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Yellow Flicker Beat album cover.

Yellow Flicker Beat is the first official single from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 soundtrack. The song is performed and written by Lorde and was released on September 30th. Lorde is the sole curator for the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 soundtrack.

Lyrics

I’m a princess cut from marble, smoother than a storm
And the scars that mark my body, they’re silver and gold
My blood is a flood of rubies, precious stones
It keeps my veins hot, the fire's found a home in me I move through town, I’m quiet like a fire
And my necklace is of rope, I tie it and untie it
And people talk to me, but nothing ever hits home
People talk to me, and all the voices just burn holes
I’m done with it (ooh)

This is the start of violence
They used to shout my name, now they whisper it
I’m speeding up and this is the
Red, orange, yellow flicker beat sparking up my heart
We're at the start, the colors disappear
I never watch the stars there’s so much down here
So I just try
Keep up with the
Red, orange, yellow flicker beat sparking up my heart

I dream all year, but they’re not the same kinds
And the shivers move down my shoulder blades in double time

And now people talk to me I’m slipping out of reach now
People talk to me, and all their faces blur
But I got my fingers laced together and I made a little prison
And I’m locking up everyone that ever laid a finger on me
I’m done with it (ooh)

This is the start of violence
They used to shout my name, now they whisper it
I’m speeding up and this is the
Red, orange, yellow flicker beat sparking up my heart
We're at the start, the colors disappear
I never watch the stars there’s so much down here
So I just try
Keep up with the
Red, orange, yellow flicker beat sparking up my heart

And this is the red, orange, yellow flicker beat
Sparking up my heart
And this is the red, orange, yellow flicker beat-beat-beat-beat

Chart Perfomance

"Yellow Flicker Beat" performed moderately in the charts all around the world. In the American territory, "Yellow Flicker Beat" became Lorde's third top 40 hit in the official chart, and the third single from a Hunger Games soundtrack to reach this high, after "Safe & Sound" and "Eyes Open". Its highest rank was in Lorde's birthcountry, New Zealand, where it reached #4 and became the fourth top 5 hit of Lorde.

Peaks

Chart Peak
Australia (ARIA) 25
Belgium (Ultratip Flaunders) 3
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 21
France (SNEP) 93
Germany (Media Control Charts) 38
Hungary (Single Top 20) 16
Ireland (IRMA) 83
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 4
US Billboard Hot 100 34
UK Singles Chart 71
US Billboard Rock Songs 3

Music Video

The music video for "Yellow Flicker Beat" was directed by Emily Kai Bock, and was released on 7 November 2014 at midnight (NZDT), when Lorde turned eighteen years old.

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Lorde - Yellow Flicker Beat (From The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1) (Audio)-003:38

Lorde - Yellow Flicker Beat (From The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1) (Audio)-0

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