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Driving in Cars with Boys
Lana Del Rey Lyrics


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They say I'm wasting time,
They say that I'm no good.
Summer of my life,
Not doing what I should.

Call me poison ivy,
'Cause I'm far from good,
Pretty from afar,
Like a dark star.

They say I'm dangerous,
They think I'm really bad.
I'm just making up,
For what I never had.

Go out every night,
Whenever I feel sad.
Oh, this drive by love,
Got me crazy like a drug.

I wear my red lipstick,
Got my make up on,
Stumble into trouble,
Siren with a sad song.

They all got girlfriends,
But I'm the one that they want.
Miss America with,
The blue mascara on.

I spent my whole life,
Driving in cars with boys.
Riding 'round town,
Drinking in the white noise.
Used to talk about,
Where we'd be and,
Where we'd go,
Now we know,
Baby, now we know.

I spent my whole life,
Wasted in bars with boys.
Playing rock 'n' roll,
Dancing in the loud noise.
Used to talk about,
Where we'd be and,
Where we'd go,
Now we know,
Baby, now we know.

Mommy's mercedes,
Or Billy's pickup truck?
Come home late at night,
And baby picks me up.

Tell them just drive on,
And d-don't ever stop!
Don't take me home again,
Take me to a new land.

I wear my red lipstick,
Grab my coat and gun.
Wonder if this is it,
It's darkest before dawn.

Sometimes I wanna give in,
But I just have to go on.
Miss America, now I'm gone,
Baby, gone.

I spent my whole life,
Driving in cars with boys.
Riding 'round town,
Drinking in the white noise.
Used to talk about,
Where we'd be and,
Where we'd go,
Now we know,
Baby, now we know.

I spent my whole life,
Wasted in bars with boys.
Playing rock 'n' roll,
Dancing in the loud noise.
Used to talk about,
Where we'd be and,
Where we'd go,
Now we know,
Baby, now we know.

I was born to live fast,
Die young,
Leave a beautiful corpse,
Live my life on the run.

I got my cash and my
Louis Vuitton,
Diamonds and guns,
Girls just wanna, just,
Wanna have fun.

I spent my whole life,
Driving in cars with boys.
Riding 'round town,
Drinking in the white noise.
Used to talk about,
Where we'd be and,
Where we'd go.

I spent my whole life,
Driving in cars with boys.
Riding 'round town,
Drinking in the white noise.
Used to talk about,
Where we'd be and,
Where we'd go,
Now we know,
Baby, now we know.

I spent my whole life,
Wasted in bars with boys.
Playing rock 'n' roll,
Dancing in the loud noise.
Used to talk about,
Where we'd be and,
Where we'd go,
Now we know,
Baby, now we know.

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Lana Del Rey's song "Driving In Cars With Boys" depict a rebellious and carefree lifestyle that can be seen as equal parts thrilling and dangerous. The singer of the song is described as being misunderstood and labeled as dangerous or a bad influence, despite just trying to make up for lost time and experiences. The singer's antics involve going out every night to forget her troubles, wearing red lipstick and dark makeup, and stumbling into trouble while singing sad songs.


The chorus of the song repeats the phrase "I spent my whole life driving in cars with boys," symbolizing the singer's tendency to seek adventure and escape through reckless relationships with men. Whether riding around town drinking in the "white noise" or wasting time in bars with boys, the singer is ultimately searching for something more. She wants to leave her hometown and start a new life, telling her driver to "take me to a new land," even as she acknowledges the risks of her lifestyle: "I was born to live fast, die young, leave a beautiful corpse, live my life on the run."


Overall, the lyrics of "Driving In Cars With Boys" are a powerful expression of the need for freedom and adventure, even at the risk of being misunderstood or labeled as dangerous.


Line by Line Meaning

They say I'm wasting time,
People tell me that I'm not using my time wisely.


They say that I'm no good.
People think that I'm a bad person.


Summer of my life,
This is the best time of my life.


Not doing what I should.
I'm not living up to society's expectations of what I should be doing.


Call me poison ivy,
People see me as a dangerous person, like the plant.


'Cause I'm far from good,
I admit that I'm not a good person.


Pretty from afar,
I may appear beautiful from a distance.


Like a dark star.
But there's something dark and destructive about me.


They say I'm dangerous,
People see me as a threat.


They think I'm really bad.
People have a negative opinion of me.


I'm just making up,
I'm trying to make up for something I lack.


For what I never had.
I'm compensating for something missing in my life.


Go out every night,
I go out every night to distract myself from sadness.


Whenever I feel sad.
I feel sad a lot.


Oh, this drive by love,
This idea of love is like a quick fix, like a drive-by.


Got me crazy like a drug.
It's addicting and driving me insane.


I wear my red lipstick,
I use makeup to enhance my appearance.


Got my make up on,
I've applied makeup to my face.


Stumble into trouble,
I often find myself in bad situations.


Siren with a sad song.
My voice is like a siren's, but the lyrics are sad.


They all got girlfriends,
The boys I hang out with have girlfriends.


