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Lorde's 'Team'—Where Teenage Rebellion Meets Hollywood Rejection

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We know fame is hard. And we know it's even harder when it comes at an early age.

Looks like Lorde is fighting back against mainstream expectations and Hollywood pressures in her new hit Team.

But, do we totally get it? Little extreme, maybe the occasional oxymoron, but E for effort right? All we have to say is, stay you, Lorde, stay gold—here we go with Popdust's latest Lyrics analysis.

 

Wait 'til you’re announced

We’ve not yet lost all our graces

The hounds will stay in chains

Look upon your greatness

That you’ll send the call out

Send the call out

Well now I’m nervous. You think I’m gonna be announced? Man that would be the day. We don’t have all the powerhouse talent that you’ve been blessed with, Lorde. But I’m rooting for you, or for me? For us I guess.

 

Call all the ladies out

They’re in their finery

A hundred jewels on throats

A hundred jewels between teeth

Now bring my boys in

Their skin in craters like the moon

The moon we love like a brother, while he glows through the room

Now that’s what I’m talking about. How do I get into this posse? I mean, I’ll skip the jewels between teeth, I’ve spent enough in dentals fees, but I’m all about the bling. Pile it on, keep it coming, bring on the boys. Except…. their skin is in craters…like the moon? Is that to say they are…crater faces? Man if that was bad news for Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsen, I don’t know how it would work out for me (that reference isn’t too outdated, right?).

 

Dancin' around the lies we tell

Dancin' around big eyes as well

Even the comatose they don’t dance and tell

Well I can get into that. Dance around the lies I tell? Done. I’ve been doing that tango for years. You know how many times I’ve introduced myself as Carolina, daughter of a master matador? Didn’t always go over well, but I had my fun. As far as the comatose are concerned…. shouldn’t we have already assumed they weren’t going to be dancing and telling…I mean, I can’t think of a better demographic to whom we should entrust our secrets…

 

We live in cities you'll never see on screen

Not very pretty, but we sure know how to run things

Living in ruins of the palace within my dreams

And you know, we're on each other's team

Hold up. We’re drowning in the bling one verse and in the next we’re living in bumf*** nowhere? What happened to the glitz and the glam? No LA? No New York? No Milan? Well that’s a bummer. I mean, I guess its cool. As least we’re king of our own castle…. even if it’s an uncharted dump. Comradery is great and all, but maybe we should hold off a bit, maybe we’d have better luck going at it solo. Paris, anyone?

 

I'm kind of over getting told to throw my hands up in the air, so there

So all the cups got broke shards beneath our feet but it wasn’t my fault

And everyone’s competing for a love they won't receive

'Cause what this palace wants is release

Well this seems like a sad party. I thought we were a happy bunch, but now we’re stuck in some basement, getting shards of glass stuck in our feet. So much for the cool, casual, barefoot look. No one’s blaming you, Lorde. Accidents happen, but what’s with all the melodrama? Competing for a love we won’t receive? Well that sounds like a waste of time. I’m outta of this joint. If anyone asks for me, I’ll be locked in the bathroom with a handle of cheap vodka and a bag of pretzels.

 

We live in cities you'll never see on screen

Not very pretty, but we sure know how to run things

Living in ruins of the palace within my dreams

And you know, we're on each other's team

Ok, back to this. Maybe it won’t be so bad. So it’s not Miami, so what? At least we won’t get paparazzi…right? But why does it have to be ugly? I mean, it would probably help us focus more. They say cold winters did help jumpstart the Enlightenment after all. But… for some reason that’s just not doing it for me. At least we’ll be together…right?

 

I’m kind of over getting told to throw my hands up in the air

So there

I’m kinda older than I was when I revelled without a care

So there

Right on, Lorde. Just cause you’re famous doesn’t mean that Hollywood can wrap its poison hands around you. You do your thing; you’re getting older, becoming savvy to the nasty realities behind this business. So there indeed. Now, you call the shots. You develop your image, and you decide where your career is headed. But, can we please compromise on the whole living-in-an-ugly-place stance?

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