Lana Del Rey: Summertime Sadness Meaning
Song Released: 2012
Summertime Sadness Lyrics
I just wanted you to know
That baby you're the best
I got my red dress on tonight
Dancing in the dark in the pale moonlight
Got my hair up real big beauty queen style
High heels off, I'm...
anonymous Feb 13th, 2:42pm report
Summertime sadness is mostly about a suicide that happen and she wrote about it. "i got that summertime sadness".....
anonymous Jan 12th, 1:14pm report
This song was written for one of her good friends that had committed suicide.
anonymous Dec 22nd, 12:04pm report
This song is about love, either departed, or gone sour and bitter.
kiss me hard before you go summer time sadness....
a long kiss can mean either you are not going to see that person for a long time, or deep down in your heart you know that you may not see that person ever again
I just wanted you to know that baby you're the best...
he was the best love/relationship that has ever happened to her in her entire life
I got my red dress on tonight, dancing in the dark in pale moonlight Got my hair up real big beauty queen style High heels off, I'm feeling alive....
she has the red dress that he loved best on her, moonlight can mean dancing on her own with no one, her heels are off, (after a hard day taking you're heels/shoes off can be a relief, she's feeling alive)
Oh, my God, I feel it in the air
Telephone wires above all sizzlin' like your stare Honey I'm on fire I feel it everywhere
Nothing scares me anymore....
she can feel him in the air, even though he might not be coming back, telephone wires above,(this makes me believe that he has past away), this means that she's imagining a phone call talking to him up in heaven.
by her saying nothing scares me anymore, can mean she has never felt something so painful in her life so no matter what happens nothing would feel worse then what she is feeling now.
I've got that summertime, summertime sadness
Summertime, summertime sadness Got that summertime, summertime sadness
when they left each other it was in summer, so now every summer she feels sad, (as well in summer we all would love to be with that special someone, so she always remembers him in summer)
I'm feeling' electric tonight
Cruising down the coast going' about 99 Got my bad baby by my heavenly side Oh if I go, I'll die happy tonight....
she is feeling alive (electric) tonight
she is speeding 99 (mph) which is extremely fast, so clearly she doesn't care if she dies in a car accident, which that would make her suicidal.
baby by her heavenly side, meaning she is reminisce her lover in the passenger seat she quotes if her suicide is successful she will die happy knowing she might be with him
I think I'll miss you forever
Like the stars miss the sun in the morning skies Late is better than never
Even if you're gone I'm gonna drive, drive
( now here is quite sad, and very touching, she has realised they will never see each other even if she dies, but she has made her decision and she is going to drive drive
anonymous Nov 10th, 11:29am report
The song is not about a relationship. It is about suffering from bipolar disorder!
anonymous Nov 8th, 11:39pm report
I think summertime sadness is about when you go away on holiday, for example, and you have a romantic love fling and you lose all your sense of inhibition and 'live for the moment'. You want to be in that moment forever and you forget who you are. But when you return home, you are back in reality and you have the summertime sadness because it was all a holiday romance, a great spontaneous love you've had to let it go...it feels almost like a 'death', grieving for that summer romance.
anonymous Nov 3rd, 11:33pm report
she lost someone dear from suicide and she misses them so she wrote a song about it.
anonymous Sep 25th, 2013 9:42pm report
This song really hits my feels. I did see the video, but I don't believe it is about a lesbian relationship. I do believe that it is a relationship though. I feel that her loved one is about to commit suicide and that she wants to spend the most time she can with them. She has the 'summertime sadness' because sometimes, if you have no plans, then the summer can be really boring, and you have a lot if time to think. Sometimes, we think so much that we get depressed.
I also agree with the possibility of her missing her best friend, but then 'kiss me hard before you go' is kinda out of place.
anonymous May 10th, 2013 5:23pm report
Literally, reffering to the video clip - it might be about a lesbian relationship and when one of girls died because of suicide the other one reminds their common memories. That's the easiest and the most obvious way to interpretate this great song.
But personally, I'd rather say it's about losing best friend and missing this person because we stil remember how much fun we had together. Summertime is also holiday time and sometimes, when we don't see people for longer, they may change even if it's the last thing we want. Suicide motive and verse ''I just wanted you to know
That baby you're the best'' may mean that it's not our fault that we lost our best friend and we did everything to avoid it. It's like you just can't accept he/she changed - just don't recognize our old best friend in this person. We only remember old good days.
Then the bridge:
''Think I'll miss you forever
Like the stars miss the sun in the morning sky
Later's is better than never
Even if you're gone I'm gonna drive''
It's like: I will always remember all the stuff we used to do but I think we still can be friends, if you want it. But if not, I just will go on. But I will always miss all good times, I'll never forget you.
You may say that verse ''Kiss me hard before you go'' makes this song more about relationship and this interpretation is also right.
Anyway I interpretate it as a song about losing friend, maybe because I had same experience and this song clearly describes it.
anonymous Mar 15th, 2013 3:55pm report
I'm a senior in high school, so for me, and possibly many others in my position, this song has a unique meaning. Myself and many of my friends have long term, and some short term relationships, but almost all will soon come to a sad ending when most of us go to college. Some will leave their significant other behind if they are a year or two younger, and others will simply go their separate ways in life, to different colleges. The coming summer will be fun, but there will also be a great sadness, hence "Summertime Sadness" because almost all the couples I know myself included know our relationships regardless of how good they are are ticking closer to a close. I myself am seeking ways to make as many positive memories with my girlfriend before I go away. I can imagine our last kiss and the line "kiss me hard before you go" makes perfect sense...
anonymous Oct 17th, 2012 10:05pm report
My interpretation of the song was that she had fallen in love, was separated from this person, through life/death situation and not even her "bad baby" could replace this person, no matter how bad they were, or the love she felt for this person she lost. Great singer
anonymous Oct 6th, 2012 10:44am report
Her best friend died because of suicide..
anonymous Oct 2nd, 2012 10:58am report
The song can be interpreted in many ways.
If you never saw the video, you may say it is about the natural human outcome- death, grieving and the loss of a loved one.
If you saw the video then the song takes a different twist. The fact that it depicts two females,obviously in love, Lana in her infinite wisdom takes a poke at discrimination of sexual orientation and the hang up that still lingers on in the year 2012 of homophobia. That is why Lana Del Rey
is the greatest singer/songwriter in the world today!
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