Joy Division – Atmosphere (4:11)

The Beauty of Gloom

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LORDE – Royals (4:02) / LORDE’s Suppressed Speech

Great song from a courageous woman.

“Royals”

[Verse 1]
I’ve never seen a diamond in the flesh
I cut my teeth on wedding rings in the movies
And I’m not proud of my address,
In a torn-up town, no postcode envyBut every song’s like gold teeth, grey goose, trippin’ in the bathroom
Blood stains, ball gowns, trashin’ the hotel room,
We don’t care, we’re driving Cadillacs in our dreams.
But everybody’s like Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece.
Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash.
We don’t care, we aren’t caught up in your love affair.And we’ll never be royals (royals).
It don’t run in our blood,
That kind of luxe just ain’t for us.
We crave a different kind of buzz.
Let me be your ruler (ruler),
You can call me queen Bee
And baby I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule.
Let me live that fantasy.

[Verse 2]
My friends and I—we’ve cracked the code.
We count our dollars on the train to the party.
And everyone who knows us knows that we’re fine with this,
We didn’t come from money.

But every song’s like gold teeth, grey goose, trippin’ in the bathroom.
Blood stains, ball gowns, trashin’ the hotel room,
We don’t care, we’re driving Cadillacs in our dreams.
But everybody’s like Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece.
Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash
We don’t care, we aren’t caught up in your love affair

And we’ll never be royals (royals).
It don’t run in our blood
That kind of luxe just ain’t for us.
We crave a different kind of buzz.
Let me be your ruler (ruler),
You can call me queen Bee
And baby I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule.
Let me live that fantasy.

Ooh ooh oh
We’re bigger than we ever dreamed,
And I’m in love with being queen.
Ooh ooh oh
Life is great without a care
We aren’t caught up in your love affair.

And we’ll never be royals (royals).
It don’t run in our blood
That kind of luxe just ain’t for us.
We crave a different kind of buzz
Let me be your ruler (ruler),
You can call me queen Bee
And baby I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule.
Let me live that fantasy.

Lorde’s Suppressed Grammy Award acceptance speech (Full Transcript) 26 January 2014 (Source: http://bit.ly/1Rg8I8a)

Lorde:

Thankyou soo much everyone for making this song explode because this world is mental. (Laughter). Planet Earth is run by psychopaths that hide behind slick marketing, ‘freedom’ propaganda and ‘economic growth’ rhetoric,[1] while they construct a global system of corporatized totalitarianism.

As American journalist Chris Hedges has identi ed, a corporate totalitarian core thrives inside a ctitious democratic shell.[2] is core yields an ‘inverted’ totalitarian state that few recognize because it does not look like the Orwellian world of Nineteen Eighty-four.[3]

is corporate totalitarian core is spreading outward from America. Planet Earth is being rapidly militarized by the world’s major and signi cant states, in- cluding their police forces.[4] Meanwhile, state surveillance is becoming uni- versal[5] and torture is outsourced to gulags.[6]

Can we not imagine that in past times, simple folk found it hard to work out exactly how they were being manipulated by the Royal monarchies, and the Pa- pal monarchy, who claimed a ‘divine right to rule’? Ordinary people from clas- sical times through to the demise of the Ancien Regime could not see how the rivalrous network of elites and oligarchs were linked, not least because the illit- erate masses were indoctrinated to believe in their humble lot, to obey divine- ly-endorsed authority and to live in fear of damnation.

So, in today’s mental world, it should become clearer now that Planet Earth
is ruled by super-wealthy people, who use their outrageous fortunes to steer the trajectories of whole societies for their own material and political gain.[7] ese oligarchs are, in fact, colluding for economic gain and conspiring to aug- ment more political power.[8] Armies of professional, political, religious and military elites serve them.[9 Together, they comprise a highly-networked trans- national capitalist class that has been traced in studies by: Peter Phillips and Brady Osborne;[10] William K. Carroll;[11] David Rothkopf;[12] Daniel Estu- lin;[13] and Laurence H. Shoup and William Minter.[14]

As Canadian journalist Naomi Klein has argued in her book, e Shock Doc- trine: e Rise of Disaster Capitalism, ‘free markets’ were slickly marketed in the 1980s and 1990s with the idea that they would deliver individual freedom and prosperity for all.[15] Klein also wrote that the use of military violence to facilitate the spread of ‘free markets’ in the eld-testing stage from the mid- 1960s to the mid-1970s has continued into the 2000s. Her view is supported in Eugene Jarecki’s documentary Why We Fight, which compellingly showed that America ghts wars to make the world secure for its corporations.[16] So, get reading and viewing! (Lorde giggles and half the audience rises to their feet ap- plauding. e other half remain xed in their chairs. Some reluctantly clap).

Thankyou soo much everyone for giving a shit about our song, ‘Royals’. May you all nd the balls to help construct a world based on resilient community, bona- de freedom, and peace. To do that, we will need to redeploy the psy- chopaths that currently run the world to the planet’s prisons.[17] Peace cannot happen with reconciliation. at was Nelson Mandela’s mistake.[18] e rst step to peace is justice rmly served.

