I'm in a clique but I want out
It's not the same as when I was punched
In the old days there was enough
The card games and ease with the bitter salt of blood
I was in but I want out
My mother's love is choking me
I'm sick of words that hang above my head
What about the kid? It's time the kid got free

Be a part of the love club
Everything will glow for you
You'll get punched for the love club
For the love club

I joined the club and it's all on
There are fights for being my best friend
And the girls get their claws out
There's something about hanging out with the wicked kids
Take the pill make it too ill
The other day I forgot my old address
I'm sitting pretty on the throne
There's nothing more I want
Except to be alone

Be a part of the love club
Everything will glow for you
You'll get punched for the love club
For the love club

Your clothes are soaked and you don't know where to go
So drop your chin and take yourself back home
And roll out your maps and papers
Find out your hiding places again
The only problem that I got with the club
Is how you're severed from the people who watched you grow up
When you're a member go on your great adventure again
They will be waiting at the end

Be a part of the love club
Everything will glow for you
You'll get punched for the love club
For the love club



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"The Love Club" as written by Joel Little, Ella Yelich-o'connor

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing

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  • +5
    My Interpretation:I think this is about the experience of dating and relationships, specifically when we enter "the scene" of them.

    Dating is almost like this cool club, this thing we can't wait to do once we are old enough. We see it on tv and and it's so glamorous **~~love~~** With shows like Gossip Girl, The OC, Degrassi (can't think of anymore current ones), we have this culture of young adults dating being so cool, we covet it. But, the reality of dating and relationships is not as easy; heartbreak doesn't have a cool montage. In this way, it's like a gang. We want to be in so bad, but then once we're in we realize all the cons, and all the ways we can get hurt.

    I think that the title "The Love Club" is an allusion to the film "Fight Club". She compares love and relationships, in some ways, to a fight club where we sometimes let ourselves get beat up and hurt to stay in the club we wanted so badly to be in. The music video shows people throwing punches and play fighting with the air.

    Perhaps, too, not just dating is to be considered as part of this "Love Club". The lyrics talk a lot about friendships,

    "There are fights for being my best friend
    And the girls get their claws out
    There's something about hanging out with the wicked kids
    Take the pill make it too ill
    The other day I forgot my old address
    I'm sitting pretty on the throne
    There's nothing more I want
    Except to be alone"

    Reminds me a lot of the fast paced gossipy backstabbing friendships we see in the shows I mentioned above. I think this type of relationship also ought to be considered a part of the "Love/Fight Club".
    LovesMamboon August 15, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:This song is not about her newfound celebrity status, because she wrote and released the EP about a year ago. Royals is on the same EP. She was internationally recognized about 9 months later, and didn't reveal who she even was until April/May.

    She is very candid. All of her songs are about things in her life, which is extremely normal. She has stated this song is about the popular crowd in school. That's what she's referring to about getting "severed from those who watch you grow up."

    There aren't a lot of hidden meanings in her songs, and she's pretty frank about that. She is a "what you see is what you get" kind of girl who wants to write about things that are real, and things that she connects to as a 16 year-old. For her, that's school, her social life, things she's reading, other artists and songs she listens to.
    habberdashon September 27, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation:Yeah, it's definitely about being in a cliche/the popular crowd. The first words are "I'm in a clique but I want out."

    Why it's called the Love Club is because being part of the club means you get lots of "love" from your peers.

    Also, it looks like things take a turn for the worse toward the end of the song when your clothes are soaked and you don't know where to go. So maybe the character in the song was ditched or stood up by her friends and its raining.

    The whole concept reminds me of Mean Girls or the novel The Clique.

    Even just hearing the music of the song, it sounds like you're being introduced to a secret, kickass party with awesome stuff but the people there are shallow and mean.
    HedonisticHermiton October 21, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation:I think the song is definitely about being in the "popular" clique and the pros and cons of being in it. "Be a part of the love club everything will glow for you you'll get punched for the love club" being the positive and negative things

    In the first verse she talks about how before she was in the clique it was alright but with "the bitter salt of blood" meaning there were some negatives to it (maybe getting bullied)

    I really like these lines in the second verse:
    "The other day I forgot my old address I'm sitting pretty on the throne there's nothing more I want except to be alone" Lorde is saying that she doesn't know who she is anymore and has changed a lot "the other day I forgot my old address". Then she says how even though she's really popular she doesn't like it and just wants to be alone.

    I think the end of the song is about leaving the clique and going back to who you truly are. "So drop your chin and take yourself back home and roll out your maps and papers find out your hiding places again"
    LiniKFon January 01, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation:You know when you feel so alone in the middle of an existential crisis? I think this song could be about any kind of vice, an abusive relationship or even of joining a drug dealing violent gang. It could really be about anything, like when you trade everything for just a little bit of fun. Joining this "club" was fun when you first started doing it (maybe drugs, maybe when you started going out with somebody, maybe you started gambling and you were winning) thats why Lorde says :Be part of the love club, everything will glow for you" sounds inviting right?

    but then everything turns around and it starts getting out of control (youve become an addict, the relationship turned out abusive and leeched you dry, you gambled all your money) and now youre hitting rock bottom even though you were even in "the throne" and have to become humble to get your family back and all your life like before.

    It puts so much emphasis in "you'll get punched for the love club, for the love club" that at the end what the stupid metaphorical "love club" wasn't even what YOU wanted in the first place.
    romysvobodaon September 07, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:The song is about moving out of home to live with young people aka joining "the love club". Friends, parties, getting up to mischief, peeps fighting to be your best friend. Everything just "glowing" for you in general.
    In the first verse she's in a clique living with her family but she wants out. The card games aren't enough anymore because she's growing up. Her mother's loving is getting too smothering and family keeps asking what shes up to with her future etc.
    The final verse is about when things go wrong living out of home, your "clothes are soaked" and you go back home to re-group and make a new plan. The only problem with this fun club living out of home is that you don't have much connection with your family. They're happy for you to move forward though and are there for you "waiting at the end"
    prushoeon October 24, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I think it's mostly about growing up. "What about the kid? It's time the kid got free."
    Cammrynlewison November 07, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I think that this song is depicting what it's like to be in the music industry and have people controlling your life. She seems to feel bored, restless, and weirded out by all of it. She's being put on a pedestal when all that she really wants is to do is make music as opposed to being part of a "clique"
    GardenofEden4on December 08, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I think that this song is about being in a clique, and you are apart of a strong group of friends which you then spend less time with your family because you are always with this clique referred to as 'the love club' because lorde wasn't famous when she wrote this I wouldn't think it related to her when she was famous.
    Lily0987654321on December 25, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation:I think this song is about how the search for romantic love and the desire for popularity takes you away from the people who really matter, and how it doesn't matter because they love you.
    blueyotison January 10, 2014   Link

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