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Liability
Lorde Lyrics


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

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

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
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

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

They're gonna watch me
Disappear into the sun
You're all gonna watch me
Disappear into the sun

Overall Meaning

In Lorde’s song “Liability,” the artist is expressing her vulnerability and the feeling of being too much for others. Through the lyrics, she talks about a past love interest who hurt her and rejected her, but also about the only person she can rely on, the girl she loves. The chorus sings, “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.” The reason why Lorde is a liability according to people is that she is too intense, too passionate, and too deep. People who cannot handle her depth and intensity pull away, leaving her alone.


Lorde also refers to herself as a toy that people enjoy and then discard when the tricks don’t work anymore. People are intrigued by her, but once they get to know her deeply, they become bored because they can’t handle the real her. She knows that it’s exciting to run through the night with someone, but eventually, every perfect summer ends, and it eats her alive when they’re gone.


In conclusion, “Liability” is a powerful and emotional song that shows the rawness and realness of Lorde’s feelings. She is exposing her vulnerability through the lyrics, which can be relatable to anyone who has ever been rejected for being too intense or deep.


Line by Line Meaning

Baby really hurt me
I was deeply hurt by someone I cared about


Crying in the taxi
I was so upset that I broke down and cried in a taxi


He don't wanna know me
The person who hurt me no longer wants anything to do with me


Says he made the big mistake of dancing in my storm
He regrets getting involved with such a complicated and tumultuous person like me


Says it was poison
He believes that being with me was a damaging and toxic experience


So I guess I'll go home
I have nowhere else to go but back to my familiar surroundings


Into the arms of the girl that I love
I seek comfort from the person who truly cares about me


The only love I haven't screwed up
I consider this person to be the only one I have not ruined a relationship with


She's so hard to please
She has high standards and I struggle to meet them


But she's a forest fire
She is intense and passionate, like a wildfire


I do my best to meet her demands
I try my hardest to satisfy her expectations


Play at romance, we slow dance
We try to keep the romance alive by spending time together, even if it's just slow dancing in the living room


In the living room, but all that a stranger would see
To an outsider, it would look like I am alone, dancing with no one


Is one girl swaying alone
I am dancing alone, feeling the weight of my problems


Stroking her cheek
I am touching my own face, perhaps to comfort myself or to feel something


They say, "You're a little much for me
People often find me too difficult to handle


You're a liability
I am a risk to others and bring them down


So they pull back, make other plans
They distance themselves from me and find other ways to cope


I understand, I'm a liability
I realize that I am not easy to deal with and accept the consequences of my actions


Get you wild, make you leave
I tend to bring out the wild side in people, but eventually they get overwhelmed and leave me


I'm a little much for
I am too intense or overbearing for


E-a-na-na-na, everyone
Everyone, universally


The truth is I am a toy that people enjoy
People like playing with me and experiencing my highs and lows


'Til all of the tricks don't work anymore
Eventually, my act wears thin and people lose interest


And then they are bored of me
They become tired of me and look for something else to entertain them


I know that it's exciting
I know that my behavior is thrilling and unpredictable


Running through the night, but
I am always on the go and never seem to slow down


Every perfect summer's
Each summer, which seems flawless and ideal


Eating me alive until you're gone
Eventually, the joyful aspects of these summers become overwhelming and cause me pain


Better on my own
Sometimes it's easier to be alone than to deal with the complications that come with relationships


They're gonna watch me
Others will observe me and my actions


Disappear into the sun
I will fade away, perhaps to a better, brighter place


You're all gonna watch me
Everyone will bear witness to my eventual departure


Disappear into the sun
I will fade away, perhaps to a better, brighter place




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Ella Yelich O'connor, Jack Antonoff

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@l-ee-la619

well,as the lyrics to Lorde's "yellow flicker beat" say:

"I'm a princess cut from marble
Smoother than a storm
And the scars that mark my body
They're silver and gold

My blood is a flood
Of rubies, precious stones
It keeps my veins hot, the fires find a home in me"



