From her brief stint as a Waffle House waitress in Alabama to her recent cover of “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” Lana Del Rey has been embracing a rootsier aesthetic – and her latest song teaser is no exception.
On Wednesday (Jan. 17), the 38-year-old alt-pop star shared a snippet of an unreleased recording on Instagram, which she simply captioned, “Henry, come on.” “Do you think I’d really choose it?/ All this off and on, Henry come on,” she croons over folksy acoustic guitar, her sultry voice drenched in her trademark reverb.
“Baby come on, do you think I’d really lose it on ya?/ If you did nothing wrong, Henry come on,” she continues in the clip, whispering in some places. “Last call, hey ya, hang his hat up on a wall.”
Del Rey provided no other details about the project, although she did pair the audio with a hazy black-and-white Polaroid of her wiping her eye with her thumb. “country era is coming,” one fan commented, while another person added, “Ah, so is this what you’ve been cooking up here down south? 😍 Sounds absolutely beautiful!”
Indeed, the “Summertime Sadness” singer has been spending a lot of time below the Mason Dixon Line in recent months. In addition to mysteriously serving customers at a Waffle House in Florence, Ala., she was also spotted getting her nails done at a seemingly random salon in Birmingham over the summer. And just days before she released her take on John Denver’s “Country Roads,” she stopped by Memphis, Tenn., to perform “Unchained Melody” in Elvis’ honor on the live NBC special Christmas at Graceland.
Del Rey’s potential song teaser comes less than a month ahead of the 2024 Grammys, at which she’s nominated for five awards, including album of the year for Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd and song of the year for “A&W.” She was also recently announced as one of three headliners at this year’s Coachella alongside Tyler, the Creator and Doja Cat, about which she wrote on Instagram: “It’s a little bit crazy but we’re going back to Coachella! I think you should come it’ll be fun.”
Listen to Del Rey’s “Henry, Come On” clip below: