But every song's like gold teeth, Grey Goose, trippin' in the bathroom

from Lorde – Royals Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Lorde subtly criticises mainstream music of today. Lorde feels that artists shouldn’t just follow *what everyone else is doing yet they should follow their old musical route which is unique.

Lorde is tired of all the things that have been discussed endlessly by these artists, topics such as expensive cars, clothes and alcohol. Yet Lorde is tired of being tired of “throwing her hands in the air” . She finds herself at odds with society’s need for things to stay the same. Just because things have been done, doesn’t mean they should be done again.

“Royals” reflects the unreal expectations placed on teenagers as a result of their portrayal in the media.
These images have led to Lorde being on the wrong end of some abuse — some even calling her a “racist”. critics

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