What does Body Electric mean?

Lana Del Rey: Body Electric Meaning

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Body Electric Lyrics

elvis is my daddy, marilyn’s my mother,
jesus is my bestest friend.
i don’t need nobody, ‘cause we got each other,
or at least i pretend.

we get down every friday night,
dancin’ and grindin’ in the pale moonlight.
grand all the prayer,...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Mar 3rd 2013 !⃝

    I feel like this song is embracing fame and art (Elvis, Marilyn, Whitman) but also the negativity of that (suicide, heaven). Lana seems to be saying she is enjoying all the materialistic and worldly pleasure (which is the "body electric) and in that she is denouncing faith ("Mary prays the rosary for my broken mind (I said 'don't worry bout it')")


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    Jan 3rd 2013 !⃝

    I don't know I feel like the first two stanzas are about her realizing that he should denounce what ever faith unchristian its she has. By saying that Elvis is her daddy and Marilyn is her mother she sets the meaning up to be an "if only that were true" kinda thing, an finishes the line with "Jesus is my bestest friend." Then when she says something about the rosary and says "don't worry bout it" I just get this mocking tone. I the stanza after the next it has a more "real" feel to it, where Whitman and Monaco are the people she's modeled her self after, and admits she's greedy when she says that diamonds are her friend. When she says that suicide is the father of her baby heaven, she needs suicide to be in heaven or out of the hell she's living in. "I pretend I'm not hurt." She frequents in the lyrics that she for our and parties all night, but towards the end we realize that it's her just hoping to get over her dreppression.

  3. anonymous
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    Sep 17th 2022 !⃝

    "I sing the body Electric."
    She's here to wake the sleeping dead.
    "God spoke then there was light." Visual Sound. The body electric.


    "Heaven is my baby, suicides her father."
    Role of the Anti-christ because,the daughter, (Clementine) being the only witness to Christ, she would know there is no authority, and can make her own rules.

    The only problem is, Jesus is Christian, so when she kills him, he's born again. Now she's thinking,
    "Fuck your game its rigged." Besides, you already denied me, so why should I do anything for you?"
    You could kill the Silence, but you don't, why?
    You'd rather me paint your banisters blue for indigo prison, your soul making machine and I'm thinking, fuck you I won't do it.

    Her next album:
    "Mothers Coming"
    Good. Set the record straight or reset the earth

    I vote for your confession.
    What is the purpose of Jesus with the ancients in the house of Israel?
    I went there. Your house is empty. Vapid.

    How was it to need recognition to remember you're a God? How was it to put God to sleep with his own beliefs? Should I wake the army and rage? Or celebrate? Or just walk away?

    Die for Heaven Christian, while you live out your dreams in Hollywood.

    Well Jesus is way more famous than you and he's still my favorite idol, but you should set the record straight.

  4. anonymous
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    Feb 4th 2022 !⃝

    Did anyone think bumping and grinding in the pale moonlight might be doing witch rituals? There are some covens who get naked and pray and dance in clearings in woods under the moonlight. Azelia Banks is a devil worshiper and she's hosting a "meeting" this month Feb 22. Maybe Lana was in her group years ago when they were friends.

  5. anonymous
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    Jun 14th 2016 !⃝

    Marilyn Monroe and Elvis are a perfect mixture of her musical and creative genius and beauty as Lana is yet another phenomena gifted to this universe. If Elvis and Marilyn were to procreate their talents, Lana would be their "offspring". To Lana, opulence is the end because vanity, jealousy, and envy seem to be the opposite of what/who she wants to be loved for. Her song, for example "Carmen" is about a girl who falls for everything shiny, and sinks into the life of the party, only to find herself lost with nothing but a broken story to warn others alike. I am sure that Diamonds are not Lana's bestest friend, nor is Jesus, but i think she wishes for her integrity to align with her morals although she has hopefully played out her party years and the bad boys and finding herself living a full life from within instead of always filling a void with superficial things that will only lead to a path of insanity. Not for nothing, but look at Marilyn and Elvis, and their opulence and end. Their beauty, talent, greatness..all for what? Suicides, drug addictions, insanity...it is truly a sad disease to become addicted to anything. Mary and Jesus were not perfect. Man intended to create a story depicted by a book called The Holy Bible, and only the life whose eyes live to see the tale can truly tell the accurate perception. Lana references Mary praying for her broken mind and to be able to openly admit defeat is to truly grow, and Lana will always be a hero and role model to me amd she continues to inspire me abd influence my music and writings.

