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Castle is the opening track and fourth single from American electropop artist Halsey's debut album, Badlands.

Background

The song, although originally recorded and released for Badlands in 2015, was re-recorded in 2016 as a promotional single for the movie The Huntsman: Winter's War. The new version of the track featured slightly altered vocals accompanied by a full orchestral backing. It was used in various teasers and commercials in support of the film.

Speaking to Interview Magazine about the track in August of 2015, Halsey stated the following:

"'Castle' is my first song from the perspective of someone in the music industry and it's this idea of me gunning for my moment. Sonically, the nontraditional percussion and the choir supported the idea that there's a massive population. There's some religious imagery in it, too."[1]

Lyrics

Sick of all these people talking
Sick of all this noise
Tired of all these cameras flashing
Sick of being poised
And now my neck is open wide
Begging for a fist around it
Already choking on my pride
So there's no use crying about it

I'm headed straight for the castle
They wanna make me their queen
And there's an old man sitting on the throne
That's saying that I probably shouldn't be so mean
I'm headed straight for the castle
They’ve got this kingdom locked up
And there's an old man sitting on the throne
That's saying I should probably keep my pretty mouth shut

Oh, All of these minutes passing
Sick of being used
If you wanna break these walls down
You’re gonna get bruised
And now my neck is open wide
Begging for a fist around it
Already choking on my pride
So there's no use crying about it

I'm headed straight for the castle
They wanna make me their queen
And there's an old man sitting on the throne
That's saying that I probably shouldn't be so mean
I'm headed straight for the castle
They’ve got this kingdom locked up
And there's an old man sitting on the throne
That's saying I should probably keep my pretty mouth shut

There's no use crying about it
There's no use crying about it
There's no use crying about it
There's no use crying about it

I'm headed straight for the castle
They wanna make me their queen
And there's an old man sitting on the throne
That's saying that I probably shouldn't be so mean
I'm headed straight for the castle
They’ve got this kingdom locked up
And there's an old man sitting on the throne
That's saying I should probably keep my pretty mouth shut

Straight for the castle
They wanna make me their queen
And there's an old man sitting on the throne
That's saying that I probably shouldn't be so mean
I'm headed straight for the castle
They’ve got this kingdom locked up
And there's an old man sitting on the throne
That's saying I should probably keep my pretty mouth shut

Straight for the castle

Music video

A music video for the The Huntsman: Winter's War version of the track was released on April 13, 2016. It features scenes from the movie, as well as Halsey singing while wearing a gold dress and crown.

Music video Information
Halsey - Castle (The Huntsman Winter’s War Version)02:59

Halsey - Castle (The Huntsman Winter’s War Version)

Released April 13, 2016
Length 2:58
Director Unknown
Producer Unknown
Filmed 2016
Location Unknown
VEVO views 25+ Million views

Trivia

  • The song features the background vocals of a choir singing the ancient plain song Agnus Dei.
  • This song is sampled in Good Mourning.

References

  1. Halsey's Uncharted Territory
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