Royals | Lorde

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

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?]



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


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 ____________________




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) ...



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 


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


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