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Lorde – Liability (Lyrics Review & Song Meaning)

Lorde’s upcoming ‘Melodrama’ album is shaping up to be something quite unique from her previous work. We have listened to the first single “Green Light” that was released last week and it was more of a Pop infusion. Today, she released the second single off of the album and this is titled “Liability.”

Releasing the new song on her official Facebook page, Lorde announced the ‘Melodrama’ album release date as well.

i wanted you to have a new song from Melodrama, a new chapter of the story – this is Liability 🌌 oh, and also, Melodrama has an official release date: JUNE 16.

Listen to “Liability” Single by Lorde

In complete contrast to “Green Light”, the new single “Liability” is more of a ballad supported by a piano. It is a slow paced track and Lorde does a sweeter vocal chord than usual to match the song. It’s beautiful!

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The lyrics to the song are quite simple and straightforward, but it’s worth taking a look at them.

Lyrics Review and Song Meaning of “Liability”

Lorde explains the making of the song;

I was in this cab alone listening to “Higher” by Rihanna because ANTI had just come out. And I had a little cry and I was just like, “It’s always going to be this way, at some point with everyone it’s going to be this way.” But the song kind of ended up turning into a bit of a protective talismans for me. I was like, you know what, I’m always gonna have myself so I have to really nurture this relationship and feel good about hanging out with myself and loving myself. And the tone of the melody, the way it kind of falls around, it’s almost like it’s kind of drunk or it sort of leans around, it’s got this hip-hop cadence to it.

This is a sad song; or at least quite emotional and the music with the piano really alleviates the effect.

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Verse 1

Baby really hurt me
Crying in the taxi
He don’t wanna know me
Says he made the big mistake of dancing in my storm
Says it was poison

“Liability” starts off giving some context to the song-about how the relationship the singer was in went bad. “Dancing in my storm” is a nice reference to how challenging the relationship was and how challenging she was. Relationships are always hard and she added the extra fuel to that. So now he regrets that he had played in any part of her life. He says it was poisonous-maybe he was weak and undeserving of her.

So I guess I’ll go home
Into the arms of the girl that I love
The only love I haven’t screwed up

“Liability” is not a song on homosexuality. The girl that she loves is herself who waits at her home. Loving herself is the only love that she has been able to maintain throughout her life.

She’s so hard to please
But she’s a forest fire
I do my best to meet her demands
Play at romance, we slow dance
In the living room, but all that a stranger would see
Is one girl swaying alone
Stroking her cheek

No matter who departs from your life, you will always have yourself. So Lorde says it is important to love yourself no matter what. The singer says it is not easy pleasing her and that she is one with a flair.


They say, “You’re a little much for me
You’re a liability
You’re a little much for me”
So they pull back, make other plans
I understand, I’m a liability
Get you wild, make you leave
I’m a little much for
E-a-na-na-na, everyone

Every relationship she has been so far has been quite difficult and it has been the same answer by everyone; that she is too difficult to handle and that she is a liability.

Liability is an interesting choice of words to describe a person. According to the dictionary ‘Liability’ means “a person or thing whose presence or behavior is likely to put one at a disadvantage.” I think this is exactly what Lorde means in this song. She is famous and a superstar to say the least. Dating her would be like being on the front page of every gossip media everyday.  It can be too overwhelming for a normal person. So she is a little too much to handle for the ordinary.


Verse 2

The truth is I am a toy
That people enjoy
‘Til all of the tricks don’t work anymore
And then they are bored of me

Second verse of “Liability” gets a little more intense and personal. Lorde says people or her dates see her as a toy who can pull tricks up her sleeve. She is an amazing singer and a different personality to your girl next door. So once her tricks are revealed people get bored of her.

I know that it’s exciting
Running through the night, but
Every perfect summer’s
Eating me alive until you’re gone
Better on my own

Running through the night in my belief is a subtle reference to having sex. She understands that it’s exciting to enjoy the carnal pleasures but she is not one to be satisfied with just that. She wants more from her life. It eats her alive to reminisce the good times she had with her partners and think back to them on summers. So she finally concludes that it would be better on her own than to get heartbroken everytime.


They’re gonna watch me disappear into the sun
You’re all gonna watch me disappear into the sun

She is leaving all of them behind and she is leading her life towards a better Sun. The past relationships “they” and the future relationships “you” are all not going to hurt the singer again.

“Liability” is a unique song from Lorde’s portfolio. And this change of pace has us refreshed and hooked to this song. We believe you are too and would love to hear your opinions on this track. Leave a comment about the song below and share the article with your friends.

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