@becho6871

To the person who read this,
It’s been hard for you, I know, and it makes me sad that you don’t see yourself in the way I see you. Sometimes they are things in life that cause us to loose ourselves, and the way you have is so unimaginable painful. I miss your smile, the way your eyes light up the whole room just by the sound of your laughter. I miss the way you accepted the way you look in the mirror without cursing yourself out about how ugly you look. I miss the way you didn’t think of yourself as a failure because everyone makes mistakes, we all have flaws and we all aren’t perfect. It’s painful to see that no one around you seems to see the pain trough your eyes, but, stranger, I do, I see how heavy your heart is and how comforting the sadness for you might be, how afraid your heart is of happiness because it disappears in the end, right? You don’t know how much impact you have in this world and it’s sad to see that your demons fight against you and want to take over you. Because you do make change, it’s something so simple and little that brightens up someone’s whole world, it can be a small smile from your lips, the way you look at things you’re passionate about, the way you make yourself eat even though it’s been hard for you lately, the way you zoom out and go in your own world, you brighten up my world by reading this, it means a lot to me that you’re here, existing, but I don’t want you to just exist, you deserve to feel alive. You deserve to get up in the morning and feel good about yourself. You deserve to feel something- to feel every damn second alive in this lifetime. It’s heartbreaking that you think you’re not capable of being loved, because you are, I love you trough all my words and I hope you let it happen in your heart. Love is scary, I know, maybe you heart had been broken once and since then you wanted to be rather numb than feel ever again, it hurts me how you punish yourself, does it not deserve love? Because YOU DO deserve love, please forgive yourself, it’s not your fault that the demons want to take over your beautiful heart. You’re not a bad person for distancing yourself from others, but you deserve someone to talk to, you deserve someone to listen. I am listening, you can tell me what’s wrong. It’s everything, isn’t it? There’s something pulling your heartstrings on the ground and no one seems to understand how misunderstood you feel, it’s heartbreaking to know that I am behind the screen and can’t give you a hug, that’s why I will give you a big warm virtual hug and send you lots of love :). You matter. You are worthy. You are loved. You deserve good things. You deserve someone to listen. You deserve to eat and drink. You deserve to feel good and alive. You deserve to smile. You deserve a hug. You deserve to be all the things you want to be, because you deserve to have and feel good things happening to you and have a fulfilled life. I know I might not know you personally but I care about you so much, I write this because I want you to stay here with me, I want you to hold on a little longer because you matter so much to me, because I will not let you give up on yourself. I want you to see that you should not give up on yourself because you DESERVE GOOD THINGS. I want you to look back on the time when you were a kid, you didn’t give up when you tried to swim for the first time, you didn’t give up when you tired to walk for the first time and fell, you never gave up on yourself, you always kept on pushing forwards, so why can’t you now? I know it’s tiring, your mentally tired, but dont your younger self deserve good things? look back at your eyes that used to be full of hope, look back on those dreams. Don’t let yourself fall, you deserve better. We will both fight, I will fight for you. I won’t let those demons get to you. You can hold on to me, I won’t let you down :). Whenever you feel lonely, then look at the sky, I always look at it and think about you. Yes, you, because it makes me happy that there’s someone looking right back, maybe we can’t see each other but I can feel your presence here with me and that’s enough for me, because I am glad your heart is beating and you’re still fighting. You’re so much stronger thank you think, you didn’t leave your spot on this earth even if you wanted to, you belong here, even though it doesn’t feel like it, when you don’t feel like belonging than build your own home here, put all your love in it and dreams. Think of you as a star when you feel alone, you shine because your heart is good, no matter what mistake you made, no matter about the past you had, you’re one of the stars that shine bright in the universe because you’re heart is beautiful, that’s why the demons in your mind wants to have it. As one of the stars you see others stars, maybe they have felt the same way as you do at some point in there life, but they lighten up the universe with each other’s presence. You’re a star for me, maybe you don’t see it yourself but I can see it, you’re beautiful from inside and out, your body is beautiful the way it is. You make me happy by reading this, you make me feel something by your presence and when you can make me feel that way than you also make other people feel that way about you too. I hope you stay for yourself and don’t let your story get written by others but by yourself, it’s your story not theirs. As you can see, I say a lot of “I hope” because I have hope for you even if you don’t have it for yourself, I see hope in you even though you might want to give up. That’s why I hope you won’t see the world in darkness and will see it colorful again, I hope I will give you a glimpse of hope and make the world you see a bit colorful for today. My favorite color is yellow, and I hope the next time you see the color yellow you will think about my words. If someone left you than don’t blame yourself, don’t think you weren’t enough, don’t lower yourself for someone who couldn’t see the awesomeness in you. If you lost someone I am so sorry for your loss, they want you happy, I hope you don’t feel guilty or regret because you were there, you spend enough time with them, they want you to be happy. They are in a good and safe place now. If someone broke your heart than I am so sorry that they couldn’t see the way you look so beautiful because of the heart you have. Anyone who gets to be with you, doesn’t know how fucking lucky he/ she/ they is :). If you aren’t accepted at home or in general than I am so sorry that you have to deal with someone/ something you shouldn’t be ashamed of, I accept you and support you, I accept you as a human being no matter what race, religion, nationality, skin color, or sexuality you have. You’re safe here with me :). You’re not useless, you’re not a burden to anyone. You’re not a problem, you’re human and your feelings are valid. You’re not being dramatic. Please don’t starve yourself, you deserve food and to drink, I know it’s hard. It hurts to see that you’re in so much pain :( you deserve so much man, don’t let your emotions control you. Don’t let them get the best of you. I am sorry no one is noticing, I wish /hope I could take your pain away for today or even for a moment while you’re reading this. If no one told you, I am so proud of you, you’re reading this and it’s enough for me to be proud of you because you’re here and that’s all that matters to me. If it’s night for you, go to sleep, I know it’s hard to fall asleep right now but you deserve a good sleep. If you have nightmares, please, don’t let them fight you. If it’s day for you, don’t start it by such sad music, I know it’s impossible to have a good day with such mindset but take baby steps, start by drinking two cups of water everyday in the morning and so on.. You will start building little healthy habits. If it’s evening for you, you’re probably overwhelmed and stressed, I want you to know it’s okay to feel the way you feel. You don’t need to be scared, of course you’re overwhelmed or stressed, I mean who wouldn’t? But it’s important to know that when you feel that way you should do a little self care, such as taking a bath for example? You deserve to feel at ease and relaxed.
And if you are somewhere in between I hope you know that you’re so strong for breathing despite the pain, I know you will make it :) I believe in you. All I want for you is to stay here, I really mean all my words, even if there is a lot of unsaid things I want to tell u and my text is getting longer and longer,I want you here.

