THIS CITY IS MINE
- May 2, 2004
"I really like the song. The melodies are spot on and the outro is gorgeous. It is so different from her previous work and I love that, I love growth. However, I can't really relate to the overall message. I mean maybe if it had been released pre-pandemic? but the lyrics in this context are like...IDK. I just can't relate. Perhaps because people like me, who live in third world countries, are still struggling to get vaccines (first world countries bought the vast majority of vaccines from major laboratories in order to re-sell them after they're done vaccinating their own population, not giving the chance to third world countries and paying no attention to the UN who have been warning powerful countries about the inequality of access to vaccines. Eg: Canada bought 5 times the number of vaccines they need for their population) and so the idea of chilling on the beach seems very far away from us but oh well. Perhaps going to the beach is her way of coping with the global situation, and that's great, everyone sort of had to find a way of coping. However, there are very very very few people who are able to do that today. So even though I am glad she is able to do that, I just can't relate to the lyrics. Again, perhaps if it had been released pre-2020 then yeah. It's kind of a bummer 'cause, as a fan that I am, I was really intrigued as to what she had to say through her art about what's going on in the world right now, but oh well. I enjoy the song for what it is, but the lyrics are not the tea. Lorde saying "can you catch me? no, you can't" well girl of course I can't catch you, I hardly have enough money to pay my electricity bill and I won't be able to pay for the gas bill, let alone going to the beach to chill, I will never catch you I mean. Or "I throw my cell to the water"? girl, every time I drop my phone I effing pray the screen won't break cause how the hell will I pay for the repairs?!
PS: Some people here saying that we are overanalyzing the lyrics...Just enjoy it and chill," they say, well babies, maybe you get to say that because you have privileges that most people in the world don't. Count your blessings, darling."
I love the second half of this song - very Primal Scream. But it kicks in too late for me.