Tuesday Tunes: Diamond Ditty #1 – “Royals” by Lorde

28 10 2014

I’ve wanted to expand on the “Baseball & Culture” posts to do more than just booze-related themes.  The two other kinds of posts I’ve thought about were songs and movies.  Well, I had planned last weekend to do a post about a brewery that used to sponsor the Orioles, because I was kind of banking on them being in the World Series.  Well, thanks to the Kansas City freight train, that didn’t happen.  And last week I read an interesting story about some radio stations in San Francisco and how they hadn’t been playing this song called “Royals”.  A song I had admittedly never heard of before – but once I listened to it, I kind of recognized it, like I may have heard it in the background at a restaurant or store or something.

Anyways, these will be a new post every now and then on this blog.  “Tuesday Tunes” – where I post about a song that has something to do with baseball!  There are a few easy pickings out there, but I figured it would be good to start with a tougher one – especially since it’s relevant to the World Series!  Hopefully KC wins tonight and we get the chance to see a Game 7!


Artist/Title/Album: “Royals” by Lorde (Pure Heroine, 2013)

Description:  “Royals” came out last year.  Written and performed by New Zealand pop singer Lorde (real name – Ella Yelich-O’Connor), the song made her an international star.  It has been certified 7 times platinum and was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 9 weeks.  And in January, the song won the 17-year old two Grammy awards for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.  The song isn’t what you’d think as far as a pop song from a teenager; its semi-mocking toward the luxury of the pop music culture.


  • Grammy winner – 2014 Song of the Year
  • Grammy winner – 2014 Best Pop Solo Performance
  • Grammy nominee – 2014 Record of the Year
  • New Zealand Music Awards winner – 2013 Song of the Year
  • 9 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100

Not being a raging music fan, I could not tell you the difference between Record and Song of the Year 🙂

How it’s related to baseball:  The song title obviously shares a name with the baseball club in Kansas City.  But the world learned the connection was much deeper than that.  Yelich-O’Connor collected old National Geographic magazines when she was younger.  She had the idea for a song about the excess of pop culture, and she had seen this photo from the magazine back in 1976.

National Geograhic Royas - 1976 George Brett

George Brett was certainly an American sports icon at the time – and this photo certainly captured the train of thought that she was going for.  Funny, though – Brett had stroked all of his 3,154 career hits before she was even born.  When the word got out that Brett was the inspiration to the song, the Royals sent her a Brett jersey.  And earlier this year, she did get a chance to meet the inspiration for her song.

George Brett Lorde

This past week, a friendly battle between radio stations in the home of the two World Series foes developed over this song.  Two stations in San Francisco decided they wouldn’t play the song while the series was going on.  A few stations in Kansas City responded by playing the song at the same time every hour.

And we’ll never be royals (royals)
It don’t run in our blood
That kind of lux just ain’t for us
We crave a different kind of buzz



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28 12 2015
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[…] a series of posts about baseball tunes.  It’s called Tuesday Tunes: Diamond Ditties.  The first one was a pop song by Lorde, called Royals.  Not what you’d think of as far as a baseball song, […]

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