Blue Jeans is a song that is featured on the Born to Die album as Track 3, as well as the Lana Del Rey EP. Blue Jeans was the second single to be released from...

Blue jeans, white shirt
Walked into the room you know you made my eyes burn
It was like James Dean, for sure
You so fresh to death & sick as ca-cancer
You were sorta punk rock, I grew up on hip hop
But you fit me better than my favorite sweater, and I know
That love is mean, and love hurts
But I still remember that day we met in December, oh baby!

I will love you till the end of time
I would wait a million years
Promise you'll remember that you're mine
Baby can you see through the tears?
Love you more
Than those bitches before
Say you'll remember, oh baby, say you'll remember oh baby ooh
I will love you till the end of time

Big dreams, gangster
Said you had to leave to start your life over
I was like: "no please, stay here,"
We don't need no money we can make it all work
But he headed out on Sunday, said he'd come home Monday
I stayed up waitin', anticipatin' and pacin' but he was
Chasing paper
"Caught up in the game" that was the last I heard

I will love you till the end of time
I would wait a million years
Promise you'll remember that you're mine
Baby can you see through the tears?
Love you more
Than those bitches before
Say you'll remember, oh baby, say you'll remember oh baby ooh
I will love you till the end of time

You went out every night
And baby that's alright
I told you that no matter what you did I'd be by your side
Cause Ima ride or die
Whether you fail or fly
Well shit, at least you tried.
But when you walked out that door, a piece of me died
I told you I wanted more-but that not what I had in mind
I just want it like before
We were dancin' all night
Then they took you away- stole you out of my life
You just need to remember

I Will love you till the end of time
I would wait a million years
Promise you'll remember that your mine
Baby can you see through the tears?
Love you more
Than those bitches before
Say you'll remember, oh baby, say you'll remember oh baby ooh
I will love you till the end of time



Lyrics submitted by maurothompson, edited by irisme, carlosvinicius

"Blue Jeans" as written by Elizabeth Grant, Daniel Heath, Emile Haynie

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +13
    My Interpretation:To me this is a song about how she is in love with a guy and wants to make a life with him. The guy feels like he needs to get money in order for them to have a "life", a house, a car, kids and the American Dream. In his haste he turns to drug dealing for easy money and winds up getting chewed up and spit out by the game. In the end all she wanted was him, he was always enough, but he was convinced she would only be happy if they lived the good life, the rich life. He pays the price by being taken away to prison and she has to wait for him. She wants him to know that even though he has fucked up, she still loves him and longs for the simple love they once shared.
    DrMndBndron October 08, 2011   Link
  • +11
    Song Meaning:>> I never do this. But some interpretations are just so obviously wrong that I felt the ridiculous need to correct them. It's ridiculous, I know. But whatever. Here it is:

    Blue jeans, White shirt
    Walked into the room you know you made my eyes burn

    >> This is not a "negative," as one commentator suggested. She's saying that he was so awesome that the aura around him was blinding.

    It was like James Dean, for sure
    You so fresh to death & sick as ca-cancer

    >> Also, this is not a negative, either. In hip-hop slang, "sick" is the same thing as saying "dope" or "ill." It means that person/thing is cool/awesome.

    Big dreams, gangster
    Said you had to leave to start your life over
    I was like: "no please, stay here,"
    We don't need no money we can make it all work
    But he headed out on Sunday, said he'd come home Monday
    I stayed up waitin', anticipatin' and pacin' but he was
    Chasing paper
    "Caught up in the game" that was the last I heard

    >> Again, that commentator who thought "chasing paper" meant getting an MBA, is wrong. In hiphop, Chasing paper usually means getting caught up in something illicit because you'll probably get easy money out of it. Usually this means selling drugs. It's also called the drug game. He got caught in the drug game.

    You went out every night
    And baby that's alright
    I told you that no matter what you did I'd be by your side
    Cause Ima ride or die
    Whether you fail or fly
    Well shit, at least you tried.

    >> The whole song, in the chorus too, she's describing that she would have done anything to have kept him. In the first half of this verse she seems to acknowledge that he tried, but in the next few lines, she obviously feels that wasn't enough.

    But when you walked out that door, a piece of me died
    I told you I wanted more-but that not what I had in mind

    >> She didn't mean she wanted more money, but that's how he took it and so he got caught in that aforementioned "game."

    I just want it like before
    We were dancin' all night

    >> This is what she meant by "more." She wanted to go back to how it was.

    Then they took you away- stole you out of my life

    >> "They" could mean other drug slingers, maybe he died in a turf war or something. But I think it could also mean he went to prison, and "they" mean the police; or maybe "they" are not cops, but the people who lured him to sell drugs in the first place. The way she sings the chorus sounds like she hopes he's still alive and she's waiting for him.

    Will love you till the end of time
    I would wait a million years

    >> wait to get out of prison, maybe? Or stop selling drugs?

    >> Lana said this song was part of a trilogy: Video Games, Blue Jeans, Born to Die. It makes sense that he's not dead if there's another part of it. It also makes sense if he is dead though - just have to read Born to Die in a different way (which is pretty easy)! :D
    earthgirl2on February 25, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General Comment:Definitely one of my favourites from the album.
    I love all the different interpretations, too.
    Very insightful, guys.
    Never thought it could be jail he went.
    I just thought he got caught up in drugs/something illegal.
    "Chasing paper"- I don't think that has anything to do with going to college.
    natasha92on February 24, 2012   Link
  • +4
    My Interpretation:First of all, interpretation means taking something and defining or deciding what it means to you, so nobody's interpretation is wrong..

