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"Green Light" is the eighth track from Beyoncé's second studio album, B'Day.

Background Edit

The song was produced by The Neptunes. The track was co-produced by Beyoncé, was recorded by Jim Caruana and mixed by Jason Goldstein at the same studio. "Green Light" is an R&B-funk song performed with "vivace" tempo. It is a break-up song in which the female protagonist gives her love interest the permission to move out.

Reception Edit

At the time, "Green Light" and "Get Me Bodied", were planned to be released as the next two international/third US singles from B'Day, following the release of the lead single "Déjà Vu". However, "Ring the Alarm" was considered as the second single to be released in the United States only while "Irreplaceable" was officially serviced as the album's second international/third US single. "Green Light" was released later in the United Kingdom on July 30, 2007 as the seventh overall single. The song received highly positive reception from critics. "Green Light" debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number 152 after the music video aired, and then rose to number seventy-eight. Because of heavy radio airplay of the Freemasons remix, the song climbed to number seventeen on August 11, 2007, and then to number twelve, giving Beyoncé her eleventh top twenty hit in the United Kingdom.  In Ireland, the single debuted at number forty-six. The Freemasons remix of the track debuted at number thirty on the Dutch Top 40 chart on September 8, 2007. It propelled to number nineteen, and peaked at number eighteen on September 29, 2007. The album version of "Green Light" peaked at number twenty on the Dutch Mega Single Top 100.

Lyrics Edit

Give it to mama
Give it, give it
Give it to mama, mama (oh)
Give it
Give it to mama, mama
For some strange reason (huh)
You done pleasin' me like it's okay (oh, oh, oh)
Like a perm that's been left too long, it starts to burn
The result is it just won't take (oh, oh, oh)
(I can see) now it's all coming so clear to me now
(I can see) misinterpreted all of my naiveness
Was just thinking if I had no you that I can't do
My stock just went up over two million
So if you want to (uh, uh, huh, uh, uh)
You got the green light (uh, uh, huh, uh, uh)
So if you want to (uh, uh, huh, uh, uh)
You got the green light (uh, uh, huh, uh, uh)
So if you want to (want to, want to) (uh, uh, huh, uh, uh)
You got the green light (uh, uh, huh, uh, uh)
So if you want to (uh, uh, huh, uh, uh)
You got the green light (uh, uh, huh, uh, uh)
Give it to mama
Go, go, go, go oh oh oh
Go, go, go, go oh oh
Go, go, go, go oh oh oh
Go, go, red light
(Ah) green light
Some see me, say I should be trophied
'Cause it gets no stronger (oh, oh, oh)
Ladies, y'all know (yeah, girl, y'all know)
This pimp-ish gets no older
Is that a threat? (what's another threat?)
Yep (that's another threat)
I'm immune, you can't get no cold, yeah
You got the green light (whoa)
You the king, right? (whoa)
You holdin' up traffic, green means go
Go, go, go, go oh oh oh
Go, go, go, go oh oh oh
Go, go, go, go oh oh oh
Go, go, red light, green light (I said you're holdin' up traffic, green means go)
So if you want to (uh, uh, huh, uh, uh)
You got the green light (uh, uh, huh, uh, uh) (you got the green light baby)
So if you want to (uh, uh, huh, uh, uh)
You got the green light (uh, uh, huh, uh, uh)
So if you want to (uh, uh, huh, uh, uh) (if you want to)
You got the green light (uh, uh, huh, uh, uh)
So if you want to (uh, uh, huh, uh, uh)
You got the green light (uh, uh, huh, uh, uh)
(Give it to mama)
Ain't no problem, you can go
I will find somebody else
It's alright, I'll move along
You got the green light, so you can go
Go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go (red light, green light)
I gave all I could give, my love
My heart (my heart)
Now we're facing the end (the end) of what you did from the start
My love
So if you want to (uh, uh, huh, uh, uh)
You got the green light (uh, uh, huh, uh, uh)
So if you want to (uh, uh, huh, uh, uh)
You got the green light (uh, uh, huh, uh, uh)
So if you want to (uh, uh, huh, uh, uh)
You got the green light (uh, uh, huh, uh, uh)
So if you want to (uh, uh, huh, uh, uh)
You got the green light (uh, uh, huh, uh, uh)
(Give it to mama)
Ain't no problem, you can go
I will find somebody else
It's alright, I'll move along
You got the green light, so you can go
Go, go, go oh whoa oh (red light, green light)