Song of the Day #4,739: ‘Text Book’ – Lana Del Rey

A few weeks back, when I started rolling out blog posts on new music releases, one of the first albums I featured was Lana Del Rey’s Chemtrails Over the Country Club. I was happy to have a new album by one of my favorite artists.

Well, it looks like I’m going to get another one. Since I posted that song, Del Rey dropped three new songs online and said they are from an upcoming album titled Blue Bannisters that will likely drop in July. This is some Taylor Swift folklore/evermore-level shit.

You gotta love when artists in their prime just keep on writing and recording. Like when you look at the releases in the 60s and see that Dylan and The Beatles were dropping multiple classic albums per year.

Anticipation is fine, but it’s even better when your favorite acts are relentlessly productive. And this is a wonderful time to be a Lana Del Rey fan.

[Verse 1]
I guess you could call it textbook
I was lookin’ for the father I wanted back
And I thought I found it in Brentwood
It seemed only appropriate you’d easily have my back

[Pre-Chorus]
And then there was the issue of her
I didn’t even like myself, or love the life I had
And there you were with shining stars
Standin’ blue with open arms
You touched the detriment most of the friends I knew already had

[Chorus]
You’ve got a Thunderbird, my daddy had one, too
Let’s rewrite history, I’ll do this dance with you
You know I’m not that girl, you know I’ll never be
Maybe just the way we’re different could set me free
And there we were, screamin’ “Black Lives Matter” in the crowd
By the Old Man River, and I saw you saw who I am
God, I wish I was with my father
He could see us in all our splendor
All the things I couldn’t want for him
I screamed for them, oh-oh-oh
I screamed for them, ah-ah

[Verse 2]
Could we do this dance again?
Do you think if I go blonde, we could get our old love back?
I guess this is really the end
I never felt jealous before this year, but I’m jealous now

[Pre-Chorus]
People say we’re too much alike
But maybe, finally, that’ll make it right
In the end of all these sleepless nights
Other men I met felt right
Would smile at you and stick a knife
In your back
Finally, I met you so I’m not wonderin’ why

[Chorus]
You’ve got a Thunderbird, my daddy had one, too
Let’s rewrite history, I’ll do this dance with you
You know I’m not that girl, you know I’ll never be
Maybe just the way we’re different could set me free
There we were, screamin’ “Black Lives Matter” in the crowd
By the Old Man River, and I saw you saw who I am
God, I wish I was with my father
He could see us in all our splendor
All the things I couldn’t want for him
I screamed for them, oh-oh-oh
I screamed for them, ah-ah

[Outro]
Old Man River keeps rollin’
With or without him
Old Man River keeps rollin’
Without him, oh, my old man
Old Man River keeps rollin’, oh

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,739: ‘Text Book’ – Lana Del Rey

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    The pandemic certainly allowed more prolific artists like Lana Del Rey and Swift, as well as less prolific artists for that matter, to put out new material in the absence of any ability to tour. It will be interesting to see if there is a corresponding dearth of new music as all these artists hit the road in 2021-22.

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