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."
Movie director Michel Gondry played live drums on the Late Registration track, "Diamonds From Sierra Leone." The Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind filmmaker happened to be in the studio on a day when producer Jon Brion was setting up a drum kit