The Crazy Meanings Behind Your Favorite Top 40 Songs

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“Royals,” Lorde

Crazy Song Meanings


Lorde‘s breakout single “Royals” is an inside look at small-town youths who sing along to songs about ridiculous wealth while believing that level of luxury is eternally out of their reach. Lorde is living proof that her hypothesis is false, but she’s right that she’ll probably never play Major League Baseball. The titular Royals aren’t Kate Middleton, Prince William, and their ragtag team of monarchs, they’re a reference to the MLB’s Kansas City Royals. Lorde told Vevo Lift that a National Geographic photo of Royals designated hitter George Brett singing baseballs began her fascination with the word.

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