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Lana Del Rey — The Greatest
Album: Norman F***ing Rockwell!
Avg rating:
6.9

Your rating:
Total ratings: 1402









Released: 2019
Length: 4:47
Plays (last 30 days): 3
I miss Long Beach and I miss you, babe
I miss dancing with you the most of all
I miss the bar where the Beach Boys would go
Dennis's last stop before Kokomo

Those nights were on fire
We couldn't get higher
We didn't know that we had it all
But nobody warns you before the fall

And I pray that you stay
Don't leave, I just need a wake-up call
Couldn't face my greatest
The greatest loss of them all
The culture is lit and I've had a ball
I guess I'm signing off after all

I miss New York and I miss the music
Me and my friends, we miss rock 'n' roll
I want shit to feel just like it used to
And, baby, I was doing nothing the most of all

The culture is lit
And if this is it
I had a ball
I guess that I'm burned out after all

Oh I pray that you stay
Don't leave, I just need a wake-up call
Confess my greatest
The greatest loss of them all
The culture is lit and I've had a ball
But I guess that I'm burned out after all

If this is it, I'm signing off
Miss doing nothing the most of all
Oh, I just missed a fireball
LA's in flames, it's getting hot
Kanye West is blond and gone
Life on Mars ain't just a song
Oh, the lifestream's almost on
Comments (74)add comment
 jelgator wrote:

It's kind of the thing these days, overusing the word when it doesn't need to be used.  It's for shock value, but it doesn't really have the shock anymore.  Which means using it in this way is pretty lame.

Man...having read through all the comments that focus on having the eff word in the album title and its appropriateness or lack thereof, it seems like most people miss the point.  Y'all know that Norman Rockwell painted vignettes of  quaint American-isms?  Well, imho, she's making a statement about the state and decline of those scenes in the modern Western World.  We've left behind the innocence of the Rockwellian trope.  We don't sit at the dinner table as families and unplug our devices.  Hell, we hardly value families anymore other than as ideal on Facebook.  Look at Rockwell's piece "Freedom of Speech" and imagine how that situation would play out today.  Think the "other side" would be tolerant and willing to listen?  Nope...it'd be all yelling and finger pointing.  Norman F**ng Rockwell indeed...
 2020xradio wrote:

The album name and lyrics both have swear words. Any time I see a swear word in a song I automatically give it a 1. 🤬



why are you whispering? and mumbling? SING OUT , SISTER!
Lana Del F***ing Rey!!!
 Punkysoup wrote:

There's just something about this song that draws me to it. Especially that last verse. Great voice, cool tune. 



You could say it's... (wait for it...) The Greatest...

Ok ok, I'm leaving now.
 Jayesea wrote:

I like this song but each time I hear it I find a similarity between Lana's musical arrangement / lyrical content / singing style and that of Father John Misty.  Particularly this song with the latter's Pure Comedy album.  Like they could each perform each other's songs and I probably wouldn't even notice it!


I see what you mean - for my money, Father John Misty and Lana Del Rey are the two pre-eminent songwriters of their generation - I'd like to see some FJM on here.
I like this song but each time I hear it I find a similarity between Lana's musical arrangement / lyrical content / singing style and that of Father John Misty.  Particularly this song with the latter's Pure Comedy album.  Like they could each perform each other's songs and I probably wouldn't even notice it!
Her music is decent. Her politics are abrasive and thoughtless.  
 kazoo wrote:

I'm not offended by the lyrics, but the f'ing in the album title seems a bit gratuitous. Does she really like/hate Norman Rockwell that much?

The song and the album title really have little to do with Norman Rockwell specifically.  It's my understanding that it's just a metaphor.

