Sometimes, when listening to music, the beat and melody can be so overwhelming that one can miss the most defining aspects of a good song—the lyrics. Lorde, age 20, has already proven her talent at songwriting. Since her debut in 2013, she has shown her ability to create story and rhythm with her words, as demonstrated in hit songs such as “Royals” and “Team.” Lorde’s new album, “Melodrama,” is filled with lyrics that are catchy but also elicit emotion from the listener. Here are the standout lines from five different songs on the album.
“The Louvre” is a famous museum in Paris, France. In this song, Lorde mentions the high points of being in a relationship and the feelings that come with falling in love. This lyric is unique because it compares the love between two people with a piece of art, one worthy of being called a masterpiece.
The first verse of “Liability” takes the listener on a journey, starting with Lorde’s revalation that her past lover has regrets about having been in a relationship with her, or – as she says – “dancing in my storm.” As the verse goes on, she goes home to the girl she loves who, in the end, turns out to be herself. The way Lorde is able to tell this story, revealing how she feels about and sees herself, may give goosebumps to any listener.
Using the same general metaphor as that used in “The Louvre,” this lyric in “Hard Feelings” states that a love, one that was once a masterpiece and came with such excitement, is now accompanied by signs of its downfall. Lorde captures how hard it is to move on, while making it clear that the good parts will still be remembered.
“Writer in the Dark”
Writers – whether they be songwriters, novelists or poets – are notorious for writing about their personal experiences, and Lorde is no exception. As a songwriter, she will reflect on the relationship that she had and use it to create a song that will last longer than the relationship ever did.
Lorde talks about being nineteen and how her “graceless nights” keep repeating themselves in the form of party after party. She touches on the struggles of someone in his or her late teenage years, yearning to find a “perfect place” and looking for it in drugs, sex and dancing. As she soon discovers, there is no perfect place on earth.