Music Friday: Two-Time Grammy Winner Lorde Sings About Hundreds of Jewels in Her Hometown Tribute, ‘Team’

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you great songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, we feature New Zealand-born teen sensation Lorde performing “Team,” a tune that’s been on U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for 22 weeks and is still climbing at #7.

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Photo: Lorde Instagram

In a track that’s a tribute to her friends and country, Lorde sings, “Call all the ladies out
 / They’re in their finery / 
A hundred jewels on throats
 / A hundred jewels between teeth.”

The 17-year-old singer-songwriter, who was born Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, is clearly enamored with gemstones. In her Grammy Award winning debut single, “Royals,” she opened with the line, “I’ve never seen a diamond in the flesh.” In January, that song earned Lorde four Grammy nominations and netted statues for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. This month, Lorde also won the prestigious BRIT Award for Best International Female Solo Artist.

“Team” is the third single from Lorde’s critically acclaimed debut album, Pure Heroine. The song has been described as a clever brew of pop, rock, electronic dance music and electrohop.

So far, the song has charted in 20 countries and sold more than 1.5 million copies in the U.S. alone. The official video for “Team” has been viewed more than 23 million times.

Please check out Lorde’s live performance of “Team” during a November 2013 appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman. The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along.

“Team”
Written by Ella Yelich-O’Connor and Joel Little. Performed by Lorde.

Wait ’til you’re announced
We’ve not yet lost all our graces
The hounds will stay in chains
Look upon Your Greatness and she’ll send the call out
Send the call out, 
send the call out
Send the call out
, send the call out
Send the call out
, send the call out
Send the call out, 
send the call out
Send the call out, 
send the call out
Send the call out, 
send the call out
Send the call out, 
send the call out
Send the call out

Call all the ladies out
They’re in their finery
A hundred jewels on throats
A hundred jewels between teeth
Now bring my boys in
Their skin in craters like the moon
The moon we love like a brother
While he glows through the room

Dancing around the lies we tell
Dancing around big eyes as well, ah
Even the comatose
They don’t dance and tell

[Chorus]
We live in cities you’ll never see on screen
Not very pretty, but we sure know how to run things
Living in ruins of the palace within my dreams
And you know we’re on each other’s team

I’m kind of over getting told to throw my hands up in the air
So there

So all the cups got broke
Shards beneath our feet
But it wasn’t my fault
And everyone’s competing
For a love they won’t receive
‘Cause what this palace wants is release

[Chorus]
We live in cities you’ll never see on screen
Not very pretty, but we sure know how to run things
Living in ruins of the palace within my dreams
And you know we’re on each other’s team

I’m kind of over getting told to throw my hands up in the air
So there
I’m kind of older than I was when I reveled without a care
So there

[Chorus]
We live in cities you’ll never see on screen
Not very pretty, but we sure know how to run things
Living in ruins of the palace within my dreams
And you know we’re on each other’s team

We’re on each other’s team
And you know we’re on each other’s team
We’re on each other’s team
And you know and you know and you know

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