"White Dress" (originally titled "White Dress / Waitress" or "Waitress") 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.
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.”
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."
|Released||March 19, 2021|
|Vevo views||9.4 million views|
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]."
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.
- Similar to a white dress, a white nightgown is mentioned in "Hope Is a Dangerous Thing for a Woman like Me to Have – but I Have It", "Playing Dangerous", "Cult Leader", and "If I Die Young".
- God is mentioned in many of Del Rey's songs, for example: "Without You", "Chemtrails Over the Country Club", "Money Power Glory", "Gods & Monsters", "Carmen" and "God Knows I Tried".
- The phrase "my head in my hands" is similar to "your head in your hands" from "Norman Fucking Rockwell".
- Being a waitress is also referenced in "I Learned How to Make Love from the Movies" and "Every Man Gets His Wish".
- Summer is also mentioned in "Summer Bummer", "Salvatore", "Young and Beautiful", "National Anthem" and "Summer of Sam", among many others.
- "White hot" is also mentioned in "Tulsa Jesus Freak".'
- Jazz is also referenced in "Fuck It I Love You", "Brooklyn Baby," "Terrence Loves You," "Shades of Cool," and "Salvatore".
- Rock is also referenced in "Young and Beautiful", "St. Tropez", "The Greatest" and "West Coast".
- The phrase "I only mention it" also appears in "Let Me Love You like a Woman".
- 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