When Lorde called and refered this song to White Teeth Teens, she is talking about those popular kids, the ones that "do nothing and love it", and she "tried to join, but never did". ...
We wouldn't be seen dead here in the day yeah
I guess you're lucky that it's dark now
And if I like it then we'll stay
Impress the empress, take a shot now

We got the glow in our mouths
White teeth teens are out
White teeth teens are

Up for it
I know you love it when the hairpins started to drop
I like your reckoning
But we got our methods and there's nothing here to stop
To stop this

If you want we'll help tonight to split his schemes
Give the bruises out like gifts
You'll get the picture of your dreams
I won't be smiling but the notes from my admirers
Fill my dashboard just the same

We got the glow in our mouths
White teeth teens are out
White teeth teens are

Up for it
I know you love it when the hairpins start to drop
I like your reckoning,
But we got our methods and there's nothing here to stop
To stop this when we're

Up for it
I know you love it when the hairpins start to drop
I like your reckoning,
But we got our methods and there's nothing here to stop
To stop this

(And everything works out so good)
(I wear the robe like no one could)

I'll let you in on something big
I am not a white teeth teen
I tried to join but never did
The way they are, the way they seem is something else, it's in the blood
Their molars blinking like the lights, in the underpass where we all sit
And do nothing and love it

And everything works out so good
I wear the robe like no one could

And everything works out so good
I wear the robe like no one could

And everything works out so good
I wear the robe like no one could

(White teeth teens are out)
And everything works out so good
(I wear the robe like no one could)
White teeth teens are out


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"White Teeth Teens" as written by Ella Marija Lani Yelich-o'connor Joel Little

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  • +9
    General CommentThis is the group of "white teeth teens" talking. White teeth teens referring to perfect, beautiful teenagers, hence the perfectly stainless "glowing" white teeth.

    "We wouldn't be seen dead here in the day yeah
    I guess you're lucky that it's dark now
    And if I like it then we'll stay
    Impress the empress, take a shot now"

    - theyre talking to the persona (lorde) and telling her to impress them so she can be part of their goup.

    The next verse just shows how incredibly powerful and admired the white teeth teens are among their peers:

    "If you want we'll help tonight to split his SEAMS (not schemes)"
    -The white teeth teens are offering the persona assistance in impressing a boy.

    "Give the bruises out like gifts"
    -Bruises are not pleasant.... unless it's from a white teeth teen.

    "You'll get the picture of your dreams
    I won't be smiling but the notes from my admirers
    Fill my dashboard just the same"
    -these white teeth teens dont need to put in any effort to be admired. They don't even have to "smile" in pictures.

    "(And everything works out so good)
    (I wear the robe like no one could)"
    -Everything works out good for the white teeth teens. Their lives run perfect. They pull off clothes no one could.

    "I'll let you in on something big
    I am not a white teeth teen
    I tried to join but never did"
    -Lorde knows she isn't a white teeth teen, but she tried to be in the past.

    "The way they are, the way they seem
    is something else, it's in the blood"
    -Lorde looks at white teeth teens as special, how they seem so flawless and that it's just something one's born with.

    "Their molars blinking like the lights,
    in the underpass where we all sit
    And do nothing and love it"
    -Lorde sits in the metaphorical underpass. She's underneath with the rest of the not-white-teeth-teens, but she loves it. I guess she finds it more interesting. :)



    I love Lorde. A lot of her songs radiate the same idea, and take a stand for the kids who aren't so perfect. I guess she feels that she's one of us.
    Examples:
    She'll never be "royal"
    Her "boys" and "their skin in craters like the moon"
    "Not very pretty but we sure know how to run things"
    lordevernonon January 01, 2014   Link
  • +8
    My InterpretationI feel that this song is about the Hollywood obsessed teens that are abundant in today's youth. They all want the white teeth, the drama, the attention, the perfect pictures..etc.

