Song of Hope

Hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like Lana Del Rey to have -- but she has it


courtesy of Polydor Records

Hailey Wachowiak, Reporter

Lana Del Rey is known for having a huge part in the sadcore music genre, so when she dropped a new song on the slower, sadder side, no one was surprised. Her new song, “Hope is a Dangerous Thing for a Woman like me to Have – But I Have it” truly crushed expectations after its release on January 9th, 2019. 

The last songs that we got from Del Rey were singles that felt as if they had been released in the ’60s.  Those songs were slower and calmer than the ones on her previous albums. So when it was revealed that Del Rey would be dropping a new song, there was no prediction for what style it would be.

“Hope” is slow and calming and truly embraces the angelic voice of Del Rey. Its calming chorus sends chills down the listener’s spine.  The piano mixing with her soft vocals in the background is sweet enough to put you to sleep. The song left me absolutely speechless and in shock. Although it has a few words of vulgar language throughout, it is tasteful and truly emphasizes the message that she is trying to convey. Also, throughout the song, Del Rey uses her lyrics to dive into the deeper things that are going on in society.

They write that I’m happy, they know that I’m not. But at best, you can see I’m not sad…

The last album that Del Rey dropped did not have her usual depressed attitude throughout. She sang more about being in love and the current issues in society. The media took that as she was happy now, when in reality she just did not focus on it previously.  Del Rey is, on the other hand, happier than she was while writing her Born to Die or Ultraviolence albums. Although she is happier, she is tired of people thinking that depression is something that can just go away. 

Got this black narcissist off my back…

These lyrics have stirred up some controversy. Del Rey and Kanye have been feuding since Kayne’ s newfound love for Trump appeared. Many listener’s think that Del Rey’s line is a jab at the rapper since he is narcissistic. Others, however, believe that the “black narcissist” is Del Rey hinting at her depression. She believes that dancing and spending time with her friends will help her cheer up. 

Born of confusion and quiet collusion of which mostly I’ve known…

This lyric likely hints at Del Rey and her thoughts on the Trump organization. Del Rey is an open feminist who promotes her opinions through her music. This lyric appears to target the collusions of the president. Del Rey tells the listener that she knows about it and worries over how confused America is now.

Overall, this song is a beautiful slow-jam with a deep meaning behind it that I recommend everyone listening to.