"Brooklyn Baby (Ultraviolence)" as written by and Elizabeth Grant Barrie-james O'neill....
They say I'm too young to love you
I don't know what I need
They think I don't understand
The freedom land of the seventies
I think I'm too cool to know ya
You say I'm like the ice I freeze
I'm churning out novels like
Beat poetry on Amphetamines
I say
I say

Well, my boyfriend's in the band
He plays guitar while I sing Lou Reed
I've got feathers in my hair
I get down to Beat poetry
And my jazz collection's rare
I can play most anything
I'm a Brooklyn baby
I'm a Brooklyn baby

They say I'm too young to love you
You say I'm too dumb to see
They judge me like a picture book
By the colors, like they forgot to read
I think we're like fire and water
I think we're like the wind and sea
You're burning up, I'm cooling down
You're up, I'm down
You're blind, I see
But I'm free
Ooh, I'm free

Well, my boyfriend's in the band
He plays guitar while I sing Lou Reed
I've got feathers in my hair
I get down to Beat poetry
And my jazz collection's rare
I can play most anything
I'm a Brooklyn baby
I'm a Brooklyn baby

I’m talking about my generation
Talking about that newer nation
And if you don't like it
You can beat it
Beat it, baby
You never liked the way I said it
If you don't get it, then forget it
So I don't have to fucking explain it

And my boyfriend’s in the band
He plays guitar while I sing Lou Reed
I've got feathers in my hair
I get high on hydroponic weed
And my jazz collection’s rare
I get down to beat poetry
I'm a Brooklyn baby
I'm a Brooklyn baby

Yeah my boyfriend's pretty cool
But he's not as cool as me
'Cause I'm a Brooklyn baby
I'm a Brooklyn baby


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"Brooklyn Baby" as written by Barrie-james O'neill Elizabeth Grant

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  • +9
    My InterpretationThis song overall, in my opinion, is poking fun of/satirizing stereotypical Brooklyn hipsters. This isn't a problem for me, considering that I am not a Brooklyn hipster, or a hipster in general, and it's really not offensive or malicious in it's tone. Some might take offense, but the way I see it, they don't really see that this song is firmly tongue in cheek.

    "They say I'm too young to love you
    they say I don't know what I need
    They think I don't understand the freedom land of the seventies"

    This set of lyrics could be seen is two ways.
    1. She's in love with an older man who thinks she's too young and naive
    2. She says she likes a '70's artist and the people from that time tell her that she doesn't understand the music or what that time was like
    Personally, I think it's the latter, considering the context of the song.

    Also, lyrics like:
    "I sing Lou Reed"
    "My jazz collections rad"
    "I get down to beat poetry"
    "I get high on hydroponic weed"
    "I'm a Brooklyn Baby"
    Really drive the point home, to me, that she's singing about being a Brooklyn hipster.
    Barracudaon June 12, 2014   Link
  • +5
    My InterpretationI actually believe this song is satire.

    Take every Brooklyn hipster or the cast of say, Girls, and the whole thing is essentially a parody of them/the hipster culture.

    aka Hipsters will tell people all about how unique or ironic they are by listening to indie music or oldies they've re-discovered and claimed as 'cool'. The line, 'My boyfriend's pretty cool... But he's not as cool as me', is quentissential hipster talk.

    Same with 'if you dont like it then forget it.' Clearly youre not worth the explanation & said hipster is too cool for you.

    I tend to think that Lana is aware she fits with the 'hipster' culture, but I don't think she's stupid. For that reason, i don't see the lyrics as an intent to be literal. At all.
    DTLAcitygirlon September 27, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLana showing how cool she is.
    barefooton June 10, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is probably about her and her relationship with Barrie, who is also featured in this song.
    GoddessofLoveon June 11, 2014   Link

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