I have to admit, before hearing this tune, I would easily dismiss Lana Del Ray as any one of a number of young singers that have come on the scene lately, unremarkable and perhaps unworthy of the acclaim they have received. But RP has opened my eyes (and ears), and has made me rethink my quick rush to judgement, and that is just another wonderful service RP provides. The more I hear this tune, and read the lyrics, the more it hits home. Good stuff...
 2020xradio wrote:

The album name and lyrics both have swear words. Any time I see a swear word in a song I automatically give it a 1. 🤬


Did you learn anything? 
hook stolen from pink floyd 
It is one of the reasons I chose to purchase this artist music
 2020xradio wrote:
The album name and lyrics both have swear words. Any time I see a swear word in a song I automatically give it a 1. 🤬
 
If this is the most pertinent criticism you have to offer, how about you just move along and not downgrade an artists' work with a crappy rating, based on your obviously parochial and stunted opinion? PSD mofo!
it reminds me of this:
wookifoot - be the change (2006)
Sounds like a retro song from the future. Quite captivating actually.
 nottheusualkind wrote:

Ric Ocasek, too, when asked about relevant artists that he enjoyed on the scene today before he passed away.
 

Sorry I have no names to drop. I like her regardless. Nice voice, unique sound. Like the band horns.
 2020xradio wrote:
The album name and lyrics both have swear words. Any time I see a swear word in a song I automatically give it a 1. 🤬
 

Burn any good books lately?
 2020xradio wrote:
The album name and lyrics both have swear words. Any time I see a swear word in a song I automatically give it a 1. 🤬
 
Isn't time to adjust that stick in yer butt?
 2020xradio wrote:
The album name and lyrics both have swear words. Any time I see a swear word in a song I automatically give it a 1. 🤬
 
I noticed that you have the letter "x" in your username - a reference to pornographic films.  I am deeply offended, Bill please ban this person!
7 ---> 8
 Jelani wrote:
 Edweirdo wrote:


I thought Mary Whitehouse and/or Nancy Reagan had carked it.
 I think you mean /Tipper Gore?

 
Yeah, that's the one.
OH IT'S MY SONG!
 2020xradio wrote:
The album name and lyrics both have swear words. Any time I see a swear word in a song I automatically give it a 1. 🤬
 Lighten the f-ck up.
 Edweirdo wrote:


I thought Mary Whitehouse and/or Nancy Reagan had carked it.
 I think you mean /Tipper Gore?

 SchoepTone wrote:
Springsteen is a big fan. He said so on his Sirius program.
 
Ric Ocasek, too, when asked about relevant artists that he enjoyed on the scene today before he passed away.
 2020xradio wrote:
The album name and lyrics both have swear words. Any time I see a swear word in a song I automatically give it a 1. 🤬
 

I thought Mary Whitehouse and/or Nancy Reagan had carked it.
 garylawrence wrote:
Those nights were on fire
We couldn't get higher
We didn't know that we had it all
But nobody warns you before the fall.

A solid 8.
 

 jelgator wrote:

It's kind of the thing these days, overusing the word when it doesn't need to be used.  It's for shock value, but it doesn't really have the shock anymore.  Which means using it in this way is pretty lame.
 
My interpretation is that it's not for shock value but to express a pointed cynicism toward a particular traditionalist mindset that Rockwell represents. I think the album cover helps demonstrate this - the flag, the sunset, the dude at attention staring off in the distance, while she is reaching desperately toward the viewer. She is living the traditional "good life" but it feels like a trap and while she's playing the role she really wants to escape. "We're living like we're something out of Norman F***ing Rockwell. Get me out"
 kazoo wrote:

I'm not offended by the lyrics, but the f'ing in the album title seems a bit gratuitous. Does she really like/hate Norman Rockwell that much?
 
It's kind of the thing these days, overusing the word when it doesn't need to be used.  It's for shock value, but it doesn't really have the shock anymore.  Which means using it in this way is pretty lame.
 2020xradio wrote:
The album name and lyrics both have swear words. Any time I see a swear word in a song I automatically give it a 1. 🤬
 
Isn't past your bedtime?
 2020xradio wrote:
The album name and lyrics both have swear words. Any time I see a swear word in a song I automatically give it a 1. 🤬
 
I'm not offended by the lyrics, but the f'ing in the album title seems a bit gratuitous. Does she really like/hate Norman Rockwell that much?
I thought that Norman F***ing Rockwell! was the most complete album of 2019. 
 costoonces wrote:
She's way ahead of her time and super retro at the same time. Love it!
 
