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“Royals” Is Based Off A Baseball Team

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Ever since New Zealand artist Lorde dropped “Royals” in 2013, people have meditated on its deeper meanings. Most fans propose that the song displays Lorde’s frustration with cultural standards overwhelmed by wealth and excess. But what if we told you that Lorde got the song from the Kansas City Royal baseball team?

In an interview with VH1, Lorde explained that she found a picture of the Kansas City Royals team in National Geographic. The player signing baseballs wore a shirt that said “Royals,” and Lorde liked the word. She pinned the idea off of that one baseball jersey.