Royals - Lorde



The Experience:
We're fine with this, we didn't come from money. With an amazing voice, Lorde challenges a society telling us happiness needs jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash. She answers, "We’ll never be royals… We don’t care."
All 16 year-old Lorde wants are her dreams - "driving Cadillacs in our dreams" – and love. "Let me be your ruler… Let me live that fantasy." 


Music Video: (in Lorde's own words)
"I guess what I tried to do is make something you could understand. a lot of people think teenagers live in this world like 'skins' every weekend or whatever, but truth is, half the time we aren't doing anything cooler than playing with lighters, or waiting at some sh*tty stop. That's why this had to be real. And I'm at that particular train station every week."

The meaning of Royals Lorde says happiness isn’t gold teeth [showing off money], Grey Goose [drinking], trippin' in the bathroom [getting high and having sex]. She’s middle-class, no post-code envy, and fine with this. The meaning of Royals is We're bigger than we ever dreamed. Never try to be anyone else, ‘cause happiness can’t be found in anyone except yourself.
Click here for reviews of other songs from Lorde's album Pure Heroine. 

Ask Yourself: Do you pretend to have more than you really do? Or are you happy with who you are, as you are? Can you shake off the lies of society about fake happiness?
(AND Did you ever doubt that a 16 year-old could get this far?)


LYRICS
I've never seen a diamond in the flesh
I cut my teeth on wedding rings in the movies
And I'm not proud of my address, in the torn up town
No post code envy

But every song's like gold teeth, grey goose, trippin' in the bathroom
Blood stains, ball gowns, trashin' the hotel room,
We don't care, we're driving Cadillacs in our dreams.
But everybody's like crystal, maybach, diamonds on your time piece.
Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash.
We don't care, we aren't caught up in your love affair.
And we'll never be royals..
It don't run in our blood,
that kind of lux just ain't for us.
We crave a different kind of buzz.
Let me be your ruler, you can call me "Queen Bee"
And baby I'll rule I'll rule I'll rule I'll rule.
Let me live that fantasy.

My friends and I we've cracked the code.
We count our dollars on the train to the party.
And everyone who knows us knows
that we're fine with this,
we didn't come from money.

But every song's like gold teeth, grey goose, trippin' in the bathroom.
Blood stains, ball gowns, trashin' the hotel room,
We don't care, we're driving Cadillacs in our dreams.
But everybody's like crystal, maybach, diamonds on your time piece.
Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash
We don't care we aren't caught up in your love affair
And we'll never be royals,
it don't run in our blood
That kind of lux just ain't for us
We crave a different kind of buzz.
Let me be your ruler, you can call me "Queen Bee"
And baby I'll rule I'll rule I'll rule I'll rule.
Let me live that fantasy.

Oooh ooooh ohhh
We're bigger than we ever dreamed, and I'm in love with being queen.
Oooooh ooooh ohhhhh life is game without a care
We aren't caught up in your love affair.
And we'll never be royals,
it don't run in our blood
That kind of lux just ain't for us
We crave a different kind of buzz
Let me be your ruler, you can call me "Queen Bee"
And baby I'll rule I'll rule I'll rule I'll rule,
Let me live that fantasy.

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