Oh My Lorde: A Look Back At Pure Heroine Before Going Through The ‘Green Light’

All hail Lorde, who is back and better than ever with a plethora of festival shows lined up and the her release of her first single, “Green Light,” off her sophomore album Melodrama, releasing THIS summer. Hallelujah! But before we enter this next chapter in her soon-to-come story of the past couple years, let’s reflect on what made her so alluring to begin with.

At only 16 years old, Ella Yelich-O’Connor became the icon Lorde, after her debut album Pure Heroine received massive acclaim and success, and two Grammys (Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance) to top it off. Her ability to capture the true essence of those teenage years, middle-class boredom, and the innate desire to experience the world before her was, and remains to be, refreshing. Lorde’s lyrics express innuendos of the digital age dictating our daily lives while her breathy, moody voice lingers on throughout her first album about the realities and fears that accompany adolescence.

Stand out tracks to revisit on the Pure Heroine:

1. Tennis Court

The first song off the hit album, reflects on the boredom of the suburbia she comes from, while comparing it to her soon-to-come fame lifestyle. Lorde also expresses the “I don’t care” attitude of her generation, while stating how this outlook really just stems from innate fear:

“It’s a new art form showing people how little we care (yeah)
We’re so happy, even when we’re smilin’ out of fear”


2. “Buzzcut Season”

This song captures the ignorance and bubble many people live in, while there is a dark reality of war being fought and dealt with elsewhere.

Explosions on T.V.
And all the girls with heads inside a dream
So now we live beside the pool
Where everything is good

The men up on the news
They try to tell us all that we will lose
But it’s so easy in this blue
Where everything is good


3. “Ribs”

Arguably her best song to date in my opinion, this track embodies the strangely overbearing feeling of realizing you are growing up and leaving your adolescence behind. Lyrically, the song touches on individual memories of hers:

“The drink you spilt all over me
‘Lover’s Spit’ left on repeat”

“This dream isn’t feeling sweet
We’re reeling through the midnight streets
And I’ve never felt more alone
It feels so scary, getting old”

The beat picks up eventually and the song becomes full of intense flashbacks.

“I want ’em back (I want ’em back)
The minds we had (the minds we had)
How all the thoughts (how all the thoughts)
Moved ’round our heads (moved ’round our heads)
I want ’em back (I want ’em back)
The minds we had (the minds we had)
It’s not enough to feel the lack
I want ’em back, I want ’em back, I want ’em
You’re the only friend I need
Sharing beds like little kids
Laughing ’til our ribs get tough
But that will never be enough”

Check out Pure Heroine in full here:


Entering into the “Green Light”

To entice and excite her devoted fans for the release of her first single in over three years (flashback to her single  “Yellow Flicker Beat” from the soundtrack for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1”) she decided to set up clues around her hometown in New Zealand in anticipation for the new hit.

Check out some of the clues below:

So what makes “Green Light” such a special comeback anthem for Lorde to debut in anticipation for Melodrama? Easy — it’s a breakup song that is more than just the drama, wails and cries of a broken hearted teen. Instead it delves into the complications and emotional roller-coaster that well…IS your first heartbreak. *Cue* one moment subtweeting about what an idiot you ex is for breaking up with you while you laugh about how stupid you were to date him/her, and next moment you’re texting him/her how much you miss them.

In an interview with Zane Lowe for Beats 1 Lorde explained:

“The song is actually about a heartbreak. And it’s not something that I really am used to writing about. It took me a while to be able to figure out how to write about that. It was my first major heartbreak. And the song is really about those moments kind of immediately after your life changes and about all the silly little things that you gravitate towards. I say, ‘She thinks you love the beach, you’re such a liar.’ What the fuck, she thinks you like the beach?! You don’t like the beach! It’s those little stupid things.”

As a songwriter, Lorde has the unique talent of being able to cover what it really feels like to experience love in four minutes or fewer. It suggests the power of independence, while still being honest about the haunting lingering effects of an having an ex. Lyrics such as:

“’Cause honey I’ll come get my things, but I can’t let go
I’m waiting for it, that green light, I want it
Oh, I wish I could get my things and just let go
I’m waiting for it, that green light, I want it”

Suggest the frustrating feeling of physically leaving a person but how emotionally letting go is a whole other obstacle to face. She even touches on the humor of revenge or being spiteful over a lover’s unkept promises:

“Those great whites, they have big teeth
Hope they bite you
Thought you said that you would always be in love
But you’re not in love no more”

Her lyrics offer fans a relatable breakup song that sounds more like a pop anthem to dance to and forget you ever even had feelings for the person to begin with. “Green Light” sounds quite interesting, the song itself jolts you in a few different directions during your listening experience. Lorde’s describes it best on Twitter by stating:

And I gotta say, bring on the “melodrama” that is Lorde’s existence, because I can’t wait to delve into this brand new story of hers.

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