    I just wanted to throw that out there.

    Okay, here goes my interpretation:


    Blue jeans, white shirt
    Walked into the room you know you made my eyes burn
    It was like James Dean, for sure
    You so fresh to death & sick as ca-cancer
    You were sorta punk rock, I grew up on hip hop
    But you fit me better than my favorite sweater, and I know
    That love is mean, and love hurts
    But I still remember that day we met in December, oh baby!


    I think here she is talking about that moment when you meet someone and you are so awestruck and infatuated that you are speechless and have that deer-caught-in-headlights look because you are so blown away by them. I think the difference in music tastes that she references is only to signify their differing backgrounds and then she goes on to say that it doesn't matter because they just "fit" together. And then she goes on to tell him that she will always love him and never stop, and that is only because he is the one for her.

    Big dreams, gangster
    Said you had to leave to start your life over
    I was like: "no please, stay here,"
    We don't need no money we can make it all work
    But he headed out on Sunday, said he'd come home Monday
    I stayed up waitin', anticipatin' and pacin' but he was
    Chasing paper
    "Caught up in the game" that was the last I heard

    I think this is just about someone being a workaholic and maybe embezzling money from a company or doing things off the table. It doesn't necessarily mean drug-running or dealing. She says that she would rather be broke and with him than have all the money in the world and be a part from him. When she says that he left on Sunday and said he'd come back on Monday but doesn't show, just shows that he chose his career over her and he fell in love with money and an extravagent lifestyle.

    You went out every night
    And baby that's alright
    I told you that no matter what you did I'd be by your side
    Cause Ima ride or die
    Whether you fail or fly
    Well shit, at least you tried.
    But when you walked out that door, a piece of me died
    I told you I wanted more-but that not what I had in mind
    I just want it like before
    We were dancin' all night
    Then they took you away- stole you out of my life
    You just need to remember


    She says that he was going out and partying and messing around basically, and that she didn't care because their love was still her first priority and always would be no matter if he was successful or not and even if he tried and failed, she would stand by him. And then he leaves one last time to work it all out and it's the last time she sees him and then he ends up in jail because he couldn't make it work career-wise.


    It kinda reminds me of the like.. 1950s gangster movies though.. I love it.
    DizzyTif89on December 01, 2012   Link
  • +4
    Song Meaning:Okay so my friend knows Lana and was pretty close to her.

    "Big dreams, gangster
    Said you had to leave to start your life over
    I was like: "no please, stay here,"
    We don't need no money we can make it all work"

    The song is legitimately about this guy she was in love with, the dudes name is Rob. He was into heroine or something (dealing it/using it) and one day he traveled to Alaska for some reason or another.

    "But he headed out on Sunday, said he'd come home Monday
    I stayed up waitin', anticipatin' and pacin' but he was
    Chasing paper
    Caught up in the game" that was the last I heard"

    Caught up in the heroine game that is. While the guy was there in Alaksa he overdosed. The news spread to all his friends but after a day or two Lana still had no idea and MY friend was the one who found out and called Lana on the phone to tell her the news. Lana then wrote the song sometime between then and January 15 when she performed it live for the first time on Saturday Night Live (She was pretty messed up with alcohol and what not thats why the performance was so ehh.)

    "You went out every night
    And baby that's alright
    I told you that no matter what you did I'd be by your side
    Cause Ima ride or die
    Whether you fail or fly
    Well shit, at least you tried."

    At least he tried right?

    Hope some of you found this worth reading :)

    - Johnny
    jrichmondon June 11, 2013   Link
  • +4
    General Comment:I've always thought this was about a girl whose boy ends up in prison. Denim is a fairly common standard for uniforms in state prisons, hence the blue jeans. "I would wait a million years" and "I''m a ride or die" says to me that she's waiting for him to come home. A lot of prison wives refer to themselves as ride or die chicks. It sounds like he leaves to pull off a big heist, maybe so they can get a bunch of money and start their lives over, but he gets caught and now she's waiting for him.
    misspandaon June 13, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:Lana Del Rey is AMAZING!!
    serizzleon September 13, 2011   Link
  • +3
    My Interpretation:I agree with the first comment. But maybe he didn't go to jail, I think he got caught up in the game and probably died. I would hope it was just jail though. She said "they took you away"

    OR she could mean the "game" the life of making money took him away from her. He wasnt from the area but he wanted to be a "Gangster" so he was going out lookin for it. Drugs and money are a bad mixture and they can ruin a relationship, so maybe that took over his life. "They" took him away. Maybe it's like he doesnt even remember her being there anymore when he's on his high. So that's why she's askin him to "remember her" And even though he might not remember her, she will remember him.
    My favorite part is the "You were sorta Punk Rock I grew up on hip hop, but you fit me better than my favorite sweater" Which meant more of he was perfect for her.
    piper888on July 10, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I think this song is about a girl and a guy who fell in love and their relationship started well but then he got involved in something not good. Maybe he was doing it to get money so that they could live a good life. The girl doesn't care though, she will love him no matter what he does. Really, she just wants to be with him and she doesn't really care about anything else.
    BlackSwan16on December 19, 2011   Link
  • +2
    My Opinion:"Chasing Paper" is a probably euphemism for greed/always running after money (:
    Lanastasiaon September 23, 2012   Link

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