Lorde is saying that glory doesn't come without consequences like if a king wants to take back his throne countless men die to get it back hence the phrase in the song 'Glory and gore...
There's a humming in the restless summer air
And we're slipping off the course that we prepared
But in all chaos, there is calculation
Dropping glasses just to hear them break
You've been drinking like the world was gonna end (it didn't)
Took a shiner from the fist of your best friend (go figure)
It's clear that someone's gotta go
We mean it, but I promise we're not mean

And the cry goes out (ha)
They lose their minds for us, and how it plays out (ha)
Now we're in the ring and we're coming for blood

(Oh! Oh!)
You could try and take us (oh-oh)
But we're the gladiators (Oh! Oh!)
Everyone a rager (oh-oh)
But secretly they're saviors
Glory and gore go hand in hand
That's why we're making headlines (Oh! Oh!)
You could try and take us (oh-oh)
But victory's contagious

Delicate in every way but one (the swordplay)
God knows we like archaic kinds of fun (the old way)
Chance is the only game I play with, baby
We let our battles choose us

And the cry goes out (ha oh)
They lose their minds for us and how it plays out (ha oh)
Now we're in the ring and we're coming for blood

(Oh! Oh!)
You could try and take us (oh-oh)
But we're the gladiators (Oh! Oh!)
Everyone a rager (oh-oh)
But secretly they're saviors
Glory and gore go hand in hand
That's why we're making headlines (Oh! Oh!)
You could try and take us (oh-oh)
But victory's contagious

No-one 'round here's good at keeping their eyes closed
The sun's starting to light up when we're walking home
Tired little laughs, gold lie promises,
We'll always win at this, I don't ever think about death
It's alright if you do, it's fine
We gladiate but I guess we're really fighting ourselves
Roughing up our minds so we're ready when the kill time comes
Wide awake in bed, words in my brain,
"Secretly you love this, do you even wanna go free?"
Let me in the ring, I'll show you what that big word means

(Oh! Oh!)
You could try and take us (oh-oh)
But we're the gladiators (Oh! Oh!)
Everyone a rager (oh-oh)
But secretly they're saviors
Glory and gore go hand in hand
That's why we're making headlines (Oh! Oh!)
You could try and take us (oh-oh)
But victory's contagious


Lyrics submitted by stagnate, edited by azzyxx

"Glory and Gore" as written by Joel Little, Ella Yelich-o'connor

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing

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  • +6
    General CommentReminds me of The Hunger Games series...especially Catching Fire.
    tailspinoutyournameon November 23, 2013   Link
  • +6
    General CommentI think she's painting a picture of chaos and rebellion. She is trying to express that where there is anything that is good, bad must also come with it.
    Jonmannyon January 08, 2014   Link
  • +4
    General Commentwell starting from ,"its clear that someones gotta go" I get the impression of a clique. she says we mean it but we promise were not mean. and the crowd goes wild, they lose their minds for us. the rest im not really sure about.
    lizzybay98on December 17, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General CommentShe's talking about society's obsession with violence.
    allonsy723on October 28, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General Commenti think it could be about putting on a front when u have to deal with a lot judgemental people. or maybe hypocrital. whether its friends or strangers. we all have our limits of what we can take but maybe by putting on a weird personality front we can cope with it better.
    "WE Gladiate, but i guess were really fighting ourselves"

    i like the other ideas too. just my take
    Forscheon December 30, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation"There's a humming in the restless summer air. And we're slipping off the course that we prepared. But in all chaos, there is calculation. Dropping glasses just to hear them break. You've been drinking like the world was gonna end (it didn't). Took a shiner from the fist of your best friend (go figure). It's clear that someone's gotta go. We mean it, but I promise we're not mean."

    Basically she is saying that our evolution as humans is going down a spiraling path to de-evolution. But then there is a calculation that can change the path to better. 1) Breaking glasses to be destructive + 2) Drinking your life away instead of getting better + 3) Stealing from your best friend = Its clear that someones gotta go. AKA the group of society that focus's more on the destruction rather then the evolution.

    "Delicate in every way but one (the swordplay). God knows we like archaic kinds of fun (the old way). Chance is the only game I play with, baby. We let our battles choose us."

    As a human species were delicate except in war. She is saying God is seeing that we are staying at the same if not decreasing the rate of evolution by fighting with each other and living off of old rules and ideas. The reason for conflict lies within fear. So she's saying take a chance for peace and don't ever pick battles, let them come to you and most likely if you don't worry about them they will not arise.


    "You could try and take us (oh-oh). But we're the gladiators (Oh! Oh!). Everyone a rager (oh-oh). But secretly they're saviors. Glory and gore go hand in hand. That's why we're making headlines (Oh! Oh!). You could try and take us (oh-oh). But victory's contagious"

    Saying everyone claims to be a rager, but then they try and act like a savior. Glory and gore go hand in hand meaning when glory and gore go together to get the attention of the people and make headlines. Anyone can try and stop the success of Lorde and her group but when one friend becomes successful the odds are the successful motives will spread throughout the group. AKA victory's contagious.

    "We'll always win at this, I don't ever think about death.It's alright if you do, it's fine."

    Using the law of attraction saying we'll always win because she has no fear of death and without fear there is love and positivity. With a positive mindset it's impossible to lose.

    "We gladiate but I guess we're really fighting ourselves. Roughing up our minds so we're ready when the kill time comes"

    Saying we fight but in the end the other side is human as well so we are technically fighting ourselves. Some of our society is keeping the constant worries in our minds and attracting the fearful scenarios so that were ready to kill and defend our side. But if you don't practice visualizing the negative then the positive will come and there will be no need for killing.



    "Wide awake in bed, words in my brain, "Secretly you love this, do you even wanna go free?". Let me in the ring, I'll show you what that big word means"

    As she awakens to the truth and is changing her path she realizes that life can be really easy if you know how to play. Living in the negative mindset not being aware for her whole life. She is looking at both paths and she is asking her self do I really want to take this easy path to freedom or stay the same and in her comfort zone. She's saying she's prepared to show anyone what Freedom truly means through her understanding.
    DrInterpreteron January 15, 2014   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationAm I the only one who thinks that this may literally be about a gladiator?
    natek12831on February 07, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWow, some of you may be looking to deeply into this one, this is not any grand social commentary or an attack on the human condition, it is not about war or violence. Look back to your feelings as a young adult when you thought your self to be unstoppable, that you had the ability to impact the world and nothing to hold you back, that is what this song is about. There is no sense of a "downward spiral" or "de-evolution" it's about feeling on top and being the future.
    P.S. the "big word" is free.
    rnescotton February 27, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think I understand most of the song, but I don't get the meaning of "I'll show you what that big word means".
    notexactlyon November 29, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentshe could be talking about how people enjoy gore and it is idolized. it could be about the modern age being obsessed with violence and the further away we are getting to our sensitivity to gore. no one's good at keeping their eyes closed is probably referring to how in a gladiator ring or even in a scary movie we try and keep out eyes closed but sometimes we cant. this is because we have a desire to witness gore and to know we are able to sit by and watch
    lanafanon December 16, 2013   Link

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