Tennis Court Lyrics by Lorde


Lorde Lyrics

Tennis Court Lyrics
Don't you think that it's boring how people talk
Making smart with their words again, well I'm bored
Because I'm doing this for the thrill of it, killin' it
Never not chasing a million things I want
And I am only as young as the minute is full of it
Getting pumped up from the little bright things I bought
But I know they'll never own me
(Yeah)

Baby be the class clown
I'll be the beauty queen in tears
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
Let's go down to the tennis court, and talk it up like yeah (yeah)

Pretty soon I'll be getting on my first plane
I'll see the veins of my city like they do in space
But my head's filling up fast with the wicked games, up in flames
How can I f*ck with the fun again, when I'm known
And my boys trip me up with their heads again, loving them
Everything's cool when we're all in line, for the throne
But I know it's not forever
(Yeah)

Baby be the class clown
I'll be the beauty queen in tears
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
Let's go down to the tennis court, and talk it up like yeah (yeah)

It looked alright in the pictures (yeah)

Getting caught soft for the trip though, isn't it?
I fall apart with all my heart
And you can watch from your window
[laughs]
And you can watch from your window

Baby be the class clown
I'll be the beauty queen in tears
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
Let's go down to the tennis court, and talk it up like yeah (yeah)

And talk it up like yeah (yeah)
And talk it up like yeah (yeah)
Let's go down to the tennis court, and talk it up like yeah (yeah)
And talk it up like yeah (yeah)
And talk it up like yeah (yeah)
Let's go down to the tennis court, and talk it up like yeah
(Yeah)
Writer: Little, Joel / Yelich-O'Connor, Ella
Copyright: Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing
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Tennis Court Info:

Tennis Court is from Lorde's 2013 debut album Pure Heroine. The song is a follow up to her hit song, "Royals", and was released by Universal Music Group as the album's second single. Lorde and Joel Little co-wrote "Tennis Court," an electronica-tinged art pop song.

Lyrically the song discusses Lordes "newfound fame", Lorde calls to show people "how little we care", a "different kind of typical teen rebellion". The songs concept introduced "between fame and a more innocent time"; "My head's filling up fast with wicked games/ How can I f**k with fun again when I'm known?".

Despite the track's title, the New Zealander doesn't actually play tennis. "I've always been really fascinated by the visual concept of the tennis court," she told MTV News. "Then also there's a tennis court in my hometown where me and my friends would hang out when we were kids, right up until we were teenagers, and that was just a symbol that felt kind of nostalgic to me."

Little recalled to Billboard magazine how this song found Lorde's songwriting maturing. "Up until that point, she would bring Lyrics and we would take inspiration from there as to where to go with the music," he explained. "But this was one where I started putting the music together and we came up with melodies over the top, and she wrote to the melody. As she was developing in songwriting, that became more of an option."

"That song was one where we had everything except the chorus," Little continued. "She was sitting in the back of the room while I was working on the music and she was saying, 'I think I've got a chorus idea.' I asked, 'Can I hear it?' and she said, 'No, no, no.' She wouldn't sing it to me and then once she had it, she basically sang the entire chorus as you hear it now. I was like, 'Holy s--t, this is seriously good.'

This was the first time she had this fully-formed, amazing idea for a chorus. This is, I don't know how long into the process, but it was when I was like, 'This girl is going to be an amazing songwriter, or has turned into one in a really short amount of time.' Then I just added the 'yeahs' and we tweaked a couple things here and there."


From the Album:
Pure Heroine (2013)

B-side:
"Swingin Party"

Released:
June 7th, 2013

Format:
Digital download, Vinyl

Recorded:
late 2012 to early 2013; at Golden Age Studios, Auckland, New Zealand

Genre:
Electronica, trip hop, chillwave, art pop

Length: 3:18

Writers:
Ella Yelich O'Connor
Joel Little

Producer:
Joel Little

Music video:
"Tennis Court" on YouTube

The official video for "Tennis Court" was directed by Joel Kefali and released on Lorde's official VEVO account on 23 June 2013. The music video is a single shot of Lorde wearing heavy make-up and making expressive faces to the camera while singing only the background Lyrics.

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