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Song Analysis of “Team” by Lorde

Hey guys! I’ll be doing another song analysis of my favorite song which is “Team” as popularized by Lorde. This song perfectly describes teenagers who are coming of age as stated in some stanzas or lines. Lorde simply wrote this song as tribute to her friends.

So, I’ll be doing an analysis of this song by stanzas and see what message Lorde is trying to send to us. These stanzas will all be italicized , so as to quote the song.

“Wait till 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

The first stanza of “Team” trying to tell us not to lose hope in everything. We still have a long way to go. Instead of focusing on our imperfections, why not focus on what we have and love it?

“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

Second stanza describes teenage girls and boys in their coming of age, such as dressing up and wearing braces. They’re just like us who had gone through this stage. The message that Lorde is trying to tell us in this stanza is to embrace our flaws. We can still be beautiful in spite of our imperfections.

“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”

The world is always worshiping wrong things as explained through this chorus. It’s not the same as what the media tells us. Life is not always that easy or pretty ,contrary to what the media is saying. Life is reality. Reality can still provide us true friends, happiness and love that we deserve.

“I’m kind of over gettin’ told to throw my hands up in the air
So there”

Lorde clearly states her displeasure or distaste on being pushed around or influenced by peer pressures. We all have our own life. Why let other people push us around like we’re robots?

“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”

Fights. Brawls. Competitions for love. This is clearly described in the stanza. Why do we all compete for love even when we know we won’t receive the same kind of love we expect from  other people?

“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”

We’re all sick and tired of being pushed around or being told what to do and what not to do. Rebellion results from being controlled with our lives.

“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

We’re on each other’s team
And you know we’re on each other’s team
We’re on each other’s team
And you know and you know and you know”

So, basically, the concept behind this song by Lorde is to help each other get rid of the crap or lies that the media is telling us. Instead of competing with each other, we team up, hence the title of this song.

Disclaimer: I don’t own any of Lorde’s song , so I’m citing or quoting every line.

 

 

 

 

 

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