Are you a Lana Del Rey fan? Are you a Sylvia Plath fan? Then you are going to love this! Lana posted a snippet of a song titled Hope Is A Dangerous Thing for a Woman Like Me to Have – But I Have it on Instagram during New Years Day.
How did this not occur sooner? Lana expressed in the past she was inspired by the poet and always had a flair for the melancholic—and paying homage to one of the greatest poets of the 20th century with similar artistic charisma is exciting to see—better late than never I always say! Lana also expressed interest in publishing a poetry book on Beats 1 Radio to Zane Lowe after her debut of Venice Bitch on September 18th.
Maybe I’d get less stressed, if I was tested less like
All of these debutantes
Smiling for miles in pink dresses and high heels
On white yachts
But I’m not
Baby I’m not
No, I’m not
That I’m not
I’ve been tearing around in my fucking nightgown
24/7, Sylvia Plath
Plath is known for her poetry collections The Colossus (1960), Ariel (1965), The Collected Poems (1982) which won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and her first and only novel The Bell Jar (1963). In 2018, The Letters of Sylvia Plath Volume 2 1956 – 1963 were published.
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The poet committed suicide at age thirty-one on February 11th, 1963. She would have been eighty-five today.
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Hope Is A Dangerous Thing for a Woman Like Me to Have – But I Have it will be released on January 9th.
Books can change the way you think about things; the right strand of words can strike something up inside of you. It’s not unlikely to feel uneasy, dizzy, overwhelmed, inspired, or full after reading the right essay, poem, story, or novel. (Words are, like, insanely cool.)
So, it’s no wonder so many musicians have drawn inspiration from within the pages of the books they read!
Stand up and jam out to these nine incredibly songs inspired by pieces of literature!
Although not their first foray into slipping literary references into their songs, The Cure held nothing back when they wrote this song based on the Penelope Farmer novel of the same name.
Charlotte sometimes crying for herself
Charlotte sometimes dreams a wall around herself
But it’s always with love
With so much love it looks like
Of Charlotte sometimes
So far away
Glass sealed and pretty
Bowie never ceased to draw inspiration from his favorite literary works (Diamond Dogs was influenced heavily by George Orwell’s 1984) and for a large part of his Ziggy Stardust phase he drew from Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange.
Hey man, Henry, don’t be unkind, go away
Hey man, I can’t take you this time, no way
Hey man, droogie don’t crash here
There’s only room for one and here she comes
Here she comes
Dylan has based much of his works off of F. Scott Fitzgerald and various poets, along with basing much of the lyricism on his Blood on the Tracks albums off of popular short stories by Anton Chekhov.
I lived with them on Montague Street
In a basement down the stairs
There was music in the cafes at night
And revolution in the air
Then he started into dealing with slaves
And something inside of him died
She had to sell everything she owned
And froze up inside
Listening to The Dandy Warhols is always a good time, and this 2016 song about the infamous J.D. Salinger novel of the same name is no exception!
Stop look around keep your head down and let the words stop it pass on by you
Words that are somewhere in told are cold if it’s not fun then it’s funny to show
With the advice like this what else could you want if a body need a body I know
Emma Cline’s ‘The Girls’ would be the perfect accompaniment to this dreamy ballad. The song’s nostalgic tone and heart-beat rhythms echo the air of memory and conjure up the cool sixties Californian setting of Cline’s debut. Though the book is much darker, dealing with the protagonist Evie’s past as a teenage member of a dangerous cult, we think the eerily sweet vocals and repetition of “crazy, crazy, crazy” could definitely hint at the frightening themes of secrets, possession, and the past in this stunning book.
This song, featuring The Weeknd, is a pretty straightforward love song as Lana demanda that The Weeknd ‘take off all [his] clothes.’ There’s no denying the somewhat sexual element to this duet and we think the famously raunchy ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ would be the perfect partner for this track!
Del Rey has said that this song is inspired by an experience of going to thirteen beaches before finding one where she was safe from the paparazzi, so we think a book that deals with lack of privacy would suit this song down to the ground! Heinrich Böll’s book ‘The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum’ depicts the awful effects of excessive media reporting on a person’s life.
