She Wore (Red) Velvet

I happen to enjoy Lana Del Rey’s music very much. Her Paradise album was amazingly refreshing compared to all the poppy alternative stuff kids have today. I’m currently reading Scarlett Letter in my English class, and the only thing that plays while reading in my head is “Blue Velvet” by Lana Del Rey. Hester Prynne’s “A” was made out of red velvet and intricately embroidered with gold, “a speciment of her delicate and imaginative skill”.

I highly doubt Lana Del Rey was referring to Scarlet Letter when writing the lyrics to Blue Velvet but the lyrics seem strikingly familar.

She wore Blue Velvet
But in my heart there’ll always be
Precious and warm a memory through the years
And I still can see Blue Velvet through my tears 

Alright. Let’s replace the “blue” with red.

She wore (Red) Velvet

Aha! Imagine Hester Prynne wearing her Scarlet A on the scaffold with baby Pearl with the ignominy of committing adultery.

But in my heart there’ll always be

ON her heart there’ll always be the red A, forever burning her and Pearl’s chest, in two different ways. Hester feels pain (and the scarlet letter burning on her chest) with her A on her heart and Pearl seems to seek comfort and familiarity.

Precious and warm a memory through the years

This line seems pretty ironic to me because the years between Pearl being born up until Pearl meets the clergyman, Hester is faced with shame from her community but she chooses to do good with community service rather than run away from her mistakes.

And I still can see the (Red) Velvet through my tears

Instead of seeing the red velvet through sad tears, after Hester rips her A or her “enigma” off, it is almost as if she has happy tears, for her former beauty shines through and sunlight floods the forest, symbolizing a new beginning for Dimmesdale, Hester, and Pearl in Europe.

Even though Blue Velvet necessarily doesn’t have the same meaning as Scarlet Letter, both Lana Del Rey and Hester seem to be reminiscing about how things were and how things came to be in their present.


Crookshanks ❤


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