Among my circle of friends and people who keep up with me, there’s an ongoing conversation about myself and Lana Del Rey. Though I refer to her as Elizabeth.
No, we aren’t dating. But the conversation is based on my appreciation for her music. So people ask me what my favorite Lana Del Rey song is and for the first time, perhaps ever for some, they see me without an immediate answer.
The reason for that is because I have several favorite Lana Del Rey songs. People say, “What if you had to pick just one.” Well I don’t have to, now do I?
So here’s my list of top Lana Del Rey songs (you knew that was coming). Maybe they’re in order of how I like them and maybe they aren’t. It depends on the day. I’ve embedded the videos below so enjoy.
West Coast – There’s not a whole lot to say about this song compared to others. It just doesn’t have the conspiracy theory status as much as others. It’s a really cool beat and talks about Hollywood to a certain degree in the 1960’s or so. And, typical Lana, she likes older men as she told us in her song “Cola” and alludes to elsewhere.
National Anthem – this Lana song, in my opinion, is about Marilyn Monroe’s love for John F. Kennedy (a libertarian). It includes the typical Lana Del Rey quirks and parts that only make sense when you’re high. Basically, in typical Lana Del Rey fashion, she’s in love with a successful man who lives life on his own terms. Like many of her songs, this one takes place in a 1960’s type of world of which Lana often portrays herself as a jazz singer. And like most of her songs, there are nods and links to other of her songs. The ending to this particular video, where Lana talks, is especially wonderful. Lana, I hear you. The ending, again, in my opinion, is Lana speaking as Marilyn Monroe about John F. Kennedy. She talks about how the difficulties of their affair grew stronger over the years, but so did her love for him. Note that Lana plays both Marilyn and Jacqueline Kennedy. I have my thoughts about that, but they’re something I won’t be sharing in this post. See below:
And the ending:
American – Ah Elizabeth, if any song is essentially Lana Del Rey, this one is it. She’s patriotic without the elements that have been added today and hijacked. It’s 1960’s America in her world, the golden era of Hollywood. “Like a baby you spin me round like a child” – again with the older, stronger man. “Be proud, like an American,” again, it’s this larger-than-life man who knows who he is and enjoys life. That’s who Elizabeth, I mean, Lana, wants. The video shows iconic Americans of the past. But the message to all of us, American or not, is, be who you are and don’t be afraid of it. Ignore the haters. Do it anyway. Love who you love. It’s your life. Not theirs. Enjoy.
“I need you, I need you babe, like I’ve never needed anyone. You’re wrong but you’re so much fun.” I like that knowing smile. Take it away Lana.