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Honeymoon
Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Rick Nowels
Producer(s) Lana Del Rey
Rick Nowels
Kieron Menzies
Length 4:55
(See official versions)
From
Honeymoon Logo
Single(s) "High by the Beach"
"Music to Watch Boys To"
Promotional single(s) "Terrence Loves You"
"Honeymoon"
Honeymoon track listing
"Burnt Norton (Interlude)"

"Art Deco" is a song written by Lana Del Rey and Rick Nowels that is featured on Del Rey's third major-label full-length album Honeymoon, which was officially released worldwide on September 18, 2015.

Composition and critical reception Edit

"Art Deco" is a ballad performed at a tempo of approximately 99 beats per minute and runs at 4 minutes and 55 seconds. The song features a "lazy trap beat" and trip-hop synths. Harley Brown of Spin Magazine described Del Rey's voice on the track as  "the most inviting it’s ever been even as it floats to loftier, more dismissive registers above foggy film noir saxophone curls".[1] Nick Levine of Time Out Magazine noted a "dash of jazz" on the song.[2]

Background and writing Edit

Media platforms began speculating that the song was written about American rapper Azealia Banks, Del Rey dismissed the rumors in an interview with NME magazine and stated that it was definitely not true. She continued by saying "I have no idea where people got that from. I just don’t know what the correlation is". In reality, the song was written about a group of teenagers that go out every night, according to Del Rey herself.[3]

Live performanceEdit

Del Rey has only performed the song live once. She sang an acapella snippet of it on November 20, 2016 at Corona Capital in Mexico City, Mexico by audience request.

Cross-references Edit

  • The lyric "downtown scene" is also found in "Salvatore", "So Legit" and "Dum Dum".
  • A "crazy" person and a "party" are mentioned in "Cruel World".
  • The "why?" lyric found throughout the chorus has been sampled from "Born to Die".
  • Del Rey calls someone "ghetto" in "Ghetto Baby".
  • In "Art Deco", Del Rey paints a picture of a "young thing on the downtown scene" who likes to "stay out late", party and act "crazy all the time". She painted a similar picture in her first album, "Born to Die", through the songs "Carmen" and "This Is What Makes Us Girls". The lyrics "a little party never hurt no one, that's why it's alright" are similar from the lyrics in "Carmen" that go "lying to herself cause her liquor's top shelf", they are both about deluding yourself that you're okay when you aren't.

Official versions Edit

  • Album version – 4:55
  • Instrumental version – 4:58

LyricsEdit

Club queen on the downtown scene
Prowling around at night
You're not mean, you're just born to be seen
Born to be wild

A little party never hurt no one
That's why it's alright
You want in but you just can't win
So you hang in the likes

You're so art deco
Out on the floor
Shining like gunmetal
Cold and unsure
Baby, you're so ghetto
You're looking to score
When they all say "hello"
You try to ignore them
'Cause you want more

Why? You want more
Why? You want more
Why? 'Cause you want more

Young thing on the downtown scene
Rolling around at night
Got things that've yet to be seen
Like your rapper's delight

A little party never hurt no one
That's why it's alright
You want in but you just can't win
So you stay in the lights

You're so art deco
Out on the floor
Shining like gunmetal
Cold and unsure
Baby, you're so ghetto
You're looking to score
When they all say "hello"
You try to ignore them
'Cause you want more

Why? You want more
Why? You want more
Why? 'Cause you want more

A little party never hurt no one
So you stay out late
A little party never hurt no one
That's what your friends say

You put your life out on the line
You're crazy all the time
Put your life out on the line
You're crazy all the time

You're so art deco
Out on the floor
Shining like gunmetal
Cold and unsure
Baby, you're so ghetto
You're looking to score
When they all say "hello"
You try to ignore them
'Cause you want more

Why? You want more
Why? You want more
Why? 'Cause you want more

A little party never hurt no one
Not you and me
A little party never hurt no one
We were born to be free

Credits Edit

Personnel
  • Lana Del Rey – vocals, songwriting, production
  • Rick Nowels – songwriting, production, pads, mellotron, bass
  • Kieron Menzies – production, engineering, recording, mixing, drums, percussion, synth
  • Patrick Warren – orchestrations, strings, piano, synth
  • Trevor Yasuda – engineering, additional recording
  • Chris Garcia – engineering, additional recording
  • Adam Ayan – mastering
  • Leon Michels – saxophone, Juno pad
  • Derek "DJA" Allen – percussion

References Edit

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