Twenty-six-year-old Los Angeles director, actress and comedienne Molly Dworsky has posted a spot-on parody of Lorde's "Royals," that takes the perspective of a young woman who looks back longingly at high school and laments the realities of being an adult.
Using the performing name Borde, Dworsky sings new lyrics to the tune, appearing at home in a white t-shirt and silver necklace reminiscent of an outfit Lorde wears in her "Royals" video. Throughout, there are shots of adults dressed in varsity jackets, flipping through old yearbooks, sitting in the bleachers during sporting events, trying to keep up with high school students jogging through the gym and tossing a Frisbee with the skill of a four year old.
In the first part of the harmonized chorus, Dworsky complains about the lives of celebrity pop stars, putting Lorde in her crosshairs. "I’m full of envy 'cause every song's like, written by a kid I probably used to babysit/ Killing it by puberty while I can barely stay fit/ It's so unfair that Lorde’s a millionaire at 17."
The second half of the refrain is more regretful, a realization that carefree life has passed her by and now she can only reminisce and complain: "Everybody's got kids, a mortgage, real responsibility/ Neck pains, diets, hot chicks were born after me/ It’s so unfair I have to pay for my own healthcare."
Dworsky’s "(Hopkins) Royals Parody" was largely shot at Dworsky's alma mater, Hopkins High, whose team is The Royals. The actress decided to write the song and direct the video after a customer at the restaurant where she works as a waitress commented that she resembled Lorde.
"Royals" has been a huge hit for Lorde, and her video for the song has accrued over 140 million views on VEVO over the past six months. The New Zealand native is scheduled to perform the song at this year's Grammys, January 26 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Lorde is up for four Grammy Awards at the event: Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for "Royals" and Best Pop Vocal Album for Pure Heroine, which came out September 27.
Lorde has not commented on Dworsky's "Royals" spoof.