Doin' Time
Lana Del Rey Lyrics


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Summertime, and the livin's easy
Bradley's on the microphone with Ras MG
All the people in the dance will agree
That we're well-qualified to represent the L.B.C
Me, me and Louie, we gonna run to the party
And dance to the rhythm, it gets harder

Me and my girl, we got this relationship
I love her so bad, but she treats me like shit
On lockdown, like a penitentiary
She spreads her lovin' all over
And when she gets home, there's none left for me

Summertime, and the livin's easy
Bradley's on the microphone with Ras MG
All the people in the dance will agree
That we're well-qualified to represent the L.B.C
Me, me and Louie, we gonna run to the party
And dance to the rhythm, it gets harder
(Harder, yeah, harder, yeah)

Oh, take this veil from off my eyes
My burning sun will, some day, rise
So, what am I gonna be doin' for a while?
Said, I'm gonna play with myself
Show them, now, we've come off the shelf

Summertime, and the livin's easy
Bradley's on the microphone with Ras MG
All the people in the dance will agree
That we're well-qualified to represent the L.B.C
Me, me and Louie, we gonna run to the party
And dance to the rhythm, it gets harder
(Harder, yeah, harder, yeah)

Evil, I've come to tell you that she's evil, most definitely
Evil, ornery, scandalous and evil, most definitely
The tension, it's getting hotter
I'd like to hold her head underwater
(Summertime)
(Ah, ah, ah)

Summertime, and the livin's easy
Bradley's on the microphone with Ras MG
All the people in the dance will agree
That we're well-qualified to represent the L.B.C




Me, me and Louie, we gonna run to the party
And dance to the rhythm, it gets harder

Overall Meaning

The song "Doin' Time" by Lana Del Rey is a cover of the hit 90s song by Sublime. The song starts with the lyrics "Summertime, and the livin's easy," which is a reference to the George Gershwin song "Summertime" from the opera Porgy and Bess. The song is about enjoying the carefree days of summer and partying with friends. Bradley Nowell, the lead singer of Sublime, is featured on the chorus of the song. He died before the song's release and the band was never able to perform the song live together.


However, the second verse reveals a darker side of the carefree summer days. The lyrics "Me and my girl, we got this relationship / I love her so bad, but she treats me like shit / On lockdown, like a penitentiary / She spreads her lovin' all over / And when she gets home, there's none left for me" depict a toxic relationship where the singer is being cheated on and mistreated. The chorus repeats, but with added emphasis on the line "the tension, it's getting hotter," revealing the growing frustration and anger in the situation.


The song's bridge is a departure from the summer theme and instead turns introspective. The lyrics "Oh, take this veil from off my eyes / My burning sun will, some day, rise / So, what am I gonna be doin' for a while? / Said, I'm gonna play with myself / Show them, now, we've come off the shelf" suggest the singer is looking to find clarity and a sense of purpose. The song ends with a repetition of the chorus and the addition of the line "evil, I've come to tell you that she's evil, most definitely," emphasizing the negative and harmful aspect of the relationship.


Overall, the song is a mixture of carefree summer days and the darker side of relationships, creating a complex and layered narrative.


Line by Line Meaning

Summertime, and the livin's easy
Life is good during the summer months


Bradley's on the microphone with Ras MG
Bradley is singing with Ras MG


All the people in the dance will agree
Everyone at the party will agree


That we're well-qualified to represent the L.B.C
We are the perfect representatives for Long Beach, California


Me, me and Louie, we gonna run to the party
Myself, Louie, and I are going to go to the party


And dance to the rhythm, it gets harder
We will dance to the music and the tempo will increase


Me and my girl, we got this relationship
My girlfriend and I have a certain dynamic between us


I love her so bad, but she treats me like shit
I deeply care for her, but she consistently mistreats me


On lockdown, like a penitentiary
My love life is restricted, like I'm in prison


She spreads her lovin' all over
She gives her affection to many others


And when she gets home, there's none left for me
She doesn't have any love for me, despite coming back home


Oh, take this veil from off my eyes
I want to see the truth, to clear my ignorance


My burning sun will, some day, rise
One day, I'll have a bright future ahead of me


So, what am I gonna be doin' for a while?
What will I spend my time doing?


