Song Premiere: Lana del Rey's "Hope Is A Dangerous Thing…” Would Be Truly Magnificent If It Weren't For This Controversial Lyric... About Kanye West?
Everybody was so excited about Lana del Rey releasing a new song from "Norman Fucking Rockwell" this week but now many of us actually wish she hadn't released this particular song AT ALL. We're taking about "Hope Is A Dangerous Thing For A Woman Like Me To Have - But I Have It". Love the title but the lyrics... Well, one lyric in particular. One that's going to bring so much drama and possibly hate for Lana. That's why we say we wish she wouldn't have released this particular song. There's a lyric where she says: "I’ve been tearing up town in my fucking white gown / Like a goddamn near sociopath / Shaking my ass is the only thing that’s / Got this black narcissist off my back". Yes, it's this last line... *swallows saliva". You realize why Lana is UNDER FIRE right now on social media? We all immediately thought Kanye West when we heard this lyric. And well, it's an unfortunate lyric to say the least. Some Lana del Rey fans are defending her saying it can't be a reference about Kanye because they believe "Hope Is A Dangerous Thing For A Woman Like Me To Have - But I Have It" was written before the drama between Lana and Kanye first sparked (we've yet to see those receipts) and some are saying the line actually refers to the 1947 film, "Black Narcissus". But, it's just impossible to forget Lana called Kanye a "narcissist" last year. Whether she did have Kanye or not on her mind while writing "Hope Is A Dangerous Thing For A Woman Like Me To Have - But I Have It" (only she knows it) the overall consensus I'm perceiving is that this lyric should have been cut. And sadly, even though I am a huge Lana del Rey fan, I agree the consensus. What about you?
That questionable lyric aside, "Hope Is A Dangerous Thing For A Woman Like Me To Have - But I Have It" is a magnificent ballad. Very classic-sounding, very Lana del Rey unique-style, it's melancholic, the lyrics are really sad and gloomy but Lana sing them so beautifully that it's almost like hearing a romantic poetry in the end, and overall, if it weren't for THAT lyric, this would be a contender for ballad of the year (yeah, already) for me. Just super mesmerizing.
What are your thoughts about the drama with this song?
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