Lorde’s Melodrama was one of the most personal albums for me of 2017, no doubt. But one song, in particular, struck me much harder than the rest. “Hard Feelings/Loveless,” the album’s sixth track, is an anthem of young love, or lack thereof.
The song starts out as a tender break-up song, an ode to lost love, with each line more painful than the last.
I light all the candles
Cut flowers for all my rooms
I care for myself the way I used to care about you
Around 4 minutes in, the song changes pace to something more sarcastic, with lyrics that seem to mock the sentiment of “millennials” toward long-term relationships.
Bet you wanna rip my heart out
Bet you wanna skip my calls now
Well, guess what? I like that
The real pain comes when you realize that the lines are not playful or flirtatious, but rather, a guise to avoid being hurt. Those of us in our late teens and early twenties can attest to these defense mechanisms. In the world of Tinder and disposable relationships, we find a way to protect ourselves.
We’re l.o.v.e.l.e.s.s. generation
of fucking with our lovers’ heads generation
This song sticks with me, not because it is being critical of my generation’s attitude toward romance, but because it takes an introspective approach. Being a part of that generation, I hear my own thoughts and attitudes, as bitter as they are.