Last night, at around the same time terrorists stormed Parisian concert venue Le Bataclan, Black Keys singer Dan Auerbach was less than three miles away, performing at Le Trianon with his band the Arcs. The group had finished their set before learning of the tragic events unfolding nearby. “We were hunkered down listening for gunshots,” Auerbach tells us. “We had people guarding all the doors, which were all locked up. We saw the helicopters flying above us; police cars just screaming by." 

Read Auerbach’s whole account of the night.

🌹 💀 🌹 It’s like Billy Childish says, “We live in troubled times”. Last week, we got a sneak peek at what goes on behind the curtains of our criminal justice system. A few sleepless nights later we gathered in the studio and wrote this song. Written, recorded, mixed and mastered in 2 days.

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LAKE SUPERIOR

Verse 1:
On a stretch of sand, sweet northern breeze
Manitowoc put Avery on the beach
Your alibi, will never do
When the whole town’s got it out for you

Judge fox, the Great Lake stain
Got Superior wanting to pull its own drain
To abandon the shore, where the poor get whipped
And the fat get fatter and the rich stay rich

Where the mice of men are chained and bruised
Where to stand accused is to admit you lose

Chorus:
I wanna know
People outdoor
Ain’t gonna go out and act insane
My Baby girl
Out in a world
All alone burns a hole in my brain
I wanna know
People outdoor
Ain’t gonna go out and act insane
My baby boy
Pride and joy
He’s gonna go out and do the same

Verse 2:
In the hall of harm disgraceful sounds
Manitowoc knows how to gavel pound
They crack it right and shoot on site
Do you know where your baby is tonite?

The red tide is back again
Old Superior’s new McCarthy clan
Back on the shore, where the poor get whipped
And the fat get fatter and the rich stay rich

Where the mice of men are chained and bruised
Where to stand accused is to admit you lose

I didn’t monitor myself on Ultraviolence because, with how tumultuous my trajectory has been, I felt even more of a need to be candid. You have to select things within your own body of work for a record if you want a concept record - which they all are, in my mind. For instance, for Ultraviolence, I really felt the need to get back to my roots and back to something that felt a little more feral and wild. That’s why I asked Dan Auerbach to help me - that’s the kind of world he lives in. He does whatever he wants. I had a lot of freedom to do a song in one take. Even if it’s not perfect and my voice is breaking, it’s special to me because it’s the moment it was captured in. The concept with that record was to be as raw as I wanted it to be.
—  Lana Del Rey