This Is What Makes Us Girls
Lana Del Rey Lyrics


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Remember how we used to party up all night?
Sneaking out, looking for a taste of real life
Drinking in the small town firelight
(Pabst Blue Ribbon on ice)
Sweet sixteen and we had arrived
Walking down the streets as they whistle, "Hi, hi"
Stealin' police cars with the senior guys
Teachers said we'd never make it out alive

There she was, my new best friend
High heels in her hand, swayin' in the wind
Oh, she starts to cry, mascara running down her little Bambi eyes
"Lana, how I hate those guys"

This is what makes us girls
We all look for Heaven and we put love first
Something that we'd die for, it's our curse
Don't cry about it, don't cry about it
This is what makes us girls
We don't stick together 'cause we put love first
Don't cry about him, don't cry about him
It's all gonna happen (happen, happen)

And that's where the beginning of the end begun
Everybody knew that we had too much fun
We were skipping school and drinking on the job
With the boss
Sweet sixteen, and we had arrived
Baby's table dancing at the local dive
Cheering our names in the pink spotlight
Drinking cherry schnapps in the velvet night

Yo, we used to go break into the hotel
Glimmering, we'd swim
Running from the cops in our black bikini tops
Screaming, "Get us while we're hot, get us while we're hot"
(C'mon, take a shot)

This is what makes us girls
We all look for heaven and we put love first
Something that we'd die for, it's our curse
Don't cry about it, don't cry about it
This is what makes us girls
We don't stick together 'cause we put love first
Don't cry about him, don't cry about him
It's all gonna happen (happen)

The prettiest in-crowd that you had ever seen
Ribbons in our hair and our eyes gleamed mean
A freshmen generation of degenerate beauty queens
And you know something?
They were the only friends I ever had
We got into trouble and when stuff got bad
I got sent away, I was waving on the train platform
Crying 'cause I know I'm never coming back

This is what makes us girls
We all look for heaven and we put love first
Something' that we'd die for, it's our curse
Don't cry about it, don't cry about it
This is what makes us girls
We don't stick together 'cause we put love first




Don't cry about him, don't cry about him
It's all gonna happen

Overall Meaning

The song "This Is What Makes Us Girls" by Lana Del Rey is a nostalgic reflection on the wild and reckless teenage years of the singer and her friends. The lyrics describe parties, sneaking out, stealing police cars, and other acts of rebellion that they engaged in to feel the thrill of living "real life." The song captures the essence of youth and the search for excitement and love, which often lead to heartaches and pain. The singer's "new best friend" cries over boys, and the singer herself is sent away after getting into trouble. Nevertheless, the girls still hold onto their dreams of love and heaven, even though they put them first before everything else.


The song explores the idea of female friendship and how the bond between girls is forged through shared experiences and common struggles. The girls in the song stick together and look for support from each other as they navigate the challenges of growing up. They are the "degenerate beauty queens," the prettiest in-crowd, and the only friends the singer ever had. The song evokes a powerful sense of nostalgia, eliciting memories of the listener's own teenage years and the friendships that sustained them through those turbulent times.


Overall, "This Is What Makes Us Girls" is a bittersweet tribute to the recklessness and passion of youth, and the bonds of friendship that help us through it all. It is a song that reminds us of the power of memories and the importance of cherishing the moments we spend with the people we love.


Line by Line Meaning

Remember how we used to party up all night?
We reminisce the nights spent partying and seeking real experiences.


Sneaking out and looking for a taste of real life
We would sneak out to find excitement and authenticity in life.


Drinking in the small town firelight (Pabst Blue Ribbon on ice)
We drank beer by a fire in a small town, feeling free and rebellious.


Sweet sixteen, and we had arrived
At sixteen, we felt like we were finally becoming adults.


Walking down the streets as they whistle, "Hi, hi!"
People on the streets would greet and whistle at us admiringly.


Stealin' police cars with the senior guys
We felt daring and reckless, joyriding in stolen police cars with the older boys.


Teachers said we'd never make it out alive
Our teachers didn't believe we would succeed in life because of our wild behavior.


There she was, my new best friend High heels in her hand, swayin' in the wind
I met my new best friend who was carefree and confident, her high heels in her hand as she danced in the wind.


While she starts to cry Mascara running down her little Bambi eyes
My friend cries, her mascara smudging, showing her vulnerable side.


"Lana, how I hate those guys"
My friend confides in me, expressing her hatred for some men in her life.


This is what makes us girls We all look for heaven and we put love first Something that we'd die for, it's our curse Don't cry about it, don't cry about it
As girls, we often prioritize love and will do anything for it, even if it leads to pain. But we shouldn't cry over it because it's simply part of who we are.


We don't stick together 'cause we put love first Don't cry about him, don't cry about him It's all gonna happen (happen)
Although we don't always stick together as girls, we still prioritize love and shouldn't cry over lost relationships because things will happen as they're meant to.


And that's where the beginning of the end begun Everybody knew that we had too much fun We were skipping school and drinking on the job With the boss
Our fun-filled, carefree lifestyle began to lead to its downfall. We skipped school and drank on the job, even with our boss.


Baby's table dancing at the local dive Cheering our names in the pink spotlight Drinking cherry schnapps in the velvet night
We danced on tables at a dive bar, feeling free and confident while our names were being cheered, drinking cherry schnapps in the dark night.


Yo, we used to go break into the hotel Glimmering, we'd swim Running from the cops in our black bikini tops Screaming, "Get us while we're hot, get us while we're hot" (C'mon, take a shot)
We would break into hotels and go swimming, feeling alive and daring. We even ran from the police in our black bikini tops, feeling unstoppable and daring them to catch us.


The prettiest in-crowd that you had ever seen Ribbons in our hair, and our eyes gleamed dream A freshmen generation of degenerate beauty queens And you know something? They were the only friends I ever had
We were the most beautiful and popular group in school, with ribbons in our hair and eyes that shone with ambition. We were a group of young, rebellious girls who were also beautiful, but they were the only real friends I ever had.


We got into trouble, and when stuff got bad I got sent away, I was waving on the train platform Crying 'cause I know I'm never coming back
Our recklessness finally caught up with us, and I was sent away, waving goodbye on a train platform, knowing that I'll never be able to go back to my old ways.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Tim Larcombe, Elizabeth Grant, James Irvin

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