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"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 9.4 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-mm-mm-mm-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
Hey, such a scene

Summer, summer's 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-mm-mm-mm-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[]

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