Royals | Lorde

Trying to figure out what lyrics actually mean never hurt me one bit, it only increased my vocabulary!

https://youtu.be/LFasFq4GJYM

First watch the clip, listen to the song and read along with the lyrics.

 

Royals | Lorde 

 

I've never seen a diamond in the flesh ____________________

I cut my teeth on wedding rings in the movies ____________________ [as opposed to where?]

And I'm not proud of my address

In the torn up town, no post code envy ____________________ [why not?]

 

Chorus:

But every song's like

Gold teeth ____________________

Grey Goose ____________________ 

Tripping in the bathroom ____________________

Bloodstains ____________________

Ball gowns ____________________ [meaning?]

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 __________ [who does "your" refer to?]

 

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 from money ____________________

 

Chorus

 

ooh ooh oh ooh

We're better than we've every 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) ...

 


Assignment:

Now it's time to find out what the song is really about!

Try to write down what each underlined word or phrase means.

Talk about it with your neighbor and / or use the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary to look up unfamiliar words [google oald and use your smart 

phones] 

What is Lorde's message to us? Do you agree with her? Let's have a discussion now.

 

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