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Lorde Melodrama album cover 2017 03 02
Song by Lorde
Released June 16 2017
Recorded 2015/16
Length 6:07
Producers Lorde

Jack Antonoff

Frank Dukes (Loveless)
Genres Artpop
Label Lava Records, Republic Records
From Melodrama
Melodrama Chronology
"Liability" "Hard Feelings/Loveless" "Sober II (Melodrama)"


"Hard Feelings/Loveless" is a song from Lorde's sophomore album Melodrama. [1] It is divided into two parts, "Hard Feelings" and "Loveless".

Background

Writing and Composition

With something of a soft-rock vibe, it has a slow-burning section, built around piano chords, for which Lorde had yet to find a lyric or melody during recording. She reportedly told Jack Antonoff she was thinking "hard feelings" could work here, and after he told her to "slide it like Sinead", she went up to the mic and sang the lyrics "Oh, my babe I got haaard feeeliiings,". She said she thought "the feelings part is catchy". Antonoff revealed it pleasantly reminded him of Don Henley’s 1989 hit, “The Heart of the Matter,” in which he grapples with news that a past lover has met someone new, then laments other bygone relationships. “I love that genre of breakup song, where it’s the calm after a big fight,” Antonoff said. [1] Lorde revealed that "that's paul simon saying "what is this tape?" when loveless starts – i sampled it from an amazing doco about graceland". [2] the whole song is a duration of 6 minutes and 7 seconds, while "Hard Feelings" goes for about 4 minutes and "Loveless" is a span of 2 minutes, 13 seconds.

Reception

Critical Reception

Crictics praised how "Loveless" was "shamelessly pop" and how the song was split into two parts, "Hard Feelings" and "Loveless".

Lyrics

(Go back and tell it)

Please could you be tender and I will sit close to you
Let's give it a minute before we admit that we're through
Guess this is the winter
Our bodies are young and blue
I'm at Jungle City, it's late and this song is for you

Cause I remember the rush, when forever was us
Before all of the winds of regret and mistrust
Now we sit in your car and our love is a ghost
Well I guess I should go
Yeah I guess I should go

Hard feelings
These are what they call hard feelings of love
When the sweet words and fevers all leave us right here in the cold, oh oh
Alone with the hard feelings of love
God I wish I believed you when you told me this was my home, oh oh

I light all the candles
Cut flowers for all my rooms
I care for myself the way I used to care about you
These days, we kiss and we keep busy
The waves come after midnight
I call from underwater
Why even try to get right?
When you've outgrown a lover
The whole world knows but you
It's time to let go of this endless summer afternoon

Hard feelings
These are what they call hard feelings of love
When the sweet words and fevers all leave us right here in the cold, oh oh
Alone with the hard feelings of love
God I wish I believed you when you told me this was my home, oh oh

Three years, loved you every single day, made me weak, it was real for me, yup, real for me
Now I'll fake it every single day 'til I don't need fantasy, 'til I feel you leave
But I still remember everything, how we'd drift buying groceries, how you'd dance for me
I'll start letting go of little things 'til I'm so far away from you, far away from you, yeah

"What is this tape?"
"This is my favorite tape"

Bet you wanna rip my heart out
Bet you wanna skip my calls now
Well guess why? I like that
'Cause I kinda miss your life f---ed
Kinda wanna take my mouth shut
Look out, lovers

We're L.O.V.E.L.E.S.S.
Generation
L.O.V.E.L.E.S.S.
Generation
All f---in' with our lover's heads
Generation

Bet you wanna rip my heart out
Bet you wanna skip my calls now
Well guess why? I like that
'Cause I kinda miss your life f---ed
Kinda wanna take my mouth shut
Look out, lovers

We're L.O.V.E.L.E.S.S.
Generation
L.O.V.E.L.E.S.S. (look out, lovers)
Generation
All f--kin' with our lover's heads
Generation (look out, lovers)

L.O.V.E.L.E.S.S.
Generation
L.O.V.E.L.E.S.S.
Generation
L.O.V.E.L.E.S.S.
Generation
L.O.V.E.L.E.S.S.
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L.O.V.E.L.E.S.S.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Return of Lorde - The New York Times
  2. Revealed on Lorde's Twitter

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