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Lorde - Ribs

The drink you spilled all over me
Lover's spit left on repeat
My mom and dad let me stay home
It drives you crazy, getting old

We can talk it so good
We can make it so divine
We can talk it good, how you wish it would be all the time

[Chorus: Verse 1](2x)

[Verse 2:]
This dream isn't feeling sweet
We're reeling through the midnight streets
And I've never felt more alone
It feels so scary getting old


[Chorus: Verse 2](2x)

You're the only friend I need
Sharing beds like little kids
Laughing til our ribs get tired
That I will never be enough...

"Ribs" is a song about the bittersweet process of growing up and realizing that repetitive memories of past moments and childhood account for so much of life. The lyrics, centered around the idea that 'this dream isn't feeling sweet', depict the feeling of growing up and being overwhelmed by both how much life has changed and how quickly that change happened. It is an ode to the nostalgia that comes with feeling lost and the innocence of childhood and emphasizes the need for belonging and feeling comfort in a chaotic world. In the chorus, Lorde sings about how laughter until their ribs get tough would never be enough, signifying that no style of comfort nor nostalgia could truly encapsulate the emotion she is feeling and going through. The song captures the feeling of wanting a time before and the desire to reach for the comfort of those memories, no matter how impossible it may be.

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