Before Lorde came along with Pure Heroine, it felt like nobody had written music specifically for teenagers in a long time. It may have been even longer since a teenager had written those lyrics themselves, rather than some 40 y/o man who has never used the internet before.
Lorde was a breath of fresh of air because she offered a fresh perspective. Through her lyrics, she shares her excitement and fear about the future and her sadness about what she's going to have to leave behind. It goes deep.
Today (7/11), Ella turns 20, leaving her teenager years behind once and for all. It's a big milestone for every teenager, as she acknowledged on her Twitter.
my friend @duncangreive just pointed out that tonight will be my very last teenage sleep— Lorde (@lorde) November 7, 2016
sleeping and dreaming such huge parts of my teenage life - to be teenage and in bed is to feel indelibly alive— Lorde (@lorde) November 7, 2016
With this in mind, we thought we should revisit some of Lorde's most compelling teenage lyricism.
We live in cities you'll never see on screenLorde
Not very pretty, but we sure know how to run things
Livin' in ruins of a palace within my dreams
And you know, we're on each other's team
2) "Glory & Gore"
No-one 'round here is good at keeping their eyes closedLorde
The sun is starting to light up when we're walking home
Tired little laughs, gold-lie promises, we'll always win at this
3) "White Teeth Teens"
I'll let you in on something bigLorde
I am not a white teeth teen
I tried to join but never did
The way they are, the way they seem is something else, it's in their blood
Their molars blinking in the lights
In the underpass where we all sit
And do nothing, and enjoy it
4) "Tennis Court"
Baby be the class clown, I'll be the beauty queen in tearsLorde
It's a new art form showing people how little we care
We're so happy, even when we're smiling out of fear
Let's go down to the tennis court and talk it up like yeah
5) "The Love Club"
My mother's love is choking meLorde
I'm sick of words that hang above my head
What about the kid? It's time the kid got free
This dream isn't feeling sweetLorde
We're reeling through the midnight street
And I've never felt more alone
It feels so scary, getting old
7) "A World Alone"
All my fake friends and all of their noiseLorde
Complain about work
They're studying business, I study the floor
8) "Still Sane"
I'm not in the swing of thingsLorde
But what I really mean is
Not in the swing of things yet
9) "Buzzcut Season"
The men up on the newsLorde
They try to tell us all that we will lose
But it's so easy in this blue
Where everything is good
I've never seen a diamond in the fleshLorde
I cut my teeth on wedding rings in the movies
And I'm not proud of my address
In the torn up town, no post code envy