She is the 2013 winner of an Xbox Entertainment Award, so, she’s clearly qualified to muse at length on American politics.
Once, Lana Del Rey, who grew up in Lake Placid, New York (home of the immortal phrase, “Do you believe in miracles?”), was known for songs that romanticized America. Of course, that’s easy to do in the land of the free, where dreams can come true if you work hard.
But the singer is losing her faith in her home country, even though her new album is titled “Lust For Life.”
In one song, “When the World Was at War We Kept Dancing,” she sings: “Is it the end of an era? Is it the end of America?” Oh, so artistic!
She explained the song this way in an interview with Pitchfork:
Is it harder to be romantic about America when Trump is the nation’s biggest celebrity?
It’s certainly uncomfortable. I definitely changed my visuals on my tour videos. I’m not going to have the American flag waving while I’m singing “Born to Die.” It’s not going to happen. I’d rather have static. It’s a transitional period, and I’m super aware of that. I think it would be inappropriate to be in France with an American flag. It would feel weird to me now — it didn’t feel weird in 2013.
All the guys in the studio — we didn’t know we were going to start walking in every day and talking about what was going on. We hadn’t ever done that before, but everyday during the election, you’d wake up and some new horrible thing was happening. Korea, with missiles suddenly being pointed at the western coast. With “When the World Was at War We Kept Dancing,” I was posing a real question to myself: Could this be the end of an era? The fall of Rome?