You didn’t see Lana Del Rey on stage at Coachella this weekend, but she was there to enjoy the experience as a fan and, as Fuse notes, dance during Kendrick Lamar’s set. Global issues weighed heavy on her mind, though, so on her way home, she took a minute to head to the woods and write a short song about it. Donning her finest Fleet Foxes-approved flannel shirt, she sang the tune a cappella, filmed it, and shared the clip on Instagram.
The untitled song seems inspired by Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven” for obvious reasons, and its lyrics are as follows:
I’d trade it all for a stairway to heaven
I’d take my time as I climb up to the top of it
I’d trade the fame and the fortune and the fucking legend
I’d give it all away if you’d just give me one day to answer one question
She explained the inspiration behind the song in the post’s caption, saying that it’s important to both enjoy life and be aware of the world’s struggles, and that hoping for peace is a step towards achieving it:
I’m not gonna lie — I had complex feelings about spending the weekend dancing whilst watching tensions w North Korea mount. I find It’s a tightrope between being vigilantly observant of everything going on in the world and also having enough space and time to appreciate God’s good earth the way it was intended to be appreciated. On my way home I found myself compelled to visit an old favorite place of mine at the rim of the world highway where I took a moment to sit down by the sequoia grove and write a little song. I just wanted to share this in hopes that one individual’s hope and prayer for peace might contribute to the possibility of it in the long run. Hope everyone has a nice day, with love from California.
There’s no word yet on when Del Rey’s upcoming album Lust For Life is coming out, but based on the beautifully atmospheric “Love” and the fact that The Weeknd is involved, it already feels like a winner.