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21 lorde still sane by kingtapir-d7gq1kj
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Released
Recorded 2012/13
Length 3:09
Producers Joel Little
Genres Alternative, indie, electropop
Label Lava Records, Republic Records
From
"Glory and Gore" "Still Sane" "White Teeth Teens"

"Still Sane" is the 8th track off Lorde's debut album Pure Heroine.

Background

Writing and composition

"Still Sane" was written by Lorde (credited under Ella Yelich O'Connor) and Joel Little. it was included on the album Pure Heroine. Lyrically, it touches upon the "all work and no play" craziness of her rise to fame and the duality of fame and legacy.

Reception

Critical Reception

Critics praised Lorde's voice, being describing it as "smoky and restrained", while Jason Lipshutz from Billboard said "On an album in which Lorde rarely sounds like she's 16 years old, "Still Sane" is the portrait of someone who knows she has had to grow up too fast but has embraced this abnormality."

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Today is my birthday, and I'm riding high
Hair is dripping, hiding that I'm terrified
But this is summer, playing dumber than in fall
Everything I say falls right back into everything

[Bridge 1]
I'm not in the swing of things
But what I really mean is
Not in the swing of things yet

[Verse 2]
Riding around on the bikes, we’re still sane
I won’t be her, tripping over onstage
Hey, it’s all cool
I still like hotels, but I think that'll change
Still like hotels, and my newfound fame
Hey, promise I can stay good
(Everything feels right)
I'm little, but I'm coming for the crown
I'm little, but I’m coming for you
(Chase paper, get it)
I'm little but I’m coming for the title
Held by everyone who’s up

[Chorus]
All work and no play never made me lose it
All business, all day keeps me up a level
All work and no play keeps me on the new shit, yeah
All work and no play, let me count the bruises
All business, all day keeps me up a level
All work and no play, lonely on that new shit, yeah, yeah

[Bridge 2]
Only bad people live to see their likeness set in stone
Only bad people live to see their likeness set in stone
What does that make me?

[Bridge 1]
I'm not in the swing of things
But what I really mean is
Not in the swing of things yet
I'm not in the swing of things
But what I really mean is
Not in the swing of things yet

[Chorus]
All work and no play never made me lose it
All business, all day keeps me up a level
All work and no play keeps me on the new shit, yeah
All work and no play, let me count the bruises
All business, all day keeps me up a level
All work and no play, lonely on that new shit, yeah, yeah

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