In this essay I will discuss and analyze various elements of interpersonal communications in the song “Get Free” by Lana Del Rey. Nestled amongst the lyrics of this beautiful song are several examples of positivity bias, social penetration theory, reference group and perception.
The very first line of the song is presented as a straight forward statement meant to set the tone of the song and preface its message. It is a very intimate song of self-realization and expression. As stated by Del Rey “Finally. I’m crossing the threshold. From the ordinary world. To the reveal of my heart”. This is an example of self-penetration theory. The opening statement expresses that she will be “revealing” very important findings, whether they be positive or negative, that she has discovered while evolving as a person. We tend to expand communication with others and share more as we become more comfortable with them. Shortly following she goes on to say “undoubtedly. That will for certain. Take the dead out of the sea. And the darkness from the arts.” This is an example of positivity bias. She hopes that her realizations will be useful to others and perhaps shed light and serve as a means of encouragement for those who may be struggling. In other words, focusing on the positivity in her life (“dead out of the sea”) and perhaps moving forward with hopefulness (“darkness from the arts”). There is a shift in her way of thinking. “This is my commitment. My modern manifesto. I’m doing it for all of us. Who never got the chance. And all my birds of paradise. Who never got to fly at night. Because they were caught up in the dance” is the chorus and also an example of a reference group.
She is expressing that we all, including herself, have been damped by the hardships of life, consumed by insecurities or toxicity and have gotten caught up those moment. Perhaps she is comparing herself to the rest of the world. Finding likeness.
Finally, one the most powerful line of the song states “sometimes it feels like I’ve got a war in my mind. I want to get off, but I keep riding the ride. I never really noticed that I had to decide. To play someone’s game or live my own life. And now I do. I want to move. Out of the black into the blue.”. This is an example of perception. She is expressing that she no longer wants to allow negativity or others to have power over her or control her. Again, moving forward from negativity and growing from past experiences. She is making sense of the past and forming her own sort opinion. Perception is what we see. It is our own understanding of either ourselves or a situation.