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Meet Lana Del Rey. Lyrics for «Blue Jeans» + explanations

Lana Del Rey new star on the American pop nebosvobode shone (though rather dull) in 2009, when Elizabeth Grant aka (also known as) Lana Del Rey, recorded their debut mini-album Kill Kill, which proved to be a flop (flop) .


But fame nevertheless came to Lana Del Rey summer of 2011 after the release of the video «Video Games», which has been viewed 600,000 times on the Internet within three weeks. In early 2012, the release of the studio album «Born To Die», which debuted at the top of the British charts, but received mixed reviews from critics. The composition «Blue Jeans», which we consider, also included in the aforementioned album. Many music critics have accused Del Ray that her songs are more like a film score (music for the film, sound track), and the lyrics of songs called boilerplate (template). However, it is a template for native speakers, but for us, English learners and geeks, a story for a short film, told in a song — a great alternative to home reading in English. But first let’s meet Lana Del Rey.

Useful words and phrases to remember

  • Honestly / ɑ: nəstli / — honest, truthful, sincere.
  • Sort of — as it were; like; partly.
  • To walk one’s own path / pæθ, Brit pɑ: θ / — to go to your way of life (in its path).
  • Sonic / sɑ: nɪk / — acoustic; sound.
  • Visually / vɪʒəwəli / — visually; clearly.
  • Artist (s) — the creative personality (an artist, an actor, an artist, etc.).
  • To influence / ɪnˌflu: wəns / — influence; influence.
  • Comparison / kəmperəsən / — comparison; analogy.
  • To support / səpoɚt / — support.
  • Originally — first; at first.
  • To collect vintage / vɪntɪʤ / footage / fʊtɪʤ / — collecting vintage (old) video.
  • Archive / ɑɚˌkaɪv / — archive.
  • Chorus / korəs / — chorus.
  • To be blessed — to be blessed; be happy.
  • Exciting / ɪksaɪtɪŋ / — spectacular; interesting; tempting.
  • Opportunity / ˌɑ: pɚtu: nəti, Brit ˌɒpətju: nəti / — opportunity; perspective.
  • To yawn / jɑ: n / — yawn.
  • Awesome / ɑ: səm / — cool; cool; stunned.
  • To figure out — to understand; unravel.
  • To peak world models — choose the model of the world.
  • Wisely / waɪzli / — wisely; wisely.
  • To find out — find out; find out.

Interview Script

Singing: «I say you the bestest
Lean in for a big kiss
Put your favorite perfume on
Go play a video game … «(Lana Del Rey» Video Games «)

I feel like honestly since I was really young. I sort of walked my own path even in terms of my tastes like sonicly and visually. I have artists who’ve influenced me a lot but I do not think you would naturally find them as like in comparison to me. To be honest like when you work at something for a long time and then come into a family of people who support what you do..uh .. you are very lucky.

I’ve been making videos since I was seventeen. I was originally just collecting vintage ..uh .. footage from different archives and setting moving pictures to classical music..clips that mean a lot to me. May be there were places where I had been when nice things had happened. I had a vision of making my life a work of art and I was looking for people who also felt that way.

Singing: «You said I was the most exotic flower
Holding me close in our final hour «(Lana Del Rey» Million Dollar Man «)

I was just in school and I had to sing for the chorus so … just started singing in school. My mom and my dad, they both like to sing. They have really nice voices. And my sister and my brother actually they’re good singers too. I ‘ve been really blessed actually … more than most to have … uh … really … uh … good people around me.

Singing: «And I do not know what you do,
And I do not know how you get over, get over
Someone as dangerous, tainted and flawed as you «(Lana Del Rey» Million Dollar Man «)

I do not know … it’s just a little part. Thank you. Thanks.

Applausing. Voice-offscreen: «It was awesome»

It makes me happy and I just like …: ‘Thanks’. I’m usually … always singing around.

(Yawning) The same God damn person … so … I’ll love him forever. But, you know, it’s all good … it’s all good.

Voice-offscreen: How do you find love?

Like … I just look for someone who makes me feel … like life is not exciting opportunity … you know like just to be a LIFE. Someone who makes me feel like electric. But I mean in general, you know, it’s just nice to be loving and have others around you … being loving too … so.

