Lana Del Rey Dreams Of An America 'Without The Gun' In New Song About Mass Shootings

Lana Del Rey's song comes days after deadly shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt
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In the wake of two deadly mass shootings that occurred over the weekend, Lana Del Rey is calling for change and using her music to do so.

The 34-year-old singer released a snippet of an unreleased song called “Looking for America” on Instagram on August 6. The two-and-a-half minute clip shows Del Rey sitting in a studio and singing what sounds like a moving ballad, with producer Jack Antonoff accompanying her on guitar, Rolling Stone reports.

In the caption of the post, Del Rey explained that she asked Antonoff to come into town because she “had a song on [her] mind that [she] wanted to write.”

“Now I know I’m not a politician and I’m not trying to be 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,” she wrote. “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.’”

After one mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas that claimed the lives of 22, and another shooting in Dayton, Ohio, where nine people were murdered, 31 people died over the course of only 13 hours.

In response to those tragic events, Del Rey’s lyrics seem to refer to gun violence and mass shootings, and the hope for a better, safer future.

“I’m still looking for my own version of America/ One without the gun, where the flag can freely fly/ Only fireworks when you and I collide/ It’s just a dream I had in mind,” she sings at one point, according to Rolling Stone.

While Del Rey’s sixth album, "Norman F--king Rockwell," is set to drop on August 30, it is currently unclear if “Looking for America” will be added to the track list or performed during the accompanying tour.

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