I've seen the world
Done it all
Had my cake now
Diamonds, brilliant
And Bel Air now
Hot summer nights, mid July
When you and I were forever wild
The crazy days, city lights
The way you'd play with me like a child

Will you still love me
When I'm no longer young and beautiful?
Will you still love me
When I got nothing but my aching soul?
I know you will, I know you will
I know that you will
Will you still love me when I'm no longer beautiful?

I've seen the world, lit it up
As my stage now
Channeling angels in the new age now
Hot summer days, rock 'n' roll
The way you play for me at your show
And all the ways I got to know
Your pretty face and electric soul

Will you still love me
When I'm no longer young and beautiful?
Will you still love me
When I got nothing but my aching soul?
I know you will, I know you will
I know that you will
Will you still love me when I'm no longer beautiful?

Dear Lord, when I get to heaven
Please let me bring my man
When he comes tell me that you'll let him in
Father tell me if you can
Oh that grace, oh that body
Oh that face makes me wanna party
He's my sun, he makes me shine like diamonds

Will you still love me
When I'm no longer young and beautiful?
Will you still love me
When I got nothing but my aching soul?
I know you will, I know you will
I know that you will
Will you still love me when I'm no longer beautiful?
Will you still love me when I'm no longer beautiful?
Will you still love me when I'm not young and beautiful?



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"Young and Beautiful [Lana Del Rey Vs. Cedric Gervais]" as written by Rick Nowels, Elizabeth Grant

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  • +6
    My Interpretation:As this was written specifically for The Great Gatsby- for me, this song is representative of Daisy Buchanan. The 'Hot Summer nights, Mid July' are representative of Gatsby and Daisy's love affair when she was a maiden. 'The way you'd play with me like a child' symbolises the fickleness of their love affair, Daisy is attracted to light heartedness. The fact she's wondering 'Will you still love me when I'm no longer young and beautiful' can highlight character vulnerability but also show us of the fickle nature of Daisy Buchannan. This song is perfectly captures the character of Daisy. The contextual factors of 'new age' show us the unpredictable nature of the novel, of the age in fact.
    The religious conisations of 'Dear Lord, when I get to heaven please let me bring my man' are simply ironic and effective. Gatsby is indeed, a novel without God therefore the fickle treatment of higher power shows the pursuit of aesthetics as oppose to morality.


    Mini essay on how Lana Del Rey's Young and Beautiful symbolises a lot of the book haha!
    weirdnesson June 05, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:I know this song is from the Great Gatbsy movie and I haven't seen it yet. But I feel like adding my interpretation from personal experience.

    To me it's a beautiful and soft cry. It reminds me of longing for someone in the initial stages of a relationship, and sensing something from them, almost knowing something about them that prohibits you from believing in their love. Yet, you give in all the same without knowing. Almost convincing yourself "I know you will (be true)". The phrase "young and beautiful" is just an excuse, a fitting one, in the circumstances that shapes your limits with them as well as your hope in them. It helps you enjoy and live the moment (away from a truth you sense from them). That sentence "until I've got nothing but my aching soul" sums up how much hope she's investing just to love him. A cry of hope, almost to the Universe, to carry them through. She's trying to be positive for both of them because his attention brings her so much joy as if it's as genuine as it could get. It could be enough for both of them to escape into it forever. But that's the problem, they're escaping in every senese.. which is why she can't help asking till the end of the song "will you still love me?..." but there's no bitterness between them, as so much has been opened up and understood between that there is no room for bitterness. They understand each other. That's the blessing and problem. In her voice... you can almost here a positive hoping that the soul transcends and all will be right but at the same time that is what's sickening and draws them to the grave, each other... that sadness, lesson, betrayal. Those are the things that will make sure they will be. No other way is there a positive glimpse into the unanswerable.
    anonymous2010on June 15, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:This song is very self explained, but she's just asking her man if he will still love here when she's no longer young and beautiful, or when she all she has is her soul. But she knows he will. Then she's asking God if when she gets to heaven, that can she bring him with her, cause she cant bare to be without him.

