Summertime Sadness - Lana Del Rey


The Experience: Not all holidays have happy endings. Lana toys with two feelings: I'm on fire but also I'll miss you forever. Summertime reminds her of feelin' electric, feeling alive, but also of the sadness that her bad baby vanished from her life. Behind Lana's sultry delivery, bells toll. Painful memories swell back, I'll miss you forever. Summer's time for thinking about lost love brings summertime sadness.

The Video:
The nice part of the video is the way it's done: instagram-like takes with broken chronology. The actual plot isn't so nice. Two girlfriends who end up both committing suicide and appearing in a smoke-filled afterlife. The last take is Lana walking down the white line in the middle of a road... her ghost appearing beside her. Somewhere, she crossed the line. Sad from start to finish.

My Take:
Passions trick us. I'm on fire, nothing scares me anymore, we go all the way... Only to find ourselves full of sadness. The sheer power my love feelings - baby, you're the best - doesn't mean the relationship is real by itself. Lana's "Kiss me hard..." is followed right after by "before you go." Emotions come up short if there's no true commitment. Holidays that were meant to be happy swamp in summertime sadness. 

Ask Yourself:
What memories of my last summer bring me summertime sadness? Do I let my feelings shove me to a "kiss me hard" even for short-lived relationships "before you go"? Am I making those mistakes again this summer?

LYRICS:

Kiss me hard before you go
Summertime sadness
I just wanted you to know
That baby you're the best

I got my red dress on tonight
Dancing in the dark in the pale moonlight
Got my hair up real big beauty queen style
High heels off, I'm feeling alive

Oh, my God, I feel it in the air
Telephone wires above, all sizzling like a snare
Honey I'm on fire, I feel it everywhere
Nothing scares me anymore

Kiss me hard before you go
Summertime sadness
I just wanted you to know
That baby you're the best

I've got that summertime, summertime sadness
S-s-summertime, summertime sadness
Got that summertime, summertime sadness
Oh, oh oh

I'm feelin' electric tonight
Cruising down the coast goin' 'bout 99
Got my bad baby by my heavenly side
I know if I go, I'll die happy tonight

Oh, my God, I feel it in the air
Telephone wires above, all sizzling like a snare
Honey I'm on fire, I feel it everywhere
Nothing scares me anymore

Kiss me hard before you go
Summertime sadness
I just wanted you to know
That baby you're the best

I've got that summertime, summertime sadness
S-s-summertime, summertime sadness
Got that summertime, summertime sadness
Oh, oh oh

I think I'll miss you forever
Like the stars miss the sun in the morning skies
Late is better than never
Even if you're gone I'm gonna drive, drive

I've got that summertime, summertime sadness
S-s-summertime, summertime sadness
Got that summertime, summertime sadness
Oh, oh oh

Kiss me hard before you go
Summer time sadness
I just wanted you to know
That baby you're the best

I've got that summertime, summertime sadness
S-s-summertime, summertime sadness
Got that summertime, summertime sadness
Oh, oh oh

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