Figuring out Lorde’s Christian Roots Part 13 (UPDATED)

Figuring out Lorde’s Christian Roots Part 13

UPDATED (David Bruce commented “She didn’t say she was a big Jesus believer. She said she was a big Yeezus believer. Which is a Kanye West album. Which incidentally is a blasphemous, hateful piece of garbage from what I’ve heard of it.” This sets me straight concerning what Lorde said in the video that I saw. She did not say that she was a “big Jesus believer.” )

It is hard to figure out this New Zealand newcomer and her Christian roots but I am going to attempt to in this series of posts. Here is an interview where she describes herself as a “big Jesus believer.

One way to get a better idea about a person is to take a closer look at their lyrics. Here is a discussion about one of Lorde’s songs that I really like.

Lyrics of the song “Team:”
Wait ’til you’re announced
We’ve not yet lost all our graces
The hounds will stay in chains

Look upon Your Greatness and she’ll send the call out
Send the call out (repeat line x15, gradual fade)

[Verse 1]
Call all the ladies out, they’re in their finery
A hundred jewels on throats
A hundred jewels between teeth

Now bring my boys in, their skin in craters like the moon
The moon we love like a brother, while he glows through the room

Dancin’ around the lies we tell
Dancin’ around big eyes as well

Even the comatose, they don’t dance and tell

[Chorus]
We live in cities you’ll never see onscreen
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

[Post-Chorus]
I’m kind of over gettin’ told to throw my hands up in the air
So there

[Verse 2]
So all the cups got broke
Shards beneath our feet
But it wasn’t my fault

And everyone’s competing for a love they won’t receive
Cause what this palace wants is release

[Chorus]

[Bridge]
I’m kind of over gettin’ told to throw my hands up in the air
So there
I’m kind of older than I was when I reveled without a care
So there

[Chorus]

[Outro]
We’re on each other’s team
And you know we’re on each other’s team
We’re on each other’s team
We’re on each other’s team
And you know and you know and you know

COMMENTARY FROM THIS SAME WEBSITE:

Things got wild at the party. She’s pinning it on some of her guests.

Inferring from previous interviews, this might be another “inspired by a true story” moment from the life of Lorde.

See: The “lover’s spit” line in Ribs.

Possible allusion to “the ground beneath their feet/the hot garbage and concrete” on Vampire Weekend’s “Mansard Roof,” which is similar thematically. The “Mansard Roof” lyric is probably a reference to Salman Rushdie’s The Ground Beneath Her Feet, which is based on Freddie Mercury of Queen. (Around the time he was writing the album, Ezra Koenig was taking Gaya Spivak’s postcolonial literary theory classes very seriously.) See, Queen and fame! LORDE has stated her allegiance to Ezra Koenig songwriting on Tumblr, but I find it equally plausible that she’s read Rushdie. Or just picked up the idiom out of the air.

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