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Carmen
Lana Del Rey Lyrics


Darling, darling, doesn't have a problem
Lying to herself 'cause her liquor's top shelf
It's alarming, honestly how charming she can be
Fooling everyone, telling Hum she's having fun

She says, "you don't want to be like me
Don't wanna see all the things I've seen"
I'm dying, I'm dying
She says, "you don't want to get this way
Famous, and dumb, at an early age
Lyingm I'm lying

The boys, the girls, they all like Carmen
She gives them butterflies, bats her cartoon eyes
She laughs like God, her mind's like a diamond
Buy her tonight, she's still shining
Like lightning, oh, like lightning

Carmen, Carmen, staying up 'til morning
Only seventeen, but she walks the streets so mean
It's alarming, truly, how disarming you can be
Eating soft ice cream, Coney Island queen
She says, "you don't want to be like me
Looking for fun, get me high for free
I'm dying, I'm dying"
She says, "you don't want to get this way
Street walk at night, and a star by day"

It's tiring, tiring

The boys, the girls, they all like Carmen
She gives them butterflies, bats her cartoon eyes
She laughs like God, her mind's like a diamond
Buy her tonight, she's still shining
Like lightning, oh, like lightning

Baby's all dressed up with nowhere to go
That's the little story of the girl you know
Relying on the kindness of strangers
Tyin' cherry knots, smilin', doin' party favors
Put your red dress on, put your lipstick on
Sing your song, song, now, the camera's on
And you're alive again

Mon amour, je sais que tu m'aimes aussi
Tu as besoin de moi
Tu as besoin de moi dans ta vie
Tu ne peux vivre sans moi
Et je mourrais sans toi
Je tuerais pour toi

The boys, the girls, they all like Carmen
She gives them butterflies, bats her cartoon eyes
She laughs like God, her mind's like a diamond
Buy her tonight, she's still shining
Like lightning, oh, like lightning

Like lightning, oh, like lightning

Darling, darling, doesn't have a problem
Lying to herself 'cause her liquor's top shelf

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Elizabeth Grant, Justin Parker, Lana Del Ray

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Martha Lang

Son unos de los mejores DaTeUs.UnO
los mortales abian apreciado tan hermosa mujer
Megan: ''Hotter''
Hopi: ''Sweeter''
Joonie: ''Cooler''
Yoongi: ''Butter''



Senada: ''Hermoso.''
Amor. ''Momentos.''
Jamas.: ''Corazon.''
Habara.: ''Sostengo. .''


Son unos de los mejores conciertos, no puede ir pero de tan solo verlos desde pantalla, se que estuvo sorprendente.
hay nomas pa ra reirse un rato y no estar triste y estresado por la vida dura que se vive hoy..
Tu..belleza.viaja.al.universo.se.reune.con.estrellas.
y.luceros...tu.mirada.enamora.al.sol.....tu.hermosura.quedara.por..una.eternidad.en.los.corazonede.
tus.admiradores......feliz
Navidad.y.noche.buena....mis.respeto.para.todas.las.mujes.del.mundo...saludos..al.fin.del.mundo. ..



ALİ YILDIRIM

LYRİCS ^^^

Darling, darling, doesn't have a problem
Lying to herself 'cause her liquor's top shelf
It's alarming, honestly how charming she can be
Fooling everyone, telling Hum she's having fun
She says, "you don't want to be like me
Don't wanna see all the things I've seen"
I'm dying, I'm dying
She says, "you don't want to get this way
Famous, and dumb, at an early age
Lyingm I'm lying
The boys, the girls, they all like Carmen
She gives them butterflies, bats her cartoon eyes
She laughs like God, her mind's like a diamond
Buy her tonight, she's still shining
Like lightning, oh, like lightning
Carmen, Carmen, staying up 'til morning
Only seventeen, but she walks the streets so mean
It's alarming, truly, how disarming you can be
Eating soft ice cream, Coney Island queen
She says, "you don't want to be like me
Looking for fun, get me high for free
I'm dying, I'm dying"
She says, "you don't want to get this way
Street walk at night, and a star by day"
It's tiring, tiring
The boys, the girls, they all like Carmen
She gives them butterflies, bats her cartoon eyes
She laughs like God, her mind's like a diamond
Buy her tonight, she's still shining
Like lightning, oh, like lightning
Baby's all dressed up with nowhere to go
That's the little story of the girl you know
Relying on the kindness of strangers
Tyin' cherry knots, smilin', doin' party favors
Put your red dress on, put your lipstick on
Sing your song, song, now, the camera's on
And you're alive again
Mon amour, je sais que tu m'aimes aussi
Tu as besoin de moi
Tu as besoin de moi dans ta vie
Tu ne peux vivre sans moi
Et je mourrais sans toi
Je tuerais pour toi
The boys, the girls, they all like Carmen
She gives them butterflies, bats her cartoon eyes
She laughs like God, her mind's like a diamond
Buy her tonight, she's still shining
Like lightning, oh, like lightning
Like lightning, oh, like lightning
Darling, darling, doesn't have a problem
Lying to herself 'cause her liquor's top shelf



