Green, Green (song)

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"Green, Green"
Single by the New Christy Minstrels
from the album Ramblin' featuring 'Green, Green'
B-side"The Banjo"
ReleasedJune 4, 1963
Songwriter(s)Barry McGuire, Randy Sparks
Producer(s)Jim Harbert
The New Christy Minstrels singles chronology
"Green, Green"
"Saturday Night"

"Green, Green" is a hit single released by American folk music group The New Christy Minstrels on June 4, 1963.[1] It was composed and written by group members Barry McGuire and Randy Sparks and became the group's first hit. Since then, it has been covered by many singers and artists from all over the world, but especially in Japan.


Chart (1963) Peak
Canada CHUM Chart[2] 17
U.S. Hot 100[3][4] 14
U.S. Easy Listening[4] 3

"Green, Green" sold over one million copies in 1963, and was awarded a gold disc.[5] It was nominated in 1964 for the Grammy Award for Best Folk Recording and Best Performance By A Chorus.[6]

Variants, covers and sampling[edit]

The New Christy Minstrels also recorded the song in German, named "Grün, grün ist Tennessee".

Green, Green has been covered by many artists from all over the world including:

Japanese version[edit]

Poet and children's literature author Hikaru Kataoka took notice of the song in the 1960s. At this time he was working for the Japanese public broadcaster NHK, where he was in charge of production, song writing and translation. He wrote new Japanese lyrics for "Green, Green",[10] and in May 1967, it was broadcast on NHK during the children's programming of Minna no Uta (Songs for Everyone)[11] sung by Suginami Junior Chorus and arranged by Akihiro Komori. Since then the lyrics have become very popular in Japan.

The lyrics have been published in several Japanese music textbooks.[12]

On 16 June 2021, YouTuber Thomas Game Docs released a video titled "The Pop song that Nintendo copied", which theorised that Mario composer Koji Kondo interpolated the melody of "Green, Green" for the Overworld theme in Super Mario World. (See external links)


  1. ^ The New Christy Minstrels - Green, Green, retrieved 2021-06-18
  2. ^ "CHUM Hit Parade - August 5, 1963".
  3. ^ "Green, Green by The New Christy Minstrels | Billboard The Hot 100 Chart". Billboard. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 2021-06-19.
  4. ^ a b "Green, Green (song by The New Christy Minstrels) Music VF, US & UK hits charts". Retrieved 2021-06-19.
  5. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 163. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  6. ^ "Grammy Awards 1964". Awards & Shows.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Covers of Green, Green by The New Christy Minstrels on WhoSampled". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2021-06-18.
  8. ^ Mrs.GREEN APPLEカバー曲「グリーン グリーン」, retrieved 2021-06-20
  9. ^ "Johnny Rivers- "Green, Green"(Vinyl + Lyrics)". YouTube.
  10. ^ "Gurīn gurīn kanketsu-hen | Nasu nikki burogu-hen" グリーン・グリーン 完結編 | 那須日記ブログ編 [Green Green Complete Edition - Nasu Diary Blog Edition]. Ameba (in Japanese). Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  11. ^ Zoid9000 (2016-02-24). "Genjuro's Angels: Symphogear BD 6 released along with Carol's "Green Green"". Genjuro's Angels. Retrieved 2021-06-25.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  12. ^ Utaitsugareru meikyoku annai, ongaku kyōkasho keisai sakuhin 10000 歌い継がれる名曲案内, 音楽教科書掲載作品 10000 [Guide to inherited masterpieces of singing, works published in music textbooks]. Nichigai Asoshiētsu, 日外アソシエーツ. Tōkyō: Nichigai Asoshiētsu. 2011. ISBN 978-4-8169-2291-6. OCLC 698070178.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)

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