But everybody's like Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece
Jet planes, islands, tiger's on a gold leash

from Lorde – Royals Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Lorde lists some material things that signify wealth, in a manner reminiscent of Pink Floyd’s “Money”.

Lorde touches on material items that are extremely expensive. Cristal costs $200 per bottle, and Maybachs that retail around 8 million dollars. The cost of jet planes, private islands is similarly as bloated. Lorde describes how sole the aim of society nowadays is to become as rich as you can. Which — in the long run — is not as satisfying as people may think.

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