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Pick 10 or so songs that you would consider to be the shining standouts in lyricism ever created by Del Rey~

Try not to just pick your overall favs! Focus especially on her writing.

 

What I would single out, in no particular order:

- hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have - but i have it

- A&W

- Joan and Bobby

- Off to the Races

- Vivian

- Fingertips

- Norman fucking Rockwell

- Get Free

- Cruel World

- White Dress

- The greatest

 

Honorable mentions:

Dragonslayer, Blue Banisters, Earthquakes, Coachella - Woodstock in My Mind


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Out With A Bang

Try Tonight

Peace

Mermaid Motel

Pawn Shop Blues

Off To The Races

Gods And Monsters

Ultraviolence

Old Money

Honeymoon

Lust For Life (Demo)

Heroin

Yosemite

Text Book

Wildflower Wildfire

A&W

Pin Up Galore

Trash Magic

Axl Rose Husband

Methamphetamines

Super Movie

Dragonslayer


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lucky ones 

black beauty 

god knows i tried 

swan song 

change 

get free

hope is a dangerous thing 

white dress 

blue banisters 

a&w 

Spoiler

french restaurant & pawn shop blues for unreleased 

 


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A&W

Fingertips

Honeymoon

Terrence Loves You

Black Beauty

Shades of Cool

Brooklyn Baby

Kintsugi

Pawn Shop Blues

Try Tonight

If You Lie Down With Me

Wildflower Wildfire

You Can Be The Boss

National Anthem

Chemtrails

Norman

Off To The Races

Dark Paradise

Every Man Gets His Wish (there's a reason she played around with this song so much)


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Pawn Shop Blues 

Pin Up Galore

Tired of Singing the Blues 

Terrence Loves You

Cruel World

Tomorrow Never Came

Bel Air 

Black Beauty

French Restaurant

Get Free

A&W

Religion

Old Money

 


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  • A&W
  • mariners apartment complex
  • cruel world 
  • get free
  • the greatest
  • old money
  • white dress
  • off to the races
  • fingertips
  • hope is a dangerous thing
  • did you know...
Spoiler

only did released bc there's too many good ones

 


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2 hours ago, That Venice Bitch said:

Pick 10 or so songs that you would consider to be the shining standouts in lyricism ever created by Del Rey~

Try not to just pick your overall favs! Focus especially on her writing.

 

What I would single out, in no particular order:

- hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have - but i have it

- A&W

- Joan and Bobby

- Off to the Races

- Vivian

- Fingertips

- Norman fucking Rockwell

- Get Free

- Cruel World

- White Dress

- The greatest

 

Honorable mentions:

Dragonslayer, Blue Banisters, Earthquakes, Coachella - Woodstock in My Mind

 

 

Venice Bitch

Ride

Video Games

West Coast 

Summertime Sadness

Blue Jeans

Born to Die

Young & Beautiful

Did you know that there's a tunnel under ocean boulevard

Norman Fucking Rockwell

 

HM: White Dress, The greatest, Mariner's Apartment Complex, Happiness is a Butterfly, Gods and Monsters

 

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Hope

cruel world

honeymoon

terrence loves you

nectar of the gods

cherry blossom

pin up galore

NFR

white dress

yosemite

happiness is a butterfly

shades of cool

sweet

blue banisters

is this happiness

freak

salvatore

wild at heart

Not all who wander

a&w

 


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Text Book 
Did you know that there's a tunnel under Ocean Blvd
Yayo
Dark But Just A Game 
Architecture 
Fine China
Thunder
Shades Of Cool
Is This Happiness 
Hope 
Change
Kintsugi 
VIdeo Games 
Grandfather please stand on the shoulders of my father while he's deep-sea fishing
FIngertips 

 


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Honorable Mentions: JFK, 13 Beaches, Get Free, Dear Elliot, Living Without You, Greenwhich Acid, & Ben 

 

In no particular order: 

Norman Fucking Rockwell

Black Beauty 

Fingertips

Sweet

Dealer 

Kintsugi

Bad Disease 

Pawn Shop Blues 

A&W

Best American Record (Demo) 

Poetry In Motion 

Heroin

Terrence Loves You 

Elvis

Shades of Cool

Unidentified Flying Bill

Fine China  

Hope Is A Dangerous Thing

 

it was so hard to choose a top 10 so there’s a bit extra.Plus some honorable mentions for imo some with underrated lyrics. 


