The Song Johnny Cash Never Wrote

Lana Del Ray has been through some interesting PR highs and lows since Video Games first became popular. First there was the SNL performance that wasn’t, then the endless play of the techno-fied version of Summertime Sadness, then there was me, going through every music video Vevo had to offer, wanting to see if she continued the retro Priscilla Presley look through every cinematic moment.

In short, the answer is yes.

But then I got to this song called Ride. (Video below.) And I spent the next several hours thinking about it, trying to figure out why I felt like I had heard it before. It feels like something old, covered by Lana, even though Wikipedia says otherwise.

For me, it’s somewhere in the Johnny Cash arena between his cover of Nine Inch Nails’ Hurt and Devil’s Gonna Cut You Down.

But I don’t know if that description quite nails it. I keep trying to put my thumb on it and never quite get there. Curious to hear what you guys think of the song?

PS – Warning, the actual singing doesn’t even begin in this video until 3:27 minutes in, but I have to admit the beginning spoken word part is kinda sorta maybe a little brilliant.

Thoughts?

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