Lana Del Rey – If You Lie Down with Me | Lyrics Meaning Explained

“If You Lie Down With Me” is the sixth track on Lana Del Rey’s 2021 album ‘Blue Banisters.’ The song was written back in 2013 when Lana was dating Barrie James O’Neill, which is the reason why he is credited for songwriting on this track. The song is a sweet melody about a failing relationship.

Lana Del Rey announced her eighth studio album ‘Blue Banisters’ expected to release on July 4, 2021. Along with the surprise announcement, Lana released three brand new singles off the album, along with the title track. It has only been just over a year when Lana released her previous project ‘Chemtrails Over the Country Club‘ in March 2021.

Barrie-James O’Neill is a Scottish singer-songwriter. O’Neill has worked with Lana Del Rey over the years as both a writer and producer and dated her from 2011 to 2014.

Listen to “If You Lie Down with Me” by Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey “If You Lie Down with Me” Lyrics Meaning and Song Review

In the first and second verses of the song, Lana Del Rey sings about how she wants things to go with her lover. Riding horses around, dancing around, twirling around, and whispering her sweet-nothings with a whiskey breath.

Treat me nice, talk to me with that whiskey breath
Twirl me twice, I’ll treat you like a holiday

However, things are not as rosy-cheeked as they are.

And don’t say you’re over me

The relationship is drawing its last breaths. Lana wants to believe that there is still some part of this relationship alive. But maybe one more dance will turn things around. Maybe it won’t. But at least she will feel something for one last time.

In the second verse of the song, Lana says she thought she was in for the long haul with him. But they burnt away like a cinder and turned into dust faster than she hoped. It was good while it lasted but now it’s time to move on – a truth Lana knows but does not want to confront.

The singer invites her partner to lie next to her – a sentiment of affection towards one another and her way of submitting to the inevitable end.

Let us hear what you think about this song in the comments below. Check out the complete lyrics on Genius.

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