 

Speech Source References

[1] Snoopman. (2013, August 31). A Poorly Understood ‘Bargain’: How De- mocracy and the 60s Movements became Orphans in the ‘Free Market’ Era. Snoopman News. Retrieved from http://snoopman.net.nz/2013/08/31/a-poor- ly-understood-bargain-or-how-democracy-and-the-60s-movements-became- orphans-in-the-free-market-era/

[2] Hedges, Chris. (2014, January 6). e Last Gasp of American Democracy. Truthout. http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/21052-chris-hedges-the-last- gasp-of-american-democracy

[3] Orwell, George. (1993). Nineteen Eighty-Four (5th ed.). London, England: Compact Books. (Original work published 1949).

[4] Chossudovsky, Michel. (2014, January 29). Imperial Conquest: America’s “Long War” against Humanity. Global Research. Retrieved from http://www. globalresearch.ca/imperial-conquest-americas-long-war-against-humani- ty/5364215

[5] WashingtonsBlog. (2013, December 18). Former Top NSA O cial: “We Are Now In A Police State”. Retrieved from http://www.washingtonsblog. com/2013/12/former-top-nsa-o cial-now-police-state.html; World Social- ist Web Site. (2013, December 18). “Almost Orwellian”: US Judge indicts NSA

spying. Retrieved from http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/18/pers-d18. html; Burghardt, Tom. (2013, November 10). e U.S. Secret State and the In- ternet: “Dirty Secrets” and “Crypto Wars” from “Clipper Chip” and ECHELON to PRISM. Global Research. Retrieved from http://www.globalresearch.ca/the- u-s-secret-state-and-the-internet-dirty-secrets-and-crypto-wars-from-clipper- chip-to-prism/5357623

[6] Lendman, Stephen. (2013, November 12). America’s Global Gulag: Chal- lenging Wrongful Convictions Global Research. Retrieved from http://www. globalresearch.ca/americas-global-gulag-challenging-wrongful-convic- tions/5357796?print=1; Lendman, Stephen. (2013, July 19). US Courts Approve Inde nite Detention and Torture. Global Research. Retrieved from http://www. globalresearch.ca/us-courts-approve-inde nite-detention-and-torture/5343269

[7] Engdahl, F. W. (2009). Gods of Money: Wall Street and the Death of the American Century.Wiesbaden, Germany: edition.engdahl; Rowbotham, M. (1998). e Grip of Death: A Study of Modern Money, Debt Slavery and De- structive Economics. Charlbury, England: Jon Carpenter; Winters, J. A. (2011a). Oligarchy. New York: Cambridge University Press.

[8 Edwards, Steve. (2012). It’s the nancial oligarchy, stupid: A study of An- glo-American news coverage during the 2007-2008 nancial crisis and bank bailouts Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10292/5536

[9] Winters, J. A.(2012, February 27). Oligarchy in the U.S.A.: e wealth de- fense industry protects the richest of the rich. In ese Times. Retrieved from http://inthesetimes.com/article/12698/oligarchy_in_the_u.s.a/

[10] Phillips, Peter & Osborne, Brady (2013, September 13). Exposing the Fi- nancial Core of the Transnational Capitalist Class. Global Research. Retrieved from http://www.globalresearch.ca/exposing-the- nancial-core-of-the-trans- national-capitalist-class/5349617

[11] Carroll, W. K. (2010). e Making of a Transnational Capitalist Class: Cor- porate Power in the 21st Century. London: Zed Books.

[12] Rothkopf, D. (2008). Superclass: e Global Power Elite and the World ey are Making. London, England: Little, Brown.

[13] Estulin, D. (2009). e True Story of the Bilderberg Group (North Ameri- can Union ed.). Walterville, OR: Trine Day LLC.

[14] Shoup, L. H. & Minter, W. (1977). Imperial Brain Trust: e Council on Foreign Relations and United States Foreign Policy. New York, NY: Authors Choice Press.

[15] Klein, N. (2007). e Shock Doctrine: e Rise of Disaster Capitalism. Camberwell, Australia: Penguin Books.

[16] Jarecki, Eugene (2006). Why We Fight. [Motion Picture]. Sony Pictures Classics.

[17] Snoopman. (2013, August 31). A Poorly Understood ‘Bargain’: How De- mocracy and the 60s Movements became Orphans in the ‘Free Market’ Era. Snoopman News. Retrieved from http://snoopman.net.nz/2013/08/31/a-poor- ly-understood-bargain-or-how-democracy-and-the-60s-movements-became- orphans-in-the-free-market-era/

[18] (2014, January 28). e Audacity of Obama: A Black Wolf in Cor- porate Clothing. Snoopman News. Retrieved from http://snoopman.net. nz/2014/01/28/the-audacity-of-obama-a-black-wolf-in-corporate-clothing/