green light and drive away from him. The road of their old relationship goes nowhere, and she’s ready to move on.

 

Pitbull:

“I’mma about that mami
Yeah I got the key and I’mma lock that mami
Yeah, we can roll and I’mma rock that mami
I do what I say and say what I mean, now let me jump in between”

Here, Pitbull continues the green light/car metaphor for one whole line before getting bored with it and saying that he’s going to “roll and rock that mami,” which might have something to do with sex or music, but sounds suspiciously close to the method an alligator uses to incapacitate its prey. Then Pitbull affirms that he’ll willing to engage in sex and not just talk about it, forgetting that he already told us that exact thing eight seconds ago.

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Lorde:

“’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”

Lorde wishes it was as simple as moving her material possessions away from him, but it isn’t. She needs that internal green light, the intangible push that will give her the strength to start a new life.

 

Pitbull:

I’m getting loose in this thing, like OJ the Juice in this thing
Feeling like Left Eye, boy, I burn the roof in this thing
I got all the women getting naked, feeling like Luke in this thing
Think it’s a game”

Pitbull makes a reference to OJ Simpson, an R&B singer that burned her lover’s house down, and a record label owner in three straight lines, and never makes another nod to pop culture for rest of the song. If you asked Pitbull to write a term paper on the American Revolution, he’d devote half of a middle paragraph to name-dropping George Washington and the Boston Tea Party, and fill the rest of the sheet with clumsy innuendo about nailing Pocahontas.

 

Lorde:

“Sometimes I wake up in a different bedroom
I whisper things, the city sings ’em back to you”

No matter how quiet and composed Lorde tries to be about this, it still rushes out. Overall, Lorde’s “Green Light” is about how the “Let’s break up” of a relationship is rarely ever the real end.

 

Pitbull:

Now I got the green lit and the green right
All I need is, mami, for you to give me the green light
So I can run through it like an EZ pass
Find the G-spot and step on the gas”

Pitbull decides the best way to talk about intercourse is by proving that he knows about an electronic toll system and then stating that once he locates the sensitive area, he’s going to ram into it. The mythical “green light” that was once there to deliver all of a woman’s dreams is a half memory, a rotten husk of hope.

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One response to “Which Is Deeper: Lorde’s “Green Light” or Pitbull’s “Greenlight”

  1. That was funny even to an old person like me. I don’t watch dinosaurs or superhero stuff but I do like music. Good one!

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