I hope one day your smile will become a genuine one where you don’t need to fake it anymore, because I can’t say this enough, you deserve a good smile and to feel alive. You’re worth more than every fucking cent in this world.

You can let go for today, I got you, you can cry your heart out as much as you want, but don’t let it tear you down and let your emotions control you by giving up. Crying is not weakness. If you still feel alone I dedicate you a song as your friend.
“Dusk till Dawn- Zayn feat. Sia (I prefer the slow version)” I hope you can think of me and will remind yourself of my words, I will for sure think of you.

In case no one told you and you’re unsure yourself, you’re a good person and I am so happy you’re here.

I hope this is enough to stay today, tomorrow will be a new day, a new start, let go now. Enough with beating yourself up for today, okay?

Life for those who couldn’t, smile for those who forgot what a genuine smile is, love like there’s no other, hug like its your last one.

If you read all of it, until tomorrow my friend :)
have a good day and great years.

I love you so much and am so proud of you, I hope you will remember my words- becho, the stranger that cares more about you than anything :)



@gloriaholly2927

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
So I guess I'll go home
Into the arms of the girl that I love
The only love I haven't screwed up
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
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
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
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
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
They're gonna watch me
Disappear into the sun
You're all gonna watch me
Disappear into the sun



@miranda9004

For all of you going through this:





It’s gonna be okay. No one will know the pain or suffering you feel every second. But I know it’s there. And if I could make your pain mine, I’d do it. I’d do it because I don’t want you to feel like that. I don’t know you. But it doesn’t matter. I’m so proud of you for still being here. Whoever you are, I’m really proud. And I hope you can stay longer with me. I won’t leave. I’ll always be with you. I do suck at promises, but for you there’s an exception. So take care of yourself. There’s nothing to be scared of. I’ll be here and I’ll listen to anything you want to tell me. Just don’t look so sad. You look a lot better when you’re happy... smiling. I hate knowing that you’re suffering, getting constantly attacked by your own mind. But it’s gonna be ok. You’ll find someone who can deal better with you than you can. You deserve that feeling. You deserve a break. So for now, I’ll be the placeholder as that special person.

You’re gonna be fine. And if it doesn’t, then I’ll be there to listen to you. Take care buddy. :)



All comments from YouTube:

@agatha4397

It's borderline unhealthy how many times I've cried to this song

@minimalistvlogger3467

same

@emonemo7658

hatsune mikus dead skin cells bro same

@Supasoaka6969

Fucken same

@vivifromlooona

lmfaooooo what is your username im-

@monicamonteparte2049

Yes I wondered if this was about bpd

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@Ashley-wn8cx

liability: a person or thing whose presence or behavior is likely to cause embarrassment or put one at a disadvantage.

@goufackkentsaleandrinlebel8826

Ash ley thank you english isn't my first language

@nathanhensn8717

I don't look at it like that. She could mean the men she dates think she's a emotional liability. some women are always depressed or always "fill in the blank". Not every person is ready to date. there's a lot of ppl that have to work their shit out. I could be wrong though.

@Ashley-wn8cx

+Myka M yeah And it's so obvious you are a psychopath get a life instead of commenting long meaningless sentences

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