What Is Lorde's "Sober II (Melodrama)" About? The Lyrics Are An End Of An Era

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After a long wait, Lorde’s second studio album, Melodrama, is finally here — and it does not disappoint. If you’re one of many who have already listened to Melodrama from beginning to end, then you probably already noticed two songs with similar names in the track listing: “Sober” and “Sober II (Melodrama).” In a recent interview with NPR, Lorde revealed the meaning of "Sober II (Melodrama)": it’s a song about what happens at the end of a party.

“Sober II (Melodrama)” is an obvious continuation of “Sober,” which is listed just five songs ahead of the former on the album. During the interview with NPR, Lorde revealed they “map the course of a party.”  

Of course, this interview comes just a week after Lorde discussed “Sober” in a lengthy Twitter thread, in which she explained that she first came up with the concept of the song while doing what all of us are doing when our best and brightest ideas come to us: sitting in the back of an Uber.

It makes sense that “Sober II (Melodrama)” mostly refers to a party, considering the fact that the song is the title track for the entire album. Melodrama is also mostly about a party, according to a interview Lorde had with The New York Times Magazine. “With a party, there’s that moment where a great song comes on and you’re ecstatic,” she said. “And then there’s that moment later on where you’re alone in the bathroom, looking in the mirror, you don’t think you look good, and you start feeling horrible.”

Whatever the concept, Melodrama definitely doesn’t disappoint and if you haven’t listened to it yet, you might want to do that ASAP.