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Dark Romanticism and Witchy Vibes in Her Music


Lana Del Rey, born Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, is a pivotal figure in contemporary music. She is known for her smooth voice. Plus, her captivating melodies transport the listener to a world imbued with dark romanticism and mysticism. Over the years, Lana Del Rey has woven a complex web. Indeed, she shows themes from tragic love to melancholy. She also includes subtle references to witchcraft and esotericism.

Thus, my article will show how these elements manifest, creating a magical atmosphere that defines her unique style.

Lana Del Rey and Dark Romanticism

Lana Del Rey is often described as an artist of dark romanticism (oh!). To explain, this term evokes desire, loss, and fatalism. Her lyrics delve into the complexity of human emotions. They often depict stories of lost love, despair, and the search for beauty in pain. It is through this dark lens that Lana addresses her subjects. She uses imagery reminiscent of the works of romantic poets. Among them, Lord Byron and Edgar Allan Poe. No worries, I will explain.

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The Influence of Lord Byron

On the first hand, Lord Byron, with his flamboyant style and tumultuous personal life, embodies the ideal of the romantic poet. His works express a deep disillusionment and a rebellion against social norms. Similarly, Lana Del Rey shows in her lyrics a passionate and often unconventional love, tinged with despair and resignation. Her song “Summertime Sadness” evokes a Byronic fatalism. Indeed, in this song, love and death are intimately linked, suggesting that decadence can be both seductive and destructive. I do not know what you think, but for me, it is so true! Listen to this beautiful music!

Kiss me hard before you go

Summertime sadness

I just wanted you to know

That baby, you’re the best.

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Echoes of Edgar Allan Poe

On the other hand, Edgar Allan Poe is famous for his gothic tales and poems, which delve into the abysses of psychological terror and the supernatural. Similarly, Lana Del Rey creates in her songs an atmosphere shrouded in mystery and melancholy. In “Blue Jeans,” (I love this song!) she expresses a sense of nostalgia and loss, reminiscent of Poe’s works. The lyrics, “I will love you till the end of time / I would wait a million years,” highlight a hyperbole that underscores a commitment defying mortality, a theme dear to Poe who explores the boundaries between life and death.

Plus, Lana Del Rey uses gothic imagery, as in “Dark Paradise,” where she evokes visions and dreams of her deceased lover, a theme inspired by Poe. The lyrics “Your face is like a melody / It won’t leave my head / Your soul is haunting me / And telling me that everything is fine / But I wish I was dead (Dead like you)” reflect this connection.

Her music, often accompanied by heavy and melancholic orchestrations, reinforces these lyrics. It creates a dense and enveloping atmosphere that transports the listener to a world both beautiful and tragic. The instrumentals are so powerful that you feel directly transported into her universe.

Lana Del Rey: Dark Romanticism and Witchcraft in Her Music

Lana Del Rey frequently incorporates esoteric and magical symbols that enhance the themes of her songs.

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Natural Elements

In “Ride,”  Lana Del Rey extensively uses the symbolism of natural elements to evoke freedom, travel, and personal transformation. (I also LOVE this song!) Here are some lines from the song referencing natural elements:

I’ve been out on that open road

You can be my full time, daddy

White and gold.

The opening of the song immediately evokes the idea of travel with “that open road,” symbolizing uninterrupted journey and exploration. The road is often seen as an element of passage and transformation in literature and esoteric symbolism, representing the path of life and spiritual journeys.

I hear the birds on the summer breeze, I drive fast

I am alone in the night

In these lines, she specifically mentions birds and the summer breeze. Birds symbolize freedom and spiritual aspiration, while the breeze can evoke lightness and change, recurring themes in esotericism that associate air with communication and intellect.

Been trying hard not to get into trouble, but I

I’ve got a war in my mind

So, I just ride

The “war in my mind” and the choice to “just ride” can be understood through the prism of inner alchemy, where the car ride becomes a metaphor for the quest for inner peace and psychological balance.

To sum up, in “Ride,” Lana Del Rey enriches the theme of personal quest. She uses the road and nature as metaphors for discovery and inner exploration. These images add a poetic and symbolic dimension to the song. They highlight the connection between the external environment and inner states. No choice, you have to…



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