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Lana Del Rey Swims With An Alligator – Official ‘Blue Jeans’ Video

One truly doesn’t need a PhD in psychology to understand the dark undertones of my darling Lana Del Rey’s video for Blue Jeans. The video, shot in dreamy black and white, transports us once again to a time that doesn’t entirely feel like today, but rather Lana Time.  Perhaps the moment in time is best described in Lana’s own words, L.A.Crass.

Would someone please hit the lights so we can watch together as a class?

So.  How do we feel about this video? Aside from the cinematic beauty and Lana’s eyes alternately expressing love, sadness, calm and perhaps dread, I don’t believe the Blue Jeans boy murdered Lana, as some music reviewers are claiming.  (How banal and literal can one get?)  Rather, I see a vivid portrayal the sometimes wild appeal of a potentially dangerous relationship evolves into–be it sexual, physical and most certainly emotional.

Alligators can be interpreted as predatory lovers in our dreams:

An alligator, like a crocodile, in dreams is a symbol of primitive male sexuality, due to its large tail, rigid skin and aggressive behavior during mating season. It is a dangerous animal, which “lurks” in murky water, and can attack without warning. They are common symbols for an aggressive suitor or someone who was or may be hurtful in a romantic relationship.

We, the voyeurs, are peeking through the bushes and witnessing what most of us have experienced ourselves: a deep, crazed, unhealthy relationship that feels like it may kill us slowly with each passing day, but it feels horribly exhilarating and addictive. We truly feel we will “love you til the end of time” during that ultimately destructive bondage.

Raise your hand if you prefer a healthy, loving and drama-free relationship.  That said, I love reading Lana’s “diaries”, don’t you?