Dying young and then playing hard
That's the way my father made his life and art
Drink all day and we talk till dark
That’s the way the road dogs do it — light ‘til dark

from Lana Del Rey – Ride Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Lana’s father honed his craft of living fast, and being reckless, he lived his life with no regrets.

Perhaps not the best role model

Lana saw how happy her father was by living this life, so she is trying to emulate him — as she is not happy. She’s inebriated all day as it stops her from actually thinking about her life.

The people she’s “riding” with have ambitio0ns of being something more wild eventually, like being in a biker gangs(“ride"rs).

Which, is why they are living so recklessly.

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