And we'll never be royals (royals)
It don't run in our blood
That kind of luxe just ain't for us
We crave a different kind of buzz
Believe it or not, this song’s title was actually inspired by the Kansas City Royals; even though they are far from baseball royalty. Apparently she saw a picture of a baseball player signing balls while his starstruck fans gathered around him, and something clicked when she saw the word “Royals” on his chest.
“I’d been kind of thinking about writing that song for a while and been pulling together a couple little lines here and there, and I had this image from the National Geographic of this dude signing baseballs. He was a baseball player and his shirt said Royals. I was like, I really like that word, because I’m a big word fetishist. I’ll pick a word and I’ll pin an idea to that.”
In order to become a part of royalty, you have to either be born into it or marry into it, as shown by the “It don’t run in our blood” lyric. But to be actually considered “royal” you have to act the part, and flaunt your wealth and power. Lorde and her friends are clearly not born into royalty as evidenced by their average background, and have no aspirations to act like the “royals” they see in the media, so they’re never going to be royal. This song came out a little after the Royal Wedding and around the time that the upcoming birth of the royal baby was being hyped up, so this song could be a response to that. Lorde has made it clear that she does not have the means to ever be “royal”, but she also shows that she doesn’t really want to be royal either, that type of “luxe” (luxury) isn’t for her. She wants a life with more meaning and excitement than waving to her loyal subjects and sitting on her money; like the life of a musician.
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