    My favorite part is "Oh that grace, oh that body, oh that face, makes me wanna party." I love that part!
    piper888on April 26, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:bel-air is a city in the los angeles county
    lostinlyfon May 16, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Lana just made a new Fan....
    pandyamon June 23, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation:I think most people forget certain parts of the song. Besides it being a self contained song, "Will [he] still love [her] when [she's] no longer young and beautiful" it has the part about the aching soul. Love is love. Attraction is attraction. Two separate entities all together. I look at me and my girlfriend. 60 years from now, will she be "attractive" having aged and all? Probably won't be the definition, or even remotely close, of attractive, but I will still love her. This is where the aching soul part comes in. You have the physical attributes that make you want someone. Then you find their person, their soul to complete the rest. You fall in love. But we all have issues, mistakes, regrets, etc.. When the beauty fades, all you still have left with you are said issues, mistakes, regrets, etc.. We all have to be realistic in the overall mating ritual that is man, we see first, then we approach and then we get to know them. That's just he way it is. So that said, without the first thing that made them approach you, that drove them to you, all gone, and you are left with just mistakes, memories, regrets, maybe some hurting that you did to them, or hurting that they did to you, will there still be love? Narrator, LDR, understands it so too."All that grace, all that body All that face, makes me wanna party" I do find it fascinating though that she want him to be that way into death. Maybe without those good looks, the shell that remains no longer make her want to party?
    jobzombion August 27, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation:This definitely has to be from Gatsby's point of view to Daisy; as she was the rather shallow, money-obsessed of the two, I think this really speaks to Gatsby's intense idealism and insistence upon revisiting the past, while maybe having an inkling that Daisy's affections are more fleeting than they seem. The wistfulness is just spot-on for Gatsby's character.
    MissIscarioton September 06, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I've seen the world, done it all… Had my cake now, Diamonds… = Daisy’s current life with Tom
    Hot summer nights…When you and I were forever wild, The crazy days…The way you'd play with me like a child = Her younger days flirting with Gatsby
    Will you still love me, When I'm no longer young and beautiful?...When I've got nothing but my aching soul?...I know you will… = Gatsby is unrelenting in his love for Daisy forever as he once said “I am forever wed to her…” while Tom cheats on her and probably will not still love her.
    I've seen the world, lit it up, As my stage now, Changeling angels in a new age now = sees the way “new money” live their lives compared to her “old money” life style.
    ….The way you play for me at your show, And all the ways, I got to know, Your pretty face and electric soul = Gatsby through an exotic party every night to get Daisy’s attention.
    Dear lord, when I get to heaven, Please let me bring my man… = Gatsby is living a life of crime as a bootlegger/ gangster with all the lies and stealing, he probably wouldn't go to heaven.
    All that grace, all that body, All that face, makes me wanna party, He's my sun, he makes me shine like diamonds = How Daisy is still infatuated with him for his money and good looks, but he still is of poor blood. Gatsby uses a lot of resources to make her happy. Daisy is just using Gatsby for a fun fling because she cannot bring herself to leave Tom.
    sedawenon September 11, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Great explaination sedawen... but the last part 'All that grace, all that body, All that face, makes me wanna party, He's my sun, he makes me shine like diamonds' i think its meaning is quite simple... unlike movie...
    daisy did wrong certainly but gatsby did lied to her about his profession... and she lied about her only love... what if that accident wud have not happenned and daisy wud have known about tom's affair... gatsby wud have taken daisy in the end..
    However moral of the story is no matter how rich or famous u have become... in the end u will take nothing and will be alone... gatsby betrayed his parents assuming himself god's child then why he put that much faith and hope in a strange girl... god's child is always alone... forever wed was a blame game... gatsby wasnt really great... he does everything for his love abandoning those who loved him even before he was born... this is KARMA
    feelingextremetieson December 26, 2013   Link
  • -1
    My Interpretation:I think the constant repetition of "I know you will" brings out the effects quite perfectly. She is convincing herself that his love for her is eternal and stuff. Even the religious connotation of her begging to a God that he will allow him in shows that God wont allow him in. So I think this shows how she is clinging on their love that she wishes to be true, faithful and eternal when in fact, it is not.
    Lemoon June 30, 2013   Link

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