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Lorde Pure Heroine
Song by Lorde
Released September 27, 2013
Recorded 2012/13
Length 3:37
Producers Joel Little
Genres Alternative, electropop, indie
Label Lava Records, Republic Records
From Pure Heroine
Chronology
"Still Sane" White Teeth Teens "A World Alone"

"White Teeth Teens" is the 9th track from Lorde's debut studio album Pure Heroine.

Background

Writing and composition

"White Teeth Teens" was written by Lorde (credited under Ella Yelich O'Connor) and Joel Little. Lyrically it describes the imperfections of teenagers and the way they present themselves. "White Teeth Teens" is one of the Pure Heroine songs that includes direct mentions to teeth, a recurring theme in Pure Heroine.

Reception

Critical Reception

Jason Lipshutz of Billboard wrote "White teeth teens have no imperfections in the way they present themselves, Lorde argues; however, "the way they are" and "the way they seem" are completely different. Lorde inhabits a doo-wop environment on "White Teeth Teens" until the faded vocals take over on the extended, devastating conclusion."

Chart Performance

"White Teeth Teens" peaked at number 35 on the US Rock Songs chart.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
We wouldn't be seen dead here in the day
I guess you're lucky that it's dark now
And if I like it then we'll stay
Impress the empress, take a shot now

[Chorus]
We got the glow in our mouths
White teeth teens are out
White teeth teens are up for it
I know you love it when the hairpins start to drop
I like your reckoning, but we got our methods
And there's nothing here to stop, to stop this

[Verse 2]
If you want, we'll help tonight to split its seams
Give the bruises out like gifts
You'll get the picture of your dreams
I won't be smiling but the notes from my admirers
Fill my dashboard just the same

[Chorus]
We got the glow in our mouths
White teeth teens are out
White teeth teens are up for it
I know you love it when the hairpins start to drop
I like your reckoning, but we got our methods
And there's nothing here to stop, to stop this
And we're up for it
I know you love it when the hairpins start to drop
I like your reckoning, but we got our methods
And there's nothing here to stop, to stop this

[Interlude]
And everything works out so good
I wear the robe like no one could

[Bridge]
I'll let you in on something big
I am not a white teeth teen
I tried to join but never did
The way they are, the way they seem is something else, it's in the blood
Their molars blinking like the lights
In the underpass where we all sit
And do nothing, and love it

[Interlude]
And everything works out so good
I wear the robe like no one could
And everything works out so good
I wear the robe like no one could

[Outro]
We got the glow in our mouths
White teeth teens are out
White teeth teens are out

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