Lana Del Rey takes on idea of eternal in new single ‘Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd’
March 3, 2023
Lana Del Ray’s new single was a surprise release on Dec. 7 and it accompanied the announcement of her latest album that will be released on March 24, “Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd”. Lana Del Rey fans were excited to find out about the release of a new album with 16 tracks, including her new single.
The mysterious title of her new single and upcoming album is in reference to the inactive Jergin Tunnel, which was closed in 1967. In a plea of not wanting to be forgotten, she repeats “Don’t forget me” throughout the song right after saying “There’s a tunnel under Ocean Boulevard”. The tunnel has been abandoned and disregarded since its closure and Del Ray parallels herself to when she will be unable to escape her deplorable predetermined destiny of becoming the forgotten tunnel.
Del Ray also writes about the idea of relevance not being timeless, in one of her most infamous songs “Young and Beautiful”. In the song, she contemplates whether glory and love are finite or not with the lyrics “Will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful”. Her new single is a continuation of her expressing the idea of being eternal.
Lana Del Ray’s new single also includes multiple allusions to other artists such as Harry Nilsson’s “Don’t Forget Me” and John Lennon as the producer for Nilson’s song as well. When mentioning Nilson’s song she brings a somber and lonely tone to the song by referencing his lyrics and the soft ambiance of “Don’t Forget Me”.
This single has furthered the love that Del Ray fans hold, and the way she addressed the messages in her music. Die-hard Del Ray fans cannot wait for her album’s release later this year.