Song of the Day #1,767: ‘Young and Beautiful’ – Lana Del Rey

lana_del_reyMy wife and I have plans to see Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby tonight. I’m not discouraged by the film’s 48% ranking on Rotten Tomatoes — that seems perfectly appropriate for a love-him-or-hate-him filmmaker like Luhrmann.

I’m sure the film will be over the top, even ridiculous, at times, but I’m equally sure it will have moments of transcendent beauty. Luhrmann’s films are always in danger of flying off the rails, but they do so spectacularly — that quality is the key to their appeal.

Luhrmann makes splendid use of music in his films (with Moulin Rouge as his crown jewel in that regard), and Gatsby promises to continue that trend, with a soundtrack compiled by Jay-Z.

Jay compiled an eclectic mix of covers and original tracks, five of which I’ll feature this week. I’m curious to see how each will be used in the film.

‘Young and Beautiful’ was written by Del Rey and Luhrmann and it’s the first single release from the soundtrack. It is similar in tone and mood to the other Del Rey songs I’ve heard… slow and somber. I’d like to hear her go all Carly Rae Jepsen sometime.

Thinking way ahead here, but it will be interesting if the song is ultimately nominated for an Oscar and Del Rey, probably best known for her disastrous deer-in-headlights performance on Saturday Night Live, has to perform it live on a much bigger stage.

I’ve seen the world
Done it all, had my cake now
Diamonds, brilliant, and Bel-Air now
Hot summer nights mid July
When you and I were forever wild
The crazy days, the city lights
The way you’d play with me like a child

Will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful
Will you still love me when I got nothing but my aching soul
I know you will, I know you will
I know that you will
Will you still love me when I’m no longer beautiful

I’ve seen the world, lit it up as my stage now
Channeling angels in, the new age now
Hot summer days, rock and roll
The way you’d play for me at your show
And all the ways I got to know
Your pretty face and electric soul

Will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful
Will you still love me when I got nothing but my aching soul
I know you will, I know you will
I know that you will
Will you still love me when I’m no longer beautiful

Dear lord when I get to heaven
Please let me bring my man
When he comes tell me that you’ll let him in
Father tell me if you can

Oh that grace, oh that body
Oh that face makes me wanna party
He’s my sun, he makes me shine like diamonds

Will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful
Will you still love me when I got nothing but my aching soul
I know you will, I know you will
I know that you will
Will you still love me when I’m no longer beautiful
Will you still love me when I’m no longer beautiful
Will you still love me when I’m not young and beautiful

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6 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,767: ‘Young and Beautiful’ – Lana Del Rey

  1. Dana says:

    Well, having just seen the film, I will join the 48% of critics who praised it. I honestly don’t remember exactly where this song was used in the film, but that is because, unlike Moulin Rouge, the soundtrack for Gatspy compliments rather than dominates the scenes, something I would not have assumed from the preview.

  2. Amy says:

    This song is used very well in the film, one of the songs I do remember vividly (as I agree with Dana that many of them simply weave into the background). A beautiful film that actually doesn’t take nearly the number of chances – in a negative way – that I anticipated based on the criticism. I can’t imagine a better adaptation of the novel.

  3. Amy says:

    http://gawker.com/5876449/lana-del-reys-infamous-snl-performance

    Had to check out the train wreck of an SNL performance, and… I don’t get it. The comments on this link are interesting. Guess she is just a magnet for haters? Odd.

  4. Dana says:

    Yeah, I don’t see why that SNL performance was disastrous. A little dull maybe, but really not so bad.

  5. Clay says:

    I never really understood all the craziness over that performance. Granted, it was far from dynamic… she does seem a bit catatonic. But who cares?

    My guess is that it was her first live performance after a whole lot of hype was generated around her being the next big thing, so the expectations game played a big role in the reaction.

  6. pegclifton says:

    I also thought the movie was well done; surprising to me since the trailer was so “over the top” I’m not remembering this song though; I need someone to remind me–Amy??

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