Lana Del Rey’s forthcoming sixth studio album, the wickedly-titled Norman Fucking Rockwell, is still some time off. But we now have a better idea of what it might sound like after the alternative pop star dropped a new song from it, “Hope Is a Dangerous Thing For a Woman Like Me to Have – But I Have it.”
Produced by Jack Antonoff, it’s a low-key number with only the whisper of a piano accompanying Del Rey’s ruminations about the author and poet Sylvia Plath, apparently a major source of her inspiration.
On it, she sings: “I’ve been tearing around in my fucking nightgown 24/7/ Sylvia Plath/ Writing in blood on my walls/ ‘Cause the ink in my pen don’t work in my notepad/ Don’t ask if I’m happy, you know that I’m not, But at best I can say I’m not sad/ ‘Cause hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have/ Hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have.”
During an Instagram Live broadcast late last year, the singer told fans that “I think I’m putting a song out on January 8” before adding “but I’m not a thousand percent on it. Maybe the 8th.” She was right on the money. Del Rey also confirmed during the live chat that the new album is “completely finished.”
Earlier, she released the recordings “Mariners Apartment Complex” and “Venice Bitch” and teased a snippet of the track “Sylvia Plath”. She also debuted the unreleased works “Hey Blue Baby” and “I Must Be Stupid for Feeling So Happy” last month with Antonoff at his Ally Coalition event in New York.
Stream the new track below.