Lorde: The Love Club Meaning
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Song Released: 2013
The Love Club Lyrics
It's not the same as when I was punched
In the old days there was enough
The card games and ease with the bitter salt of blood
I was in but I want out
My mother's love is choking me
I'm sick of words that hang...
anonymous Mar 1st, 2014 3:18pm report
Lorde mentioned in an interview that this song is about how a teenager's "friendships can distance them from their family". This makes sense, because so often teens will go party and hang with friends and forget about those who watched them grow up like their parents. This is evident in the bridge when she sings, "The only problem that I got with the club is that you're severed from the people who watched you grow up."
The entire song is a satirical outlook on the cliques kids will join in school and throughout their teen years because it's enticing and may result in "fitting in" better when, in reality, it's all a hoax and eventually you discover it's not everything it was cracked up to be.
When she says "it's not the same as when I was punched", she's referring to how she joined the clique. She's using being punched as form of initiation in order to join a gang as a metaphor for having to change who she truly was and forget the ones who truly care about her in order to fit in with the clique she's joined. She's now realizing that the people she's become friends with aren't as great as they seemed when she first became a part of their clique.
The chorus is complete sarcasm. "Be a part of the love club. Everything will glow for you." She's saying that those are the lies she was told before she joined the clique but she soon discovered, after she was "punched", that she was living a lifestyle that she wasn't proud of.
The second verse explains how she felt when she first joined the clique. Things seemed cool. "There are fights for being my best friend". She felt wanted and important to the clique. When she says "I'm sitting pretty on the throne, there's nothing more I want except to be along", she's talking about how she finally became the head of the clique, the popular girl. But she was so tainted and wanted nothing to do with other people who may lower her title. It's more satire. She's most likely mocking the people she's known her are like that or have changed in order to fit into a certain echelon at school.
The song is very deep and meanginful. When disected, any teenager can relate to its lyrical content.
anonymous Dec 10th, 2013 12:21pm report
Some of these are right and some of these are wrong, she is basaclly anti celebrity, Yeah we learned that from her song royals, but in th the "club" is being a singer and she is saying how it was great at first but now she just wants to be treated normally, like she is also saying the people at school treat her diffrnt now too, and how celebrities get all caught up in being famous that they forger about family and friends and people who they grew up with and syarted acting all snobby just because their famous. And how she wants to be alone but the press won't let her but basically the whole song is the pros and cons about being a celebrity.
Listen to her voice and read the lyrics, it says it all.
anonymous Mar 6th, 2017 3:44pm report
"There's something about hanging out with the wicked kids
Take the pill make it too real."
It is this lyric that leads me to believe this song is, yes about a group a friends one is in, but mainly drugs; and even being pressured into drugs by the friends your with. And maybe even, rebelliousness spurred by teen angst and a need to go against you parents. This can be drawn from the line "My mothers love is choking me."
Not to mention the line, "Your clothes are soaked and you don't know where to go
So drop your chin and take yourself back home." This line is in reference to how when everything falls apart and you know you have messed up you are forced to go home and start again. And that upon returning home you know you'll be forced to admit you guilt. The part about dropping your chin is about bearing your shame. And the line, "The only problem that I got with the club is how you're severed from the people who watched you grow up"? It is well understood that drugs have detrimental effects on your personal relationships, especially those of you family. This line is showing how in doing this and being one of the "wicked kids" you generally will grow away from you relatives, more specifically your parents. Often because they will try to help but you have to "drop your chin" and accept offered aid and instead opt to just continue your bad habits without unwanted intervention and in turn defecate all over those who love you. As for, "Everything will glow for you," it is said drugs provide a "more golden" state of mind and make everything seem great. Thus why if you join the love club, every thing will glow for you.
anonymous Nov 21st, 2013 11:35pm report
I saw a documentry years ago about gang culture. One female contributor was saying how you can choose whether to be punched in or sexed in. The initiation.
She said as a woman you get more respect if you choose to be punched in.
anonymous Oct 22nd, 2013 10:09am report
She's in a clique that she doesn't want to be in anymore, it doesn't feel the same from the first day they jumped her in. in the song it say ''and the words hang above my head..'' she is tired of the bad names she is given because she is part of the clique. ''my mother's love is choking me..'' her mother is telling her to stop being in the club.
She says the club makes her and who ever is part of it forget about the people who love them and have been with them their whole lives.
anonymous Aug 10th, 2013 8:46am report
She says that it is about a clique where you have so much fun that its scary. It Males you forget about People who truly care about you. I have no clue about the punching part
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