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Royals (Lorde) (N. Zealand)

This was named the Best Song of 2013 by MTV News. MTV said: "She may never be 'royal,' but Lorde's chart-topping single will forever be enthroned in the collective cerebral cortex of the world." Ella Yelich-O'Connor is a New Zealand singer-songwriter. Inspired by her love for such royals as Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI of France, and the last Tsar, Nicholas II of Russia, she adopted the moniker of Lorde (The 'e' is pronounced silently).

This song eschews an intro and starts right in with the verse "I've never seen a diamond in the flesh...". Since the song tells a story, this is a great technique for hooking the listener. This is a very unusual song and an unlikely hit, but some of the structural elements it employs also showed up in other hits of the time. The prominent finger snaps are certainly different, but hand claps were big at this time, appearing in Pharrell's "Happy" and Katy Perry's "Dark Horse."

"Royals" also gets to the chorus by leading up to it with a line that punches the title as the main instrumentation kicks in. When Lorde sings, "And we'll never be," the music begins to build, hitting full chorus mode when she sings "Royals." Pharrell also did this on "Happy," using "Because I'm..." to build into the title.

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
Tripping in the bathroom
Bloodstains, ball gowns
Trashing the hotel room
We don't care, we're driving Cadillacs in our dreams

But everybody's like:
Crystal, 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

And we'll never be royals (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 (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 for money

But every song's like:
Gold teeth, Grey Goose
Tripping in the bathroom
Bloodstains, ball gowns
Trashing the hotel room
We don't care, we're driving Cadillacs in our dreams

But everybody's like:
Crystal, 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

And we'll never be royals (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 (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

ooh ooh oh ooh
We're better than we've ever dreamed
And I'm in love with being queen

ooh ooh oh ooh
Life is great without a care
We aren't caught up in your love affair

And we'll never be royals (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 (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












IN THE FLESH= (usually referring to a person or animal) for real, in real life, in front of me. So in this song she begins saying that, of course, she has seen diamonds many times, but in photographs or on TV, but she has never seen a real diamond. FLESH= animals are made mostly of flesh and bones. When we eat the flesh of an animal we call it "meat". We have all seen Obama, Brad Pitt or Napoleon on TV or paintings, photos, etc., but have you ever seen them "in the flesh"?

I CUT MY TEETH ON...= My first experience with... / When babies first grow their teeth, they have to cut through their gums to come out, so we say that they "cut their teeth", and then they are ready to start eating solid food. If you say that you cut your teeth on something  (cut- past tense) you mean that you started getting a skill or an experience of it (probably when you were very young). Since she is talking about diamonds, what she says here is that she has never seen a real diamond, and her first experience of a diamond was from watching wedding rings in the movies.

I'M NOT PROUD OF MY ADDRESS= I live in a poor area and I feel ashamed that people may know that. Or maybe she simply means that she lives in a very normal neighbourhood, so she has no reason to be particularly proud of it.

TORN UP= (tear-tore-torn) Destroyed, ruined; in a very bad condition.

NO POST CODE ENVY= The Post Code (BrE Zip Code) is a number or number-letter combination that is added at the end of a postal address in many countries so the mail service can automatically know to which area that letter must go. A post code refers to a small town or a particular district in a city. ENVY is the feeling of wanting to have the same as somebody else's have. Since she lives in a poor area (a torn up town), nobody will feel envy at her post code.

EVERY SONG IS LIKE...= Today, all the songs are about (those things she says, which are things about richness, luxuries and wild life). The phrase TO BE LIKE means "to say", e.g.
- I said 'hello' and she's like 'go away' = ...and she told me: "go away"

GOLD TEETH= A horrible fashion followed by some rich singers (especially rappers) consists of wearing "grillz", a kind of false set of teeth layer made of gold (see picture)

GREY GOOSE= A premium vodka brand name.

TRIPPING= If you trip, you knock something with your feet, stumble and probably fall down. Tripping in the bathroom (after drinking Grey Goose) means that they are very probably is a bit (or a lot) drunk. // Another meaning (slang) of TRIP is to take hallucinogenic drugs, such as LSD.

BLOOD STAINS= /blʌd stnz/ A mark of blood. A reference to fights, I suppose?

BALL GOWNS= A dress girls may wear at a ball (see picture). A BALL is a very refined party where people dance (not like a disco, but a party for high society or similar).

TRASHING THE HOTEL ROOM= "Trash" is "rubbish, litter, something useless to throw away". If you trash a place, it means that you throw things everywhere and leave the place untidy, dirty and messy. In the song, TRASHING THE HOTEL ROOM means that a wild party took place there.

WE DON'T CARE= It's not important for us, we don't worry about it.

CRISTAL= A very expensive champaign.

