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Halsey - New Americana

Cigarettes and tiny liquor bottles,
Just what you'd expect inside her new Balenciaga.
Vile romance, turned dreams into an empire.
Self-made success now she rolls with Rockefellers.

Survival of the richest, the city's ours until the fall.
They're Monaco and Hamptons bound, but we don't feel like outsiders at all.

We are the new Americana,
High on legal marijuana,
Raised on Biggie and Nirvana,
We are the new Americana.

Young James Dean, some say he looks just like his father,
But he could never love somebody's daughter.
Football team loved more than just the game
So he vowed to be his husband at the altar.

Survival of the richest, the city's ours until the fall.
They're Monaco and Hamptons bound but we don't feel like outsiders at all.

We are the new Americana,
High on legal marijuana,
Raised on Biggie and Nirvana,
We are the new Americana.

We know very well who we are, so we hold it down when summer starts.
What kind of dough have you been spending?
What kind of bubblegum have you been blowing lately?

We are the new Americana,
High on legal marijuana,
Raised on Biggie and Nirvana,
We are the new Americana.
We are the new Americana,
High on legal marijuana,
Raised on Biggie and Nirvana,
We are the new Americana.

Although it was a previously released track, the revamped studio version of “New Americana” premiered on Apple Music’s Beats 1 Radio, receiving enormous praise. DJ Zane Lowe spun it twice in a row because he thought it was that good! It became the second-most played song in the first month of the radio station’s existence. Halsey described “New Americana” as “a social commentary on pop culture.” "There are a lot of kids out there who are like, “These lyrics are so wack. It’s so lame. I bet she wasn’t raised on Biggie and Nirvana.” This is a satire. I sat down to write this song like, “I’m writing a song that’s a social commentary on pop culture. I’m gonna make this as pop culture-y as possible.” And I think that I achieved that because people are tweeting me saying it’s too pop culture-y. That is [also] a cheeky, tongue-in-cheek way of saying my dad’s black and my mom’s white." - Halsey, Paper Magazine Before performing the song in Philadelphia in June of 2015, Halsey said it’s not about smoking weed and listening to rap music, but rather about “a generation that is unafraid of diversity.” In an interview with Last.fm, she made some remarks about the track: "It's about America's tendencies to latch onto diversity and how pop culture has shaped us as a nation. Music is a universal language, and what music has done for our current generation is diversified it, because the music that you grew up on instills a lot of morals and a lot of beliefs in you because, you know, music is the greatest teacher." Halsey also posted a small paragraph on Twitter providing some detail into the video. The official music video premiered on MTV on September 25th, 2015.

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