Lana Del Rey – Text Book | Lyrics Meaning & Song Review


“Text Book” is one of three main singles released by Lana Del Rey from her 2021 album “Blue Banisters”. The song goes through some of the love emotions that Lana Del Rey went through some time ago and how she couldn’t hang onto it.

Lana Del Rey has announced the release of her eighth studio album “Blue Banisters” slated for July 4, 2021. Along with the surprise announcement, Lana released three new singles from the album, as well as the title track. It’s only been a little over a year since Lana released her previous project “Chemtrails Over the Country Club” in March 2021.

“Text Book” revolves around the idea that girls look for characteristics similar to those they saw in their fathers, in their lovers. A father is a little girl’s first lover and greatest protector, and that leaves a lasting impression on her. Lana draws some similarities between her ex-lover and her father throughout the song.

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Meaning of “Textbook” lyrics and review of the song

Verse 1

Lana Del Rey calls her story a “textbook,” which means it was a classic love story written a million times in history. She says she was looking for a man like her father. A father is a symbol of love and protection. There is nothing a father wouldn’t do for his children. So it is quite natural for a girl to seek a man as loving and protective as her father. For a brief moment, she thought she had found who she was looking for in Brentwood, Calif., Where she resided before returning to Tulsa, Oklahoma. However, it turned out he was just there to break her heart.


Lana Del Rey smartly sings about one of the biggest reasons their relationship didn’t work out; “And then there was the question of her.” At a glance, it looks like she’s talking about an affair with this guy from Brentwood. However, in the next line, she adds that she didn’t even like herself back then. This clarifies that she was speaking for herself from the start. Lana was unhappy with her life in California and didn’t like the person she became. California is the city of lights and fame. Lana is a girl from the Midwest. So she returned to Oklahoma and found happiness. However, Brentwood’s lack of self-esteem also permeated his relationship.

This guy from Brentwood is described as a person with shining stars and is waiting for him with open arms. Maybe that was a red flag for Lana who was already fed up with her starry life in the limelight. Maybe this guy was a celebrity himself, and maybe Lana was having some trust issues. Whatever the case, this guy stung a broken part of Lana and that was it for them.


Lana finds another similarity between her father and this guy from Brentwood – a vintage Bluebird car. There were many signs that he was the suitor she was looking for. But Lana isn’t the girl for glitz and glamor. But he was. She remembers how they shouted at Black Lives Matter gatherings before 2020. But she knew he was doing a publicity stunt, and she wasn’t in it. He wanted the limelight and she wanted to run away. For a split second, she believed opposites could work, but this one didn’t.

Verse 2

In the second verse, we hear Lana Del Rey relapse. She had left her life in California. But very often she backs off. If she had blonde hair, could she have made up for all that she lacked in celebrity life? Would that have been enough for him? Because he was the closest thing to her father’s features that she could find in another man.


Lana Del Rey sings about another man in her life. This time, they look very similar. So, is this the winning formula? She feels good for him. But she also with other men who stabbed her in the back at the end. So she will walk cautiously.

We’re assuming this is all really textbook behavior… What do you think of the song? Let us hear in the comments below. Check out the full lyrics on Genius.

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