Ultraviolence - Lana Del Rey



The Experience: "He hit me and it felt like a kiss." Lana's title track leans out towards a very dark relationship: when you're glad to be hit because it's the only way you've been taught you'll get attention. Her soft voice brings the depth of this experience out of the shadows.

Music Video: In a home-video style film, Lana wanders in a wedding dress... eventually ending up in church... all alone. She's met by someone outside "Were you waiting for someone?" and the camera tilts away. The meaning of Ultraviolence's video goes two ways (once you're used to Lana's hand-held video style): one is the contrast between the ultraviolence of the lyrics, where hitting is perceived as love, and the beauty of a white wedding gown, where love is innocence and respect. The second meaning to Ultraviolence's video is Lana trying to love (trying to get married) when her lover has abandoned her - she's looking for love behind his hitting her. He's just expressing his inability to love her. Either way, the tragedy of a 50 Shades Of Grey relationship is apparent. 

The Meaning: Ultraviolence comes from Anthony Burgess' book A Clockwork Orange (made into a film by Stanley Kubrick). The book's protagonist is so lacking meaning that he turned to senseless, abundant victimizing, from theft and vandalism to rape and murder. He called this Ultraviolence. Lana's lyrics point to an abused childhood "he hit me... reminded me of when we were kids." Some victims not only never recover. Some believe they must continue being victimized so as to be loved. "He hurt me but it felt like true love." Some victims become victimizers later, thinking that hurting is the only way to show love. They can't find a way out of the cycle of ultraviolence in their lives. Like A Clockwork Orange's character, both remain locked in meaningless violence as the only way left of self-expression.

Ask yourself: How do I make myself find meaning in my life? What makes me feel alive? 


LYRICS:

He used to call me "DN"
It stood for "Deadly Nightshade"
'Cause I was filled with poison
But blessed with beauty and rage
Jim told me that 
He hit me and it felt like a kiss
Jim brought me back
Reminded me of when we were kids

This is ultraviolence
Ultraviolence
Ultraviolence
Ultraviolence
I can hear sirens, sirens
He hit me and it felt like a kiss
I can hear violins, violins
Give me all of that ultraviolence

He used to call me "poison"
Cause I was poison ivy
I could have died right there
Cause Jim was right beside me
Jim raised me up
He hurt me but it felt like true love
Jim taught me that
Loving him was never enough

This is ultraviolence
Ultraviolence
Ultraviolence
Ultraviolence
I can hear sirens, sirens
He hit me and it felt like a kiss
I can hear violins, violins
Give me all of that ultraviolence

We can go back to New York
'Cause loving you was really hard
We can go back to the start
Where they don't know who we are
Heaven is on earth
I would do anything for you, babe
Guess it is meant to be
Crying tears of gold, like Marilyn

I love you the first time
I love you the last time
Yo soy la princesa, ¿comprende?
These late nights
Cause I'm your jazz singer
And you're my cult leader
I love you forever
I really love you forever

This is ultraviolence
Ultraviolence
Ultraviolence
Ultraviolence
I can hear sirens, sirens
He hit me and it felt like a kiss
I can hear violins, violins
Give me all of that ultraviolence

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