The lyrics of Lana Del Ray’s “You Are Me” have a more poignant message than “I love you like a mother” but the words themselves are also a way to say “I am yours.”
The song, which Del Rey released on January 27, is a story of love and loss, but also of love at a time of grief.
Del Rey’s mother died of breast cancer, and her father had a stroke and a brain tumor.
The song opens with the lyrics, “We all have feelings/We all know/I’m the one that makes you love me.”
And the sentiment is repeated throughout the song.
“I loved you like mother/I loved myself like a father/I love my kids like I love you,” Del Rey sings in the song’s closing line.
The lyrics are an expression of Del Rey wanting to express the sadness and sorrow in her life.
“It’s a story that is all around us,” she told Billboard magazine.
“When we were younger, I felt like I was being watched.
I was feeling like I had a secret.
And then it was like, ‘Oh my God, I feel like I’m a bad mother, I’m bad father.’
And then I was like this whole other world.”
In the song, Del Rey also describes her relationship with her mother and her feelings about her own death.
“You’re my baby/I have you and you have me,” Del Ray sings in “You are Me.”
“I feel like the world is going to make me different and different is all I’m saying.”
Del Rey added that the lyrics also show a way for her to express her own personal struggles.
“To me, you’re my child/I want to know how I’m feeling,” she said.
“But you’re not a real mother because you’re never gonna be.
You’re not going to be a real father because you never gonna know.”
The lyrics also help shed light on the difficulties facing parents in their relationships.
“What if I never had a father?”
Del Rey asked in a recent interview with Billboard magazine, “What would I have done?
How would I feel?”
She continued: “What I want to say is, that’s the problem.
I don’t want to be alone in the world.
And I want it to be beautiful.”
Del Ray also expressed how she hopes the song can inspire other parents to be better parents.
“We need to be able to give more love,” she added.
“Because we can’t all have the same experience and we don’t have to live it the same way.”