We live in cities you'll never see onscreen
Not very pretty

from Lorde – Team Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

As Lorde explained in a Billboard interview:

No one comes to New Zealand, no one knows anything about New Zealand, and here I am, trying to grow up and become a person. I’ve been countering that with going to New York and seeing this place that’s in every movie and every TV show. Part of me wanted to go back to writing for me and for my friends, and write something that I felt related to us a little bit.

When’s the last time you even heard of Auckland, New Zealand besides it being Lorde’s hometown?

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