Lana Del Rey’s sultry SoCal sound is back. The singer’s new tune “High on the Beach” leaked onto the web a full two days early, and by the reaction it’s getting, it looks like the song came out not a moment too soon.
But “High on the Beach” is no upbeat tune. The lyrics find Del Rey focusing her energy on breaking up with a mysterious suitor. And verses like “You could be a bad motherf–ker/but that don’t make you a man” and “The truth is I never bought into your bulls–t when you would pay tribute to me/Because I know that all I want to do is get high by the beach” have folks wondering exactly who Lana’s crooning about in the song.
It’s certainly not current boyfriend Francesco Carrozzini. According to the Daily Mail, Lana was spotted dining out in Italy with her beau. The pair were in town to celebrate the “dream wedding” of Italian heiress Beatrice Borromeo and Monaco royal Pierre Casiraghi.
But more important news found Del Rey at an extremely important rendezvous with a member of Carrozzini’s family.
“Earlier in the day, the couple took their relationship up a level as they met up with his mother for lunch in Stresa.”
With info like that circulating, it’s safe to assume Lana and Francesco are on the upswing rather than the opposite direction.
Could Del Rey’s lyrics instead be in regards to her infamous celebrity friend James Franco? He did announce he’d co-written a book about Lana for Penguin Random House entitled Flip-Side: Real and Imaginary Conversations With Lana Del Rey, according to the Huffington Post. In fact, quotes made about Del Rey in the press certainly allude to a fact that regardless of whether or not he’s dating Lana, James Franco would certainly like to be.
“She isn’t made for this earth,” James penned in an essay on about Del Rey published in V Magazine earlier this year.
Clearly, his infatuation is evident, but the fact that the pair are still actively seen as friends seems to discount that James Franco is indeed the subject of “High on the Beach.”
Regardless of who the mystery man is behind the song, everyone seems in agreement that the track itself is just plain good. In fact, a review of “High On The Beach” on Refinery 29’s website may have summed it up best:
“The sun-drenched music is very much in the vein of what we’ve come to expect from Lana’s dark take on the SoCal sound, but this track has some whiskey mixed in with the salt water.”
[Lana Del Rey image via her Twitter account]