- 01 Dec 23
Lana Del Rey has shared a wistful cover of John Denver's 'Take Me Home, Country Roads,' in a slightly unexpected end of year release
Lana Del Rey has released a rendition of John Denver's iconic ballad 'Take Me Home, Country Roads.' A one-off cover, the new track marks Lana's second single this year, following her Grammy-nominated ninth studio album, Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd.
Steeped in her signature sonics, Del Rey's melancholy-tinged take on John Denver's 1971 classic sees the singer-songwriter take a characteristically emotive vocal approach; as she croons over a minimalistic, Americana-inflected accompaniment of piano, welling pan-steel guitar and choral backing vocals.
Lana's reimagining of 'Country Roads' continues a career-long run of cover tracks, including Sublime's 'Doin' Time,' Nina Simone's 'The Other Woman' and most recently, Elvis Presley's rendition of The Righteous Brothers' 'Unchained Melody' — which she recently performed for NBC's Christmas At Graceland special. Lana has also rendered songs from the legendary likes of Leonard Cohen, Nirvana and The Animals in live performances through the years. Likewise, in 2019, she performed iconic 1989 track 'Wicked Game,' alongside Chris Isaak at the Hollywood Bowl.
Lana Del Rey's latest release ‘Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd,' saw her receive five Grammy nominations earlier this year.
The track also precedes 'Say Yes to Heaven,' a studio outtake from the sessions of her third studio album Ultraviolence. After it was leaked online and went viral via TikTok, the track became one of Del Rey's most well-loved unreleased songs, prompting her to officially release the cut in May.
Listen to Lana Del Rey's rendition of 'Take Me Home, Country Roads' below: