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Song Analysis: Royals by Lorde.

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Transcript of Song Analysis: Royals by Lorde.

And we'll never be royals,
it don't run in our blood.
That kind of luxe just ain't for us, we crave a different kind of buzz.
Meaning:
- Lorde accepts that she will never be a royal (rich, famous, etc.)
- She wasn't born rich or as a royal, and she does not want all the glitz, glam and attention (lux) that comes with being one. She craves a thrilling life, but in a different way to just being rich and famous.
Poetic Devices:
- Rhyme; ABCC
- Assonance; blood, us and buzz.
Metaphor; Royals.
My friends and I, we've cracked the code.
We count our dollars on the way, to the party.
And everyone who knows us knows,
That we're fine with this, we didn't come from money
Meaning:
-Though Lorde and her friends aren't very affluent, they aren't poor either, so they can still have fun, but on a budget.
-They don't mind having to do that, and they don't mind that they aren't rich.
Poetic devices:
-Rhyme; ABAB
Purpose, style, theme and tone:
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 a torn up town, no postcode 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.
Meaning:
- Subtly criticising some genres of music which are all about living the good life. (Expensive things)
- She doesn't mind just having dreams about these things, and not actually having them.
Poetic Devices:
- Rhyme; AAB
- Metaphor; Blood stains and ball gowns.
Background Information:
Real name is Ella Yelich-O'Connor.
Born in Auckland in 1996.
Royals was her first major hit, and she wrote it when she was only 16.
She wrote the song in just half an hour.
Song Analysis: Royals by Lorde
But everybody's like,
Cristal, 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.
Meaning:
- references incredibly expensive things and how for some people a goal in life is to get them; materialism.
- She doesn't care about the lives of celebrities because they have no relevance to most people.
Poetic devices:
- Rhyme; AAB
- Imagery; all the luxuries listed.
Purpose:
- To give her opinions on factors of society such as materialism and wealth.
Style:
- This is a song that is about society and its flaws.
Theme:
-The main theme in the song is about how the materialism, wealth and affluence that makes up a lot of pop culture is irrelevant to most people.
- It is also about the happiness you get from being your own queen and living your own fantasy.
Tone:
- The tone of this song is very matter-of-fact and it is almost complaining a little, (in the pre-chorus), but overall it is about being happy with what you have.
Meaning:
- Never seen typical luxuries such as diamonds in real life, only in movies.
- She isn't proud of where she lives and no one envies it.

Poetic Devices:
- Rhyme; rhyming sequence of ABAB.
- Metaphor; I cut my teeth on wedding rings in the movies.

Chorus
Verse 1
Pre-Chorus
Let me be your ruler,
You can call me Queen Bee.
And baby I'll rule.......
Let me live that fantasy.
Meaning:
- She knows that she is really her own ruler of her own group; she is her own Queen Bee.
- She wants to live a different type of fantasy that is not based on wealth.
Poetic Devices:
-Rhyme; ABCB
- Metaphor; Queen Bee.
-Repetition; I'll rule.
Verse 2
We're bigger than we ever dreamed,
and I'm in love with being queen.
Life is great without a care,
we aren't caught up in your love affair.
Meaning:
- They are more succesful and happy than they thought they would be, and Lorde loves being the ruler of her own clique. They live a carefree life, and they do not care about celebrity gossip.
Poetic Devices:
-Rhyme; AABB
The End :)
Bridge
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