We're so happy, even when we're smilin' out of fear

from Lorde – Tennis Court Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The world in Lorde lives in now is seemingly perfect, she has no real hardships. Lorde and her generation all stand in similar ground so their life focus is on appearing happy.

Having the façade of happiness is something which is incredibly prominent with teenagers, thus the front of happiness, even when they should be scared, maintains their position in the social hierarchy of high school.

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