“Writer In The Dark” serves as as a vocally powerful, stripped back ballad in which Lorde laments that, while she’ll love her ex forever, she will still move forward. As a singer/songwriter, Lorde is the writer in the dark. In a podcast on the subject of this album, Lorde commented on her identity as the writer: "It’s not a historical document. It’s not a police record. It’s not journalism. I didn’t go to journalism school. I’m a writer. .

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