Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass is the title for the first audiobook of poetry by Lana Del Rey. It is the first audiobook written and read by Del Rey. The audiobook was released digitally on July 28, 2020, and physical copies were released on September 29, 2020.
Background[edit | edit source]
Following Lust for Life, Del Rey had been looking for another creative outlet, and after trying painting, she found automatic writing. This process started to turn into poetry and short stories and after amassing numerous works, Del Rey began considering releasing a compilation of writings in a physical book form.
She spoke again about the book on September 18, 2018, during an interview with Zane Lowe after she premiered "Venice Bitch". Del Rey stated that the book will contain short stories and about 30 poems and it will be titled Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass.
Release[edit | edit source]
On January 4, 2020, Del Rey confirmed that the release of a spoken word album in place of a physical book, through Instagram. Half of the album's proceeds would be donated to Native American organizations across America. In July, Lana del Rey confirmed Navajo Water Project as the beneficiary. However, Del Rey later confirmed that the album would be released a month later. This audiobook, accompanied by music composed by Jack Antonoff, who also produced her sixth studio album Norman Fucking Rockwell!, had been released on July 28, while the physical poetry book was released on September 29.
Artwork [edit | edit source]
On April 11, 2020, Del Rey uploaded the artwork of the album painted by Erika Lee Sears and a video she filmed in her car whilst one of her poems, "Happy", was playing in the background onto her Instagram. Del Rey later deleted these posts hours later. On April 23, 2020, she re-uploaded the album artwork to Instagram.
Tracklist [edit | edit source]
All lyrics are written and read by Lana Del Rey and music produced by Jack Antonoff.
|1.||"LA Who Am I to Love You"||5:19|
|2.||"The Land of 1,000 fires"||4:03|
|3.||"Violet bent backwards over the grass"||1:04|
|4.||"Pass the bushes cypress thriving"||1:53|
|6.||"Never to Heaven"||2:05|
|9.||"Quiet Waiter Blue Forever"||1:28|
|10.||"What happened when I left you"||1:18|
|12.||"My Bedroom is a Sacred Place Now - There Are Children at the Foot of my Bed"||2:01|
|13.||"Paradise is Very Fragile"||3:37|
|14.||"Bare feet on linoleum"||2:54|