Lana Del Rey is getting ready to release her new album, Lust For Life. So far we’ve heard its title track (featuring The Weeknd) as well as “Love,” the lead single. The album is rumored out on May 26th (though it could be pushed to June or July). Meanwhile, Lana has been slowly revealing small details about the new music. In a cover story interview with Elle UK, Lana talked about two new songs in particular: “God Bless America” and “Yosemite.”
The article author, Lotte Jeffs, describes “God Bless America” as an “outward-looking anthem,” and quoted one of its lines: “God bless America and all the beautiful women in it.”
Lana talked about how America’s current political landscape has shaped her new music:
I think it would be weird to be making a record during the past 18 months and not comment on how [the political landscape] was making me or the people I know feel, which is not good. It would be really difficult if my views didn’t line up with what a lot of people were saying.
I wrote “God Bless America” before the Women’s Marches sprung up, but I could tell they were going to happen. As soon as the election was over, I knew that was going to happen. People were way more vocal and way more active on social media and in real life, so I realized a lot of women were saying out loud that they needed support and they were nervous about some of the bills that might get passed that would directly affect them. So yes, it’s a direct response in anticipation of what I thought would happen, and what did happen.
“God Bless America”: the women anthem we needed.
The interviewer also mentioned Lana’s “moody duet” with Sean Lennon, and described another song, “Yosemite,” as beautiful. The latter is about the way relationships change over time, and Lana sings of no longer being a “candle in the wind.”
Lana spoke more about the chorus of “Yosemite”:
The chorus is about doing things for fun, for free, and doing them for the right reasons. It’s about having artistic integrity; not doing things because you think they would be big, but because the message is something that’s important. And then, it’s about just being with someone because you really can’t see not having them in your life, not because it would be “beneficial” to you to be in their company. It’s that concept of just being in a relationship for 100% the right reasons. Being a good person, basically.
Read more in the June edition of Elle UK.
In addition to the Women Marches inspired “God Bless America,” Lana also released another political new song earlier this week. “Coachella – Woodstock In My Mind” may or may not appear on Lust For Life, but either way, it is a good hint at how her other politically conscious songs may sound.
A music video for “Lust For Life” with The Weeknd is forthcoming, and the album will be out in the coming weeks. Catch up on all we know about Lust For Life so far, and keep checking back here for all the latest Lana Del Rey news.