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Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Jack Antonoff
Producer(s) Lana Del Rey
Jack Antonoff
Recorded 2019–2020
Length 5:33
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Single(s) "Let Me Love You like a Woman"

"Chemtrails Over the Country Club"
"White Dress"

"Tulsa Jesus Freak"
Singles chronology
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"Chemtrails Over the Country Club"

Chemtrails over the Country Club (front cover).jpg

"White Dress"

Chemtrails over the Country Club (front cover).jpg

"Tulsa Jesus Freak"

Chemtrails Over the Country Club track listing
"Chemtrails Over the Country Club"

"White Dress" (originally titled "White Dress / Waitress" or "Waitress"[1]) is a song by Lana Del Rey, which is featured on her seventh studio album, Chemtrails Over the Country Club. It serves as the opening track from the album.

Background[]

The title was revealed in Interview magazine published September 2020. About the track, Del Rey commented that it would be a defining moment for the album:

“What I like about that song is that despite all the freakiness over it, you understand exactly what it’s about when it ends. I hate when I hear a song that has a great melody, but I have no idea what they're talking about.”[2]

On December 18, 2020, it appeared on Shazam alongside the rest of the tracklist for Chemtrails Over the Country Club.

Before the songs official release, it was described as "one of the saddest of her career" and hearkens back to her Lizzy Grant days, with vocals akin to "In My Feelings" and "Stargirl Interlude" according to a reliable source. In an interview with Mojo magazine, they described the song as being sung in a breathlessly rapt whisper of being "only 19", working as a waitress, listening to The White Stripes and Kings of Leon. "Look how I do this," she sings with trembling innocence, "look how I've got this." Then comes the fall: "It kind of makes me feel that I was better off."

Music video[]

Music video Information
Lana_Del_Rey_-_White_Dress_(Official_Music_Video) Released March 19, 2021
Length 5:47
Director Constellation Jones
Producer
Filmed December, 2020
Location
Vevo views 6,1+ million views

Background[]

During an interview with BBC Radio 1, Del Rey confirmed that the track would have a music video. On December 27, 2020, Del Rey posted an announcement to Instagram.

"When you see my second video for this album, don’t think that the fact I’m wearing a cast is symbolic for anything other than thinking I was still a pro figure skater. I wiped out on my beautiful skates before the video even began after a long day of figure eights and jumps in the twilight of the dezert [sic]."[3]

On February 27, she posted a sneak-peek on her social media accounts and an extended snippet on March 15.

Filming for the music video took place during December 2020 and was directed by Constellation Jones. Originally Del Rey was set to shoot the roller skating scenes but due to an elbow injury while filming the idea was scrapped and instead a body double was used, although it is speculated Del Rey skates around a bonfire in some shots towards the end of the video. Shots of Del Rey skating through the desert are played by model Ganna Bogdan[4].

Cross-references[]

Lyrics[]

Sun, stare, don't care with my head in my hands
Thinking of a simpler time
Like Sun Ra, I feel small but I
Had it under control every time

When I was a waitress
Wearing a white dress
Look how I do this
Look how I got this

I was a waitress
Working the night shift
You were my man
Felt like I got this

Down at the Men in Music Business Conference!
Down in Orlando, I was only nineteen
Down at the Men in Music Business Conference
I only mention it 'cause it was such a scene
And I felt seen, mm

Summer, sizzling, listening to
Jazz out on the lawn
Listening to White Stripes
When they were white hot
Listening to rock all day long

When I was a waitress
Wearing a tight dress
Handling the heat
I wasn't famous
Just listening to
Kings of Leon to the beat

Like look how I got this
Look how I got this
Just singing the street
Down at the Men in Music Business Conference
I felt free 'cause I was only nineteen
Such a scene

Summer, summer is almost gone
We were talking about life
We were sitting outside 'till dawn
But I would still go back
If I could do all again, I thought
Because it made me feel
Made me feel like a god
'Cause it made me feel
Made me feel like a god
'Cause it made me feel
Made me feel like a god!

When I was a waitress
Wearing a white dress
Look how I do this
Look how I got this

I was a waitress
Working the night shift
You were my man
Felt like I got this

Down at the Men in Music Business Conference!
Down in Orlando, I was only nineteen
Down at the Men in Music Business Conference!
I only mention it 'cause it was such a scene
And I felt seen, mm

When I was a waitress
Wearing a tight dress
Like look how I do it
Look how I got this

I was a waitress
Wearing a tight dress
Like look how I do this
Look how I got this

Made me feel
Made me feel like a god
It kinda makes me feel
Like maybe I was better off
'Cause it made me feel
Made me feel like a god
Kinda makes me feel
Like maybe I was better off

Credits[]

  • Lana Del Rey — vocals, producer
  • Jack Antonoff — composer, producer, mixer, bass, drums, guitar, piano
  • Laura Sisk — engineer, mixer
  • Chris Gehringer — assistant recording engineer
  • John Rooney — assistant recording engineer
  • Jon Sher — assistant recording engineer

References[]