Don't you think that it's boring how people talk?
Making smart with their words again, well I'm bored

from Lorde – Tennis Court Lyrics on Rap Genius


Lorde thinks gossip is boring and that talking is for the squares of the world. Actions always speak louder than words. The verbal prattle of gossip is like the back-and-forth of a tennis ball, and a courtly ritual, put bluntly. People try too hard to sound smart or even use big words and find the fun in it, but Lorde disagrees.

As the first words of Pure Heroine, it presents just one part of the larger theme. She jabs against shallowness in adolescence in “Royals.”

This aspect is expanded on in A World Alone.

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