After prior announcements and teasers, Lana Del Rey’s Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass audio poetry book sample is finally here, a poem titled “L.A. Who Am I to Love You.”
The spoken-word piece is produced by Jack Antonoff, who is also responsible for the soft piano backdrop, the piece hears Del Rey narrate what is essentially her path to fame, noting the ups and downs. “Sold my life rights for a big check” denotes her path to fame, as she mentions herself chasing other dreams in San Francisco, but returns to L.A. after a heartbreak and asks, “Can I come home now?”
“Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass is the title poem of the book and the first poem I wrote of many. Some of which came to me in their entirety, which I dictated and then typed out, and some that I worked laboriously picking apart each word to make the perfect poem,” she said in a statement. “They are eclectic and honest and not trying to be anything other than what they are and for that reason, I’m proud of them, especially because the spirit in which they were written was very authentic,” said the American songstress.
Listen to “L.A. Who Am I to Love You” below.