“Chemtrails Over the Country Club” by Lana Del Rey
The title of this song actually serves as a roundabout shoutout to the homeys and siblings in Lana Del Rey’s life, specifically the female ones. And ultimately, the way the expression reads is as if it is meant to point to chillin’ more than anything else. In other words, a “country club” is a place where people, especially the well-to-do, go to relax.
But the entire track is not set in a country club. For instance, certain scenes take place inside the vocalist’s home. Yet either way, the “country club” phrase points to the idea of she and the person she is with, whether her sister or her lover, enjoying themselves and being at peace.
Additionally, despite being a dreamer Lana is also the type who tends to incorporate the harshness of reality into her lyrics. So all things considered, the titular “chemtrails” read as if they are not really of the literal variety. Rather they represent the notion that even while enjoying quality time with the ones she loves, the less-than-ideal aspects of living in this society are ever-present in the background.
And verily outside of the word “chemtrails”, the lyrics of this song center primarily on the artist and the addressee(s) having a good time. This would be either by the side of her sister – with both of them being iced out “in the swimming pool” – or her aforementioned significant other. Indeed the wording reads largely like an exercise in romantic fantasy, so to speak.
And at the end of the day, even though the songstress has given a somewhat-complex explanation to the meaning of this tune, as well as it incorporating religion and astrology and other types of ideas, the simplest way to understand “Chemtrails Over the Country Club” is as it being centered on the vocalist idealizing family life.
Facts about “Chemtrails Over the Country Club”
This is the title track from Lana Del Rey’s seventh-standard album (not counting her 2020 spoken-word project, “Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass”). Said project was slated the come out during the third quarter of 2020 but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. And this is second single from the album, following “Let Me Love You Like a Woman” (2020).
“Chemtrails Over the Country Club” (the song) came out on 11 January 2021. And it was brought to us via Interscope Records and Polydor Records.
The writing and production of this song was a collaborative effort between Lana and Jack Antonoff. It is worth noting that Jack worked extensively with the singer on the album which proceeded this, “Norman F**king Rockwell” (2019).
The music video to “Chemtrails Over the Country Club” also has two directors. They are in the persons of Kyle Wrightman and Alex Lee, who collectively are known as BRTHR.
The cover art to this track features Lana Del Rey sitting alongside what appears to be a white wolf. And verily in the aforementioned music video itself, she and her homeys are depicted as transforming into werewolves.