Let's go down to the tennis court, and talk it up like yeah (Yeah)
Lorde has said that the song refers to the tennis courts in her town, and how life is changing before her eyes. Tennis courts are where affluent teens go and sit at big house parties and gossip/reveal secrets.
Lorde’s goal is to figure out how to balance fun and a public life. Her new found confidence is beginning to define who she is. Yet the introvert in her acts as her reasonable side and keeps her grounded. So the tennis court serves as a place of reflection where she can map her thoughts in a calm place. Just as tennis balls bounce back and forth on the tennis court, it acts as a place where Lorde can rally with her complex thoughts and emotions.
The tennis court can also be a reference to the French Revolution’s Tennis Court Oath of 20 June 1789 in which members of the Third Estate met on a tennis court to formally stand in opposition to the aristocratic regime of Louis XVI. This relates to Lorde’s recurring “royal” imagery, including, in this song, the words “queen” and “throne,” not to mention her name.
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