We gladiate but I guess we're really fighting ourselves
Roughing up our minds so we're ready when the kill time comes

from Lorde – Glory and Gore Lyrics on Rap Genius


Despite Lorde’s resolve to fight for things that are worthwile, she’s deviated from her path and ended up fighting herself. Which links to the exposition of the song where Lorde claims to have gone off course.

She spends her time trying to strengthen her mind to be able to kill. Yet since she’s fighting herself now, the only person she’s going to kill is herself by ruining her reputation.

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