Elizabeth Woolridge Grant is known as Lana Del Rey in the music industry. She is an American singer, songwriter, and a model too. Her music is popular for its cinematic aesthetic styled in a unique manner. Her themes usually revolve around tragic romance, glamor, and melancholia, and have references to pop culture, particularly 1950s and 1960s Americana.
The singer was not only famous for her successful career but her personal life too. She suffered from a major drinking and drug addiction. She was just 14 when her parents sent her to a boarding school to help her kick the addiction. The “Born To Die” singer came clear about her addiction to a famous magazine a few years back. She called herself as a "Beautiful poet" and this is what she had to add:
"I was always an unusual girl.My mother told me I had a chameleon soul, no moral compass pointing due north, no fixed personality; just an inner indecisiveness that was as wide and as wavering as the ocean.”
Here’s a list of few of her biggest hits which are said to be highly influenced by her own personal experiences:
#1. Swinging In The Backyard
The song’s lyrics, 'Swinging in the backyard, pull up in your fast car, whistling my name', were part of her real life instances. She is here talking about her then lover who would come home, and she would watch him. But the chorus which quotes like, 'Heaven is a place on earth with you, tell me all the things you wanna do' was fictitious although she wanted it to be like that.
#2. Summertime Sadness
In an interview, the singer mentioned that she was quite thrilled with this one because she could keep it all real. She was in Santa Monica, California with her composer and best friend, Daniel Heath. She used to sit under the telephone wires and listen to them sizzle in the warm air. She did so with the intention of absorbing all the electricity to feel alive and electric again. The song definitely was electric and very melodiously brought forward; the sadness lurking inside the singer in a lone summertime.
Ride was Lana’s cinematic expansion of her growing signature sound. The song outstood others because of the 10-minute mini movie music video. The song is about her feelings on independent and unrestricted love. It further talks about the impact it left on her; on how it can free and unhinge you of the social obligations. The video is a 100% refection of her original life.
#4. High By The Beach
The name itself talks what the song is about. Lana here repeatedly croons about getting high by the beach. The song although exudes a conventional note, however, the melody makes it a revolutionary track. After hearing it, all one wants to do is just relax and get high, by the beach- if that's a possibility.
Carmen is literally a meditation on addiction. The singer herself went through a phase of drug abuse during her young teenage years. The song talks about the dark side of the singer’s partying lifestyle. The song says “you don’t want to be like me, looking for fun, getting high for free”, clearly stating her addiction.
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