Lana Del Rey’s “Arcadia” Lyrics Meaning

This is, at least in part, a go-west song – a category which it seems we haven’t come across in a while. That is to say that “Arcadia” reads like one of those pieces that idealizes living in California, more specifically a city within Los Angeles called Arcadia, from the perspective of someone who at least initially resided out east.

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Lana Del Rey's Arcadia at

The outro implies that, after suffering some type of major persecution and/or misfortune where she currently resides, the vocalist is now “western bound”, on her way to Arcadia. But of course in real life we know that, with Lana Del Rey being an established music star in all, she’s already been resident in L.A. for nearly a decade now. 

And the earlier parts of the song come off as such, i.e. Lana having resided in the City of Angels for so long that now its very geography is part of her being. And to get that point across, she uses what in some cases reads like sensual terminology. However, it does appear that she is not addressing a lover but rather speaking to the city itself.


However there is something deeper going on also, as the vocalist mentions “America” a few times throughout. And as presented especially in the outro, it’s a country which we can deem is less than ideal in Del Rey’s eyes. 

That is not to say that Lana actually wants to bounce altogether. Rather making her way to Arcadia may prove, ideologically, to be the solution to her own personal woes and national misgivings. Or let’s say by the looks of things, that city and Los Angeles in general has proven to be the vocalist’s refuge.

Well, analyzing Lana Del Rey songs is seldom an easy task. In this case, what she is putting forth is more or less discernible. However, what is confusing is how through most of the song she depicts herself as a tenured resident of Los Angeles but in the outro as someone who hasn’t made it there yet. 

But maybe, going out on a LIMB, what this narrative appears to center on is Lana already living in L.A. and then subsequently deciding to reside in Arcadia in particular. But conclusively this piece can be deemed, in its own special way, as one of those songs based on how living in Los Angeles, i.e. the center of the American entertainment industry, has influenced the vocalist’s life.

Lyrics to Lana Del Rey's "Arcadia"

“Arcadia” Might Not Be a Physical Place?

Reading in between the lines of this song (as well as the analysis and facts above), some readers may have been able to piece together that Lana is not literally talking about the city of Arcadia per se. 

For instance, if such were the case, the lyrics wouldn’t really make sense. Why? This is because the songstress has the resources to go there whenever she wants and do as she pleases (i.e. purchasing a couple of homes to reside therein). 

Instead it has been ascertained, Lana being who she is, that Arcadia, as presented, represents an ideology. Yes, as indicated in the first verse she may chill there literally from time to time, i.e. at the Hilton Garden Inn Arcadia for instance. 

But what she is more pointedly alluding to, as revealed in the outro, is a concept like getting away from the anxieties of American society. Indeed putting her money where her mouth is, shortly after this song was released Del Rey proceeded to announce that she is forsaking social media, at least as far as her own personal accounts are concerned.

What Lana Del Rey said of "Arcadia"

Facts about “Arcadia”

As issued by Polydor Records on the date of 8 September 2021, Arcadia marks the fourth single released in advance of Blue Banisters, which, as scheduled, will become the second album Lana Del Rey has come out with this year. 

The first was Chemtrails Over the Country Club, a project that went on to top the UK Albums Chart and reached number 2 on the Billboard 200.

In addition to singing Arcadia, Lana Del Rey also co-wrote and co-produced the song as well as directed its music video. And the other writer/producer of the audio is Drew Erickson.

The first time Lana Del Rey teased this song was in July of 2021.


Does Lana Del Rey actually live in Arcadia?

According to the internet, Lana a few homes in Los Angeles, including a ranch in Echo Park and a couple of mansions in Hollywood Hills. However, it does not appear she actually lives in Arcadia.

13 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Arcadia is not a physical place.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Somebody Tell them that Arcadia is one of the regional units of Greece since ancient times and still.. When you hear the name Arcadia the only thing that comes to mind is this place in Greece 🤦‍♀️

  3. Anonymous says:

    Why does she give the bird twice in the video? 🖕🏻

    • anon says:

      Because she sees that antisemitism is rising and America is falling. She is giving a finger to America and Americans that the whole place is about to blow up in 2024/2025 and she is leaving for Arcadia, meaning a place where she can be safe.

      Weirdly, Lana has Jewish ancestry.

  4. Alex of Arcadia says:

    Arcadia, California very well exists and her song lyrics elude that she’s speaking of this city! I’m from there.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Arcadia does exist. I have several relatives who live there, and I’ve been there a few times.

    • Georgia says:

      Arcadia is a province of Peloponnesus in Greece. In greek mythology it was tge domain of Pan, the goat-like god of forrest with a court of nymphes and other magical creatures. It was developped in Rennaissance as an idylic place with harmnony and peace like paradise which is , although unattainable.

  6. Phillip in Iowa says:

    Sounds like her heart is broken. She realizes Arcadia, the L.A. and America so intertwined within her now eludes her. Arcadia is the L.A. and America she knew, maybe the music industry too, which has changed. Seems now she plans to go find a place like the Arcadia she once knew. Arcadia, Camelot, like the most comfortable place you ever wanted to call home forever, some of us have been lucky enough to experience. When your Arcadia begins to elude there is a feeling of great loss. Mourning for the loss of her Arcadia but hopeful she will find it again. The America, my Arcadia, the uncomplicated happy 1990s I grew up in, compared to America 2021, I totally get it.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Arcadia, CA in Los Angeles county IS a place. It has always had the reputation of a beautiful and upper class community to live and raise a family. It’s located only 20 min east of downtown LA. A peaceful place to live as a refuge from the city.

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