Lorde who is a self described "word fetishist, " said the word "Royals" sewn across Kansas City Royals player George Brett’s jersey
stuck with her and inspired her to write the song.
" The photo, taken by photographer Ted Spiegel, appeared in
an article about Kansas City in July 1976. It depicts future
hall-of-famer George Brett signing baseballs among a crowd of fans.
Twenty-five years later, the young pop star’s song has revived the
image, which has been circulating on the web for the past few weeks."