A preview of the song was briefly posted via LDR’s Instagram on 25 October.
Today (9 January), Lana Del Rey released hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have – but i have it, the third official single from forthcoming LP Norman Fucking Rockwell. The piano ballad, produced by Jack Antonoff, sees Del Rey deliver an emotive vocal performance over understated instrumentation.
Interestingly, there are clear similarities between the track and a song entitled Sylvia Plath (in homage to the American poet), that was teased on her Instagram page on 25 October. The song in question was previewed in a now-deleted video that saw the musician mouth along to a sombre, piano-led song. The official lyrics for the snippet, posted by Del Rey on Twitter, still remain, and match with lines from hope is a dangerous thing…
I was reading Slim Aarons
and I got to thinking that I thought maybe I’d get less stressed if I was tested less
like all of these debutantes-
smiling for miles
in pink dresses and high heels
on white yachts.
But I’m not
— Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) October 25, 2018
Speculation that the two tracks are one and the same is also strengthened by lines which draw a comparison between Del Rey’s musical persona and Plath: “I’ve been tearing up town in my fucking fucking nightgown. 24/7 Sylvia Plath, writing in blood on the walls.”
The track is the third single to be released off forthcoming LP Norman Fucking Rockwell, following Venice Bitch, one of Crack Magazine’s Top 25 Songs of 2018, and Mariners Apartment Complex. Whilst Del Rey is yet to officially confirm this, MTV reported last year that the album will be available from 29 March 2019.
Listen to hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have – but i have it below: