Lana Del Rey Was Worried About North Korea During Coachella, So She Wrote This New Song

She retreated to the woods on her way home.

By Shawn Cooke Apr 18, 2017

Lana Del Rey attended Coachella over the weekend—not to perform, but to dance around and see the live debut of Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. Something was nagging in the back of her mind the whole time, though.

Yesterday, she posted a new song to Instagram that she wrote on her way home from the festival. "I had complex feelings about spending the weekend dancing whilst watching tensions w North Korea mount," she wrote in the caption. "I find it's a tightrope between being vigilantly observant of everything going on in the world and also having enough space and time to appreciate God's good earth the way it was intended to be appreciated."

So she pulled a Bon Iver—retreating to the woods for inspiration—but her song was borne from questions of distraction and responsibility rather than heartbreak. "On my way home I found myself compelled to visit an old favorite place of mine at the rim of the world highway where I took a moment to sit down by the sequoia grove and write a little song. I just wanted to share this in hopes that one individual's hope and prayer for peace might contribute to the possibility of it in the long run," she wrote.

Like many of Del Rey's best songs, her short new one has a fraught relationship with fame, which she seems ready to swap for some existential clarity. Read the lyrics and listen to her untitled track below.

"I'd trade it all for a stairway to heaven / I take my time as I climb up to the top of it / I'd trade the fame and the fortune and the fucking legend / I'd give it all away, if you'd give me just one day to answer one question"

Del Rey recently announced her new album Lust for Life.