Lana Del Rey’s upcoming album, Norman Fucking Rockwell, is one of our most anticipated releases of 2019—and we’ve just got another taste of the record, in the form of a world-weary piano ballad. Take a breath for the title: “Hope is a Dangerous Thing for a Woman Like Me to Have—But I Have it.”
The song is intimate and referential, and proves Del Rey is just as compelling even on a stripped-down track. “Don’t ask if I’m happy, you know that I’m not, but at best I can say I’m not sad,” she sings. “’Cause hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have.” Elsewhere, she references photographer Slim Aarons and author Sylvia Plath.
Hear the new song below: