"Get Free" (originally titled "Malibu") is a song by Lana Del Rey. It was co-written and produced with Rick Nowels, Kieron Menzies and Dean Reid. It serves as the closing track on her fifth studio album and fourth major-label studio album, Lust for Life, which was released worldwide on July 21, 2017.
Writing and inspiration
During interviews for BBC Radio 1 and Complex magazine, Del Rey revealed that the song originally had a different title and much more personal lyrics. As she stated: "That song started out really revealing [...] I wanted to summarize my whole experience over the last six years; and then I realized, I don't want to reveal everything". After deciding not to use the original version titled "Malibu", the song was completely deleted and reworked into the final version, known as "Get Free".
During her concert in San Diego, California, on July 31, 2017, Del Rey commented that she purposely intended the last word on the record to be "blue", stating that she felt like the word was "a good omen" for a direction that she wanted to go, and a "a little jumping off point for the next record".
Meaghan Garvey of Pitchfork called "Get Free" the most stunning and thematically essential song on the album along with "Change", stating that "Del Rey delivers, at last, the album's mission statement: 'Finally, I'm crossing the threshold/From the ordinary world/To the reveal of my heart.' It is not so much a revelation as a promise that one is coming, and when she sings plainly, 'This is my commitment,' the album cover's uncharacteristic smile reveals itself not as a declaration of happiness, but a reminder that it's still worth believing in".
The Fader magazine named it the best song on Lust for Life and added it was "an amalgam of influences and interpolations and inter-references to the sprawling Lana universe". It was described as a "gorgeous-sounding promise" and pact between Del Rey and herself to "unapologetically rid her life of unnecessary darkness". They went on to call it the most spiritually uplifting Del Rey song to date and as the album's last track, it solidified it's mission statement: "Lana will always be Lana, but she reserves the right to make life changes, to feel proud of what she's accomplished, and to sing about being happy and free, for once".
For the first time Del Rey sang a brief a cappella snippet of the song on August 1, 2017 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California. On October 23, 2017, at Terminal 5 in New York City, Del Rey performed another a cappella version of the song and revealed the censored words in the first pre-chorus to be "Amy" and "Whitney", as a nod to two of Del Rey's inspirations Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston, whose names she has tattooed above her chest. Del Rey sang the line as "I'm doing it for all of us, who never got the chance, for Amy and for Whitney". On January 11, 2018 at the LA to the Moon Tour in Chicago at the United Center, Del Rey performed the a cappella clip again by audience request.
In an interview with Gabrielle Wilson for MTV which was published on October 31, 2017, Del Rey expressed interest in creating a music video for "Get Free" or "Cherry". A brief snippet of the song is also featured in the "White Mustang" music video.
In January 2018 it was revealed that English rock band Radiohead was suing Del Rey for copyright infringement, claiming that "Get Free" was inspired by their 1992 single "Creep" and contained a similar chord progression. Although Radiohead was previously sued for a similar matter and had to give the songwriters of "The Air That I Breathe" by The Hollies writing credits and a percentage of the royalties for "Creep", Radiohead insisted 100% of the publishing rights for "Get Free". Del Rey publicly responded to the lawsuit on January 7, 2018, saying that "although I know my song wasn't inspired by Creep, Radiohead feel it was and want 100% of the publishing". Del Rey offered the band 40% publishing rights but "their lawyers have been relentless" and they have to take the matter to court.
On the same day at her LA to the Moon Tour show in Denver, Colorado, Del Rey expressed to fans: "I just want to let you know that regardless of what happens in court, the sentiment that I wrote in that particular song, which was my statement song for the record, my personal manifesto, my modern manifesto. I just want to let you know that regardless if it gets taken down off of everything, those sentiments that I wrote and that I really am still gonna strive for them even if that song is not on the future physical releases of the record". This further insinuates that if Radiohead wins the case, "Get Free" may presumably be removed from all platforms since it would no longer be Del Rey's or her label's right to distribute the track.
- Direct reference to the song "Ride".
- A mention of "paradise" most notably appears in "Dark Paradise", "Tomorrow Never Came" and the song of the same name, among many others.
- "Out of the black, into the blue" is a similar lyric to "you turn my mood from black to blue" from "Hundred Dollar Bill".
- "Get free" is a phrase mentioned in "Children of the Bad Revolution" and a subtle reference to the song appears in "God Bless America - and All the Beautiful Women in It".
- A snippet of the song can be heard in the "White Mustang" music video.
- The sound of a motorcycle revving its engine heard in the pre-chorus can also be heard in the intro of "Lust for Life".
- Album version - 5:34
- Instrumental version - 5:40
- Lana Del Rey — vocals, songwriting, production
- Rick Nowels — songwriting, production, bass, organ, keyboards, synth pad
- Kieron Menzies — songwriting, production, engineering, mixing, percussion, synthesizer, field recording
- Dean Reid — production, engineering, mixing, synth bass, percussion, electric guitar
- Trevor Yasuda — engineering, keyboards
- David Levita — electric guitar
- Zac Rae — synth pad, organ, Mellotron, guitar
- Aaron Sterling — live drums, percussion
- Mighty Mike — drums, percussion
- Chris Garcia — engineering
- Adam Ayan — mastering
- Published by Cosmic Lime (ASCAP) / R-Rated Music administered by EMI April Music Inc. (Global Music Rights) / Sony/ATV Music Publishing (ASCAP)
- Recorded at The Green Building, Los Angeles and Hampstead Studios, London
- Mastered at Gateway Mastering, Portland, Maine
|Chart (2018)|| Peak|
|US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)||20|
- ↑ http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-40714557
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3ReJi0bXCs
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxqSwOtmbW4
- ↑ http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/lana-del-rey-lust-for-life/
- ↑ http://www.thefader.com/2017/07/24/lana-del-rey-get-free-lust-for-life
- ↑ MTV News (October 31, 2017). "Lana Del Rey Talks Next Music Video & Tour w/ Kali Uchis & Jhené Aiko". YouTube.
- ↑ Peters, Mitchell (January 7, 2018) "Lana Del Rey Responds to Radiohead's Lawsuit: 'Their Lawyers Have Been Relentless'". Billboard.
- ↑ Lana Del Rey Chart History (Hot Rock Songs). Billboard. Retrieved January 17, 2018.