Said, I'm gonna play with myself
I am going to entertain myself


Show them, now, we've come off the shelf
Demonstrate that we've become available for public consumption


Evil, I've come to tell you that she's evil, most definitely
I am calling her out as wicked and corrupt


Evil, ornery, scandalous and evil, most definitely
She is very evil, mischievous, and scandalous


The tension, it's getting hotter
The situation is growing more intense and stressful


I'd like to hold her head underwater
I want to hurt her, I fantasize about drowning her


(Summertime)
(Life is good during the summer months)


(Ah, ah, ah)
(Vocalizing without a specific meaning)




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Peermusic Publishing
Written by: Rick Rubin, Adam Horowitz, Adam Yauch, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Bradley Nowell, Marshall Goodman, Dubois Hayward, Dorothy Hayward

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@sumanlatasrivastava7079

lyrics: ❤
Summertime, and the livin's easy
Bradley's on the microphone with Ras MG
All the people in the dance will agree
That we're well-qualified to represent the L.B.C
Me, me and Louie, we gonna run to the party
And dance to the rhythm, it gets harder
Me and my girl, we got this relationship
I love her so bad, but she treats me like shit
On lockdown, like a penitentiary
She spreads her lovin' all over
And when she gets home, there's none left for me
Summertime, and the livin's easy
Bradley's on the microphone with Ras MG
All the people in the dance will agree
That we're well-qualified to represent the L.B.C
Me, me and Louie, we gonna run to the party
And dance to the rhythm, it gets harder
(Harder, yeah, harder, yeah)
Oh, take this veil from off my eyes
My burning sun will, some day, rise
So, what am I gonna be doin' for a while?
Said, I'm gonna play with myself
Show them, now, we've come off the shelf
Summertime, and the livin's easy
Bradley's on the microphone with Ras MG
All the people in the dance will agree
That we're well-qualified to represent the L.B.C
Me, me and Louie, we gonna run to the party
And dance to the rhythm, it gets harder
(Harder, yeah, harder, yeah)
Evil, I've come to tell you that she's evil, most definitely
Evil, ornery, scandalous and evil, most definitely
The tension, it's getting hotter
I'd like to hold her head underwater
(Summertime)
(Ah, ah, ah)
Summertime, and the livin's easy
Bradley's on the microphone with Ras MG
All the people in the dance will agree
That we're well-qualified to represent the L.B.C
Me, me and Louie, we gonna run to the party
And dance to the rhythm, it gets harder



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@technoraver99

bored? anyone??
you can find on amazon: teaching books (paramedic), emergency cases, bags, all kinds of equipment. time 2 learn first aid measures + emergency medical services EMS

good work 4 kids: youth firefighter program. junior firefighter training activities. junior program ems !

become a paramedic instructor in future? firefighter? + pump operator (+ driver) ? (volunteer?) high angle rescuer? ambulance driver or nurse?
give it a try! externship? externships? internships?
or
surgery nurse? geriatric nurse? ambulatory care? home care?
(+ specializations? in several areas? wound care management, hygienics, instructor, first aid etc)

become a
midwife? or dental assistant ?

shuttle service? (disabled people, seniors, wheelchair user)
towing service or animal protection ?

at least
support animal welfare organizations? sponsorships??

animal shelters in your area need money 4 food, fresh water, maintenance work, expansion, staff, new vehicles, security staff, etc.
trips? beach trips? parks? poor dogs :(
(create new jobs? build new sanctuaries? new parks? zoological gardens? + security staff ! more veterinarians + animal hospitals + hospitality)
volunteer work? go walkies?
become an animal caretaker?
maybe... plant a tree? many trees? a walnut tree?? in a park, garden or backyard? squirrels, crows and other birds would appreciate that.
or a japanese maple tree?


or go vegan ?
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hey its animal friendly :)
vegan cookbooks? give it a try! its tasty

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All comments from YouTube:

@numailanurain5990

you know it’s a good song when it starts with - “summertime”

@realitysecret8346

this is valid for poems too.

@ChrisPoindexter98

Might be onto something there. 😕🤨🤷🏻‍♂️

@tulinseven9161

:)

@raphfilms6243

Lana del Rey fans, those who love her song "California", please check out this film ASAP! It's based off her relationship with Barrie and how it changed everything, a beautiful piece of artistry that showcase the dance between love and sadness, embrace and depression: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSC4ptU79-8

@evinnefel3327

yes yes exactly

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@astrichka7750

Lana: "Summertime..."
Me: "Sadness."

@Terapagos3000

Yea I thought everyone thought that

@animemusicluver1

Same 😂

@kfire5387

Summertime madness by Kool

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