What does Beautiful People Beautiful Problems mean?

Lana Del Rey: Beautiful People Beautiful Problems Meaning

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Song Released: 2017


Beautiful People Beautiful Problems Lyrics

Blue is the color of the planet from the view above
Long live our reign, long live our love
Green is the planet from the eyes of a turtle dove
'Til it runs red, runs red with blood
We get so tired and we complain
'Bout how it's hard to...

  1. AnaContrary
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    May 11th 2020 !⃝

    Possibly another reference to God and He’s somewhat removed yet omnipresent view on us:

    The first lines are compared views from above, almost like a first person gaming experience.
    Blue sky could refer to what God sees when He looks down, like a image from space . Beautiful landscapes are visible when you zoom in to a birds perspective (they are still in the sky but much closer to earth than outer space). Beauty soon turns to violence/death when the view zooms closer to man and daily life. This sets the tone on how we should analyze the rest of the song; from one level higher than our current perspective.

    “Blue is the color of the planet from the view above
    Long live our reign, long live our love
    Green is the planet from the eyes of a turtle dove
    'Til it runs red, runs red with blood”

    Next we have man complaining about insignificant daily feats, missing the bigger picture and overall marvel of the universe. Our problems are actually quite petty and we have tunnel vision. God knows this is simply the way of men, He is not oblivious to them but He knows they are meaningless in the greater scheme. Its similar to disciplining a child or pet; they might not understand why they cant get what they want but the adult knows that the desire will cause them harm ie. Kid wants to ride a bike down the street but the parent knows that cars speed past the house.

    We cant be angry towards God because this is just how life is, we try our best and thats really all we can control.


    The next phrase goes back to the comparison guide, this time focusing in on the female perspective.
    The sky was blue to God and here the female looks down to a blue shirt, worn by her man. Women often make gods of their men, love is the endall in all our dreams and it often disappoints as we see them for who they are, mere men. (Possible reference to Norman Rockwell’s lyrics: “ Cause you're just a man
    It's just what you do”)
    Female sees a godlike man but he is removed and distant (much like God to us). The man loves the girl but he is hard and cannot express this. This drives the female to doubt if its worth it at all. This is such a powerful metaphor: we often have what we want and need in front of us but we misunderstand or completely miss it, because it appears differently from our personal view. Same story with our understanding of God.

    It goes on to reiterate how our problems are insignificant but beautiful or perhaps entertaining (could we be God’s “primitive pets” who He loves, just like we do our cats and dogs?)
    Regardless, life carries on and we have to try


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