We think this tune is a little spooky, between its declarations of love- ‘I fall to pieces when I’m with you,’ to the suddenly angrier ‘all of my peaches are ruined, bitch,’ the character Del Rey embodies in this song is clearly a little erratic and unpredictable, so we’ve chosen John Lutz’s famously creepy novel of obsession to go along with it!
This song deals with ill-advisedly falling for someone who has a great car, and we know someone who’s whole life changed when she did this. When Lynn Barber was still in school, she was seduced by an older man, who swept her away to a life of luxury…but that was only the beginning.
Another memoir, this one deals with Beverly Donofrio’s early life as a rebel, riding around town with boys, drinking, smoking and disregarding authority. With guest vocals for A$AP Rocky, ‘Summer Bummer’ is the perfect soundtrack to this honest, funny and hopeful account of youth.
This account of life as a groupie in the 60s and 70s could have been the inspiration behind ‘Groupie Love.’ Charting her fifteen years of adventure as a groupie to the biggest bands of the era, Des Barres reveals details of her life during that time, including her affairs with the likes of Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page and Jim Morrison.
‘In My Feelings’ follows the singer putting her foot down and standing up for herself: ‘who’s doper than this bitch? Who’s freer than me?’ We think Elizabeth Gilbert’s book ‘Eat, Pray, Love,’ which follows her own brave decision to leave behind the life in which she was unhappy and find her own best self, would be a great companion to this empowering tune.
This song, dripping with nostalgic reverie and penned while Lana was at Coachella, looks to bridge the gap between the festivals of then and now. ‘Girls Like Us,’ a biography of three of the leading ladies of the 60s would go along very nicely.
This ode to sisterhood in the USA could only be accompanied by the marvelous ‘Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants’ series, following the adventures of a group of friends and their magical pair of jeans that somehow fits all of them perfectly.
This song is inspired by the USA’s current political climate, and asks the question, ‘is this the end of an era, the end of America?’ In an interview with Flaunt, Lana asked ‘are we running out of time with this person at the helm of a ship? Will it crash?’ So we’ve chosen the book of the moment, Margaret Atwood’s classic dystopia ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’ The book is set in a future where women are used for reproduction, forced to be completely subservient. This beautiful ballad reminds us to keep resisting.
The queen of witchy wonder Stevie Nicks and the son of rock’n’roll, Sean Ono Lennon, both appear on this song declaring themselves beautiful people with beautiful problems. We’ve chosen ‘The Age of Innocence’ by Edith Wharton, which follows the scandalous lives of upper class society in 1800s New York.
Sung with Sean Ono Lennon, the son of John and Yoko, this simple love song references Sean’s famous parents and summers in the city. We’ve chosen Irish writer Kevin’ Barry’s award winning novel ‘Beatlebone’ to go along with it. ‘Beatlebone’ follows a fictional version of John Lennon who has left New York for Ireland.
This astounding YA novel by English author Kevin Brooks follows sixteen-year-old Joe and his love affair with a young sex worker named Candy. His attempts to save her from her addiction plunge them both into more danger than he could ever have imagined. Once again, Lana Del Rey’s dreamy songs with dark subject matter would be the perfect companion to this tour-de-force that, although aimed at teens, will satisfy readers of any age.
Spin called this song “a quietly moving testimony to overcoming apathy in search of personal transformation.” In keeping with this mentality, we’ve chosen Paulo Coehlo’s beloved novel of self discovery and the part we play in shaping our own destiny.
This short story collection, exploring the lives of young women in new places, is not always upbeat. In parts, it can be extremely dark and unsettling. But, we think upbeat album closer ‘Get Free’ would make a great soundtrack for it. Lana sings: “I never really noticed that I had to decide/ To play someone’s game or live my own life,” and the young women who appear in this collection are all dealing with what it means to be alone in new places and navigate new territories, be they new countries, frightening situations, or sexual experiences.
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