Lana Del Rey – Ride (Monologue)

13 Oct

Lana Del Rey’s new music video “Ride” was released yesterday, Friday 12th October. While the video is visually stunning and the song is incredible, it was Lana’s monologue throughout which stole the show. Because her words resonate with me on such a personal level, I’d like to share them with you all on my blog.

Lana Del Rey on the set of “Ride”

“I was in the winter of my life- and the men I met along the road were my only summer. At night I fell asleep with a vision of myself dancing and laughing and crying with them. Three years down the line of being on an endless world tour and memories of them were the only things that sustained me, and my only real happy times. I was a singer, not a very popular one, who once had dreams of becoming a beautiful poet- but an unfortunate series of events saw those dreams dashed and divided like a million stars in the night sky that I wished on over and over again- sparkling and broken. But I really didn’t mind because I knew that it takes getting everything you ever wanted and then losing it to know what true freedom is.When the people I used to know found out what I had been doing, how I had been living- they asked me why. But there’s no use in talking to people who have a home, they have no idea what it’s like to seek safety in other people, for home to be wherever you lie your head.

I was always an unusual girl, my mother told me that I had a chameleon soul. No moral compass pointing me due north, no fixed personality. Just an inner indecisiviness that was as wide, as wavering as the ocean. And if I said that I didn’t plan for it to turn out this way I’d be lying- because I was born to be the other woman. I belonged to no one- who belonged to everyone, who had nothing- who wanted everything with a fire for every experience and an obssesion for freedom that terrified me to the point that I couldn’t even talk about it- and pushed me to a nomadic point of madness that both dazzled and dizzied me.

Every night I used to pray that I’d find my people- and finally I did- on the open road. We have nothing to lose, nothing to gain, nothing we desired anymore- except to make our lives into a work of art.


I believe in the country America used to be. I belive in the person I want to become, I believe in the freedom of the open road. And my motto is the same as ever- *I believe in the kindness of strangers*. And when I’m at war with myself- I Ride. I Just Ride.

Who are you? Are you in touch with all your darkest fantasies?
Have you created a life for yourself where you’re free to experience them?
I Have.
I Am Fucking Crazy. But I Am Free.”

The whole monologue is extremely moving and I think the three questions in the last paragraph are ones we should all be asking ourselves on a daily basis. Our generation seems to have fallen into a state of passiveness where emotions and soul searching are neither encouraged nor permitted. We need to realise it’s ok to feel, it’s allowed to wonder why. Don’t bottle it up, because it all comes out in the end, whether we want it to or not.

One Response to “Lana Del Rey – Ride (Monologue)”

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