Always an Unusual Girl.

Lana Del Rey

"It takes getting everything you ever wanted and losing it to 
know what true freedom is".
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Lana Del Rey’s single ‘Ride’ from the album Paradise.

In celebration of her new album; High By The Beach, I have decided to dedicate this post to my favourite piece of poetry created by Lana Del Rey. Taken from the song Ride, this monologue thematically ‘involves parental problems, alcohol consumption, and loneliness. Del Rey’s role in the video was compared to Lolita and A Streetcar Named Desire.’  Known for exploring the darker side of life Lana Del Rey truly is a great role model for anyone who has experienced disappointment and struggles in her life. Moreover, what I love most about her music, is her ability to romanticize certain undesirable and difficult situations, showing that even when the road gets tough, there is always hope. For instance, Lana herself has openly spoken about having a drinking problem in her teens which led her to give up alcohol completely. So, when people criticize her melancholic yet hypnotic music, it makes me upset. This is due to the fact that if you really listen to the lyrics, you can understand how she manages to find the beauty in almost every situation, regardless of how socially acceptable it is to discuss, advertise or promote it.

Personally, I find both the prologue and epilogue of this song moving and extremely beautiful. Enjoy.

Ride Monologue

I was in the winter of my life, and the men I met along the road were my only summer.
At night I fell asleep with visions of myself, dancing and laughing and crying with them.
Three years down the line of being on an endless world tour, and my memories of them were the only things that sustained me, and my only real happy times.
I was a singer – not a very popular one,
I once had dreams of becoming a beautiful poet, but upon an unfortunate series of events saw those dreams dashed and divided like a million stars in the night sky that I wished on over and over again, sparkling and broken.
But I didn’t really mind because I knew that it takes getting everything you ever wanted, and then losing it to know what true freedom is.
When the people I used to know found out what I had been doing, how I’d been living, they asked me why – but there’s no use in talking to people who have home.
They have no idea what it’s like to seek safety in other people – for home to be wherever you lay your head.
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…
And if I said I didn’t plan for it to turn out this way I’d be lying…
Because I was born to be the other woman.
Who belonged to no one, who belonged to everyone.
Who had nothing, who wanted everything, with a fire for every experience and an obsession for freedom that terrified me to the point that I couldn’t even talk about it, and pushed me to a nomadic point of madness that both dazzled and dizzied me.

Every night I used to pray that I’d find my people, and finally I did on the open road.
We had nothing to lose, nothing to gain, nothing we desired anymore, except to make our lives into a work of art.
Live fast. Die young. Be wild. And have fun.
I believe in the country America used to be.
I believe in the person I want to become.
I believe in the freedom of the open road.
And my motto is the same as ever:
“I believe in the kindness of strangers. And when I’m at war with myself I ride, I just ride.”
Who are you?
Are you in touch with all of your darkest fantasies?
Have you created a life for yourself where you can experience them?
I have. I am fucking crazy.
But I am free.

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Lana Del Rey photographed in the Daily Mail.

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About Feminism Through Cinema and Literature

Hi, its Tia. From Cambridge, England. Avid reader, film watcher and feminist. Studying for an undergraduate degree in English Literature at York St John University. Hope you enjoy my blog and do feel free to leave a comment.
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