Lana Del Rey released the video for her cover of Leonard Cohen's "Chelsea Hotel No. 2" in the most Lana Del Rey way possible: with an all-lowercase tweet that read "new video."
"I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel, you were talking so brave and so sweet," Del Rey sings. "Giving me head on the unmade bed, while the limousines wait in the street." As Billboard notes, Cohen wrote the song about Janis Joplin, but then later regretted that decision. From a 1994 interview with BBC Radio (via 1HeckOfAGuy.com):
There was the sole indiscretion, in my professional life, that I deeply regret, because I associated a woman’s name with a song, and in the song I mentioned, I used the line “giving me head on an unmade bed while the limousines wait in the street”, and I’ve always disliked the locker- room approach to these matters, I’ve never spoken in any concrete terms of a woman with whom I’ve had any intimate relationships. And I named Janis Joplin in that song, I don’t know when it started, but I connected her name with the song, and I’ve been feeling very bad about that ever since, it’s an indiscretion for which I’m very sorry, and if there is some way of apologising to the ghost, I want to apologise now, for having committed that indiscretion.
The Chelsea Hotel, in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, is a cultural landmark with a storied history. Note this bananas graf from the hotel's Wikipedia entry:
Arthur C. Clarke wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey while staying at the Chelsea, and poets Allen Ginsberg, and Gregory Corso chose it as a place for philosophical and artistical exchange. It is also known as the place where the writer Dylan Thomas was staying when he died of pneumonia on November 9, 1953, and where Nancy Spungen, girlfriend of Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols, was found stabbed to death on October 12, 1978. Arthur Miller has written a short piece, "The Chelsea Affect", describing life at The Chelsea in the early 1960s.
Check out Del Rey's video for "Chelsea Hotel No. 2" above.
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