Summertime Sadness was Track 11 on her Born to Die album, recorded in 2011. It was written by Grant, Rick Nowels and Kieran De Jour, and produced by Emile Haynie, Rick Nowels and Devrim Karaoglu....
Kiss me hard before you go
Summertime sadness
I just wanted you to know
That baby you're the best

I got my red dress on tonight
Dancing in the dark in the pale moonlight
Got my hair up real big beauty queen style
High heels off, I'm feeling alive

Oh, my God, I feel it in the air
Telephone wires above all sizzlin' like your stare
Honey I'm on fire I feel it everywhere
Nothing scares me anymore

Kiss me hard before you go
Summertime sadness
I just wanted you to know
That baby you're the best

I've got that summertime, summertime sadness
Summertime, summertime sadness
Got that summertime, summertime sadness
Oh, oh

I'm feelin' electric tonight
Cruising down the coast goin' 'bout 99
Got my bad baby by my heavenly side
Oh if I go, I'll die happy tonight

Oh, my God, I feel it in the air
Telephone wires above all sizzlin' like your stare
Honey I'm on fire I feel it everywhere
Nothing scares me anymore

Kiss me hard before you go
Summertime sadness
I just wanted you to know
That baby you're the best

I've got that summertime, summertime sadness
Summertime, summertime sadness
Got that summertime, summertime sadness
Oh, oh

I think I'll miss you forever
Like the stars miss the sun in the morning skies
Late is better than never
Even if you're gone I'm gonna drive, drive

I've got that summertime, summertime sadness
Summertime, summertime sadness
Got that summertime, summertime sadness
Oh, oh

Kiss me hard before you go
Summertime sadness
I just wanted you to know
That baby you're the best

I've got that summertime, summertime sadness
Summertime, summertime sadness
Got that summertime, summertime sadness
Oh, oh


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"Summertime Sadness" as written by Elizabeth Grant, Rick Nowels

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  • +17
    General CommentShe's reminiscing about a love that she had during the time and it brings her "summertime sadness."

    This person is someone who made her feel electric, alive, and in love. She feels so invincible with this person that she could die and still be happy. Thinking about how much she loved this person and how this person may have been the best person she's ever been with, it brings her sadness. "Even if you're gone, I'm going to drive." Yes, this person isn't a part of her life anymore, but she relives her relationship with him by driving down memory lane.

    Does anyone else hear "I think I'll miss you forever like the stars miss the sun in the morning skies"? That makes more sense to me than "I think I'll love you forever."
    "I think I'll miss you forever
    Like the stars miss the sun in the morning sky.
    Late is better than never.
    Even if you're gone, I'm gonna drive."
    This is my favorite part of the song. It's as if she finally realized how much she's going to miss this person and has finally told them her true feelings. Even though he's gone, she's going to remember and honor how wonderful this time period of her life was. Beautiful...
    lahhvaon February 24, 2012   Link
  • +9
    My InterpretationNice. Everybody is so focused in partnership love.

    I actually watched a Video, where there was a girl involved, not a guy. Though even before that I already thought it might be someone like a sister, someone who's not completing Lana like a partner would, but is/was exactly like her, a real soulmate. It seems, the sister wanted to suicide, and though Lana didn't, they understood each other enough, that Lana didn't want to stop her, just make sure she says goodbye.

    Now when she's gone, Lana keeps doing everything they might have done together (partys, cars, what young girls can do), like in a trance, so she won't break down over her death, still feeling everything they felt together, but also (summertime) sadness and emptiness. And now she's not scared to die anymore, though she moves on. A little bit of an empty shell.

    Irritating might be the "kiss me hard" part, though girls/sisters can kiss without beeing lesbian, too. On the cheeks, or it might be a greeting or some sort of code...

    Besides: sisterhood might be much stronger. Usually the most people fall in love, lose the loved (without them dying), fall in love with someone else, lose them, fall in love again... but a sister you can lose only once (more or less).

    Anyway... just my thoughts...
    iLLuSiaon August 05, 2012   Link
  • +8
    General CommentI think this is her reliving some sort of fast-paced, almost destructive relationship with a guy. You know, one of those "I'm deeply, dramatically in love with you, I'll die without you" kind of things that almost every girl has at one point. And now, she's looking back with melancholy nostalgia, because it was passionate and dramatic and beautiful, but also not meant to last. The whole summertime sadness is the beauty of this ephemeral relationship that ended too fast, and can never be recovered.

    "Oh, my God, I feel it in the air
    Telephone wires above all sizzlin' like your stare
    Honey I'm on fire I feel it everywhere
    Nothing scares me anymore"

    Here she's remembering it, and feels like she's so much more wise and experienced from this.
    SavviestSarahon June 04, 2012   Link
  • +7
    General CommentTotal obsessional love, the Lana Del Rey all-in masochistic approach to relationships.