Voice-offscreen: What would you say to your fans?

Find someone who has a life that you want and figure out how they got it. Read books. Peak your world models wisely, find out what they did and do it.

Voice-offscreen: What would you say to all the haters?

I do not think I would say anything.

Singing: «We were born to die,
We were born to die «(Lana Del Rey» Born to die «)

Comprehension Test

  1. Lana has been making videos since:
    • she was seventeen
    • she started singing
    • she became famous
  2. What was she collecting:
    • stamps
    • records of classical music
    • vintage footage from different archives
  3. Lana started singing:
    • a few years ago
    • in school
    • after school
  4. All the members of her family are:
    • good singers
    • awful singers
    • professional singers
  5. What would Lana say to her haters:
    • «Hello».
    • She would say nothing.
    • She would wish them all the best.

What it is and for whom Lana wrote «Blue Jeans»? This composition is dedicated to the singer’s ex-boyfriend, who, in her opinion, was similar (either externally, or in spirit) to American actor James Dean. A great start to the relationship ended abruptly due to the fact that the «bad boy» went down the wrong way of life.

Blue jeans, white shirt,
Walked into the room, you know you made my eyes burn,
It was like James Dean, for sure,
You’re so fresh to death & sick as ca-cancer.
You were sort a punk rock, I grew up on hip-hop
But you fit me better than my favorite sweater,
And I know that love is mean, and love hurts
But I still remember that day
We met in December,
Oh, baby …

I will love you till the end of time,
I would wait a million years.
Promise you’ll remember that you’re mine.
Baby, can you see through the tears,
Love you more than those bitches before.
Say you’ll remember,
OH, baby, say you’ll remember.
I will love you till the end of time …

Big dreams, gangster said,
«You had to leave to start your life over».
I was like: «No, please, stay here,
We do not need no money, we can make it all work »,
But he headed out on Sunday, said he’d come home Monday.
I stayed up waitin ‘, anticipatin’ and pacin ‘
But he was chasing paper.
«Caught up in the game», that was the last I heard.

I will love you till the end of time,
I would wait a million years.
Promise you’ll remember that you’re mine.
Baby, can you see through the tears,
Love you more than those bitches before.
Say you’ll remember,
Oh, baby, say you’ll remember.
I will love you till the end of time …

He went out every night.
And, baby, that’s alright.
I told you that no matter what you did,
I’d be by your side
Cause I’m a ride or die,
Whether you fail or fly.
Well shit, at least you tried.
But when you walked out that door a piece of me died,
I told you I wanted more but that not what I had in mind.
I just want it like before,
We were dancin ‘all night.
Then they took you away, stole you out of my life.
You just need to remember ….

I will love you till the end of time,
I would wait a million years.
Promise you’ll remember that you’re mine.
Baby, can you see through the tears,
Love you more than those bitches before.
Say you’ll remember,
Oh, baby, say you’ll remember.
I will love you till the end of time …

Unfamiliar words and expressions

For a start I suggest to get acquainted with the very boilerplate (stereotyped) expressions that do not like the music critics. And also try to decipher (decrypt) what we wanted to say this or that phrase singer.

