Lana Del Rey’s “Dark Paradise”

On Thursday, February 16, 2017, at 5 am, I watched Lana Del Rey’s Dark Paradise, which could be interpreted many ways.



On a superficial level, the artist can be said to be singing about a bad relationship. However, at a much deeper level, the artist could be said to be singing about a lost relationship with God.

To begin, the Lana sings about God.

“All my friends tell me I should move on. I’m lying in the ocean, singing your song. Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ahh. That’s how you sang it,” she reveals.

However, God isn’t listening.

“Loving you forever, can’t be wrong. Even though you’re not here, won’t move on. Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ahh. That’s how we played it,” she laments.

Furthermore, the artist has lost God and feels dead.

“And there’s no remedy. For memory. Your face is like a melody. It won’t leave my head. Your soul is haunting me. And telling me. That everything is fine. But I wish I was dead,” she cries.

That being said, she’s in a dark paradise.

“Every time I close my eyes. It’s like a dark paradise. No one compares to you,” Lana confesses.

Consequently, Lana knows she’s won’t be seeing loved ones in paradise.

“I’m scared that you won’t be waiting on the other side. Every time I close my eyes. It’s like a dark paradise,” she sobs.

Nevertheless, nothing compares to God.

“No one compares to you. I’m scared that you. Won’t be waiting on the other side,” she fears.

Ironically, the artist wonders why she ever stayed strong.

“All my friends ask me why I stay strong,” she wonders.

Now, God only exists in her dreams.

“No one compares to you. But there’s no you. Except in my dreams tonight,” she remembers.

In the end, the artist just wants to go to sleep and never wake up.

“Oh-oh-oh-oh-hah-hah-hah-hah. I don’t wanna wake up from this tonight. There’s no relief. I see you in my sleep…I feel you in my dreams. Telling me I’m fine,” she points out.

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