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"Ladder Song" is a Lorde cover of the Bright Eyes song of the same name. It was included on the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

Background

Ladder Song was the second song Lorde sang for the Mockingjay soundtrack, the other being "Yellow Flicker Beat". It was a cover of the Bright Eyes song.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
No one knows where the ladder goes
You're gonna lose what you love the most
You're not alone in anything
You're not unique in dying
I feel estranged every now and then
Fall asleep reading science fiction
I wanna fly in your silver ship
Let my mama hang and my sister sit
It's on now
The days are long now
The ups and the sundowns
And a twisting mind
If I gotta go first
I'll do it on my terms
I'm tired of traitors always changing sides
They were friends of mine

[Verse 2]
Don't hang around once the promise breaks
Or you'll be there when the next one's made
Kiss the feet of a charlatan
Some imagine freedom
All the rest is predictable
Trying your hardest to melt the snow
Tie the knots to concentrate
Keep on pulling, that rope will break

[Verse 3]
We'll welcome the new age
Covered in warrior paint
Lights from the jungle to the sky
See now, a star bursts
Looks just like a blood orange
Don't it just make you wanna cry
Precious friend of mine?

[Verse 4]
Will I know when it's finally done?
This whole life's a hallucination
You're not alone in anything
You're not alone in trying
To be

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