Franklin man’s parody of Lorde’s ‘Royals’ takes off in Kansas City

Franklin man's parody of Lorde's 'Royals' takes off in Kansas City (Image 1)

Kansas City Royals fan Matthew West wrote a song as a parody during the team’s recent run in the World Series, and it quickly became quite a hit in the team’s hometown.

West, who wrote “We Are the Royals,” is a Christian music star and Franklin resident. From hit songs to sold-out shows, and Dove and Billboard awards, he has done it all.

And this fall, he provided inspiration for one of the year’s best stories: a parody of pop star Lorde’s number one hit “Royals.”

The real lyrics say “we will never be royals,” so the stadium didn’t feel right about playing it.

West, however, fixed the problem with his parody.

“We are the Royals, swinging for the waterfall, with our backs up against the wall, won’t stop until we win it all,” the song says.

Once the team heard it, it took off in Kansas City.

“Security guy checking my driver’s license after World Series Game 2,” West explained, “I was flying back to Nashville for a show. He looks at my ID and says, ‘Are you the guy who did that Royals song?’”

The Royals lost the series, but the song plays on.

West and his bandmates are donating the proceeds from iTunes sales to Tim Grimes, a Kansas City Royals super fan given just months to live in his battle with cancer.

“We’re going to make this a win for Tim, so even though the Royals lost in Game 7, we’re still considering it a win for Tim,” West said.

The song costs 99 cents on iTunes. You can find it by searching The MVP’s.

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