Lenciakq

Darling, darling, doesn't have a problem
Lying to herself 'cause her liquor's top shelf
It's alarming, honestly how charming she can be
Fooling everyone, telling Hum she's having fun
She says, "you don't want to be like me
Don't wanna see all the things I've seen"
I'm dying, I'm dying
She says, "you don't want to get this way
Famous, and dumb, at an early age
Lyingm I'm lying
The boys, the girls, they all like Carmen
She gives them butterflies, bats her cartoon eyes
She laughs like God, her mind's like a diamond
Buy her tonight, she's still shining
Like lightning, oh, like lightning
Carmen, Carmen, staying up 'til morning
Only seventeen, but she walks the streets so mean
It's alarming, truly, how disarming you can be
Eating soft ice cream, Coney Island queen
She says, "you don't want to be like me
Looking for fun, get me high for free
I'm dying, I'm dying"
She says, "you don't want to get this way
Street walk at night, and a star by day"
It's tiring, tiring
The boys, the girls, they all like Carmen
She gives them butterflies, bats her cartoon eyes
She laughs like God, her mind's like a diamond
Buy her tonight, she's still shining
Like lightning, oh, like lightning
Baby's all dressed up with nowhere to go
That's the little story of the girl you know
Relying on the kindness of strangers
Tyin' cherry knots, smilin', doin' party favors
Put your red dress on, put your lipstick on
Sing your song, song, now, the camera's on
And you're alive again
Mon amour, je sais que tu m'aimes aussi
Tu as besoin de moi
Tu as besoin de moi dans ta vie
Tu ne peux vivre sans moi
Et je mourrais sans toi
Je tuerais pour toi
The boys, the girls, they all like Carmen
She gives them butterflies, bats her cartoon eyes
She laughs like God, her mind's like a diamond
Buy her tonight, she's still shining
Like lightning, oh, like lightning
Like lightning, oh, like lightning
Darling, darling, doesn't have a problem
Lying to herself 'cause her liquor's top shelf



Velvet Goldmine

Surface layer of this song: A beautiful melancholic troubled girl who captures everyone’s attention. Perhaps Lana herself.

Second layer: Carmen is a song about substance addiction at its core, alcohol is referenced directly in the lyrics of the song, but there is a 3rd layer as well.

Third layer: Meth. This song and it’s lyrics are about methamphetamine. Carmen is a synonym for Meth. You can see it in the lyrics, especially in the unreleased demo:

“She’s like a light that you can’t turn off
She’s gettin’ too bright and you need to stop.
But you can’t turn off, and you’re getting hot
And your body keeps twistin’ movin’ twistin’ movin’ shakin’, yeah.
Dance til’ dawn, yeah you dance til’ you drop.
Carmen, Carmen, doesn’t have a problem foolin’ everyone when inside you know you’re dyin’.”

Conclusion: Carmen is a song telling 3 perspectives at once… the drug, the addiction, and the user. Excellent writing.

0:53



Rubi Lopez

Darling, darling, doesn't have a problem
Lying to herself 'cause her liquor's top shelf
It's alarming, honestly how charming she can be
Fooling everyone, telling Hum she's having fun
She says, "you don't want to be like me
Don't wanna see all the things I've seen"
I'm dying, I'm dying
She says, "you don't want to get this way
Famous, and dumb, at an early age
Lyingm I'm lying
The boys, the girls, they all like Carmen
She gives them butterflies, bats her cartoon eyes
She laughs like God, her mind's like a diamond
Buy her tonight, she's still shining
Like lightning, oh, like lightning
Carmen, Carmen, staying up 'til morning
Only seventeen, but she walks the streets so mean
It's alarming, truly, how disarming you can be
Eating soft ice cream, Coney Island queen
She says, "you don't want to be like me
Looking for fun, get me high for free
I'm dying, I'm dying"
She says, "you don't want to get this way
Street walk at night, and a star by day"
It's tiring, tiring
The boys, the girls, they all like Carmen
She gives them butterflies, bats her cartoon eyes
She laughs like God, her mind's like a diamond
Buy her tonight, she's still shining
Like lightning, oh, like lightning
Baby's all dressed up with nowhere to go
That's the little story of the girl you know
Relying on the kindness of strangers
Tyin' cherry knots, smilin', doin' party favors
Put your red dress on, put your lipstick on
Sing your song, song, now, the camera's on
And you're alive again
Mon amour, je sais que tu m'aimes aussi
Tu as besoin de moi
Tu as besoin de moi dans ta vie
Tu ne peux vivre sans moi
Et je mourrais sans toi
Je tuerais pour toi
The boys, the girls, they all like Carmen
She gives them butterflies, bats her cartoon eyes
She laughs like God, her mind's like a diamond
Buy her tonight, she's still shining
Like lightning, oh, like lightning
Like lightning, oh, like lightning
Darling, darling, doesn't have a problem
Lying to herself 'cause her liquor's top shelf



Cuckoo

For anybody who is interested in a bit of context from a literature student, I'll explain how Carmen is what 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame', 'Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego', Jessica Rabbit, and 'The Matrix' all have in common.

