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TEN­NIS COURT LORDE, 2013

To para­phrase the cliche about books and cov­ers, don't judge a song by its ti­tle. Last year, the BBC played Lorde's Ten­nis Court dur­ing its cov­er­age of the Wim­ble­don women's sin­gles fi­nal, wrongly as­sum­ing the song was about ten­nis. Not only has the 17-year-old New Zealan­der never played the game, she doesn't fol­low it, ei­ther. How­ever, “I've al­ways been fas­ci­nated by the vis­ual con­cept of the ten­nis court,” she said last year. “There's a ten­nis court in my home town [Auck­land] where my friends and I would hang out when we were kids, right up un­til we were teenagers, and that was a sym­bol that felt kind of nos­tal­gic to me.” Lorde says she wrote the song about her first im­pres­sions of the mu­sic in­dus­try, and “I was think­ing about how su­per­fi­cial people can be and how we put up all these fronts”. The BBC has learned some­thing about first im­pres­sions too, leav­ing the song off its 2014 Wim­ble­don playlist ear­lier this month.

Lorde plays Bris­bane River­stage to­mor­row.

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