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10 Times Lana Del Rey Read Our Minds on Norman Fucking Rockwell!

Man-children, serial killers, and Sylvia Plath -- we select Del Rey's most striking lyrics

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Lana Del Rey, photo by David Brendan Hall
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Two years after Lust for Life, Lana Del Rey is back with Norman Fucking Rockwell!her most unbridled and lyrically rich effort to date.

Del Rey’s sixth album sees the songstress cast off the shallow “sad girl” meme of records past and confront the scary, stark reality of life and love before her. Armed with little more than a piano and a pen, NFR! Is an acerbic oral history of the morass of melancholy sinking the modern age — and we can’t get enough. There are countless examples throughout the new LP that illustrate this, but here are our 10 times it felt like Lana Del Rey was definitely reading our minds.

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Lyric: “Why wait for the best when I could have you?”

Song: “Norman Fucking Rockwell”

Why We Love It: Straight out of the gate, Lana takes no prisoners. Most of us know the wretched pain of settling. Few of us are brave enough to put it to song.

Lyric in a GIF:

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Lyric: “Fear fun, fear love/ Fresh out of fucks forever”

Song: “Venice Bitch”

Why We Love It: If we could package our 2019 #mood into a single lyric, this would be it. What is there to do when the wold is spinning a little too quickly? Say “f*ck it,” of course.

Lyric in a GIF:

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Lyric: “There’s things I wanna say to you/ But I’ll just let you live/ Like if you hold me without hurting me/ You’ll be the first who ever did”

Song: “Cinnamon Girl”

Why We Love It: This one goes out to everyone who has ever typed their heart and soul into a text message, only to hover over “send” for a full minute before deleting the damn thing in its entirety. This one goes out to all of us.

Lyric in a GIF:

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Lyric: “If he’s a serial killer, then what’s the worst/ That can happen to a girl who’s already hurt?/ I’m already hurt”

Song: “Happiness Is a Butterfly”

Why We Love It: Just when you think you’ve heard every phrase related to emotional pain, specifically being on the receiving end of it, Del Rey draws on the anatomical to posit: Heartache, in many ways, registers far, far beyond death.

Lyric in a GIF:

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Lyric: “I’ve been tearing around in my fucking nightgown/ 24-7 Sylvia Plath/ Writing in blood on your walls/ ‘Cause the ink in my pen don’t look good in my pad”

Song: “hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have – but i have it”

Why We Love It: How does one cut through the noise to grab the attention of the world, or a lover, when words on the page don’t seem satisfactory? Bleed it out and blow sh*t up.

Lyric in a GIF:

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Click ahead for more spot-on Lana-isms.



Lyric: “Give me Hallmark/ One dream, one life, one lover/ Paint me happy and blue/ Norman Rockwell”

Song: “Venice Bitch”

Why We Love It: The American Dream? Dead. The realization that behind the white-picket fence resides a sleeping Moloch of discontent? Alive and well, baby.

Lyric in a GIF:

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Lyric: “Goddamn, man-child/ You fucked me so good that I almost said, ‘I love you'”

Song: “Norman Fucking Rockwell”

Why We Love It: Love and lust are two sides of the same damn torturous coin. And if there’s anything more relatable about Del Rey, it’s that stardom has hardly given her the ability to discern between the two or at least keep them from blurring. And yeah, sex can really be that intoxicating (or is it just toxic?).

Lyric in a GIF:

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Lyric: “You’re scared to win/ Scared to lose/ I’ve heard the war was over if you really choose/ The one in and around you”

Song: “California”

Why We Love It: There’s an epidemic afflicting the youth in a world heavy with expectation: fear. A curse so paralyzing that, faced with the potential to fail, some of us never start. Instead, we sink deeper into despair and fetishize our sadness on the Internet instead of choosing to make the effort happiness demands.

Lyric in a GIF:

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(Read: Lana Del Rey Already Prepping New Album for 2020 Release)


Lyric: “So I moved to California/ But it’s just a state of mind/ It turns out everywhere you go, you take yourself/ That’s not a lie”

Song: “Fuck It I Love You”

Why We Love It: Everyone wants to be somewhere else. Whether it’s to escape something at home or run toward something new abroad, the idea that location and distance can make or break you is a tricky outlook. But Del Rey learned the hard way and here gets to the heart of it even if we may not want to hear that truth. Because after all, swapping cities is a hell of a lot easier than sorting through the mind’s intangibles.

Lyric in a GIF:

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Lyric: “There’s a new revolution, a loud evolution that I saw/ Born of confusion and quiet collusion of which mostly I’ve known/ A modern-day woman with a weak constitution”

Song: “hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have – but i have it”

Why We Love It: As much as Del Rey’s albums are a continued recounting of her derailed love stories, they don’t take place in a bubble. On NFR!, she seems to be much more pointedly political and socially conscious than ever before. Sometimes she point-blank talks about the dissolution of America, and sometimes, such as here, she questions gender roles and stereotypes.

Lyric in a GIF:

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