I've seen the world, done it all
Had my cake now
Diamonds, brilliant, in 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've 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 a new age now
Hot summer days, rock and 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've 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
All that grace, all that body
All 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've 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" as written by Rick Nowels Elizabeth Grant

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  • +10
    My InterpretationAs 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
  • +4
    General CommentI 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
  • +3
    General CommentThis 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!
    piecexoon April 26, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is so underrated it is RIDICULOUS! It captures the very essence of The Great Gatsby brilliantly. It is from the perspective of Daisy Buchanan, the character and the symbol. Daisy is the reason for Gatsby's everything. She's a pretentious snob; beautiful, unattainable. What does she mean? She IS money, wealth, success. Poor boys can't date rich girls, so Gatsby becomes s billionaire to have her finally, but even that isn't enough. IT IS NEVER ENOUGH! All those shirts, the parties, the money; he will never be good enough. Will you still love me when I'm no longer young and beautiful? It's rhetorical...it's a siren song...he'll never know her when she's no longer young and beautiful because he'll die before he gets that chance. Daisy only has power because he gives it to her...he makes her shine like diamonds and not the other way around...dear Lord when I get to Heaven...that is the promise of salvation she is suppose to give but of course does not...because in the end, money can't buy you those things. Your soul is your responsibility and you can't find it in someone or something else. Daisy is the American Dream, a facade to distract us from the real work. She is what you think you want, young and beautiful, until she is not. She gets old and no longer desirable...pulling the proverbial curtain up and seeing the wizard is no wizard, just a flawed and pathetic man with power only because you give it to him; like God.
    Vvvy1978on March 20, 2016   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI 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
  • +1
    General Commentbel-air is a city in the los angeles county
    lostinlyfon May 17, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like to think of this as in Daisy's perspective. We all know that good things must to an end. Daisy is stunning, young, beautiful, and rich. But I think in end, she wants someone who will love her no matter what and deep in her heart, she knows only Gatsby can grant her these things.
    She'll loose all her wealth in the end and all that will be left is her "aching soul".
    rwereon March 03, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song represents the reflections of Daisy Buchanan on her past, her present and future with Gatsby in a very obvious way.

    However, taken out of context, we could find other meanings to this song.

    "I’ve seen the world
    Done it all, had my cake now."
    The girl is growing up, she is getting older, gathering more experiences... She is not innocent anymore.
    "The crazy days, the city lights
    The way you’d play with me like a child"
    He had always handled her that way, as an innocent girl. It seems then legitimate for her to wonder : "Will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful"
    "Dear lord when I get to heaven
    Please let me bring my man
    When he comes tell me that you’ll let him
    Father tell me if you can"
    She's fairly certain she will go to heaven, but she begs God to let him go with her. 'Young and Beautiful' or, she was just too young to begin with.

    Lana Del Rey's song always have that 'daddy' feeling.
    allthatgraceon September 21, 2019   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLana just made a new Fan....
    pandyamon June 24, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song
    pooya.aon May 13, 2014   Link

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