By Alexandra Tineo
Originally known as Lizzie Grant in the music industry, Lana Del Rey was not always a
household name. At the beginning of her music career, “You Can Be The Boss,” “Every
Man Gets His Wish,” “Dangerous Girl” and “Put Me In A Movie” were some of the few
songs fans knew her by. To date, her style of music as Lizzie Grant remains the same in
the way she still sings about genuine emotion. By doing this, she has established her
audience’s expectation that they will get to hear her emotional range with every album
she releases. Lana Del Rey has more hit songs than “Video Games” and “Summertime
Sadness” although those are her classics. Her newer albums comment on the eras in her
life where she deals with relatable topics of changing as a person with age, admiring
people, and being there for those struggling.
1. “Black Bathing Suit”
In one of Lana’s well-known albums, Honeymoon, Lana sings about the vulnerable emotion of grieving someone who was present at various points in your life but abruptly left. As a means of dealing with their absence, this song remembers what is still there, such as personal interests which are pushing them forward. It is one of Lana’s slower songs, but because of the way, the lyrics are written the song can be relatable to anyone. It does not matter if the loss is short-term or long-term as they are grieving the bond built with the other person. It is important for those seeking wholeness to realize they can continue to reminisce about the person but also recognizes there are still plenty of good aspects in their life.
Another song is in the Blue Bansiters album which was released in 2021. The person Lana
describes is thunderous and usually destructive. The metaphor of thunder implies a person who causes destruction to everyone they encounter. Due to her knowledge of the person’s nature, she believes it’s best to leave before they enter her life, knowing that they won’t stay.