  6. anonymous
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    Jan 28th 2016 !⃝

    Have you seen the music video... It is connected to gods and monsters music video. She is a stripper (in gods and monsters video) the guy you see in body electric is her "boyfriend" she is loseing her innocence in that video. IN BODY ELECTRIC she is Eve (from the bible) the guy with bleach blonde hair Adam in the gods and monsters video she sees a snake and touches it etc. IN BODY ELECTRIC the same snake is there telling her to eat the apple. She listens and lighting strikes killing her and the stipper (modern) version of her.

  7. anonymous
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    Jul 21st 2015 !⃝

    After reading the Whitman poem 'I Sing the Body Electric,' it in a nutshell is a celebration of the human body and soul.

    I too feel like all the names mentioned are where she pulled to get the mixture of characteristics that have come to be called Lana Del Ray, but on the flip side of the celebration the fame there's this inner battle with what she was taught to be correct and what the world of celebrity is driven by rituals suicide the dark side of that world but her light is the aforementioned role models as the person in one of the above put it.

  8. anonymous
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    Mar 24th 2014 !⃝

    Why does nobody consider the lyrics, "We get down every Friday night, bumping and grinding in the pale moonlight"? Then there are the words, "I pretend I'm not hurt." I might be reading too much into it, but there seems to be something weird and insestual about the whole song. Like she mentions here mom and dad and how they only have each other. I sincerely hope I'm wrong, but the whole thing about her religion and how "Jesus is my bestest friend" seems to be more about her being ostrisized than being religious, and how "Mary prays the rosary for my broken soul." I don't see it as something about her current fame, but something darker from her past, something so dark it would break her soul. :(

  9. anonymous
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    Jan 8th 2014 !⃝

    I personally think that this sing describes her life from when she became famous to the end of the Born to Die era. She states "Elvis is my daddy, Marilyn's my mother. Jesus is my bestest friend" I think this relates to the role models she idolizes ever since she was young and portray how she would like to be viewed but is afraid that it interferes with the faith people have in her. However when she sings "suicide’s her father,
    Opulence is the end" I think this is her way of saying that to become who she truly wants to be then she needs to be able to sacrifice the past and accept that "Opulence" (opulence meaning fame) is where she will end up because of her sacrifices. In all, i think this has to with becoming the role models she idolizes so others can look to her as an inspiration as she once did on Elvis and Marilyn but is scared of what she needs to do to become this person.

  10. anonymous
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    Dec 29th 2013 !⃝

    I didn't read the poem by whitman. But I think this song is about Lana finding who she is. And maybe this is related to lost a lover, she was in love, trying to find who she is and then she lost her lover and now she doesn't really know what to do.
    And the elvis and the others artistis part is about who she geta inspired.
    Idk it just seems a little normal if you think that way

  11. anonymous
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    May 15th 2013 !⃝

    I think it's more like, heaven is her baby, and to get her baby, she has to commit suicide.

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  12. anonymous
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    Dec 27th 2012 !⃝

    I think that she's talking about how if she lives with a group of people that are famous, and if she's in that class, it shows what greed people of that higher standards can have.

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  13. anonymous
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    Nov 15th 2012 !⃝

    I'm guessing her lover committed suicide after he found out Lana was pregnant (hence, "Heaven is my baby, suicide’s her father").
    I don't know, just a guess.

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