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so many oh my god? some of these might be a little out there but bare with me and keep an open mind…

 

also, in no particular order,

 

driving in cars with boys (ik this may seem like a wild card but the writing is just impeccable. the imagery, the innocence, the honesty? amazing) 

ride

fingertips

kintsugi

the grants

hope is a dangerous thing

california

the blackest day

honeymoon

kill kill

terrence loves you

shades of cool

old money

oh say can you see


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This is pretty tough.. 

 

Video games- classic, even after all these years I listen to the words and think they’re beautiful.. even more so because they’re so simple 

Off to the races- how she gets this one to flow so smoothly despite so much content.. all the references!!

Gods and monsters- this one just gets me.. 

Is this happiness- this one again.. so simple and yet evokes such emotion 

Religion- not sure why this one gets slandered.. I mean 

Heroin- transcends me in to a different dimension, no other words needed 

Hope is a dangerous thing- this is an obvious one!!

Cinnamon girl- I end up relating to this one too much, so it’s got to have its place on this list 

White dress- this song genuinely feels like home to me- I can’t even explain it, I listen to it and just have this strong feeling of nostalgia for an experience I never lived 

Wildflower Wildfire- loved how she eloquently gave us an insight to her life here.. and the writing is top tier 

Fingertips- potentially her best songwriting thus far, again, makes me feel an emotion for something I’ve never experienced myself

 

i went over slightly.. but I tried to literally keep to one song per album and it was just too difficult 


 

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In no particular order... My list of outstanding lyrics written by miss Del Rey. :typewriter:

  • hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have - but i have it
    • I think this song was very important for Lana and her fans to hear. Never give up. There will be lows, but you can't give up. I love the ending with Jack praising her, it's like a little hidden gem.
  • kintsugi
    • Grief, funerals, and family. I don't know what else to say than it's truly beautiful and it makes me want to cry every time I hear it. Losing someone is part of life and it can break you, but by having these experiences, I think, makes you eventually grow as a human, seeing joy in things you hadn't before. The hurt doesn't go away, it's part of you, like the cracks of a porcelin bowl.
  • fingertips
    • Never before have I heard a song sung so beautifully with lyrics written about depression like this song does. The first time I heard it was in a record store with the shittiest stereos ever so I barely heard the words but when I put on my headphones at the time of the release, sometime past midnight... wow. It could come across as "all over the place" with how Lana sings about her failed attempt to drown, her uncle's death, her relationship with her mother and the sea. But. It's almost like she's rambling and it somehow makes a lot of sense when the song touches topics like those, a thought just enters and leaves and the next one enters instead. It's grief. It doesn't have to make sense, but we understand her perfectly.
  • Sweet
    • Touching her innermost thoughts and feelings regarding the future, family, and children, while also being a bit sassy and letting the listener know she's far from basic? Beautiful.
  • Off To The Races
    • The entire song is like opening a fiction novel and just getting swept away. The way she portrays herself and her lifestyle, her "old man", that she'd do anything for him despite the bad things she knows he's doing... Chef's kiss. This song is simply 10/10 and it wouldn't be without the fun lyrics.
  • Mariner's Apartment Complex
    • Just beautiful how she tells the listener who she really is, and how she'll always be there for them, and ending it with the question, can you deal with me now that you know who I am? Are you ready for all that I am? Can you accept me?
  • Blue Banisters
    • I have the impression that the song isn't very popular here on LB but, for me, I love the story telling. It starts like a book, how she's heartbroken and won't really admit it to her friends, tells the reason why and what happened, about unfulfilled promises and hopes for the future, and how she eventually will be okay because she has friends to accompany her while she heals. I think that's beautiful. Yay, friendship!
  • A&W
    • Loss of innocence, the promise that we all one day will find our big, true love and what it feels like when that promise isn't happening to you, the forced indifference you tell yourself just to deal with it... How Jimmy will never be the one so she finds another Jimmy, and it's fine if she's crazy and mad by telling his mom he's a loser, because she knows she can get another Jimmy soon anyway. The circle that never ends. I think this song can be interpreted differently depending on who you are and how you read between the lines and how she delivers them in the song. I don't think I'll get over it anytime soon.
  • Sweet Carolina
    • It makes me wanna ugly cry lol, it's the sweetest song I've heard. I think of my sister in law whenever I hear it, and the time she was pregnant with my nephew.
  • Norman Fucking Rockwell
    • Sassy Lana at her best lol! She's smarter than this guy she's with and he hasn't noticed that yet. Still, she stays with him... until she finds someone better? Maybe? Might not be the nicest thing to do to another person as it might give them false hope but, oh well.

I'll probably regret some of my choices in the future haha, she's too good!


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