It has been a horrendous time in America, with two major massacres killing over 30 people in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton Ohio. Everyone is reacting with a degree of disgust and disillusionment, asking the government to deal with the situation and make sure that it does not happen again. Whether that can be done or not is a matter to debate. Meanwhile, celebrities have been using social media to vent their anger and express their grief at the killings. Singer Lana Del Ray recently released a new song to talk about how she feels in the aftermath of the violence.
Called Looking for America, this one demands solutions, asking how people can feel safe. In the song Del Ray describes a journey to San Francisco and on to Fresno, stopping to watch children playing in a public park. Her words are: "We used to only worry for them after dark. I'm still looking for my own version of America. One without the gun where the flag can freely fly. No bombs in the sky only fireworks when you and I collide. It's just a dream I had in mind."
On Instagram she posted:
Hi, folks came back early from Montecito with my brother this morning and asked Jack Antonoff to come into town because I had a song on my mind that I wanted to write.
Now I know I’m not a politician and I’m not trying to so excuse me for having an opinion- but in light of all of the mass shootings and the back to back shootings in the last couple of days which really affected me on a cellular level I just wanted to post this video that our engineer Laura took 20 minutes ago. I hope you like it. I’m singing love to the choruses I recorded this morning. I’m going to call it ‘Looking for America ‘
This one is flavoured with heartbreak and coloured with pain. From California, it moves to New York, which is where she “used to go to drive-ins and listen to the blues, so many things that I think twice about before I do.” The tune is plaintive and beautiful and so of the moment, so reactive. But the sentiment is something that is universal, timeless, a cry for an end to senselessness and grief.