One of the things that I find most exquisite about Lana Del Rey’s music are her lyrics. As a writer and avid reader, I obviously have a thing for words — and Del Rey surely knows how to string them together in a perfectly poetic, exquisite fashion. Through her songs, she has been able to capture the angst of not only her mostly millennial fanbase, but also of those who may have come of age before Del Rey took over the music scene. With just a few words, she manages to encompass common struggles, fears, and dreams that people may go through in their lives, and it's astonishingly comforting to listen to. Additionally, Del Rey has never been afraid to express exactly what is on her mind, and I respect that greatly. While a lot of pop stars provide us with summer anthems and ‘turn-up’ music, Lana Del Rey seems to be able to speak directly to the human soul. Whether she's talking about sex, romance, longing, or (summertime) sadness, she has this magical way of lending her lyrics to our lives.
A lot of wisdom can be found in her songs, too, especially for the younger generations: As youths, we often take life a bit too seriously, but Lana Del Rey is quick to remind us that youth is fleeting, so we must grab on to it while we can and ride it out until it disappears forever. If you listen closely, she even provides listeners with some fantastic life principles that we can all relate to.
Need proof? Here are seven Lana Del Rey lyrics that are almost philosophical.
"But I can't fix him, can't make him better/ And I can't do nothing about this strange weather."
Song: "Shades of Cool" Album: Ultraviolence
Just like the weather, you can't change people — it's best to just accept them for who they are.
"Be Young/ Be Dope/ Be Proud."
Song: "American"Album: Paradise
Be yourself — you won't find any happiness trying to be someone you aren't.
"Their heavy words can't bring me down/ Boy, I've been raised from the dead."
Song: "Radio" Album: Born to Die
You have to have some thick skin to survive in today's world. Just like the old saying goes: "Sticks and stones my break my bones but words can never hurt me."
"You said to be cool but/ I'm already coolest."
Song:"National Anthem" Album: Born to Die
No one can define "cool" except for you. Whatever you think is cool, you should do that — in other words, you do you.
"You fit me better than my favorite sweater."
Song: "Blue Jeans"Album: Born to Die
Sometimes home isn't a place — it's a person.
"Prison isn't nothing to me if you'll be by my side."
Song: "Florida Kilos"Album: Ultraviolence
You can face anything if you have the right person by your side.
"Think I'll miss you forever/ Like the stars miss the sun in the morning sky."
Song: "Summertime Sadness"Album: Born to Die
Losing someone you love is like having a constant homesickness — no matter how long they've been gone.