But I'm the one that they want.
But they desire me more than their girlfriends.


Miss America with,
I have a beauty queen-like appearance.


The blue mascara on.
I'm wearing blue mascara.


I spent my whole life,
I've spent all of my life doing something.


Driving in cars with boys.
I've spent my life riding in cars with boys.


Riding 'round town,
We drive around aimlessly.


Drinking in the white noise.
We drink and listen to loud music to escape reality.


Used to talk about,
We used to discuss things.


Where we'd be and,
We talked about where we wanted to be in life.


Where we'd go,
We talked about where we wanted to travel to.


Now we know,
We have since found out.


Baby, now we know.
We've learned our lessons.


Wasted in bars with boys.
I've spent my life in bars with boys.


Playing rock 'n' roll,
We listen to and play loud music.


Dancing in the loud noise.
We dance in the noisy environment.


Mommy's mercedes,
My mother's car.


Or Billy's pickup truck?
Or my boyfriend's truck?


Come home late at night,
I come home after spending all night out.


And baby picks me up.
And my boyfriend comes to get me.


Tell them just drive on,
Tell the driver to keep going.


And d-don't ever stop!
And don't stop the car, let's keep going.


Don't take me home again,
I don't want to go back home.


Take me to a new land.
Take me to a place I've never been before.


Grab my coat and gun.
I grab my things and get ready to leave.


Wonder if this is it,
I'm not sure if this is the end.


It's darkest before dawn.
Things often get worse before they get better.


Sometimes I wanna give in,
I sometimes feel like giving up.


But I just have to go on.
But I know I have to keep going.


Miss America, now I'm gone,
I used to be like Miss America, but now I'm gone.


Baby, gone.
I'm gone for good.


I was born to live fast,
I was meant to live a fast-paced life.


Die young,
And die young.


Leave a beautiful corpse,
But at least leave something beautiful behind.


Live my life on the run.
Live a life filled with adventure and movement.


I got my cash and my
I have money and possessions.


Louis Vuitton,
Including a Louis Vuitton bag.


Diamonds and guns,
I have both expensive jewelry and weapons.


Girls just wanna, just,
Girls just want to have fun.


Wanna have fun.
They want to enjoy life.




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M U

They say I'm wasting time, they said that I'm no good
Story of my life, not doing what I should
Call me poison ivy cause I'm far from good
Pretty from afar, like a dark star

They think I'm dangerous, they think I'm really bad,
I'm just making up for what I never had
Go out every night whenever I feel sad
All this drive by love got me crazy like a drug

I wear my red lipstick, got my make up on
I'm Miss America now I'm gone, baby, gone

I spent my whole life driving in cars with boys,
Riding 'round town drinking in the white noise
Used to talk about where we'd been and where we'd go.
Now we know, baby, now we know
Spent my whole life wasted in bars with boys
Playing rock 'n' roll dancing in the loud noise
Used to talk about where we'd been and where we'd go.
Now we know, baby, now we know

Mommy's Mercedes or Billy's pickup truck
I call em all late at night, baby fix me up
Told them just drive on and d-don't ever stop
Don't take me home again, take me to a new land

I wear my red lipstick, got my coat and gun
I'm Miss America now I'm gone, baby, gone.

I spent my whole life driving in cars with boys,
Riding 'round town drinking in the white noise
Used to talk about where we'd been and where we'd go.
Now we know, baby, now we know
Spent my whole life wasted in bars with boys
Playing rock n roll dancing in the loud noise
Used to talk about where we'd been and where we'd go.
Now we know, baby, now we know

I was born to live fast die young
Leave a beautiful corpse, live my life on the run
Got my cash, my Loui Vuitton, diamonds, and guns
Girls just wanna, just wanna have fun

I spent my whole life driving in cars with boys,
Riding 'round town drinking in the white noise
Used to talk about where we'd been and where we'd go.

I spent my whole life driving in cars with boys,
Riding 'round town drinking in the white noise
Used to talk about where we'd been and where we'd go.
Now we know, baby, now we know
Spent my whole life wasted in bars with boys
Playing rock n roll dancing in the loud noise
Used to talk about where we'd been and where we'd go.
Now we know, baby, now we know



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Stacia Nugent

WE NEED AN ULTRAVIOLENCE PT.2 IMMEDIATELY 😭😭😭

Nick

IMMEDIATELY LIKE NOW

Étienne

We have more leaked UV songs than there are tracks on the album now 😭

Jako Otoniel

😭😭😭😭

༺V༻

And call it “did you know that ultraviolence is still floating over the west coast” or sumn

peyote

I'VE BEEN SAYING

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Sabrina

I get why this wasn't on UV, it doesn't really fit the overall vibe, even with the rework. I will NEVER understand how it wasn't on BTD, though. Can you imagine this song right before "This is what makes us girls"?? Iconic af

hospitalcakewalk

It was also fan made and isn't a real version...

F

the vibes of the original song fits the honeymoon, close to music to watch boys. I agree that this version doesn't fit the ultra at all. Is good tho

Matthew

@hospitalcakewalk what version are you talking about?

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