Was thinking the same, glad to read your comment. I would say 70´s California sound, if that`s even a thing?
"LA's in flames,it's getting hot"  9/10/20  more songs for our Cali firestorms. It ain't over yet Bill!
Every time I hear the opening - the very opening - I come to the speakers to turn this up. Awesome.
Secret Service's Cry Softly in the chorus, anyone???
Springsteen is a big fan. He said so on his Sirius program.
I had to up my score to 10.
 BillG wrote:

Uh, that was its second play. High bar you have there...
 
My first time hearing it. I love it!
 2020xradio wrote:
The album name and lyrics both have swear words. Any time I see a swear word in a song I automatically give it a 1. 🤬
 
To each their own ...

Myself - not offended.
 BillG wrote:

Uh, that was its second play. High bar you have there...
 
Who they hell thumbs down BillG?
Not me...esp. as I +1 to 9 on this track...LLRP!!
Relly love this. Lana is an incredible, unique artist. The music she makes creates a vibe that is unlike any other I've heard.
The album name and lyrics both have swear words. Any time I see a swear word in a song I automatically give it a 1. 🤬
Always On My Mind?
Ugh, the worst.
Just changed from a 9 to a 10.  Made my list of greatest songs ever.  Soulful and sad, happy and longing...  Wow.
She looks pretty good for 112 years old
Sentimental breakdown. Lana you slay me.
 Rockit9 wrote:
Stick a banana in it & stop mumbling.
 

Maybe you need a new sound system - her voice comes across clearly and beautifully on mine.
I wish this was theLana Del's Mariners Village song, that is where I live
Stick a banana in it & stop mumbling.
 BillG wrote:

Uh, that was its second play. High bar you have there...
 

In other words, Twice was  too much Bill.
 lizardking wrote:

Funny coming from someone called 'master_betty' - Though I'm digging all the ways BillG is combining this one with other tracks.  Still calling it an 8...LLRP!!
*like today, 12/3/19, after the 7th play in the last 30 days, BillG paired this with "I Shall Be Released" by Chrissie Hynde, and it's a great pairing...so again...Long Live RP!!
 

Not sure if you're aware of it, but "Master Betty" basically refers to a character in the delightfully-stupid/silly movie Kung Pow: Enter The Fist. It is one of my all-time guilty pleasure flicks, adding over-dubbing & additional shots to a crappy, little martial arts film to turn it into a screwball comedy.
simple but nice.. I like this woman.. 8/10 
Simply amazing. She has created a niche that is occupied by no one else but her. 
 BillG wrote:

Uh, that was its second play. High bar you have there...
 

Seven in the last 30.  Might be something to it now.  That said, I enjoyed this tune and her style.
 BillG wrote:

Uh, that was its second play. High bar you have there...
 
7 plays in the last 30 days. I feel like you’re trolling us with the mix...
 jukes1 wrote:
She’s got a great Wikipedia photo. New RP site is great.
 
Oh, somehow I’m seeing a different one now via the RP pane… weird.

This is the one that was there.
This tune evokes a melancholy atmosphere...and because of this...I really like it. Been liking quite a bit of LDR lately.
Love the whole album!   Thanks for playing Lana.
There's just something about this song that draws me to it. Especially that last verse. Great voice, cool tune. 
She's way ahead of her time and super retro at the same time. Love it!
 master_betty wrote:
I get that this a new track and it's not bad at all, but 7 plays in last 30 days is a bit too much.
 
Funny coming from someone called 'master_betty' - Though I'm digging all the ways BillG is combining this one with other tracks.  Still calling it an 8...LLRP!!
*like today, 12/3/19, after the 7th play in the last 30 days, BillG paired this with "I Shall Be Released" by Chrissie Hynde, and it's a great pairing...so again...Long Live RP!!
I get that this a new track and it's not bad at all, but 7 plays in last 30 days is a bit too much.
 BillG wrote:

Uh, that was its second play. High bar you have there...
 
Talk about a 3 second attention span, and I'm going +1 to 8 and looking forward to when 'overplayed' is almost appropriate....LLRP!!
I can dig it.
Nice of RP to play her new album. 
She’s got a great Wikipedia photo. New RP site is great.
 haresfur wrote:

Way overplayed. 
 
Uh, that was its second play. High bar you have there...
 garylawrence wrote:
I get to make the first comment. I don't have anything to say. Nice song.
 
Way overplayed. 
I get to make the first comment. I don't have anything to say. Nice song.