With her album debut just 24 hours behind us, we thought we’d shed a little light on one of the year’s most anticipated records.
Lana Del Rey pretty much appeared out of thin air last summer with her hauntingly intimate song (and homemade video), “Video Games“. The song’s lyrics and visuals clung to the nostalgia of young, lackadaisical love and the sadness that can arise when one party realizes that their feelings are way stronger than their partner’s. Sounds heavy, but it’s a right of passage everyone goes through at least once (twice, thrice…) in their lifetime.
Given the fact that “Video Games” has touched so many people in so little time, we figured a deCODED was in order. Y’all ready to check in to Heartbreak Hotel? Too bad.
Swinging in the backyard / Pull up in your fast car / Whistling my name
Here’s the nostalgia we’re talking about. Right from the outset, the listener gets a whimsical image of Lana jumping from a swingset and running into her boyfriend’s arms as he pulls up to her yard.
Open up a beer / And you say get over here / And play a video game
He invites her to come sit with him, but instead of paying attention to her he begins to play a video game. This simple event is so heartbreaking because the listener knows how ecstatic Lana was to see him in the first place. Meanwhile, he could care less whether they actually spend with each other.
I’m in his favorite sun dress / Watching me get undressed / Take that body downtown / I say you the bestest / Lean in for a big kiss / Put his favorite perfume on / Go play a video game
She tries to impress him and get his attention by wearing his favorite dress and perfume of hers, but nothing seems to work. He’s far more captivated by the video games than her presence.
It’s you, it’s you, it’s all for you / Everything I do / I tell you all the time / Heaven is a place on earth with you / Tell me all the things you want to do / I heard that you like the bad girls / Honey, is that true? / It’s better than I ever even knew
Lana’s entire world revolves around him, and she only feels truly complete in his presence. She’d do anything to catch his eye and have her mean as much to him as he does to her. She admits that she acts like a “bad girl” to impress him, even though deep down she isn’t one.
Singing in the old bars / Swinging with the old stars / Living for the fame / Kissing in the blue dark / Playing pool and wild darts / Video games
Lana just wants to have old-fashioned fun like singing karaoke, playing pool and darts, but there’s no convincing her boyfriend. No matter what she does, he’ll always be disengaged with her. The song ends where it began: with video games.