Song of the Day #2,637: ’24’ – Lana Del Rey

lana_del_rey_honeymoonI’ve always said that pretty much any Lana Del Rey song could be a James Bond theme. Her music is so lush and seductive, so retro romantic, that it’s made to play against floating silhouettes of guns and naked women.

It’s no surprise, then, that the Bond producers asked Del Rey to write a song for their latest film, Spectre. They wound up passing on her contribution in favor of Sam Smith’s ‘Writing on the Wall’ (big mistake, IMO). Today’s SOTD is assumed to be the track she wrote for the film (Spectre is the 24th Bond movie, and the musical and lyrical content are certainly in the ballpark). It would’ve worked like gangbusters.

The entirety of Del Rey’s third full-length album, Honeymoon, works like gangbusters. And that makes three records in a row (four if you count her 2012 EP Paradise).

In my book, that kind of consistent output is what moves an artist from good to great, from something I enjoy to one of my favorites. Lana Del Rey is one of my favorites.

Stylistically, Honeymoon falls closer to last year’s Ultraviolence than her debut Born to Die. The low-key hip-hop inflections of the latter are few and far between, set aside in favor of the film noir grandeur of the former.

Del Rey takes her time on every track — most clock in at around 5 minutes — and teases the drama out of every line. She is as confident and bold on record as she was uncertain in her infamous Saturday Night Live appearance. This woman is in full control… of her sound, her image, her emerging legacy.

She might not have landed that Bond theme, but creatively she has a license to kill.

[Verse 1]
There’s only 24 hours in a day
And half as many ways for you to lie to me, my little love
There’s only 24 hours in a day
And half of those, you lay awake
With thoughts of murder and carnage

[Pre-Chorus]
If you lie down with dogs, then you’ll get fleas
Be careful of the company you keep

[Chorus]
There’s only 24 hours
And that’s not enough
To lie like you lie or
Love like you love

[Verse 2]
There’s only 24 hours in a day
And half of those you lay
Between the sheets with me, my lying love
There’s only 24 hours, so you’d say
For most of them you pay
For all the things they paid you for, my love

[Pre-Chorus – Variation]
If you lie down with dogs, then you’ll get fleas
Be careful of the ones you choose to leave

[Chorus]
There’s only 24 hours
And that’s not enough
To lie like you lie or
Love like you love

[Outro]
Give me your heat
Give me your diamonds
You hit that street
And my crooked words
You count to three
While they’re all dying
You’re hard to reach
You’re cold to touch

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,637: ’24’ – Lana Del Rey

  1. Dana says:

    For reasons that are probably irrational, I have built up a visceral dislike of Sam Smith, so giving him the Bond song over Del Ray annoys me. If this was the intended theme song, it would have been good, though I wonder if those who choose these things considered it a bit too ethereal or sleepy. I suspect it could have been punched up a bit with some additional orchestration to have fit the bill.

  2. Peg says:

    Love this song and her voice, I think it would have been a great choice for Bond!

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