  • Blue jeans, white shirt — jeans and a white T-shirt: in this way James Dean was often imprinted on pictures.
  • James Dean — James Dean, American actor (1931-1955). Lana hints at the similarity of James Dean and her former lover, who is devoted to the composition.
  • Walked into the room, you know you made ​​my eyes burn — Either Lana is stuck (stuck) in some sort of gas chamber (gas chamber) or her new crush (passion) is very sexy. I will focus on the second assumption. 🙂
  • Fresh to death — (well dressed, fashionable, cool till the very end) well-dressed; fashion; cool.
  • Sick as cancer — a cancer patient.
  • You’re so fresh to death & sick as ca-cancer — in this sentence there is a small play on words: Lana hints at the fact that her former remains an attractive young man (straight from the tin :-)) for her until her death (probably by cancer).
  • You were sort a punk rock, I grew up on hip-hop — He’s a punk-rocker, grunge type. She likes hip-hop. The old law works: opposites attract.
  • To fit — fit.
  • Mean — sneaky, evil.
  • To hurt — hurt, hurt.
  • Till the end of time — until the end of time.
  • To promise — promise.
  • Mine — my, my, my.
  • Tears — tears.
  • Bitches — crude expression «whore», «bitch».
  • To remember — to remember.
  • The same — the same; the same.
  • To lose — lose.
  • Hurt — resentment, evil, pain, injury.
  • To start over — to start anew.
  • Big dreams, gangster said,
    «You had to leave to start your life over». At first they were very happy just living together. But then he started to get into trouble (started kink) and had to leave.
  • I was like — and I’m so (say).
  • «We do not need no money, we can make it all work» — «Love triumphs anything, including money» (Love is above everything, including the money).
  • We can make it — we will succeed.
  • To head out — sent, out of the house.
  • To stay up — do not go to bed.
  • To anticipate — expect, anticipate.
  • To pace — pacing.
  • He was chasing paper — to engage in criminal activity (sale of drugs, and so on. N.).
  • «Caught up in the game», — «street was swallowed»; caught up in some sort of criminal activity.
  • Tough choice (a difficult choice), but bad boys should always chase their dreams (to chase a dream).
  • The last I heard — the last I heard.
  • No matter — it does not matter.
  • It is by one’s side — to be around.
  • Cause I’m a ride or die — (to be down with your husband / wife / lover no matter what, through it all the good and the bad) I have for you and the fire, and water.
  • Whether you fail or fly — win or lose. No matter what the others thought of him she was always by his side (does not matter what the others thought of him, it was always with him).
  • Well shit — that’s a pancake.
  • At least — at least.
  • Walk out — to go from anywhere.
  • A piece of me — a part of me.
  • Not what I had in mind — I did not mean it.
  • I want it like before — I want everything to be as before.
  • To take away — take.
  • To steal — steal.

Grammar

Since the composition is about the past relationship, then, of course, the main grammatical structures here are the times past, namely: Past Simple.

Remembering that this is for the time and «what it eats.» This time passes the action that began and ended in the past and has no connection, and the consequences in the present. Education: affirmative sentences meaning the verb is in the second form. If this is the correct verb gets the ending ed:

Walk ed into the room
But he head ed out on Sunday
I stay ed up waitin ‘, anticipatin’ and pacin ‘
At least you tri ed.
But when you walk ed out that door a piece of me di ed

If an incorrect — use its second form (from the table of irregular verbs):

It was like James Dean
You were sort a punk rock, I grew up on hip-hop
We met in December
That was the last I heard
He went out every night
I told you that no matter what you did
Then they took you away, stole you out of my life.

Also in the present composition have several examples Continuous Time Past:

But he was chasing paper.
We were dancin ‘all night.

In contrast to the Past Simple this time shows that the effect is not just happened, and lasted in the past, and we do not know when it began and ended. And this time is formed by an auxiliary verb was (if the subject in a sentence expressed only number as in the first example) or were (for the plural, as in the second example); semantic verb receives the ending ing, characteristic of the time, the group Continuous.

As the relationship never had closure; it causes the longing for it to be even greater — The fact that the relationship remained unfinished, only strengthens the desire to return everything. Grammatically, it is emphasized through the use of the subjunctive:

I would wait a million years

and repeatedly occurring in the chorus future time (Future Simple):

I will love you till the end of time
Promise you’ll remember that you’re mine.

Another interesting aspect of the grammar, which is found in the composition, it is indirect compliance with the rules of tenses, details of which can be found in the articles «Reported speech in English» and «Reconciliation of times in English»:

I told you that no matter what you did,
I’d be by your side
But he headed out on Sunday, said he’d come home Monday.

In subordinate clauses I’d be by your side, and he’d come home Monday (I’d reduction and he’d in full form looks like I would — he would) we encounter time Future in the Past. When sending direct speech into indirect when the action in the main clause expressed in the past tense (I told you that no matter what you did, and he … said), and the action in the subordinate clause refers to the future, we use the verb in the same sentence in the form of a simple or the continuation of the future in the past, so-called Future in the Past, or in another form of expression future time.

In conclusion, the article, as usual, I propose to pass a little test that will check how well you have learned the lexical and grammatical material. Good luck!

 

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