But every song's like gold teeth, Grey Goose, trippin' in the bathroom
Blood stains, ball gowns, trashin' the hotel room
At its core, “Royals” reflects the unreal expectations placed on teenagers as a result of their portrayal in the media. Lorde makes a dig at all the artists out there who just talk about:
- Being wealthy tough (“blood stains”) rather than about real issues. which could also refer the aftermath of cocaine abuse
- Expensive cars (“Maybach”)
- Clothes (“ball gowns”)
- Alcohol (“Grey Goose”)
These are the only things teenagers seemingly “should” aspire to acquire, according to the media.
It’s also a dig at television shows that glamorize teenage life to an unrealistic extent, like Skins. It’s the kind of stuff TV teens often roll in. Life can be boring, right?
These are the lines that a blogger called out as being “racist”, but did she read the rest of the lyrics after this one?
This line and song in general isn’t about age alone. Its about pop culture in general and various people following a certain trend.
According to Huffington post:
“This song is not about calling out one race. It’s not about calling out a class, either. It’s about calling out behavior. Anyone — regardless of age, race, musical preference, creed, class, personality, etc. — who falls into that behavior pattern is the target.”
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