"I had a song on my mind that I wanted to write," the musician wrote in her post

By Carmen DiPippo
August 06, 2019 06:50 PM
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Lana Del Rey was so affected by this past weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, that she wrote a song in response.

Late Monday, the singer posted a clip to Instagram of her singing live in studio, with her producer Jack Antonoff on guitar.

The video, which has over 1 million views on Instagram, was a quick, unedited shot of the soft ballad, containing the lyrics “I’m still looking for my own version of America/ One without the gun, where the flag can freely fly/Only fireworks when you and I collide/ It’s just a dream I had in mind,” according to Rolling Stone.

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She added in the post “I had a song on my mind that I wanted to write. I know I’m not a politician and I’m not trying to be so excuse me for having an opinion⁠—but in light of all of the mass shootings and the back to back shootings in the last couple of days which really affected me on a cellular level I just wanted to post this video that our engineer Laura took 20 minutes ago. I hope you like it.”


Del Rey, 34, is set to release Norman F—ing Rockwell, her sixth studio album, on Aug. 30. Her tour supporting the album kicks off Sept. 21, and she’ll be performing all across the US and Canada through February 2020.

It’s unclear whether “Looking for America” will be included on her album or be a part of her upcoming tour.

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