Lana Del Rey filmed the video for her latest single ‘Ride’ last month and while we have been referring to the visual as a music video, we have chosen to refer it as a short film from this moment on.
The sultry songstress premiered her brand new 10-minute short film at the Aero Theatre on Wednesday (October 10th) in Santa Monica, California, and it tells her life story.
Del Rey arrived at the single screen theatre and told her loyal fans: “You make everything that was ever hard completely, completely worth it. You don’t have to be as good as you are, and you just, you always are. We’re not even having a concert. We’re just showing the film.”
Once the short film begins, we see Del Rey swinging on a tire swing (just picture the ‘Ride’ cover art) and as the scene gently fades to her on the back of a motorcycle riding with a gang of bikers, we hear her voice narrating an interesting story.
As she narrates her life story, we see her enjoying the days of riding bikes, reminiscing alone on a sidewalk, preparing for a concert and other scenes that indicate her loneliness. Del Rey is all alone and relies on multiple men to maintain her sanity but no matter how many lovers she has, she ends up alone on that very same tire swing.
“I was in the winter of my life — and the men I met along the road were my only summer. At night I fell asleep with visions of myself dancing and laughing and crying with them. Three years down the line of being on an endless world tour and my memories of them were the only things that sustained me, and my only real happy times. 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. But I didn’t really mind because I knew that it takes getting everything you ever wanted and then losing it to know what true freedom is.
When the people I used to kno found out what I had been doing, how I had been living — they asked me why. But there’s no use in talking to people who have a home, they have no idea what it’s like to seek safety in other people, for home to be wherever you lie your head.
I was always an unusual girl, my mother told me I had a chameleon soul. No moral compass pointing due north, no fixed personality. Just an inner indecisiveness that was as wide and as wavering as the ocean. And if I said that I didn’t plan for it to turn out this way, I’d be lying — because I was born to be the other woman. I belonged to no one — who belonged to everyone, who had nothing — who wanted everything with a fire for every experience and an obsession for freedom that terrified me to the point that I couldn’t even talk about — and pushed me to a nomadic point of madness that both dazzled and dizzied me.
Every night I used to pray that I’d find my people — and finally I did — on the open road. We had nothing to lose, nothing to gain, nothing we desired anymore — except to make our lives a work of art.
Live fast. Die Young. Be Wild. And Have Fun.
I believe in the country America used to be. I believe in the person I want to become.
I believe in the freedom of the open road. And my motto is the same as ever —
I believe in the kindness of strangers. And when I’m at war with myself — I ride. I just ride.
Who are you? Are you in touch with all of your darkest fantasies?
Have you created a life for yourself where you’re free to experience them?
I am fucking crazy. But I am free.”
Once the short film came to an end, Del Rey and director Anthony Mandler took the stage for a short Q&A. They answered fans questions about the inspiration of the video and she revealed that she “just decided to get back to my roots and do what was fun.”
‘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.
The Anthony Mandler directed ‘Ride’ short film will premiere on Vevo today (October 12th).
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