'Carmen', originally an 1845 novel, features a beautiful black-haired gypsy woman in a red dress - an outcast isolated from her own culture of outcasts, and a symbol of exoticness, eroticism, mysticism, mystery and, above all, freedom (both involuntary, and self-fulfilled). Freedom from social constraints (for her situation as an outcast), and freedom from romantic commitment. She is effectively voiceless to the reader, her dialogue communicated only through the male narrators, never through her directly, and her loveliness drives the male characters around her to action, then to conflict - eventually leading to her own death at the hands of a man who realises he can't have her. But the idea and ideal of Carmen persists - and, as a symbol and an archetype rather than a character, she even escapes her own death in transcending the novel itself.

Now, Carmen - the archetype of a (usually) voiceless, exotic, isolated/outcast female figure of mystery, attractiveness and often mysticism, that seldom takes action or speaks for herself, at least as far as the story or narrative goes, but drives others to take action or speak for her - is a recognised literary trope that recurs again and again in art and entertainment, in every medium, right up until the present day. She is kept alive only by the artist, and has no persistent identity but that which the artist imposes on her.

In 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?', Jessica Rabbit herself even says "I'm not bad- I'm just drawn this way". 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' has a more proactive and freedom-positive incarnation of Carmen in Esmeralda (who actually herself must help another outcast break free of his bonds), whose attractiveness drives Frollo to burn down all of Paris if he can't have her, and the line 'the sun caught in her raven hair' fro Frollo's iconic song comes almost directly from the 1845 novel's description of Carmen. The connection to the red-clad Carmen Sandiego is obvious (indeed, she's seemingly impossible to catch, and the player must chase her all over the world), and The Woman in the Red Dress from 'The Matrix' is another great example- she 'doesn't talk much', and literally exists only to distract Neo and herald the introduction of conflict in the training simulation.

Considering this song was released in an album with Lolita - another song named after a voiceless female literary character who unintentionally drives a man to desperate actions for love - I'm inclined to think Lana Del Rey knows her classic literature quite well.



Raptorminor 10

Darling, darling, doesn't have a problem
Lying to herself 'cause her liquor's top shelf
It's alarming, honestly how charming she can be
Fooling everyone, telling Hum she's having fun
She says, "you don't want to be like me
Don't wanna see all the things I've seen"
I'm dying, I'm dying
She says, "you don't want to get this way
Famous, and dumb, at an early age
Lyingm I'm lying
The boys, the girls, they all like Carmen
She gives them butterflies, bats her cartoon eyes
She laughs like God, her mind's like a diamond
Buy her tonight, she's still shining
Like lightning, oh, like lightning
Carmen, Carmen, staying up 'til morning
Only seventeen, but she walks the streets so mean
It's alarming, truly, how disarming you can be
Eating soft ice cream, Coney Island queen
She says, "you don't want to be like me
Looking for fun, get me high for free
I'm dying, I'm dying"
She says, "you don't want to get this way
Street walk at night, and a star by day"
It's tiring, tiring
The boys, the girls, they all like Carmen
She gives them butterflies, bats her cartoon eyes
She laughs like God, her mind's like a diamond
Buy her tonight, she's still shining
Like lightning, oh, like lightning
Baby's all dressed up with nowhere to go
That's the little story of the girl you know
Relying on the kindness of strangers
Tyin' cherry knots, smilin', doin' party favors
Put your red dress on, put your lipstick on
Sing your song, song, now, the camera's on
And you're alive again
Mon amour, je sais que tu m'aimes aussi
Tu as besoin de moi
Tu as besoin de moi dans ta vie
Tu ne peux vivre sans moi
Et je mourrais sans toi
Je tuerais pour toi
The boys, the girls, they all like Carmen
She gives them butterflies, bats her cartoon eyes
She laughs like God, her mind's like a diamond
Buy her tonight, she's still shining
Like lightning, oh, like lightning
Like lightning, oh, like lightning
Darling, darling, doesn't have a problem
Lying to herself 'cause her liquor's top shelf



All comments from YouTube:

DREAMING AWAy yOUR LIfE

This isn’t just a song, this is a story

Mark Chayer

@yuri did you read anything I said🤣holy shit you can’t read.

yuri

@Mark Chayer it’s not a song for children dumb fuck

dae

True

The white queen

@Mark Chayer never asked

Mark Chayer

@The white queen you made an incorrect statement by calling me a child and now I did it back to you.

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Nina faradzova

So Aesthetic before aesthetic even a thing

Brittany

What an idiotic comment.

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@Earth2 Yonni You definitely were a kitty girl and had no friends

𝒕𝒂𝒚𝒍𝒂𝒑𝒆𝒅𝒊𝒂♡︎

@daniel 🥔 you don't realize there is 100s of different aesthetics

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