The Song Analysis Of 'Royals' By Lorde

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What makes you rich in life? Is it money, or clothes? Is it how many people love you, or how many times you laugh during the day? The song "Royals" by Lorde was released as a debut single on June 3, 2013, later winning a Grammy for "Song of the Year", along with many other accomplishments. Although the songs title may be misleading, Lorde wrote this song to express that she is not very wealthy, but it takes more than that to be admired and looked up to by people. Lorde recognizes other celebrity's priorities in music and life, and compares them to her not-so lavish life. "Royals" is filled with such relatable feelings about today's society from the perspective of an underprivileged young female.
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She starts by describing a typical song that has been glorified by today's society, "But every song's like gold teeth, Grey Goose, trippin' in the bathroom / Bloodstains, ball gowns, trashin' the hotel room". These lines of the song are one of the most accurate descriptions of modern day popstars I've heard! She describes how most popular songs today are regularly based on; parties and spending money on pointless possessions, bloodshed, fancy clothing and lastly their experiences of being completely inconsiderate. Lorde then tells her audience " we don’t care; we're driving Cadillac's in our dreams" which is her way of saying that she isn't very focused on the material things, because as long as she stays on track with her dreams, she will one day be successful enough to drive an expensive car. Then again, Lorde sings about the extravagant materialistic things that rich people gloat about having " Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece / Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash / We don’t care; we aren't caught up in your love affair" implying that celebrities are in love with all of these material things, that are potentially holding them back and she has no desire to be a part of that. I find it very interesting that Lorde uses the phrase "love affair". When most of us think of a love affair, we picture a suspenseful soap opera about a man who falls in love with a woman on accident and gets caught up …show more content…
Lorde tells us "My friends and I we've cracked the code / We count our dollars on the train to the party". These lyrics are saying that her and her friends have found a way to be happy and still have fun, regardless of their economic situation. She then says how they are counting their money on the train, meaning that they aren't poor enough to not be able to do things, but they have to be considerate and cautious about what they spend. They take conservative ways like a train and limit themselves to a specific amount of money and they can still have just as much fun. "And everyone who knows us knows that we're fine with this / We didn't come from money" This statement is so simple and yet filled with so much dignity. Lorde is filled with pride in this line, because although she isn't very wealthy, she is telling us that it's not something to be ashamed of. People can know that you are not financially advanced, without judging

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