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Don't you think that it's boring how people talk
Making smart with their words again, well I'm bored
Because I'm doing this for the thrill of it, killin' it

Never not chasing a million things I want
And I am only as young as the minute is full of it
Getting pumped up from the little bright things I bought
But I know they'll never own me
(Yeah)

Baby, be the class clown
I'll be the beauty queen in tears
It's a new art form showing people how little we care
(yeah)

We're so happy, even when we're smilin' out of fear
Let's go down to the tennis court, and talk it up like yeah (yeah)

Pretty soon I'll be getting on my first plane
I'll see the veins of my city like they do in space
But my head's filling up fast with the wicked games, up in flames
How can I fuck with the fun again when I'm known?
And my boys trip me up with their heads again, loving them
Everything's cool when we're all in line, for the throne
But I know it's not forever

(Yeah)

Baby, be the class clown
I'll be the beauty queen in tears
It's a new art form showing people how little we care
(yeah)

We're so happy, even when we're smilin' out of fear
Let's go down to the tennis court, and talk it up like yeah (yeah)

It looked alright in the pictures
(yeah)

Getting caught soft with the triple is it
I fall apart, with all my heart
And you can watch from your window

[Laughs]

And
you can watch from your window

Baby, be the class clown
I'll be the beauty queen in tears
It's a new art form showing people how little we care
(yeah)

We're so happy, even when we're smilin' out of fear
Let's go down to the tennis court, and talk it up like yeah (yeah)

And talk it up like yeah
(yeah)

And talk it up like yeah
(yeah)

Let's go down to the tennis court, and talk it up like yeah
(yeah)

And talk it up like yeah
(yeah)

And talk it up like yeah
(yeah)

Let's go down to the tennis court, and talk it up like yeah
(Yeah)



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    UnregisteredOct 20, 2013 at 6:05 pm
    To me I feel like this song is a sequel to what "Royals" was all about. In "Royals," the entire pre-chorus described how overly explicit pop music is now in general, from music videos to what famous people are doing, instead of listening on how much quality their music actually has. In the very beginning of "Tennis Court," Lorde asks a rhetorical question that is relatable to almost everyone, which is: "Don't you think that it's boring how people talk?" and with the follow up lyric: "Making smart with their words again, well I'm bored." I think this starts off a more dark mood for the listener than "Royals" did, and also goes more in depth of how much a rebel Lorde and her friends really are.
    Fast-foward to the chorus, the first lines are, "Baby be the class clown/I'll be the beauty queen in tears/It's a new art form showing people how little we care(Yeah)." I believe that this describes how Lorde and her friends are mocking the popular crew, where is it the class clown that is always distracting the class, or the beauty/drama queen always crying about something superficial. "It's a new art form" reminds me of sarcasm and mockery, and how those two things have become popular amongst terns. And for, "showing people how little we care," I feel that this part supports my conclusion that Lorde and her friends are just making fun of these people by masquerading as them to show how retarted they are. Now, I believe the lyric that reveals the title is: "Let's go down to the tennis court, talk it up like yeah" I feel that this lyric refers to the pre-French Reveloution, which was when all the people who were going to write the new constitution for France had no where to go, so they decided to lock themselves up in a tennis court to do so. This, with lyrics from "Royals" that describes how Lorde is going to be the "queen-bee," supports my conclusion that her and her friends that are going down to the "tennis court" to spark up a revolution.
    Now for the verses, however, I think that these lines describe just how Lorde feels about her sudden rise to fame. "Royals" was on #1 for quite some time, beating Katy Perry's "Roar" and "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus. The lyrics: "Because I'm doing this for the thrill of it, killin' it," describes how Lorde was just having fun, and now she's just murdered pop as we know it. ("Pretty soon I'll be getting on my first plane," also describes Lorde's sudden rise to fame.) But with the lyrics: "How can I fuck with the fun again when I'm known," describes Lorde's realization that she may not be able to hang out with her friends again like she used to now that she's famous. Currently she's enrolled at a school in New Zealand, which is pretty ironic for such a "known" artist.
    The bridge is such a wake-up call, though. With the lines: "It looked alright in the pictures," and "I'll fall apart with all my heart," describes how the "tennis court" isn't actually the ideal place to be, and that even leaders that stand up for things that they believe in that are actually good things, all leaders will fall, but atleast Lorde will fall with dignity. The lyric, "And you can watch from your window," then a laugh from Lorde and a repeat of the same line describes how other people that are like Lorde and her friends but are too afraid to stand up for what they believe in and make a sacrifice are just missing out and watching what they wish they were a part of. All in all, I think this song, accompanying "Royals" and Team," all describe how Lorde and her friends are rebels against pop culture and its stereotypes, and how Lorde is leading this "rebellion."
  • U
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    UnregisteredOct 13, 2013 at 7:45 pm
    I think that the line "because I'm doing this for the thrill of it, killin' it" means that you should do whatever you want to do, and "we're so happy" means that you shouldn't let anything or anyone get to you. "Getting pumped up with the little things I bought" means that you should think about all the good things in the world instead of the bad things. The last thing is the very first line of the entire song. I think that means that life seems to go on repeat and we don't really say how we feel.
  • U
    UnregisteredJun 15, 2014 at 8:09 am
    Lorde is much deeper than game. She is talking about hurt and love. She is talking about how she loved deeply and lost. A man hurt her and then people talked about it but they don't know the passion she felt not the pain she suffered and what she did to rise about it. We can laugh we can cry but it doesn't erase what she had. We can masquerade but it's still pain. We try to move on and see life from far like she says from space we see live from afar like veins which is so deep and true. You do anything to make sense of that love. Each song she makes she thinks none is like the other. Thank you Lorde for being here for me.

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