The Boss performed the song at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland on Saturday (March 1), home of the Vodafone Warriors and Auckland Football Federation, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar and harmonica.
Speaking to news.co.au, Lorde praised Springsteen and discussed her reaction to watching the cover version online, “My Twitter went mental. Everyone in New Zealand was like ‘You can’t believe what just happened!’ It was so exciting. It was the highest honor. He’s such an incredible songwriter. I got a little teary. It was very cool.”
“It’s crazy when someone like that is covering your song,” she added. “Those words were nothing before I put them into my laptop and started messing around with them in the studio. It’s crazy to me they could come out of someone’s mouth who is that respected.”
Lorde is not the first artist from Down Under to be honoured by Springsteen in this way. While touring Australia last month, he covered a number of songs by Aussie artists including ‘Highway To Hell’ AC/DC, for which he brought on stage Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, ‘Stayin’ Alive’ by The Bee Gees, ‘Friday On My Mind’ by The Easybeats and INXS’ ‘Don’t Change’.
In 2013, he covered ‘Just Like Fire Would’ by Australian band The Saints, a studio version of which features on his most-recent album, ‘High Hopes’.