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[Verse 1]
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


[Hook]
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 cristal, 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
.

[Chorus]
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 B
And baby I'll rule I'll rule I'll rule I'll rule.
Let me live that fantasy
.

[Verse 2]
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
.

[Hook]
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 cristal, 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

[Chorus]
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 B
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 great without a care
We aren't caught up in your love affair.

[Chorus]
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 B
And baby I'll rule I'll rule I'll rule I'll rule
,
Let me live that fantasy.



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  • U
    +69
    UnregisteredOct 3, 2013 at 7:33 pm
    I love that this song is catchy, but also has a good meaning in there. Everyone does not have to be a super star. You can't be All about you, you have to learn to live with the things you have. Just getting a decent car to some people is like winning the lottery. And even if you don't have a lot, you can still feel like a queen or king. Thanks so much for putting this song out there. I love it.
  • c
    +35
    CurisayJan 2, 2014 at 8:44 am
    Song Meaning:
    Clearly she's commenting on how the music industry / pop culture is all about materialistic stuff.

    Most rappers / pop starts sing/rap about all the things she mentions: crystals, jet planes, islands, tigers on gold leashes and gold teeth (etc). Which she doesn't care much for...because in her dreams she's made it (symbolism for driving' Cadillacs in our dreams) but she still knows she will never be part of that group of people (Royals).

    She doesn't have that blood (wasn't born into fame or has family in the industry that has made it big) or belongs old money (postal codes - old money tend to live around the same areas i.e. Beverly hills).

    So when she says she wants to be Queen Bee or Ruler, she is fantasizing about pop culture not being about what the Royals love (their materialistic lifestyles), she craves a different kind of buzz (doesn't care much about money but just having a "good life without a care") and will rule with that in mind.

    Song Meaning:
    I believe this song is about the life of the common person - the ones who live by paycheck to paycheck and sometimes not even enough. And even though these people don't have enough - they're still happy and able to live their lives, even though society tells them that they should live a certain way and try to strive for something else.

    General Comment:
    When I first heard this song, I hated it. But then I heard it a few times and it got stuck in my mind. When I looked up the lyrics, it actually started to have meaning to me.
    I agree with a lot of these comments. Most of the pop songs today aren't relate-able at ALL because most people don't live a life of luxury and riches. She says that she's learned to accept that she'll never be "royal" and to just be content with it. If people really understood it, would it really be on the charts? Some of it's "Top Charter Buddies" are songs that she criticizes!

    But I am glad to see a song that practically anyone can relate with (except for the Hollywood starts themselves. :D )

    General Comment:
    This song is basically about how not everyone can live the life of the famous. She's saying that she didn't come from money, so she does not have the luxuries of the pop stars and rappers. She says that she wishes for a short period of time she could "Live that fantasy" of experiencing life without any cares and with money to blow.

    My Opinion:
    I'm kinda irritated over all the commentary here.

    Why do almost everybody CUT OFF their interpretation at the second ref?

    I wanna talk about THIS part right here:
    I think we can all agree by now that the song starts by telling that's shes from humble quarters and consistently making references to the rap/pop-elite (which she calls the "royals") and what they sing about and what they do, and how her own life will never be like theirs No, she has found a different kind of buzz. That's the easy part.

    Now comes this section which is like the conclusion in the song:
    ... saying that she (or they) will never be like them, its not in their blood. its just not for them, they've found something else to crave: (NOW, WHAT IS IT??)

    When she sing about fantasy... Well,. its a fantasy to rule, and shes talking to her "BABY" (this seems kinda important), let me live that fantasy. Doesn't this sound kinda sexual? At least it does to me.

    If this last part is about ruling the world or making the top charts, then the whole song would be talking against itself. Shes just said that all this is NOT for her, so why would she wanna live THAT fantasy. It just don't make sense that way.

    Shes saying she and her friends has cracked the code and this is like the conclusion:

    To be happy with counting your dollars at the train, to never be like the royals, to not care about "their love affairs", to not have worries , but to live out the fantasy of ruling her boyfriend (in bed?), he can call her Queen B. Cause this is more "her kinda buzz". Then it kinda makes sense.

    This may very well be flawed, but at least I'm trying to look at the part of the text everybody's so conveniently skipping, or at least not giving any weight.

    But as long as nobody's going to give me another fitting idea to what she might rule, I'm gonna stick with this one.

