Buy her tonight, she's still shining
Like lightning
White lightning

from Lana Del Rey – Carmen Lyrics on Rap Genius


Carmen is a prostitute. This means that anybody can pay for her time in exchange for money.

Usually this would drain a person, yet Carmen still has the energy and brightness of lighting. She seems to be a shining star yet everybody is unaware of her inner turmoil.

White Lightning is also a slang term for moonshine or any homemade spirit reaching nearly 200 proof. Given Del Ray’s penchant for the retro this could also be viewed as a play on Prohibition-era nostalgia.

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