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Lana Del Rey: Video Games Meaning


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Song Released: 2011

Video Games Lyrics

Swinging in the backyard
Pull up in your fast car
Whistling my name

Open up a beer
And you say get over here
And play a video game

I'm in his favorite sun dress
Watching me get undressed
Take that body downtown

I say you the...


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    Jun 18th, 6:45pm report

    The song is about how she is fdeeply in love, but the guy isn't giving her the same attention. He doesn't give her the same attention until after she cheats, then he realizes how much he loves her and stops taking her for granted

    "you say get over here, then play a video game"

    "go play your video games"

    "they tell me that you like the bad girls honey, is that true?"

    "It's better than I ever even knew"

    "baby now you do"


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    Feb 25th, 2016 2:09pm report

    Do you sometimes have a feeling that song seems to be simple, with simple lyrics and melody, but there's something in its atmosphere and maybe in the way it is sung that you can't stop thinking that it is about much much more? About something important, amazing, more than life and etc, but you can't figure out what it can be? Well, Video Games is for me that kind of song, though it's simple and it seems to be about stupid love. I just fall into Video Games every time I hear it and I never found an interpretation that would satisfy me. I know that maybe even Lana Del Rey claims this is ordinary song about the ordimary thing, but... God, I just can't stop feeling that behind it stands something bigger, great and ubelivable. Sense of life or something. I know that it isn't interpretation and sorry for my English, but I just had to share my thoughts with somebody


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    Oct 24th, 2014 10:03pm report

    The whole song is about a past
    relationship.the chorus is what
    she wanted the relationship
    to be like. And the other bits are
    what the relationship actually

    Resource: online interview with
    Lana del Rey herself, hope this
    helped x


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    Jun 17th, 2014 6:45pm report

    I think videogames are a metaphor for escaping to a better place. She sings about how the guy is everything to her, and I think that he is her videogame, he makes her forget about all the bad things.


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    Aug 30th, 2013 8:15am report

    In a video interview with the Dutch website 3VOOR12, Del Rey talks a bit about the story behind the song. In the interview, she makes it sound more straightforward than it actually is. According to Del Rey, it’s actually literally about watching her boyfriend play video games, and it’s about being content and discontent at the same time. Also, she says she wrote it during “a time when I had sort of let go all my personal career ambitions.”


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    Mar 7th, 2013 3:02pm report

    The first time I heard this song, I got the idea of being stuck in poisonous you can't seem to escape. You know it's bad for you, but you just can't leave. It's more comfortable to be taken advantage of by someone you "love" then to stand up for yourself to some people.


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    Oct 11th, 2012 10:43pm report

    I find anonymous @ March 3rd to be an idiot who doesn't know what on earth he is talking about. It's really sad to think that society allows those to (mature men?) to ever consider this having anything to do with love. Especially not stalkers who could only wish, yet know deep within their existence that it simply is not true. THAT is what bothers you the most.


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    Oct 11th, 2012 10:35pm report

    A cheapened and vile rendition of "Heaven is a Place on Earth" where it is not clear what she is even referring to with "Video Games." She obviously lacks tact or class and is twisting the theme to mock the original (which hopefully, her music is just a spoof).

    It seems she is willfully playing the role of "object" and does not mind as
    she is "a bad girl" who finds "fame" in "swinging with the old stars."

    Really? Who On Earth would want to be the object of some twisted video game? Obviously, some worthless girl who has absolutely no self worth which is reiterated by, (life) "is only worth living if someone is loving you." Really gut churning when you think about it. I'm sure not to the men who lend their sensibilities to playing "video games." But, it is exactly girls like this who ruin the world for the rest who are genuine and private and believe in the passion for life! Also, it is the men like so described in the lyrics whom place women on a little T.V. screen to fantasize about some sick non-reality. Hey, sounds like reality T.V. Ill intentions are Never Best...

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    Mar 3rd, 2012 3:16am report

    Video Games, despite it's melancholy tone and refinement, is a happy song about love and the potential high it can give a person. She uses video games as a way to describe the feeling of fun, relaxation, and nonchalantness that she feels in her relationship with this man.
    The song is all about a woman devoting her life to the one man she knows she'll forever and that "heaven is a place on earth where you tell me all things you want to do."
    "It's better than I ever even knew..." Lana explains her excitement at how she realizes now that love is beautiful and amazing.

    The song consists of very deep lyrics that refer to Lana directly, which is what truly catches the attention of the listener.

    Although the title can be a tad bit misleading, "Video Games" is truly just another slow and comprehensively original and, at times, relatable love song. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

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