Lana Del Rey: National Anthem Meaning
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Song Released: 2012
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National Anthem Lyrics
So before we go out
What's your address?
I'm your national anthem
God, you're so handsome
Take me to the Hamptons
He loves to romance 'em,
Holdin' me for ransom,
anonymous Aug 28th, 2012 8:57pm report
Please Miley, tell me you are joking.
This song is the exact opposite of what you wrote. It is a criticism of consumerism and the empty and shallow way society has become.
She does not compare her love to somebody to her desire for material things or use one as a metaphor for the other. The line
"Money is the anthem
So before we go out
What's your address?"
shows clearly that the money of the guy, represented by the question which neighborhood he lives in, is a requirement for a relationship for the person whose role she sings.
And we get shown that she (Lana del Ray) does not see this character favorably. Because although the relationship is already in full swing halfway through the song, there is still an emotional void left.
"Dark and lonely,
I need somebody to hold me."
shows that the empty relationship, started only for the money, is not warming and fulfilling. And as if that was not clear enough, there is a summarization that captures it even better:
"It's a love story for the new age,
For the six page,
Want a quick, sick rampage?
Wining and dining, drinking and driving,
Excessive buying, overdosin', dyin',
On our drugs and our love,
And our dreams and our rage."
It's a love story for the new age (The way they all seem to be now), for the six page (Page six in many newspapers is dedicated to gossip and other shallow and ultimately irrelevant stuff). So she says that all the relationships of the new consumerism obsessed generation are shallow and irrelevant.
And the next line sums up how the emptiness and shallowness leaves a thirst that can't be quenched and leads to a quick and self-destructive life. It seems like an escalation with every new item in the list being worse than the one before.
It's depressing how somebody can misunderstand an actually deep and existential song in such a way that he thinks it's a light and pointless love declaration for capitalism. Don't they teach you children anything in school these days?
anonymous Jun 22nd, 2013 6:15pm report
Lana loves very much this man. and "I'm your national anthem" mean that in the same way "money is the anthem of success" she wants to be this man's reason of success.
anonymous Apr 3rd, 2013 4:50pm report
This song is about John F Kennedy, his wife Jackie O, and Marylin Monroe.
When she's singing about "money is the reason we exist" she's referencing the Kennedy family. I think the first verse she's singing from Jackie O's perspective and in the second verse she's singing from Marylin Monroe's perspective on JFK.
If you watch the music video it makes a lot more sense if you're familiar with the JFK presidency and assassination.
MileyLeax911 Jun 10th, 2012 6:32pm report
This song, at first listen, is just a fun, catchy, but meaningless song, which, quite frankly, is all this song is.
This song probably has the least amount of "lyrical content" than any other song on her phenomenally-written "Born To Die" album, but Lana Del Rey still has a point to be made in this song.
Lana Del Rey uses money and the constant demand and longing for the earning of money to compare her desire for a man.
The song is basically a major supporting nod to "Capitalism", which I find quite "cool".
"Money is the anthem of success"... she is saying that Money is the thing that confirms the success of a person. The more money you have, it seems, the more successful a person you are.
She uses material objects to describe her lustful desire for this man.
She sings "Tell me I'm your National Anthem", she wants to be this mans, "song", per se. She wants to be the object of material (or just the girl) that this guy uses to prove his success. She thinks that getting this guy should be a big enough successful accomplishment than anything else.
The song has little lyrical content but will do SUPER well on American radio over this hot summer.
SIMPLY PUT: A cheesy love story that explains the importance of money and how love and capitalism go hand-in-hand!
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