Lana Del Rey's Cautionary Tale About Young Drug-Addicted "Carmen"

Lana Del Rey Carmen Video Screenshot


Lana Del Rey's newest single "Carmen" now has a video that is reminiscent of the one that put her on the map. Del Rey uses the same clip-collage style from "Video Games" for her latest offering and although it's a little NSFW, we think it works really well to convey the feeling of the song. "Carmen"'s lyrics tell the story of a young girl whose drug problem and attention-seeking behaviour is her downfall. We took a closer look at just how tragic the lyrics that Del Rey says "explain everything"...
"Darling, darling doesn't have a problem / Lying to herself cause her liquor's top shelf / It's alarming honestly how charming she can be / Fooling everyone, telling them she's having fun"

Carmen is a girl with magnetic charm, but it's all just a front. She has deep problems, and she seems depressed and lost.
"Carmen, Carmen, staying up til morning / Only seventeen, but she walks the streets so mean / It's alarming truly how disarming you can be / Eating soft ice cream, Coney Island queen"

Del Rey has said this is the song on her album that "Carmen" isĀ "the song on the record I relate to most closely. It's set partly in Coney Island, a place that's been important to me throughout my New York City career."
"She says you don't want to be like me / Looking for fun, gettin high for free / I'm dying, i'm dying / She says you don't want to get this way / Street walking at night, and a star by day / It's tiring, tiring"

Coney Island was America's original "Sin City" long before Las Vegas took over the title, so many Carmen is a bit more than just a drug addict, what with the lyrics "street walking" and all.
"Baby's all dressed up, with nowhere to go / That's the little story of the girl you know / Relying on the kindness of strangers / Tying cherry knots smiling doing party favours"

When you spend your whole life just entertaining people instead of tending to your own needs, things can go downhill pretty fast.

Del Rey describes the video for "Carmen" as a "bio pic". How much in common do you think the singer has with Carmen, her troubled subject?



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