Song of the Day #4,099: ‘hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have – but i have it’ – Lana Del Rey

Continuing my countdown of the songs on Lana Del Rey’s Norman Fucking Rockwell.

11. ‘The Next Best American Record’ – Re-listening to this song in order to write something here, I’m thinking it might be my favorite on the album. That’s how good this record is — a song outside of my top ten is in the conversation for the top spot. This one was reworked from a demo slated for her previous album, but wound up here in a new form.

10. ‘Bartender’ – Del Rey’s cultural touchstone on this album (as in much of her work) is Laurel Canyon of the 60s and 70s. This song name checks Joni Mitchell’s Ladies of the Canyon as well as Crosby, Stills & Nash. On other tracks she mentions or alludes to The Eagles, The Beach Boys and Neil Young. ‘Bartender’ is a lush, piano-driven folk ballad about life in Los Angeles.

9. ‘hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have – but i have it’ – This song — boasting Del Rey’s longest title to date, by far — closes the album out in quiet, nearly acapella style. These are the most personal lyrics on the album, alluding to her struggles with alcoholism and depression. It is also partly inspired by Trump’s election, an event that certainly caused a lot of us to lose hope.

[Verse 1]
I was reading Slim Aarons and I got to thinking that I thought
Maybe I’d get less stressed if I was tested less like
All of these debutantes
Smiling for miles in pink dresses and high heels on white yachts
But I’m not, baby, I’m not
No, I’m not, that, I’m not

[Chorus]
I’ve been tearing around in my fucking nightgown
24/7 Sylvia Plath
Writing in blood on my walls
‘Cause the ink in my pen don’t work in my notepad
Don’t ask if I’m happy, you know that I’m not
But at best, I can say I’m not sad
‘Cause hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have
Hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have

[Verse 2]
I had 15-year dances
Church basement romances, yeah, I’ve cried
Spilling my guts with the Bowery Bums
Is the only love I’ve ever known
Except for the stage, which I also call home, when I’m not
Servin’ up God in a burnt coffee pot for the triad
Hello, it’s the most famous woman you know on the iPad
Calling from beyond the grave, I just wanna say, “Hi, Dad”

[Chorus]
I’ve been tearing up town in my fucking white gown
Like a goddamn near sociopath
Shaking my ass is the only thing that’s
Got this black narcissist off my back
She couldn’t care less, and I never cared more
So there’s no more to say about that
Except hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have
Hope is a dangerous thing for a woman with my past

[Bridge]
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, ’cause I’ve got
Monsters still under my bed that I could never fight off
A gatekeeper carelessly dropping the keys on my nights off

[Chorus]
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
They write that I’m happy, they know that I’m not
But at best, you can see I’m not sad
But hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have
Hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have

[Outro]
Hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have
But I have it
Yeah, I have it
Yeah, I have it
I have

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,099: ‘hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have – but i have it’ – Lana Del Rey

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Beautiful song.

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