    Seems like artist Lorde has tried before to fit in with these so called "popular" crowd, but never was able to live that life style. She likes it, but just can't live it and loves her bad ass self just as much.
    AurasEnigmaon October 14, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General Comment'I won't be smiling but the notes from my admirers
    Fill my dashboard just the same'

    This is an obvious reference to the website Tumblr, which reiterates the idea she mentioned in an interview with The Guardian: "Everyone is so obsessed with how everything looks, how the party will look through a lens the next day. We all have Tumblr and we all have Instagram and everything. People care so much about it because, now, any random can be famous on the internet if their world looks good on Tumblr. And so everyone at high school strives for this kind of aesthetic correctness. I do it as well, you know. I curate my life in a way. It's always playing on my mind, kind of a love-hate relationship. I'm not one of those people who's, like, 'I wish Facebook wasn't around,' because, you know, it is what it is."
    ashloveon November 08, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThe white teeth are the popular rich kids in school
    they are top of the food chain in high school
    i think this "Give the bruises out like gifts" part means that
    the popular teens are looking down on the teens who aren't in their league
    they are bullying them , they are so arrogant and mean that they are thinking
    that they are giving non popular kids a favor by hurting them Hench the "gift".

    to me "Impress the empress, take a shot now" means that the non popular kids are kissing up to the popular kids so they would accept them

    " we got our methods and there's nothing here to stop
    To stop this when we're"
    Everyone looks up to them , they know the way around they are rich and popular
    they can be mean and no one can stop them.
    ThewarriorClanon December 04, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationWhite teeth= perfection, all the hollywood people have perfect, white teeth.
    Glowing white teeth, not natural, fake.
    She's telling about a group of popular, perfect looking, but fake teens.
    They are everything you want to be. Lorde tried to join this group once, but she felt that she didn't belonged by them, so she left and did her own thing and succeeded.
    ElektraAardeon June 01, 2015   Link
  • -1
    My OpinionLorde actually is happy that she is happy not being a white teeth teen and she is happy that she couldnt be one. Becoz theres a lot of fake stuffs going around them.
    Pooeron April 04, 2014   Link
  • -1
    Song MeaningI always felt like she was singing about white teeth teens, but everything was about them and what they were doing. I thought that the person who she is singing this to is a white teeth teen and she was singing about their anti clique. Like in "The Love Club."
    522don December 15, 2015   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationI think that the meaning of this song could be seen in the title. "White teeth teens" is slightly self explanatory, meaning white teeth teens are somewhat "perfect" or "not original".

    Besides the title, Lorde mentions that she tried to become a white teeth teen but she never did. And that the white teeth teens were a type of person that you are born as, not progressing over time.

    Throughout the entire song, I think that Lorde gracefully moves through a story within each verse. The story is very powerful and relevant to the world today, and possibly any kind of teen could relate to this song.
    stellaterryon March 22, 2016   Link
  • -3
    Song Meaningobviousssly "white teeth" is also alluded to in 400 lux, a song about heroin. "white teeth teens"--the majority of teenagers that look the same. They abide by their parents, authoritative figures, and never think outside the box. They just do what they're supposed to, and everything is "supposed to work out for them." While those kids who may deviate from the norm, try drugs, think for themselves, or just exist unconventionally, are generally told that they wont amount to anything, and they will live very forgettable and unremarkable lives.

    If you could just picture Lorde, sitting under an overpass with her friends doing heroin, and ironically laughing at all the "white teeth teens" who listened and she didn't. She took the "unconventional route" and it paid off. This is essentially the entire meaning of the song. Irony about how she thought outside the box, did her own thing, was not like the "white teeth teens" and succeeded.
    "White teeth teens are out" meaning that, being a nodding sycophant is no longer relevant or needed for success.

    "And everything works out so good
    I wear the robe like no one could"
    Speaks for itself.
    renegadeLDon November 10, 2014   Link

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