‘High By The Beach,’ Or Why Do You Not Have Lana Del Rey’s Life

Lana Del Rey's “High By The Beach” music video is almost precisely what you'd think a Lana Del Rey music video about being high by the beach would look like.


The empty beach house is Del Rey's chiffon-draped canvas, as she squints at the ocean, tightens her nighty in a mirror, rolls on a bed, flips through a celebrity magazine and then shoots a helicopter with an anti-aircraft gun as the dude inside of it takes her picture.

There is a message there. There is subdued worry on her face — it's not all candy and lattes in Del Rey's world.

The message is: Lana's in the danger zone.