Actually, it makes perfect sense that the quintessential blue-collar bard from New Jersey would cover the working-class 17-year old girl from New Zealand to offer this unlikely take on the anthem which thumbs its noses at bling.
As Lorde described last year:
“When I wrote ‘Royals,’ I was listening to a lot of rap . . . but all those references to expensive alcohol, beautiful clothes and beautiful cars – I was thinking, ‘This is so opulent, but it’s also bullshit.’ “
It’s easy to imagine The Boss saying that last line himself, isn’t it?
And with that, enjoy the video of Mr. Springsteen on Lorde’s home turf of Auckland, NZ, singing “Royals” . . .
Photo credit: Photo of Lorde by Garth Badger