    My Interpretation:
    This song is fabulous. I interpret the song not so much as being rich (even though that's definitely part of it), but as being popular. Coming from a high schooler's perspective, all of the cool and popular kids (or the ROYALS) are the ones who listen to music about and actually do this kind of stuff: "gold teeth, grey goose, tripping in the bathroom, bloodstains ballgowns, trashing the hotel room". But for people like me, we don't need that. We can have fun and live life without all of those things, "we crave a different KIND of buzz." I also love when she says "we aren't caught up in your love affair" because an affair is kind of like a one night stand and something that doesn't last. I think Lorde is saying that basically all of these things don't last. Like an affair, or a one night stand. And she is saying that we don't need to be a part of that.

    I also think the title of her album is very interesting because when I first head of it, I thought heroin like the drug. But then i realized it was HEROINE, like a female hero. I think that was a really interesting play on words.

    So that's my opinion. This song is truly brilliant and mesmerizing :)


    Song Meaning:
    The singer songwriter is only 16.
    Royals is about teenagers going to parties to spend time with friends and have fun. They are counting money on a train on the way as teenagers do, as they don't have much money, but they are happy to just be going to see their friends. The songs that are played and are popular are from rappers and talk about stuff that these teenagers cannot relate to, especially on the other side of the world where Lorde is from (NZ).
    The lifestyle in these songs she is singing about, is so far removed from the teenagers reality because of the extravagances of the lifestyles portrayed that they know it is 'bullshit'. In fact these teenagers are happy with their lot and crave a 'different kind of buzz. Time with friends. It is saying that even though these songs is not reality, it is fun to fantasy.

    General Comment:
    "Music and Art" description to this song:
    I will probably have to explain this in parts and more than one post. First, I can explain what the song means and then the music video.
    The song is about how pop culture does not accurately reflect the reality of the way the average human being lives. She uses herself as an example of a normal, everyday suburban-type person- describes how she’s never seen a diamond, lives in a boring town (“no postcode envy”)... Then she goes on to name many common rap/pop song references - “but every song’s like ‘gold teeth, Grey Goose (that’s an expensive alcohol btw) trippin’ in the bathroom, bloodstains, ball gowns, trashing the hotel room… crystal, Maybach (expensive car brand), diamonds on your tongue piece, jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash.. These things, or things similar to what she lists, are all things we hear singers/rappers bragging about.Most entertainers brag about all their bitches and all their money, but in reality, we (the listeners) will never have access to any of these things.But,as Lorde says, we aren't caught up in that “love affair” with decadence and money to spare.How many average high school or college kids will ever own a huge ballgown, a private island or be able afford solid gold teeth? Not many.. Yet there are literally hundreds of songs that brag about these things - and we listen to them on an everyday basis. See the contradiction? We’re normal people â€" we sometimes do nothing more interesting than standing around in a convenience store playing with lighters or staring at fridges full of diet Pepsi, we shop at Walmart, and we try to make ends meet â€" yet we listen to all these fantastical songs... and watch all these music videos that have nothing to do with our lifestyles or our realities. Now for the music video â€" all those rap videos are full of bikini girls, money stacks, gold chains, etc. This video has nothing to do with any of those things â€" instead, it’s a bold, realistic reflection of day-to-day human life... Swimming in swimming pools, standing on tennis courts, riding a a subway, listening to music in our bedrooms â€" these are things that a normal person would do. Again, it’s a song about that fact that our pop culture is nothing like our reality, and it’s a music video about the everyday human life, not a idealistic pop culture fantasy... The End, I'm done. Thank Jesus.

    General Comment:
    In my service the USB always sing it so I LOVE THIS SONG!
  • U
    +24
    UnregisteredDec 3, 2013 at 1:02 pm
    Just be yourself and not ask for too much because you can still be happy even without luxury. In the world there are many people that dont have the same amount of luxury as you while they are wishing to have the same life as you. So simple, be happy with what you have and live your life to the fullest and you can mke yourself happy!!
  • U
    +6
    UnregisteredJan 7, 2014 at 9:59 pm
    I think this song tells you that nobody's perfect. Lorde also wrote about her life. Like in her music video she showed confidence and kind of what it's like to be a teenager(because she is only 16 years old) This song is is about everything else and it is also really hip and Catchy so it must be a little happy, too. The last thing is, if you've never listened to this song before, you probably should because almost everybody sings and listens to it.
  • U
    +4
    UnregisteredJan 13, 2014 at 1:10 am
    My Best friends forever and I are singing this for Wizard of Oz. Auditions. I love this song if it was a person I would NEVER stop stalking them! The meaning? Most people who brag about what they own are insecure and need material things to boost their confidence while people who are modest about there belongings and know they don't have to be royals are more fortunate than anyone. Love you lorde! Thanks so much for this song I shall treasure it always!

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