Lana Del Rey Has An Emotional Story To Tell In ‘Ride’ Video Premiere
Lana Del Rey’s fans in Santa Monica were treated to a special screening of her ‘Ride’ short film and as we promised, the full clip has just been released online for millions to enjoy.
The Anthony Mandler directed short film gives Lana Del Rey 10 minutes to tell her tale and after the title ‘Ride’ fades away, the film opens to a somber Del Rey on a tire swing in the Nevada desert. In just a few seconds, she’s on the back of a motorcycle without a helmet with a gang of bikers at her side wearing a shirt that reads “Buttwiser: King of Rears.”
She narrates: “I was in the winter of my life and the men I met along the way were my only summer … Three years down the line of being on an endless world tour and my memories of them [were] my only real happy times.”
She continues: “I was a singer, not a very popular one, who once had dreams of becoming a beautiful poet, but upon an unfortunate series of events, saw those dreams dashed and divided like a million stars in the night sky that I wished on over and over again — sparkling and broken.”
As Del Rey delivers a very poetic narration, we see footage of the singer with “a chameleon soul” telling her story as she has passionate sex on a pinball machine, reminisces alone on a sidewalk, prepares for a concert and lives out her lonely life in the other scenes.
As she says, she was meant to be the outside woman and it’s clear that her best days were those of riding around without a care in the world on the back of “custom choppers.” Del Rey never wants to be left high and dry and she’s reminiscing about her wild days with alcohol, guns, and wild sex in the film. She even goes as far as putting a gun to her head, saying, “I am fucking crazy. But I am free.”
With nothing to lose and nothing to gain, Del Rey is all-alone and seeks safety in the multiple men in the film to maintain her sanity, but no matter how many lovers she has, when it’s all said and done, she ends up alone on that very same tire swing, being “fucking crazy” and “free.”
She leaves us with one final and very inspiring message: “People say your imagination is your greatest tool to success, and I think it’s because things manifest in reality from the visions you have in your mind’s eye. And so the most important thing is to really have a rich internal world, and live there, because reality will never meet your expectations.”
‘Ride’ is the lead single lifted from Del Rey’s upcoming re-release ‘Born To Die: Paradise Edition,’ which will be released on November 13th.
Watch Lana Del Rey’s ‘Ride’ Short Film Below: