After admitting that America’s high rate of mass shootings – namely the massacres in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio in the past week alone – affected her at “a cellular level”, Lana Del Rey has penned and recorded a new song about her yearn for a country free of guns and hatred.
Cutting short her trip to Montecito, California with her brother, Lana scooted back home to get into the studio and record with Jack Antonoff (who’s produced her upcoming sixth album, Norman Fucking Rockwell) while the song was fresh in her mind.
A slow, sombre ballad about travelling through California, earnestly looking for her dream ideal of a free country that she desires, Lana Del Rey’s signature echoed drawl rolls over the simple, dream pop, with lyrics about an America without weapons, and where people aren’t worried about their children when they leave for school.
I’m still lookin’ for my own version of America, 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.
It’s just a dream I had in mind.
“I know I’m not a politician and I’m not trying to be so excuse me for having an opinion,” Lana writes in the video’s caption, before explaining how hard the last week has hit her, and her need to put pen to paper and express her emotions through music.
Lana Del Rey hasn’t said what she’ll do with the song once her and Antonoff have finished recording it, but fingers crossed she’ll release it as a standalone single from the new album, and send the profits somewhere to help aid the victims of the latest mass shootings.
Check out her and Jack working away in the studio on the track below.