Lana Del Rey: Unreleased

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In appreciation of the end-of-summer surprise that Lana has given to us fans, with the release of her singles, “Mariners Apartment Complex,” and “Venus Bitch,” I’ve decided to share some of my favorite “unreleased”* tracks of Lana’s. I’ve included my favorite lines of lyrics to each song.

*I say, “unreleased,” because while a lot of these tracks were leaked by Lana fans, some of included in this list were, at one time, “released” to the public under Lana’s former stage personas, including her “real” name, Lizzy Grant, and Lana del Ray. Although she released many demos, EPs, and singles (and an entire album as “Lana del Ray”) during these stages, they are not available to the general public on iTunes or streaming services.


 

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JIMMY GNECCO (also known as, “Jimmy Necco”)

Just Lizzy and a guitar.

Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy, take me to the park 

Buy me cotton candy, kiss me in the dark


 

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QUEEN OF DISASTER

Bubbly and fun; delightfully retro.

You got me spinning like a ballerina

You’re the bad boy I’ve always dreamed of

You’re the king, and I’m the beauty queen of disaster


 

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KILL KILL

Lizzy Grant (a.k.a. Lana Del Ray) showcases her (soon to be) signature style.

I’m in love with a dying man


 

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DRIVING IN CARS WITH BOYS

Great guitar hook in the background; great anthem about being a young adult. (There is an “official” version of this song and a demo version. Both are worth listening to.)

I was born to live fast, die young

Leave a beautiful corpse and life on the run

I got my cash and my Louis Vuitton, diamonds and guns

Girls just wanna, just wanna have fun


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YOU CAN BE THE BOSS

Classic Lana song about a rich older man.

He has a white corvette like I want it

A fire in his eyes, know, I saw it

He’s bleeding from his brain and his wallet

He’s sick and he’s taken but honest


 

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HOLLYWOOD

Atmospheric as hell. Lana makes Hollywood seem as glamorous as it once was — or never was.

Body electric and I dance like Morrison

When the night begins, baby comes alive again


 

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DYNAMITE

Another upbeat pop tune, sprinkled with Lana’s style.

French vanilla ice cream

Just the way I like

Dripping on your windscreen

I can’t get a bite


 

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DANGEROUS GIRL

Featuring an electric guitar riff that samples the Star Spangled Banner, which works surprisingly well.

He’s my drugstore cowboy

Italian alloy, classical American

And I’m America’s sweetheart

Cute, delicious sweet tart

Sipping on my Diet Coke

Singin’ in the trailer park


 

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KINDA OUTTA LUCK

A weird little song about a lady killer. And by that, I mean an actual lady who kills her boyfriends and then dumps their bodies in the back of a truck.

Femme fatale, always on the run

Diamonds on my wrist, whiskey on my tongue


 

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JFK

I don’t share Lana’s particular enthusiasm for this president, but I am enthusiastic about how great this song is.

You’ve got a way like JFK when you do it

The way you move it

Spins me ‘round like a record, baby


 

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THE MAN I LOVE

Melodramatic with rich imagery.

All that’s real to me is Halloween and Jesus

Coney Island beaches

Chandeliers and seizures, honey


 

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FLIPSIDE

Presumably a reject from Ultraviolence, which should have made the original tracklist.

You’ve got me all dressed up tonight

Springsteen on the radio

You’ve got me all freaked out tonight


 

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YOUR GIRL (3 YEARS) (also known as, “Your Girl,” and “3 Years (Your Girl)”)

Lana perfectly captures the ache and anger in unrequited love.

I wish I was your girl


 

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YES TO HEAVEN

Sweet and delicate.

If you dance I’ll dance

I’ll put my red dress on again


 

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ANGELS FOREVER (FOREVER ANGELS) (also known as, “Forever Angels”)

Sometimes, when I feel sad, I put on this song, and everything seems okay.

Does the ocean inspire, easy rider?

Do the stars and the wind take you higher?


 

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SUMMER BUMMER (SOLO VERSION)

In my opinion, this should have been released as the “official” album version.

It’s never too late to see what I wanna see

Instead of what’s in front me, yeah

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Assignment #1: Personal Narrative (Work in Progress)

For this assignment, I wanted to play around with intangible things, playing around with images that represent metaphors, quotations, my creative process, and objects or places that invoke emotions that I identify with.

