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Song by Lorde
Released June 16, 2017
Recorded 2015/16
Length 3:36
Producers Lorde Jack Antonoff
Genres Art pop
Label Lava Records, Republic Records
From Melodrama
"Sober II (Melodrama) "Writer in the Dark" "Supercut"

"Writer in the Dark" is a track from Lorde's sophomore album, Melodrama.

Background

During an interview, Lorde sang a line from one of her "favorite tracks" on the album, "Bet you rue the day you kissed a writer in the dark". Later, the track list revealed it was in fact titled "Writer in the Dark".

Writing and Composition

About the song Lorde said "I think that when you do this, you have to find a way to live with yourself, because it’s not making no one feel anything. A handful of people will listen to this album and have it sort of get them [in the gut].

But it was important for me to say. And I don’t think that song is apologising for it. It’s more like, what did you think was going to happen? I was doing this before I met you and I’ll be doing this after you’re gone… I felt quite empowered.

It was weird, I woke up in the middle of the night and was lying next to someone. And I wrote it down on my phone and I was like, ‘Oh God, I feel so naughty writing this!’ While somebody’s sleeping, like an evil witch. But I really love that song. I feel like it’s such a cool, painful moment in the record."

Lyrics

Break the news - you're walking out
To be a good man for someone else
Sorry I was never good like you
Stood on my chest and kept me down
Hated hearing my name on the lips of a crowd
Did my best to exist just for you

Bet you rue the day you kissed a writer in the dark
Bet you rue the day you kissed a writer in the dark
Now she's gonna play and sing and lock you in her heart
Bet you rue the day you kissed a writer in the dark

I am my mother's child, I'll love you 'til my breathing stops
I'll love you 'til you call the cops on me
But in our darkest hours, I stumbled on a secret power
I'll find a way to be without you, babe

I still feel you, now and then
Slow like pseudo-ephedrine
When you see me, will you say I've changed?
I ride the subway, read the signs
I let the seasons change my mind
I love it here since I've stopped needing you

Bet you rue the day you kissed a writer in the dark
Bet you rue the day you kissed a writer in the dark
Now she's gonna play and sing and lock you in her heart
Bet you rue the day you kissed a writer in the dark

I am my mother's child, I'll love you 'til my breathing stops
I'll love you 'til you call the cops on me
But in our darkest hours, I stumbled on a secret power
I'll find a way to be without you, babe

I am my mother's child, I'll love you 'til my breathing stops
I'll love you 'til you call the cops on me
But in our darkest hours, I stumbled on a secret power
I'll find a way to be without you, babe

{{|M|mini=1}} Melodrama Era
Songs Green LightSoberHomemade DynamiteThe LouvreLiabilityHard Feelings/LovelessSober II (Melodrama)Writer in the DarkSupercutLiability (Reprise)Perfect PlacesLiabilityGreen Light (Chromeo Remix)
Producers Jack AntonoffLordeKuk HarrellFrank DukesAndrew WyattFlumeMalayS1Jean-Benoît Dunckel
Writers Jack AntonoffLordeJoel LittleTove LoLudvig Söderberg
Concerts SNLFestival TourLater... with Jools HollandMelodrama World Tour
Other PhotoshootsInterviews

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