Lana Del Rey: Carmen Meaning
Song Released: 2012
doesn't have a problem
Lyin'to herself cause her liquour's top shelf
It's alarming honestly how charming she can be
Fooling everyone, telling them she's having fun
She says you don't want to be like me
Don't wanna to...
anonymous Dec 24th, 2012 12:08am report
What I got from the song was not about a prostitute or being homeless and looking for success.
As most of us know, Lana del Rey had some issues when she was 14 years old, turning to alcohol and drugs and basically losing herself to these drugs and alcohol--which she calls "Carmen" in the song.
"Darlin', darlin', doesn't have a problem, lying to herself 'cause her liquor's top shelf." I think that's pretty obvious that she's talking about alcohol. She wants the drugs and the alcohol so badly, but she's telling herself it's not a problem, lying to herself.
That's when I knew the song was about her teenage years and her alcohol dependancy.
I believe in the song she was talking about how she was telling herself she didn't have a problem, she was fine, she was okay. But she was also saying in her song how addicting Carmen was, and in this case Carmen is the drugs and alcohol. She was saying how Carmen was "charming" and how "the boys, the girls, they call like Carmen." She was basically saying that if drugs and alcohol was a person, everyone, the boys, the girls, would be addicted to her, she'd be the popular girl at school that no one cold get enough of. She'd be the mysterious, sexy girl that everyone would want, because that's how Lana saw alcohol and drugs.
I also think she wrote the song to relate to other people as well. I think to people who are not dependent on alcohol and drugs, "Carmen" could be something like anorexia or bulimia or the urge to cut and harm the body.
Overall I think it could have a different meaning to different people, but this is what I saw from the song.
anonymous Mar 2nd, 2012 3:17pm report
The song about Carmen is not about a woman who is a prostitute.
"Carmen" is about a woman with an alcohol problem who is constantly attempting to convince herself the she truly has no problem at all and is truly just fine. "Doesn't have a problem. Lying to herself, cuz her liquor's top shelf". This line states that Carmen, who, truly, is Lana Del Rey in her teenage years, is crazy and an alcoholic but is convinced that she has no problem. She is lying to herself cuz her liquor is too high to reach or is high class and safe to drink.
"She's still shining like lightning..."
This line, however, does refer to a sort of prostitutional issue that she once had. Although she has screwed up millions of times, she still has potential to be a good person and is shining...
It's all about Lana Del Rey as a teenager. Lana, in an interview, said that all the songs on the album reflect off of her troubled past, where she was making crazy decisions and living the life of a runaway drug addict. But it took her awhile to admit to herself that she needed help. But once she admitted to herself she had a problem, she got help and now is LIKE LIGHTNING!
anonymous Aug 5th, 2014 8:20am report
And finally , the song Hum sings to lolita while he as tempts seduce her goes "o my carmen, my little carmen, something something those something nights. And the stars , the cars , and the bars and the batsmen...." Etc . Same rhythm, similar lyrics
anonymous Aug 5th, 2014 8:10am report
This song is about the book Lolita . "carmen" is mentioned several times throughout the book. And maybe it's my own interpretation but "telling them she's having fun" is actually "telling hum she's having fun" because "Hum" / Humbert is Lolita's stepfather and lover and she's stuck with him throughout a year long road trip and was miserable. Which also leads to lolita / Dolores / Carmen's life spiraling out of control to a life similar to what's described in this song. Lana also refers to lolita in off to the races with the beginning lines "light of my life, fire of my loins" and finally, the book has a great amount of French in it , similar to this song
anonymous Dec 4th, 2013 12:36pm report
as for me, Lizzy tells us about her best friend, who was so supreme and loved by other guys. Liz wanted to be like her and they spent much time together so in some aspects they were similar. Carmen has taught Lana a lot, invited with boys, and in many songs lana sings about that happy times (for instance in what makes us girls and boarding school)
anonymous Oct 1st, 2013 10:06am report
When i hear this song to me it sounds like she is a young girl that is very beautiful and wanted to be an actress but found herself getting adicted to meth and alchohol and then became a prostitute. there is clear indications that she has dont prostitution before because of the line "doing part faviors" (sex) "buy her tonight"
anonymous May 24th, 2013 5:25am report
Stupid people. It's about drugs and partying and loosing herself. Killing herself slowly
anonymous Apr 24th, 2013 4:34am report
I'm not a prostitue but i think this song is about a lonley girl like me.she seems so good but inside she doesn't feel good at all.
anonymous Apr 16th, 2013 4:45am report
I honestly think that this song has a strong connection toward Marilyn Monroes life. It describes it perfectly.
anonymous Dec 3rd, 2012 12:17am report
carmen was NOT FRENCH she was SPANISH
anonymous Nov 22nd, 2012 11:22pm report
I actually thought it was about a singer, because of lines like "audiotune lies" and "sing your song", a young singer who's getting in too fast and can't take on all the things that come with stardom.
anonymous Sep 1st, 2012 9:19am report
Someone was close to the real story behind the song: "I actually think this is about a girl who is homeless and is trying to make it as a famous actress." It was modeling, and she didn't start out homeless. She was becoming successful and got caught up in drugs. She eventually ended up living on friends couches and in the end she overdosed and died young. It is not about Lana, but someone she knew. Her real name was changed to Carmen for the purpose of the song and her annonymity.
anonymous Aug 18th, 2012 8:18pm report
The whole French part :
Mon amour, je sais que tu m'aimes aussi
Tu as besoin de moi
Tu as besoin de moi dans ta vie
Tu ne peux vivre sans moi
Et je mourrais sans toi
Je tuerais pour toi
My love, I know that you love me too
You need me
You need me in your life
You can't live without me
And I would die without you
I would kill for you
anonymous Jul 10th, 2012 7:22pm report
Yes french words for " i' d kill for you" (only few understable words)
anonymous Jun 27th, 2012 6:40am report
The title refers to the French myth of Carmen!Prosper Merimee wrote in 1845 a short-story about a Bohemian who uses her charms to achieve her aims. This story was put on again on an opera. Then the story became an opera. Today it's one of the most performed operas in the world!! I think Lana knew it because there are few words in French
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