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This song is all about being proud to be from humble origins and not needing the lifestyles of the rich and famous to be happy. The singer prefers to keep to her roots and to remember where she came from. She also makes references to how the media glorifies the fancy lifestyle and lures people into it. These days everyone is following hollywoods actors and TV stars and getting involved with their lives more so than the people around them. They make it seem like these people are somehow superheroes instead of regular people like everyone else. The normal actions of these actors, singers, and popular people somehow draws the mass attention of the media and us regular folk. The reality is they are just normal people that are good at what they do.
This question originally appeared on Quora. This is an indictment of musical royalty -- people at the top who didn't earn their position and don't deserve it -- by a rebellious group of newcomers who are unburdened by false idols and who feel that their values are better and more pure. Having said this, the song is filled with jealousy and insecurity. Lorde resents the status, privilege, and trappings of success that the royals have achieved. You can feel this in the transitions to "But ever song's The great irony of the lyrics is that "we'll never be royals" but she keeps talking about becoming Queen and talks about "ruling. So on the surface, this sounds like a revolutionary group that wants to overthrow the current power, but who is subject to the same temptations and corruptions. Will Lorde's new rule be any better than the current regime? Who knows.
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