Lorde Reveals Rihanna Connection Behind Saddest Song On ‘Melodrama’

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Lorde’s Melodrama is full of incredible tracks, but there’s no denying the heartfelt ballad “Liability” sticks out among the rest. Now, Lorde has given us yet another reason to love the emotional song.

The “Green Light” singer recently treated a few incredibly lucky fans to an intimate iHeartRadio performance at The Houdini Estate in Los Angeles.

During her set on Tuesday (August 29) night, Lorde paused for a moment just before performing “Liability,” and told fans the tale of the moment that inspired what she considers to be “one of the saddest songs on Melodrama.”

It turns out, the track has a very interesting origin story, and it all started when Lorde found herself crying in the back of an Uber car while listening to Rihanna’s “Higher.”

“I was crying because I was feeling this very specific feeling of being too much for somebody,” said Lorde, according to MTV. “It’s a very strange feeling when you feel like you’re too much, or you’re taking up too much space, and I felt like nobody could ever love me for all that I am.”

In turn, Lorde also related the inspiration for “Liability” back to Melodrama as an entire album.

“I feel everything so deeply, and that’s really what Melodrama is about, it’s the depth of emotion,” continued the “Writer in the Dark” singer.

Now that we know the deeper meaning behind “Liability,” we’ll be listening to the song with a fresh pair of ears the next time it comes on the radio!

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