Lana Del Rey is getting ready to release a new album, Norman Fucking Rockwell, due early in 2019. Following “Mariners Apartment Complex” and “Venice Bitch” in September, Lana also teased numerous songs and premiered “How To Disappear” live in October. Last night, Lana and her collaborator Jack Antonoff have just debuted two more songs live! But these tunes aren’t like the others we’ve heard: Lana made a stylistic shift and wrote two country songs. She and Jack performed “Hey Baby Blue” and “I Must Be Stupid For Being So Happy” to a lucky crowd at the Ally Coalition in New York.
“Hey Baby Blue” is an uptempo, quick song describing a troubled relationship. The lyrics paint a clear image of the bar wear she sang, and the storytelling is true to classic country in the vein of Dolly Parton.
“I Must Be Stupid For Being So Happy,” on the other hand, unfolds like a sweet ballad. It sounds sad, but as Lana confesses in the song, she’s truly happy and doesn’t care what others think of her. Both songs reference country icon Hank Williams.
Check out the live performances of both “Hey Baby Blue” and “I Must Be Stupid For Being So Happy” below:
In addition to the two new country tunes, Lana also performed “How To Disappear” and “Venice Bitch.” The Ally Coalition event featured a collaboration between Taylor Swift and Hayley Kiyoko, along with performances by Regina Spektor, Fun., and more. The event raises funds and advocates for homeless and at-risk LGBTQ youth.
Lana described her country songs as something she and Jack Antonoff wrote for fun. She did not indicate that they’ll be on her upcoming album, Norman Fucking Rockwell. With any luck, they’ll be released in some way. The album is rumored to come out March 29, 2019, though the official release date has not yet been announced. Lana’s last album, Lust For Life, came out in July 2017.
Enjoy the two new songs, and keep checking back here for all the latest Lana Del Rey music news.