MAYBACH= A very luxurious (and expensive) brand of German cars.

TIMEPIECE= A watch. (slang) a very expensive watch.

LEASH= A string, rope or strap you may use to take your dog (etc) out for a walk. To be "on a leash" is to be tied with a leash. Many people walk with a dog on a leash. Having a TIGER ON A GOLD LEASH is a strong symbol of extravagant ostentation (see picture)

CAUGHT UP= (catch-caught-caught) Completely involved with someone or something, tangled. If you are caught up in a situation, it is very difficult for you to get out of it.

YOUR LOVE AFFAIR= A love affair is a romantic or sexual relationship with somebody, often short and intense. But in this song, "your love affair" is your love for luxury.

ROYALS= People who are family of the king or queen.

IT DON'T RUN IN OUR BLOOD= Royals are part of the king's family, so if you are a royal, the king's blood runs in your veins, but if you are not, it doesn't. Using DON'T for the 3rd person singular is grammatically wrong, but not uncommon in colloquial conversation.

LUX= (coll.) Luxury.

AIN'T= (slang) /eɪn(t)/ Isn't.

CRAVE= If you crave for something, you really want it.

BUZZ= (coll.) Anything that creates excitement or stimulus. (also: alcohol. But not here)

RULER= A person who has the power to rule (govern) other people, especially to rule a country (like a king).

QUEEN BEE= A girl who, usually in a high school setting, is the "leader of the pack." she doesn't always have to be the prettiest, but she is extremely confident, and because she thinks she's hot, others do too and everybody likes her (and/or envies her). / Literally, the queen bee is the bee which breeds all the other bees in a colony, the most important bee in a beehive (see picture)

I'LL RULE= I will reign, govern, have the power. Also, if you rule, it simply means that you are the best and people admire you: Elvis Presley rules! (just an example)

WE'VE CRACKED THE CODE= We've decyphred the code. It means they've figured out how to enjoy life without getting caught up in the obsession with money the song rails against. Enjoying life seems to be: Time with friends and going to parties while being frugal by doing things like taking public transportation and being careful with your dollars and cents (see next line). This is as opposed to obsessing over luxury brands and goods.

WE COUNT OUR DOLLARS= We are very careful with the money we spend (because we don't have much).

WE'RE BETTER THAN WE'VE EVER DREAMED= Not even in our imagination could we think we would be so rich and wonderful. // Here we have two pairs of lines beginning with "ooh, ooh, oh, ooh". In the first one, it is the newly-rich singers talking (we're better than we've ever dreamed and I'm in love with being queen). In the second one, it is Lorde talking (Life is great without a care; we aren't caught up in your love affair)

WITHOUT A CARE= If you live without a care, you have no responsabilities or problems.

    Ms. Perry and Ms. Cyrus sing about something teenage girls are presumed to have on their minds: what’s left of self-esteem after a breakup. (Dr. Luke, the architect of dozens of hit singles, collaborated on both songs.) Lorde, meanwhile, is singing about class consciousness and conspicuous consumption: the gap between pop-culture fantasies of Cadillacs and diamonds and the reality of being someone who “didn’t come from money.” It’s a thoughtful, calmly insubordinate song; it’s also written by an actual teenager [16 yo].

The New York Times


Since I get the feeling that this song is going to be misunderstood by people who hear it thinking that it's about being wealthy and partying, this song actually says the opposite. Lorde here rejects the lifestyle of mainstream popstars who live like "Royals." Lady Gaga and Ke$ha are two who come to mind easily who live the lifestyle that Lorde is talking about, but she says that "That kind of luxe just ain't for us." She's saying that a great deal of the popular music that's out there today is about living the Hollywood high life and partying, doing things like drinking Grey Goose, trashing hotel rooms, owning watches with diamonds, and even owning tigers like housecats, the same as Mike Tyson in "The Hangover."

Instead, Lorde wants something different. Instead of counting Benjamins (100-dollar notes) in the back of a limo (or in her case, a Maybach), she talks about counting dollars (worrying about the little money they have) on a train on her way to a party. It's a much more populist idea, I guess you could say. She doesn't desire the same stereotypical Hollywood lifestyle of conspicuous consumption.
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Lorde revealed during an interview with VH1 that the song was inspired in part by a photograph she saw of baseball legend George Brett. The Major League third baseman spent his entire 21-year baseball career playing for the Kansas City Royals, leading them to a World Series title in 1985. "I had this image from the National Geographic of this dude signing baseballs," she said. "He was a baseball player and his shirt said 'Royals.' And I was like 'I really love that word,' because I'm a big word fetishist, I'll pick a word and I'll pin an idea to that. It was just that word and I was like 'This is really cool.'"

 

 
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