“Fallen Fruit” is the fifth track on Lorde’s 2021 album ‘Solar Power.’ Fitting to the theme of the album, this song talks about the broken state of this planet Earth that has been passed onto us by generations of pollutants before us. The gift that is nature is being plundered and destroyed by humanity and it just might be too late to reverse what we have done.
Lorde announced her upcoming third studio album ‘Solar Power‘ to be released on August 20, 2021. Ahead of the new single, Lorde released singles such as “Solar Power” and “Stoned at the Nail Salon.” The album is produced by Jack Antonoff alongside Lorde. Lorde spoke about the inspiration behind her new album in an interview; “Obviously when making this album I did a deep-dive into ’60s, Flower Child culture. I wanted to understand the commune life, dropping out from society and trying to start again.”
On Apple Music, Lorde explained the meaning behind this song; “But I just had this moment where I was like, “This is the great loss of our lives and this will be what comes to define all of our lives and our world will be unrecognisable for my children… It’s me describing an escape to somewhere safe that takes place in the future when our world has become uninhabitable.”
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Lorde “Fallen Fruit” Lyrics Meaning and Song Review
Lorde directly talks to the generations of humans that came before us about destroying the only house that we know of in this universe. There is no planet-hopping as of yet and mother Earth is dying. Earth-shattering acts of human advancements have caused irrecoverable damage to the planet Earth and we are seeing devastating effects of these acts right now.
Countless forest fires around the world, floods, earthquakes, polar caps melting, imbalances in bio-diversity, changes in weather patterns, diseases, are only a few of the devastating effects of human developments we are seeing today. There is no telling what is to come in the next few decades and in the time of our children. It is not getting better for Earth for sure.
We had no idea the dreams we had were far too big
Far too big
In the name of science and development, humans cut their ties with nature and did not stop there. We started to take control of nature and even overtake nature. But nature is a force that we puny humans cannot even fathom to comprehend. One Tsunami in 2004 took out the lives of 230,000 people in South Asia. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has a death toll of 4 million around the world and counting. One little earthquake in Haiti took out over 1,900 people and impacted 3 million more. A small meteor of the size of a car could essentially wipe out humanity on this planet.
Through the halls of splendor where the apple trees all grew
You’ll leave us dancing on the fallen fruit
The fruit also references the ‘Forbidden Fruit’ from the Bible, which supposedly gave wisdom to Adam and Eve who consumed it. Adam and Eve were cursed to live a mortal life for this sin by God, and the wisdom we unlocked from this sin has truly become a sin to our own existence. Oh, the irony of knowledge and wisdom!
In the final verse of the song, Lorde asks the question “how can I love what I know I am gonna lose?” referring to the dying Earth. The fact of the matter is that the Earth is not dying alone. It is taking all of its inhabitants with it. We really are at the wits of mother nature and she is not pleased at all.
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