Brooklyn Baby - Lana Del Rey


The Experience: Brooklyn-raised Lana sings about feeling like she should have been born "in the Freedomland of the seventies." Brooklyn Baby is a bittersweet alternative rock revealing the distance Lana feels (and puts) between herself and my generation - all those who judge her as too naïve. 

Video: Waiting.

The meaning of Lana Del Rey Brooklyn Baby is a challenge to her critics and to her listeners, that reveals who Lana feels herself to be. Lana prefers the sixties, "where they spent their nights writing novels or folk songs. I also sought respect as a writer within that community. And, truthfully, I found neither." She critiques today with lines like "They judge me like a picture book, by the colors like they forgot to read" meaning they critique people with childish criteria. Lana's too sophisticated for my generation, throwing in a list of sixties-seventies terms to dare you to really understand them (Freedomland, rad jazz collection, Lou Reed, "talking 'bout my generation") Her parting shot is, "If you don't like it, beat it... If you don't get it, just forget it."
So how does Lana live her isolation from her generation? She gets an older boyfriend, to be able to relate back to when she wishes she was born, and to not feel too young. She also hides the gap between herself and her society by freezing them off, being too cool. And finally, most sadly, she hides away with Amphetamines and hydroponic weed. 
There are three ways to face the failures of our culture. One is hiding in the past or in drugs (Brooklyn Baby style). One is conforming. And one is changing culture. 

Ask yourself: How do I relate to my generation? Am I a hider? Am I a conformist? Am I a changer?


LYRICS:
They say I'm too young to love you
I don't know what I need
They think I don't understand
The Freedomland of the seventies
I think I'm too cool to know ya
You say I'm like the ice I freeze
I'm churning out novels like
Beat poetry on Amphetamines
I say
I say

My boyfriend's in the band
He plays guitar while I sing Lou Reed
I've got feathers in my hair
I get down to Beat poetry
I'm a Brooklyn baby
I'm a Brooklyn baby

They say I'm too young to love you
You say I'm too dumb to see
They judge me like a picture book
By the colors like they forgot to read
I think we're like fire and water
I think we're like the wind and sea
You're burning up, I'm cooling down
You're up, I'm down
You're blind, I see
But I'm free
I'm free

Well my boyfriend's in a band
He plays guitar while I sing Lou Reed
I've got feathers in my hair
I get down to beat poetry
And my jazz collection’s rad
I can play most anything
I'm a Brooklyn baby
I'm a Brooklyn baby

I’m talking about my generation
Talking about that newer nation
And if you don't like it
You can beat it
Beat it, baby
You never liked the way I said it
If you don't get it, then forget it
So I don't have to fucking explain it

And my boyfriend’s in a band
He plays guitar while I sing Lou Reed
I've got feathers in my head
I get high on hydroponic weed
And my jazz collection’s rad
I get down to beat poetry
I'm a Brooklyn baby
I'm a Brooklyn baby

Yeah my boyfriend's really cool
But he's not as cool as me
Cause I'm a Brooklyn baby
I'm a Brooklyn baby

Why you gotta be so rude?

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