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Royals (Lorde)

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This was named the Best Song of 2013 by MTV News. MTV said: "She may never be 'royal,' but Lorde's chart-topping single will forever be enthroned in the collective cerebral cortex of the world." Ella Yelich-O'Connor is a New Zealand singer-songwriter. Inspired by her love for such royals as Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI of France, and the last Tsar, Nicholas II of Russia, she adopted the moniker of Lorde (The 'e' is pronounced silently).

This song eschews an intro and starts right in with the verse "I've never seen a diamond in the flesh...". Since the song tells a story, this is a great technique for hooking the listener. This is a very unusual song and an unlikely hit, but some of the structural elements it employs also showed up in other hits of the time. The prominent finger snaps are certainly different, but hand claps were big at this time, appearing in Pharrell's "Happy" and Katy Perry's "Dark Horse."

"Royals" also gets to the chorus by leading up to it with a line that punches the title as the main instrumentation kicks in. When Lorde sings, "And we'll never be," the music begins to build, hitting full chorus mode when she sings "Royals." Pharrell also did this on "Happy," using "Because I'm..." to build into the title.


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I've never seen a ______________ in the flesh. I cut my teeth on ______________ rings in the movies. And I'm not ______________ of my address in the torn up town, no post code ______________.
But every song's like: ________________ teeth, Grey Goose, tripping in the ________________. Bloodstains, ball gowns, trashing the hotel ________________. We don't care, we're ________________ Cadillacs in our dreams.
But __________________________'s like: Crystal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece. Jet planes, __________________________, tigers on a gold leash. __________________________, we aren't caught up in your __________________________ affair.
And we'll __________ be royals (royals). It don't run in our __________. That kind of lux __________ ain't for us. We crave a different __________ of buzz.
Let me be your ______________. You can call me ______________ bee. ______________ baby I'll rule (I'll rule, I'll rule, I'll rule). Let me live that ______________.
My friends and I we've ______________ the code. We count our dollars on the train to the ______________. And everyone who knows us knows that we're ______________ with this, we didn't come for ______________.
But every song's ________________: Gold teeth, Grey Goose, ________________ in the bathroom. Bloodstains, ball ________________, trashing the hotel room. We don't care, we're driving Cadillacs in our ________________.
But everybody's __________________: Crystal, Maybach, diamonds on your __________________. Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold __________________. We don't care, we __________________ caught up in your love affair.
And ____________ never be royals (royals). It don't ____________ in our blood. That kind of lux just ain't ____________. We crave a different kind of ____________.
________________ be your ruler (ruler). You ________________ me queen bee. And baby I'll rule (I'll rule, I'll rule, I'll rule). ________________ live that fantasy.
ooh ooh oh ooh. We're ____________________ than we've ever dreamed, and I'm in love ____________________ queen.
ooh ooh oh ooh. Life is __________________ without a care. We aren't __________________ in your love affair.
And we'll never be ______________. It don't run in our ______________. That ______________ lux just ain't for us. We ______________ a different kind of buzz.
Let me be ____________________ (ruler). ____________________ call me queen bee. And baby I'll rule (I'll rule, I'll rule, I'll rule). Let me that fantasy.
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