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Carmen by: Lana Del Rey

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Danielle Hoffmann

on 13 January 2014

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Transcript of Carmen by: Lana Del Rey

Carmen by: Lana Del Rey
Verses 3 and 4
Carmen, Carmen, staying up til morning
Only seventeen, but she walks the streets so mean
It's alarming truly how disarming you can be
Eating soft ice cream
Coney Island Queen

She says you don't want to be like me
Looking for fun, getting high for free
I'm dying, I'm dying
She says you don't want to get this way
Street walk at night, and a star by day
It's tiring, tiring
Baby's all dressed up with nowhere to go
That's the little story of the girl you know
Relying on the kindness of strangers
Tying cherry knots, smiling, doing party favors
Put your red dress on, put your lipstick on
Sing your song, song, now the camera's on
And you're alive again

Verse 1 and 2
Verse 1&2 Analysis
Irony is a literary device used throughout the entire song. Irony is the difference between what appears to be and what reality is. In the line, "It's alarming honestly how charming she can be
Fooling everyone, telling them she's having fun...
She says you don't want to be like me..." Carmen appears as an amazing girl and it is implied throughout the song that people envy and want to be who they THINK she is. The reality is that Carmen suffers in some way but doesn't let any one know.
Chorus Analysis
Several similies are worked into the chorus. A similie is a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more emphatic or vivid. "She laughs like God, her mind's like a diamond... she's still shining
Like lightning..." Comparing Carmen's laugh to God shows that she has some kind of power or people look up to her. Her mind being a diamond and her shining like a diamond is just saying, again, how great she is.
Verses 3&4 Analysis
Again, in these verses is just more examples of irony. "Only seventeen, but she walks the streets so mean" It appears that Carmen is feared and is superior, but she's actually still just a teenager. "She says you don't want to be like me
Looking for fun, getting high for free." To some, having fun and getting free drugs is a dream come true. So in this case, verbal irony ( meaning the opposite of what is said) is expressed, since what she really means is that you do want to be her and have her lifestyle.
The boys, the girls, they all like Carmen
She gives them butterflies, bats her cartoon eyes
She laughs like god, her mind's like a diamond
Audio tune lies, she's still shining
Like lightning, ohh, like lightning

Darling, darling, doesn't have a problem
Lying to herself 'cause her liquor's top shelf
It's alarming honestly how charming she can be
Fooling everyone, telling them she's having fun

She says you don't want to be like me
Don't wanna see all the things I've seen
I'm dying, I'm dying
She says you don't want to get this way
Famous and dumb at an early age
Lying, I’m lying

Bridge Analysis
In this particular verse, it is assumed the singer is talking to Carmen, "Now the camera's on
And you're alive again," so it would be in Second Person Point of View. While the rest of the song is in Third Person P.O.V, "The boys, the girls, they all like Carmen."
Point of View Cont'd and Speaker Identified
The song being sung in third person, at first makes the listener assume it's just a regular story being told. But, the speaker is "Carmen" talking about her younger self. The speaker is a older and wiser woman. But the Carmen being sung about in the song is a young, "stupid," and famous adult.
Why I chose this song
I chose this song because I love Lana Del Rey and all her music. All of her songs have meaning but this one seemed to have a lot more meaning than some of her others.
About Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey is a 27 year old singer with 2 albums currently out (
Born to Die
) and one on the way (
). She is known for her single
Summertime Sadness
Film Connection
A popular film that can be related to this song is
The Great Gatsby.
In the movie, Gatsby is a man that everyone loves because he appears amazing, since he always throws fabulous parties every weekend. All these people say they love him, but they don't really know what he has gone through. No one knows how his life really is and how he is constantly searching for his love, Daisy.
Although it might not seem like it, everyone, even the amazing and seemingly perfect person you know, deals with bad things you don't know about.
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