Pretty soon I'll be getting on my first plane
I'll see the veins of my city like they do in space

from Lorde – Tennis Court Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Prior to her becoming famous, Lorde has never been on an airplane. She couldn’t afford flying in one, and had no reason to fly in one.

When flying in a plane, your view of a city from above makes the streets, lights and highways take the form of a connected series of veins. Instead of blood, these “veins” carry cars and dreams.

Veins carry blood to the heart (in comparison to arteries, which bring blood away) and are crucial to the heart, which is crucial to life.

Lorde represents New Zealand, and by representing her city in mainstream America with her recent success, she is the veins of her city. She keeps it alive.

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