In a recent interview with Courtney Love for Dazed, Lana Del Rey revealed a few more details on her forthcoming album, Lust For Life. Most notably that she collaborated with Sean Lennon on the song “Tomorrow Never Came.” The collaboration is interesting for a couple of reasons. First, it apparently has a direct reference to Sean’s parents, John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
As Stereogum pointed out, the lyric goes: “I wish we could go back to your country house and put on the radio and listen to our favorite song by Lennon and Yoko.” While many media outlets have harped on the fact that Lana may have been name-checking—she made sure to say she wasn’t and that Sean dug the track—it is the title of the song that is most interesting because of its cryptic connection to both Sean and his father.
The closing track on The Beatles’ groundbreaking 1966 album Revolver is the John Lennon penned gateway to The Beatles’ forthcoming psychedelia “Tomorrow Never Knows.” It is also a song of his father’s that Sean Lennon has covered extensively. Besides the obvious fact that the title of the Del Rey song and The Beatles song differ by only one word, what does it mean? Perhaps it is a lamentation from the nostalgic Del Rey about how the optimism of the flower-power generation seemed to fade. Perhaps it is homage. Perhaps it’s a coincidence. Who knows? But it will be interesting to see if Lana reveals more about the song’s inspiration. It’s surprising that a music buff like Courtney Love didn’t ask her.
While Lana Del Rey has yet to announce any tour dates, Sean Lennon will be performing with The Claypool Lennon Delirium at Red Rocks opening for Primus on May 16. Click here for tickets. You can check out The Claypool Lennon Delirium doing "Tomorrow Never Knows" below.