A few years ago, Lana Del Ray jumped out in the redwood forest to debut a new song, which she eventually called "Coachella-Woodstock in My Mind." At the time, this was not typical: such a tight lid on her image that she was among the last pop stars you would expect to deliberately release a semi-finished product. But today it seems to come naturally: it seems composed and almost unaware of the camera while recording "Search for America," a new song written in response to a weekend of bloodshed: 31 people killed in the El Paso, Texas and Dayton massacres , Ohio last Saturday and Sunday.
Like Coachella, Search for America begins with a journey through California. Watching children play, she murmurs that "it was only dark for them before." "I'm still looking for my version of America / One without a gun where the flag can fly freely," she sings. It is a disturbing statement coming from Lana, the woman who practically wished her own dreamy, slyly ironic vision for America to exist.
But even Lana Del Ray still has to live here. "Used to go in and listen to the blues / So many things I think of twice before doing it," goes her song. Not only does this nostalgic American return to Woodstock – she precedes the Kennedy assassination. Now, every one of us who visits a public space lives in fear and fear, which begin to restrict our own freedoms.
Listen to Search for America here.
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