Lana Del Rey's New Song Addresses Mass Shootings
By: Valeria Ramos
This past weekend, The United States experienced back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.
Within 13 hours, 31 lives were taken by the gun violence epidemic that is so constant in the States.
In response to these tragedies, Lana Del Rey released a heartbreaking song, "Looking for America," in which she sings about searching for the safety and freedom our country promises but does not deliver.
“I’m still looking for my own version of America," she sings. "One without the gun, where the flag can freely fly/ No bombs in the sky/ Only fireworks when you and I collide/ It’s just a dream I had in mind.”
With mass shootings occurring seemingly everywhere - schools, grocery stores, concerts, movie theatres, etc. - Del Rey sings about how this epidemic has changed our sense of ease in everyday life.
“Used to go to drive-ins and listen to the blues,” she sings. “So many things that I think twice about before I do.”
The singer took to Instagram to share a video singing her new single. She performed the song live in the studio with producer Jack Antonoff.
“Now I know I’m not a politician and I’m not trying to be so excuse me for having an opinion — but in light of all of the mass shootings and the back to back shootings in the last couple of days which really affected me on a cellular level I just wanted to post this video,” she wrote.
Del Rey's new album Norman Fucking Rockwell will be out on August 30th