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B&W Flash Challenge

In this flash challenge, I attempted to seek out oddities and idiosyncrasies within the campus grounds. The outdoor area on campus is where I particularly found a lot of interesting sights in such a tiny space.

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Assignment #1: Personal Narrative (Brainstorming)

Some photos I took on my phone for brainstorming for Assignment #1. I have more image ideas written down in greater detail (because I’m a writer, and it makes it easier for me to visualize them that way). There are only a few here, but I just included photos that I think capture emotions or images that I relate to or that I identify with.

 

Female Filmmakers Are Not Different Than Male Filmmakers

No matter which career a woman chooses, she faces certain cultural biases.  In a male-dominated arena such as film, the blatant sexism shows itself with little remorse.

There is a certain idea going around that “female filmmakers” are different than their male counterparts.  The fact that people feel the need to slap the word “female” in front of “filmmaker” is evidence of this fact.  The continuous segregation of filmmakers – not only female filmmakers, but other “minority” filmmakers, such as LGBT filmmakers, African-American filmmakers, etc. – needs to stop.

Being a woman is different from being man, this is true.  Women have different life experiences than men.  But there is no difference in creativity and imagination between the sexes.  Most people do not separate writers by the sexes – they do not say that the Harry Potter series should be judged differently or looked at in a different viewpoint than the Chronicles of Narnia simply because the author happens to be a woman.  To say that the ideas of filmmakers who are women should be looked upon differently than those of men is demeaning and wrong.

Compared to other creative careers in entertainment, such as the music and publishing businesses, the film business just does offer the same opportunities for women.  The facts and figures for women who want to go into film are very discouraging:

  • Out of eight-six years of its existence, only one woman has won the Oscar for Best Director (Kathryn Bigelow in 2010), and only four women in have ever been nominated for the award.
  • 91% of all feature films that appear in movie theaters are made by men.
  • A scant 2% of cinematographers in film are female.
  • More male screenwriters get jobs than female screenwriters.

Some say that the lack of female presence in film is due to lack of interest.  This is a reasonable theory, but it seems that it is untrue.  The more disappointing truth is that women do not get hired to direct films, especially studio films, and do not receive the correct amount of financial backing to make their films.

Then there is the problem of romantic comedies.  Most men dismiss romantic comedies as “chick flicks” – they are movies about women made for women, right?  Well, the vast majority of these so-called chick flicks are made by men – they are written, produced, and directed by men.  So the fact is that we have men making films for women about women and what women should like.  And consider the fact that even with films marketed toward men – actions films, thrillers, etc. – women are likely to be interested in seeing these films and buy tickets to see them, while only a small amount of men pay to see women-centric films.  Not only is the film industry sexist in itself, but the audience is as well.

One of the age-old “concerns” about “female filmmakers” is this: what if they decide to have a family?

The only difference between a man and a woman filmmaker who decides to have a family is that the woman carries the child.  That is it.  If a woman in film wants to have kids it should not seal her doom in her career.  Plenty of women have children and a career.  Think of all of the actresses, singers, etc. that have had children and still are able to have an active career.  Beyoncé, Amy Poehler, Angelina Jolie, Helena Bonham Carter…and the list goes on.  Why should a woman who is a filmmaker be treated differently than any of these women who have decided to have families?  The notion is ridiculous, and extremely one-sided.

Nobody ever expresses concerns about men in the film business who decide to have families.  Nobody asks men, “How do you do it?  How do you balance a family and your career?”  That question,  that responsibility, seems only to loom on women.  Fatherhood is just as important as motherhood.  To place such a heavy burden on mothers is to not only create an unnecessary issue about “working moms”, but demeans fatherhood.

The cold, hard truth is that there should not be the amount of bias for women in the film industry (or any career path).  There are no excuses.

We should hope there will be a day when female directors are not an anomaly, not “special”.  We shouldn’t hope for an equal amount of men and women directors; that notion is ridiculous and unrealistic – only that women who are fit for the role of director and deserving of the title receive an equal opportunity for the job and are seen with just as much respect and normality as men.  Creative leadership is an immense amount of responsibility for anyone.  That the stigma of women leaders comes to end – that should be our hope.

 

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