I remember when your head caught flame
It kissed your scalp and caressed your brain
Well you laughed, baby it's okay
It's buzz cut season anyway
(Well you laughed, baby it's okay)

Explosions on TV, and all the girls with heads inside a dream
So now we live beside the pool, where everything is good

We ride the bus with the knees pulled in
People should see how we're living
(We ride the bus with the knees pulled in)
Shut my eyes to the song that plays
Sometimes this has a hot, sweet taste
(Shut my eyes to the song that plays)

The men up on the news, they try to tell us all that we will lose
But it's so easy in this blue, where everything is good

And I'll never go home again (place the call, feel it start)
Favorite friend (and nothing's wrong when nothing's true)
I live in a hologram with you
We're all the things that we do for fun (and I'll breathe, and it goes)
Play along (make-believe it's hyper real)
But I live in a hologram with you

Cola with the burnt-out taste
I'm the one you tell your fears to
There'll never be enough of us

Explosions on TV, and all the girls with heads inside a dream
So now we live beside the pool, where everything is good

And I'll never go home again (place the call, feel it start)
Favorite friend (and nothing's wrong when nothing's true)
I live in a hologram with you
We're all the things that we do for fun (and I'll breathe, and it goes)
Play along (make-believe it's hyper real)
But I live in a hologram with you



Lyrics submitted by stagnate, edited by portabella

"Buzzcut Season" as written by Joel Little, Ella Yelich-o'connor

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing

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  • +5
    General Comment:I love this song; its my personal favorite on her new album. Here's what I think it's talking about...

    The world or reality is bad (explosions on tv, men on the news). People try to ignore it (girls with heads inside a dream) or pretend like everything is perfect. And sometimes you need to escape reality and the world we're living in and create your own world (make believe) where everything is good and you never want to leave.

    This is my own interpretation; though I could be completely wrong,
    allonsy723on October 08, 2013   Link
  • +3
    My Interpretation:I thought this song was about dealing with a friend/family member who has cancer. For some reason it reminded me of my friend losing his mother slowly to brain cancer. He wanted to do everything he could believe it wasn't true. It made me realize how insignificant things could be. He would relive his moments with his mom in home videos and pictures so that he could remember her as she was, not what she slowly became. The thing that touched me the most was being there with him when she came home from the first chemo session, she shaved her head before it would start to fall out. We all did the same to show support, she laughed and told us all she was "going to be okay".
    Drifter14on October 16, 2013   Link
  • +3
    My Interpretation:I think some of you guys are overthinking the song a bit too much. It's definitely not about war or something crazy like that. Lorde already said that the Buzzcut Season is summer. So I think it's safe to say that the song is all about the joys of summer season and not caring about anything else. My last statement might be oversimplifying it but it kinda sums up what the song is about.

    "So now we live beside the pool, where everything is good" and "But it's so easy in this blue, where everything is good" pretty much tells it all.

    It's summer season. It's the season where you just lay off, relax and not do anything other than having fun. You don't care about the conflicts or problems that's around you because you already had way too many of that prior to your vacation.

    "all the girls with heads inside a dream" and "I live in a hologram with you" shows that she has put herself in an illusion during this time. She wants to pretend that she's in a paradise. She knows all too well that she's not, that her life can be a living hell sometimes, but for the sake of her vacation, she wants all her concerns and conflicts to be put way hidden in her mind where it's temporary invisible to her. All her friends are doing the same thing as well. They all know that when the season ends, they have to go back to their normal lives. So they want to make the best out of this season by prentending to be in heaven.

    "And I'll never go home again" shows how she doesn't want this season to end and just wants stay like this for a very long time.

    I like this song because it has unique way of telling the story or meaning. It's not a typical summer song where it's all about hitting the beach and showing bikinis. Instead, it's about what's inside your mind during this time of the year. It's goes deeper than just about swimming pool and hot weather, which, in my knowledge, has never been done before by any artist other than Lorde herself.
    21Minuteon January 13, 2014   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:"I remember when your head caught flame
    It kissed your scalp and caressed your brain
    Well you laughed, baby it's okay
    It's buzz cut season anyway"

    I recently had a thought about this line after listening countless times that I really like.

    The head, the focal point of thought, is shielded by but one thing: our hair. Physically it acts as a shield between our brains (thoughts) and the outside world.

    I think Lorde is trying to describe a pivotal moment in a relationship where that barrier is removed, leaving a buzzed head. A peak into the truest sense of another.

    She remembers when this happened, the pivotal moment that came in a split second, leaving both parties surprised like a sudden strike of wisdom or a spark of intense connection. She describes a laugh, which could be one of slight embarrassment for expression with no inhibition, and follows it by the reassuring line "it's ok", like she was waiting for it.

    The "Buzzcut Season" itself is a time to cut the shit; a time to tare down the walls and speak directly from the brain. No hair, just scalp.
    FuckedButInAGoodWayon March 15, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I'm not sure but I feel like this song could be about war. "Buzzcut season" like boys have to do for the army. and "explosions on TV". Everyone is pretending like everything is good but the fact is the person that she is writing the song about is gone. "I live in a hologram with you". Not sure if it is a personal experience or reflection about friends/lovers that have experienced the detriment of leaving for war. Could be way off but this song is my favorite off of Pure Heroine, lyrically and sonically it's hypnotic.
    portabellaon September 30, 2013   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaning:The song takes place in summer time. She said on her tumblr page after being asked what season this song occurs in; she replied with, "summer; all the boys i know seem to shed their hair like snakes shedding skin. it cools them down, i think"
    So from my take on this she is writing about summer and her friends just cutting their hair to cool down. nothing too significantly sad. just a happy up beat song.
    jaaaasminneon November 06, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I really think this song is about war.
    Girls "living inside a dream" and pretending nothing is wrong, because mostly is stereotypical that men go to war. And I know she mentioned summer, but for some reason it speaks to me as if its a boy, going out to war. Its "buzz cut season" anyway, all boys getting that military style buzzcut. And the "explosions on tv".

    But that's just me xD
    NicoletteCrosson November 10, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:Every line of this song seems to be about her having a close friend who went off to war. It seems pretty self-explanatory to me.
    okkkkkkkon December 26, 2013   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning:I think that the song is more about how everyone is so caught up being superficial and self absorbed that they don't notice the catastrophe unfolding around them.
    hokealogenouson November 09, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation:I thought this was about someone getting cancer as well, but it seems more like an anti-war song to me.

    Although fighting cancer is its own kind of war... Hm.
    cassandoveon November 11, 2013   Link

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