About Liability

"Liability" is a song recorded by New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde, from her second studio album Melodrama (2017). Lorde co-wrote and co-produced the track with Jack Antonoff. It was released on 10 March 2017, by Republic Records as the album's first promotional single. Sonically, "Liability" served as a dramatic shift from the album's lead single "Green Light", which was released a week prior. It is a pop piano ballad, which is accompanied with organs and guitar strums in the background. The lyrics detail the consequences and scrutiny Lorde's friends received from the media as a result of her new-found fame and how she learned to live comfortably by herself. Reviewers praised the song's lyrical content and Lorde's vocal delivery. Lorde revealed that she was inspired to write "Liability" after an emotional cab ride while she listened to Rihanna's song "Higher" from her 2016 album Anti. The song had minor chart placements in the United States and the United Kingdom, placing at 78 and 84, respectively. The track centers around the themes of loneliness, self-love and consequences of fame from Lorde's perspective. She performed "Liability" for the first time at Saturday Night Live in New York and at Coachella Valley Music Festival in California. It was part of the set list of her Melodrama World Tour (2017–18). 


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Baby really hurt me
Crying in the taxi
He don't wanna know me
Says he made the big mistake of dancing in my storm
Says it was poison
So I guess I'll go home
Into the arms of the girl that I love
The only love I haven't screwed up
She's so hard to please
But she's a forest fire
I do my best to meet her demands
Play at romance, we slow dance
In the living room, but all that a stranger would see
Is one girl swaying alone
Stroking her cheek

They say, "You're a little much for me
You're a liability
You're a little much for me"
So they pull back, make other plans
I understand, I'm a liability
Get you wild, make you leave
I'm a little much for
E-a-na-na-na, everyone

The truth is I am a toy that people enjoy
'Til all of the tricks don't work anymore
And then they are bored of me
I know that it's exciting
Running through the night, but
Every perfect summer's
Eating me alive until you're gone
Better on my own

They say, "You're a little much for me
You're a liability
You're a little much for me"
So they pull back, make other plans
I understand, I'm a liability
Get you wild, make you leave
I'm a little much for
E-a-na-na-na, everyone

They're gonna watch me
Disappear into the sun
You're all gonna watch me
Disappear into the sun

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Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor, known by her stage name Lorde, is a New Zealand singer-songwriter. more »

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Written by: Ella Yelich O'connor, Jack Antonoff

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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13 facts about this song

Album Release
"Liability" is a track off Lorde's second studio album, "Melodrama," which was released in 2017.
Song Premiere
The song was first premiered on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show on March 9, 2017.
Songwriting Attribution
Lorde co-wrote the song with Jack Antonoff, the same person who produced the track.
Genre Classification
"Liability" is often classified as a pop and indie pop song.
Song Inspiration
The song is rumored to be about the drawbacks of fame and how it can strain personal relationships.
Piano Instrumentation
Unlike many pop songs, "Liability" prominently features the piano instead of typical pop instrumentation.
Chart Performance
"Liability" debuted at number 78 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It later peaked at number 59.
Single Status
The song was released as the second single off of the "Melodrama" album.
Music Video
There is no official music video for "Liability," but the lyric video has garnered over 40 million views on YouTube as of 2021.
Demi Lovato Cover
American singer Demi Lovato covered the song during the BBC Live Lounge in September 2017.
Acclaim and Nominations
The song was hailed for its raw emotion and Lorde's vocal performance. It helped the album "Melodrama" get nominated for Album of the Year at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.
Public Reception
"Liability" was called a "gut-punch" ballad that connected with many of Lorde's fans, allowing them to see the downside of fame.
Live Performances
Lorde debuted "Liability" on Saturday Night Live in March 2017.

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