Your Favorite Lana Del Rey Lyric Says A Lot More About You Than You Even Realize
The shiny veneer of Britney Spears, and the candy-colored costumes of Katy Perry, don't speak to everybody. Obviously both are great, but some pop fans need a little more substance — a little more summertime sadness, if you will — and, for that reason, have found everything they ever wanted in a pop princess in Lana Del Rey. Lana Del Rey's lyrics are chock full of some of the saddest, weirdest, most painfully honest statements in the modern pop scene. In fact, if you're as much of a a fan as I am, your favorite lyric from the pop star probably offers a fair amount of insight into your twisted psyche.
Her sound has evolved since she first broke into the scene, but the level of ferocious introspection that she brings to each song's lyrics has remained consistent (and it looks like her upcoming album will deliver even more somber reflection). Granted, sometimes her lyrics drift into being so morbid that they read like a hypersexualized eulogy, but, ultimately, the mix of sadness and so-sincere-it's-ridiculous is what we love about her.
What speaks to you? Are you a "sad girl"? Did you sleep your way to the top? Is your boyfriend in a gang? What's your favorite Lana Del Rey lyric, and what does it reveal about you?
"Elvis is my daddy / Marilyn's my mother / Jesus is my bestest friend..." ("Body Electric")
Either you're obsessed with becoming famous, or you are already extremely famous. Either way, you're dealing with some pretty severe narcissistic tendencies.
"My pussy tastes like Pepsi Cola..." ("Cola")
You don't necessarily love Lana Del Rey for her melancholy; you may like it, but you're really a fan of those moments where she is completely indifferent to how people might react. Sure, sometimes that indifference leads to moments of unspeakable silliness, but you gotta love it!
"He hit me and it felt like a kiss..." ("Ultraviolence")
You are better than the jerks you're dating.
"Don’t make me sad, don’t make me cry / Sometimes love is not enough and the road gets tough / I don’t know why..." from "Born to Die"
You may be more well-adjusted than you were immediately following the "big breakup," but you're still trying to figure out exactly where things went wrong (spoiler alert: he was a narcissist).
"He doesn't mind I have a flat broke down life / In fact he says he thinks it's why he might like about me / Admires me, the way I roll like a Rolling Stone..." ("Off to the Races")
Your life may be falling apart, but you're just coasting. Sure, Sallie Mae's banging your door down, and rent is three weeks overdue, but you haven't noticed — because you're too busy painting the town various shades of red.
"My boyfriends in a band / He plays guitar while I sing Lou Reed / I've got feathers in my hair / I get down to beat poetry..." ("Brooklyn Baby")
You live in Brooklyn — or some other insufferably hip city with an aggressively ethereal art scene — and you totally get what this song is satirizing.
"I'm a sad girl..." ("Sad Girl")
Call me crazy, but you may be a little depressed.