    Her guy leaves her as the Summer begins. Since she's addicted to him like a drug, her Summer (which should be a good time of year) isn't. She sings "I think I'll miss you forever." She will never get over him. With him, she could die happy. Without him, she just wants to die. That's her summertime sadness.
    yhtrownuon April 09, 2012   Link
  • +6
    General CommentThere is only one thing that I can think of that is inherently and characteristically sad about summer & that is the fact that it has to end/is temporary. It seems like Lana is singing about something that is happening and she knows its great and enjoying every bit of it that she can, but she also knows that it has to end eventually & how much she will miss it once it's gone.
    lildragonon February 08, 2013   Link
  • +6
    My InterpretationShe has lost someone dear to her. A lover, I think, because of the line, "kiss me hard before you go." This *could* be directed at a close female friend or sister or other family member but to me the line is more passionate and sexual than that. I hug my little sister hard when I'm not going to see her for a while. I kiss my lover goodbye.

    She feels his presence this summer, as she does every summer because it is the season in which he died. The elements remind her of him and freshen her fading memories. It could be his spirit or wishful thinking but it's all the same to her. It's been a while since she lost him. She misses him madly and is somewhat happy just to feel him around. Which is why she tells him, "Kiss me hard before you go." She knows when the summer ends she will have to go back to trying to live without him, instead of just letting the depression consume her as she does at this time of the year. I think it is this idea that inspires her to commit suicide in the first place. She can't bear the thought of going back to trying to forget him.

    Oh, my God, I feel it in the air
    Telephone wires above all sizzling like your stare
    Honey I'm on fire I feel it everywhere
    Nothing scares me anymore

    She feels his intense gaze on her ("sizzling like your stare") as she she dolls herself up for the occasion. She is sort of delirious and euphoric at the idea of being reunited with her lover in the afterlife. She feels "alive" and "on fire." She feels this energy "in the air" and all around her. She's not afraid. Nothing could ever hurt her worse than losing him did.

    "Cruising down the coast goin' 'bout 99
    Got my bad baby by my heavenly side
    I know if I go, I'll die happy tonight"

    She senses him in the passenger seat as she speeds down the road and this gives her confidence. If her suicide attempt is successful, she knows she will die happy.

    "I think I'll miss you forever
    Like the stars miss the sun in the morning skies
    Late is better than never
    Even if you're gone I'm gonna drive, drive"

    It has been so long and she still misses him deeply. Because it doesn't hurt any less now than it ever did she thinks it won't ever get any better. She considers the possibility that they may never be together again. They are so close, yet so far. She's a bird who is in love with a fish. She doesn't care. Even if he really is lost to her forever she would rather bet her life on the chance of being with him again than go on without him.
    Paradisecutieon October 25, 2013   Link
  • +5
    General CommentWe've all had the too good to be true type feeling. While it's happening, it's already beginning to dissipate. The excitement which overcomes us, triggers the fear that over take us. Whether it's a passionate summer fling that burned quickly or a long lasting relationship that started on fire but never really quite caught on. Either way, the chemistry seems to be unmatched by any other flame that's lit or died out.
    exoduseson July 01, 2013   Link
  • +4
    Lyric CorrectionIt is 'sizzling like a snare' as in a snare drum.
    thekingofloveon April 09, 2012   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI've listened to the song and watched the video quite a few times. So, I think that this song is about moving on from an ex-boyfriend/girlfriend who has passed away, maybe unexpectedly. Lana sings that she's sad he/she died, but she is trying to move on, even though she will always miss him/her. Kinda like the Power of Goodbye by Madonna. She tries to kiss goodbye the summertime sadness that his/her death brought her.

    I think the "drive" part could be about moving on, but also, like Lahhva said, could be about reminiscing on their time together and celebrate their past relationship. Have no regrets and only remember the best.

    The video is interesting, because it is quite literal to the song, except that the roles are reversed and the ending is not so positive. Lana (I'll use the actors' names) is the one dying by committing suicide. Jaime King is wearing the red dress and drives a car with her bad baby (i.e. Lana) on her heavenly side. However, unlike in the song, Jaime fails to move on and commits suicide.

    Finally, I find it interesting that the girls don't end up together in heaven. I think it means that the relationship was passionate love - that is, it was a summer love more than anything. It was not going to last a lifetime anyway. In short, they were not soul mates, but they had fun for a short period of time. In the song, Lana embraces that part of her life before embarking on another chapter.

    Anyway, that's my interpretation. Great song and video!
    violonist13on August 02, 2012   Link
  • +3
    My OpinionIn two different articles and Wikipedia, they're described as lesbian lovers in the music video. I took it as though they were lovers, it just had that kind of feel to the video with certain shots of them together in romantic ways. If some of you are refusing they're lesbians because you're biggots, then fuck off with your stupidity.The rest of you that refuse they're not lesbian lovers, just passionate about eachother, could be. Maybe the articles are wrong, who knows.
    TippyToeson April 23, 2013   Link

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