The 15 Most American Moments in Lana Del Rey’s “Ride”

Posted on 10/13/2012 at 12:48 PM

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Lana Del Rey’s newest music video, a 10 minute short film called “Ride”, features the Queen of Americana paying homage to her country by doing everything from riding a motorcycle across the desert to shooting off fireworks while wearing a headdress and carrying a gun. She also tips her theoretical cowboy hat at the 50 states in a lengthy epilogue:

Every night I used to pray that I’d find my people, and finally, I did. On the open road. We had nothing to lose, nothing to gain, nothing we desired anymore, except to make our lives into a work of art. Live fast, die young, be wild, and have fun. I believe in the country America used to be. I believe in the person I was to become. I believe in the freedom of the open road, and my motto is the same as ever: I believe in the kindness of strangers. And when I’m at war with myself, I ride. I just ride. Who are you? Are you in touch with all of your darkest fantasies? Have you created a life for yourself where you can experience all of them? I have. I am fucking crazy, but I am free.

God bless America! And god bless Lana. Here are the video’s 15 most American moments:


 On the back of a motorcycle, wearing a Budweiser tee:


Swinging on a tire swing, apparently hung from the heavens:


Nuzzling into the the neck of a bearded biker:


Walking into a gas station convenience store that’s covered in Four Loko, Western Union and a bumper sticker that reads “Freedom”:


Leaning against a wall, wearing red Converse All-Stars:


Drinking beers with your bros atop a canyon, American flag waving in the foreground:


Waving an American flag above your head:


Your name in lights at The Neptune Theater:


Standing alone in a gas station:


Whatever this moment is:


Slowdancing with a dude who has an arm tattoo that reads “The Wall”:


Wearing a Native American headdress, while holding a gun:


This chick:


A plethora of fireworks & guns:


Every single thing about these credits:


Curious to see the entire thing? Check out the full video below:

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