Before this morning, I was ambivalent about Lana Del Rey and her music. After hearing her interview on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday with Scott Simon, I’m disappointed and disgusted.
A bit of one of her songs was played which contains the line, “He hit me and it felt like a kiss.” Simon asks her to comment about the material by saying “Not everybody has thought it’s a good idea to have lines like ‘He hit me and it felt like a kiss’.” She answers with “Definitely. But that’s been the theme of my career. The thing about me is, coming from an alternative music background and singing for nine years, being basically invisible, I’m so used to writing for myself — and at the end of the day, I do it because I feel like I have to. So when I’m recording or writing, I don’t have other people in mind. It’s not always comfortable for me, but I don’t not say what I want to.”
She’s used to writing for herself, maybe, but not in an original way. In reality, this line is taken word for word from a song recorded by the Crystals, produced by Phil Spector, and written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. The really sad thing is, Goffin just passed away a couple of days ago. It’s shameful that neither she nor Simon (who I admire and respect, and enjoy listening to nearly every Saturday morning) mentioned where the inspiration came from, especially directly after having asked her about her early influences (where she goes on to pontificate about Beat poetry and Walt Whitman).
Goffin and King’s song has been covered by many, and information can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/He_Hit_Me_(It_Felt_Like_a_Kiss)
The NPR interview can be found here:http://www.npr.org/2014/06/21/323209791/lana-del-rey-i-dont-have-other-people-in-mind