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Lorde Pure Heroine
Song by Lorde
Released September 27, 2013
Recorded 2012/13
Length 3:55
Producers Joel Little
Genres Alternative, artpop
Label Universal Music Group, Lava Records, Republic Records
From Pure Heroine
Chronology
"Tennis Court" "400 Lux" "Royals"

"400 Lux" is the second track on Lorde's debut album Pure Heroine.

Background

Writing and composition

"400 Lux" was written by Lorde (credited under Ella Yelich O'Connor) and Joel Little. It was released with her debut album Pure Heroine.

Taken from Genius Lyrics, "The title refers to a lux, which is a unit of measurement for light and illumination, and a sunrise or sunset is about 400 luxs on a clear day. It is also worth pointing out that the sunny ambience and the lyrics about driving match this tone. Lyrically, it is thought to be about a couple enjoying each other while driving during a sunrise. The lyrics "And the heating comes on, (you buy me orange juice)" is a direct mention to Lorde's favorite drink, which is actually orange juice.".[1]

Reception

Critical Reception

Jason Lipshutz of Billboard wrote about "400 Lux" saying "Femme fatale pop at its finest: over canyon-sized bass and popping percussion, Lorde tosses off a deeply evocative lyric ("You drape your wrists over the steering wheel") in the same couplet as a powerful declaration ("We might be hollow, but we're brave")."

Chart Performance

"400 Lux" peaked on the US Rock songs chart at number 20.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
We're never done with killing time
Can I kill it with you?
Till the veins run red and blue
We come around here all the time
Got a lot to not do, let me kill it with you

[Pre-Chorus]
You pick me up and take me home again
Head out the window again
We're hollow like the bottles that we drain
You drape your wrists over the steering wheel
Pulses can drive from here
We might be hollow, but we're brave

[Chorus]
(And I like you)
I love these roads where the houses don't change
(And I like you)
Where we can talk like there's something to say
(And I like you)
I'm glad that we stopped kissing the tar on the highway
(And I like you)
We move in the tree streets
I'd like it if you stayed

[Verse 2]
Now we're wearing long sleeves
And the heating comes on
(You buy me orange juice)
We're getting good at this
Dreams of clean teeth
I can tell that you're tired
But you keep the car on
While you're waiting out front

[Pre-Chorus]
You pick me up and take me home again
Head out the window again
We're hollow like the bottles that we drain
You drape your wrists over the steering wheel
Pulses can drive from here
We might be hollow, but we're brave

[Chorus]
(And I like you)
I love these roads where the houses don't change
(And I like you)
Where we can talk like there's something to say
(And I like you)
I'm glad that we stopped kissing the tar on the highway
(And I like you)
We move in the tree streets
I'd like it if you stayed

[Bridge]
We're never done with killing time
Can I kill it with you?
Till the veins run red and blue
We come around here all the time
Got a lot to not do, let me kill it with you

[Chorus]
(And I like you)
I love these roads where the houses don't change
(And I like you)
Where we can talk like there's something to say
(And I like you)
I'm glad that we stopped kissing the tar on the highway
(And I like you)
We move in the tree streets
I'd like it if you stayed

[Outro]
And I like you...
And I like you...
I like you

References

  1. 400 Lux - Genius Lyrics

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