This was the first song written for English indie rock band The Coral's fifth full-length studio album, Butterfly House. Vocalist and lyricist James Skelly is an avid reader of graphic novels and this song was inspired by a comic book. He explained to Spinner UK: "That was inspired by Swamp Thing, you know, the Alan Moore comic? He uses the land as a metaphor for so many other things and I liked that idea.
In Green Is The Colour, it could just be about a girl with green eyes walking in a forest, but it's more about jealousy and being trapped."
The lyrics for "Mary, Did You Know?" were written by Christian singer and comedian Mark Lowry, after his pastor asked him to write a Christmas musical for their church. Southern gospel musician Buddy Greene later added music to his words.
Originally a chart-topper for Steve Lawrence in 1962 chart-topper, "Go Away Little Girl," became the first song of the rock era to be taken to #1 by two different artists when Donny Osmond's cover version also reached the summit in 1971.