Royals

Lyrics

by

Lorde



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 B
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 B
And baby I'll rule I'll rule I'll rule I'll rule
Let me live that fantasy

We're bigger than we ever dreamed, and I'm in love with being queen
Oh oh ohh 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 B
And baby I'll rule I'll rule I'll rule I'll rule
Let me live that fantasy

Writer/s: Little, Joel / Yelich-O'Connor, Ella
EMI Music Publishing
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Comments (5):
I'm confused... If they crave a different kind of buzz than royals do, then why do they say they want to be our rulers? Queen B...? Sounds to me like the exact same kind of buzz... I hate stupid lyrics.
- prashant, kathmandu, Nepal
Does anyone know if she has background vocalists for this song? I don't mean when performing on tour, but the studio recording version. Were background vocalists used? Or was it just her (with the help of her producer adding those layers to the track.) Because they really make the song sound great to me.
- Richard, Coon Rapids, MN
Heard the song just recently after it became the #1 video on VH1 but didn't understand what the appeal of the song was. Happened to hear it again, shortly after that, and it got stuck in my head. I came on Songfacts to read up about it, and after hearing what the song was written about, I LOVE it, and the philosophy behind the words. For years, I hear songs, see the videos that Lorde refers to as: "this ridiculous, unrelatable, unattainable opulence that runs throughout". For a song that I never heard before, now I've heard it about 10 times in jus the past couple days.
- Camille, Toronto, OH
Aren't we all royals? Yes! Codes are the royals as we see them. And we are ever blessed to have that spirit. We all have it in us.
- Kimberly, Landing, NJ
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 in the back of a limo (or in her case, a Maybach), she talks about counting dollars 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.
- jwc082, Missouri, MO
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