Lana Del Rey - “Ultraviolence”
The video of Lana Del Ray matched with the lyrics of the song further romanticize abuse in a relationship. The video is about love as Lana prepares for what seems to be a wedding. But the lyrics suggest a more abusive relationship with her partner.
With lyrics like, “I can hear sirens, sirens. He hit me and it felt like a kiss. I can hear violins, violins. Give me all of that Ultraviolence” the song suggests that she views the abuse she is receiving as love. “She finds pleasure in being abused. The “ultraviolence” between them is getting so rough that someone called police. She is comparing the pleasure she receives from being manhandled to the pleasure she gets from hearing music. Violins also represent romance and sadness, fitting well with Lana romanticizing the violence.” (RapGenius.com)
As pointed out by musicinsideu.com, Lana’s lyrics point to an abused childhood “he hit me… reminded me of when we were kids.” Some victims never recover. Some believe they must continue being victimized so as to be loved. “He hurt me but it felt like true love.” Some victims become victimizers later, thinking that hurting is the only way to show love. They can’t find a way out of the cycle of ultraviolence in their lives. Both remain locked in meaningless violence as the only way left of self-expression.
Her man beats on her and tells her she’s no good, and she’ll take it provided he doesn’t leave. This is a classic situation in a controlling and abusive relationship. Its complex stuff but one thing’s for sure: “Ultraviolence” is no one’s idea of a healthy relationship.