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Paradise EP
Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Dan Heath
Producer(s) Dan Heath
Recorded 2012
Length 3:57
From Plogo
Single(s) "Ride"
Promotional single(s) "Blue Velvet"
"Burning Desire"
Paradise track listing
"Burning Desire"

"Bel Air" is a song written by Lana Del Rey and co-written and produced by Dan Heath. It is the closing track of her third EP, Paradise.

Writing and inspirationEdit

"Bel Air" was recorded during the sessions for Paradise. Lyrically, it references many topics that previously appeared in Del Rey's music, such as roses, palm trees, and heaven. It also references the Los Angeles neighbourhood Bel-Air.

Composition and recordingEdit

The song is an airy ballad, the prototypical sound used throughout Del Rey's career. It begins with sounds of children playing overlapped with a light piano accompaniment. Del Rey's vocals begin softly, and melodically build throughout the composition of the song. Light percussion is heard during the choruses, featuring multiple layers of Del Rey's vocals, performed in a higher pitch than previously heard on her work on Born to Die. The song ends with a fade out of the sound of the children. The song was recorded Electric Lemon Studios and Westlake Studios in Los Angeles, California, and it was mixed at House of Blues Studios in Los Angeles, California.

Critical receptionEdit

Canada.com reviewer Leah Collins called "Bel Air" an Enya-channeled, eerie waltz.[1] Conversely, The Huffington Post dismissed both "Bel Air" and "Yayo" as Paradise's "filler tracks".[2] Dissatisfied with other songs on ParadiseDigital Spy said, on "Bel Air", Del Rey finally gets it right, calling the song "a snowy, Tim Burton-inspired ballad".[3]

Cross-referencesEdit

  • Lyrical mention of "Roses", an unreleased song and common theme in Del Rey's work.
  • The phrase "palm trees in the light" is reminiscent of themes in "Jump".
  • "Gargoyles, standing, at the front of your gate; trying to tell me to wait" is a similar lyric to "I'm hoping at the gates they'll tell me that you're mine" from "Born to Die"

Music videoEdit

Original music video Edit

Music video Information
Lana del Rey - Bel Air04:07

Lana del Rey - Bel Air

Released November 8, 2012
Length 4:07
Director Kyle Newman
Spencer Susser
Producer Tova Dann
Choreographer N/A
Filmed April/May 2012
Location Los Angeles, CA
Vevo views N/A

BackgroundEdit

During the filming for "Summertime Sadness", Del Rey recorded extra footage that would later be used for the Paradise trailer. The excess footage was also used to construct the video for "Bel Air". The video was privatized in February, 2013, for unexplained reasons although unofficial uploads still exist around the web.

DescriptionEdit

The video shows Del Rey, enrobed in a white gown, spinning and twirling slowly in a blanket of fog. The desaturated shots are colored purple, blue, green, red, sepia, and classic black and white throughout the video. The video was released as a promotional supplement on November 8, 2012, a day before the release of Paradise. The description section of the video states - "i lost my reputation, i forgot my truth. But i have my beauty and i have my youth. Tropico the film, coming next year".

Tropico music video Edit

Main article: Tropico (film)

Del Rey's short film, Tropico (released December 6, 2013), contains a second music video for "Bel Air", as part of Tropico's third and final chapter titled Bel Air. It shows Del Rey and actor Shaun Ross dancing in a field as the sun sets.

LyricsEdit

Gargoyles standing at the front of your gate
Trying to tell me to wait but I can’t wait to see you
So I run like a child to heaven’s door
I don’t wanna be bad I won’t cheat you no more

Roses, Bel Air, take me there
I’ve been waiting to meet you
Palm trees in the light, I can see late at night
Darling, I’m waiting to greet you
Come to me baby

Spotlight, Bad Baby
You’ve got a flair
For the violentest kind of love anywhere out there
Mon amour, sweet child of mine, you’re divine
Didn’t anyone ever tell you it’s okay to shine?

Roses, Bel Air, take me there
I’ve been waiting to meet you
Palm trees in the light, I can see late at night
Darling, I’m waiting to greet you
Come to me baby

Don’t be afraid of me, don’t be ashamed
Walking away from my soft resurrection
Idol of roses, iconic soul
I know your name
Lead me to war with your brilliant direction

Roses, Bel Air, take me there
I’ve been waiting to meet you
Palm trees in the light, I can see late at night
Darling, I’m waiting to greet you
Come to me baby
Roses, Bel Air, take me there
I’ve been waiting to meet you

Grenadine, sunshine, can you break this heart of mine
Darling I’m waiting to greet you, come to me baby

CreditsEdit

Personnel

  • Lana Del Rey — vocals, backing vocals, songwriting
  • Dan Heath — songwriting, production, engineering, strings, piano
  • Kathleen Sloan & Songa Lee — violins
  • Tucker Robinson & Nikki Calvert — engineering
  • Jeff Rothschild — mixing
  • Peter Stanislaus — mix engineer
  • John Davis — mastering

ChartsEdit

Chart (2012) Peak
position
France (SNEP)[4] 109
UK (Official Charts Company)[5] 184
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[6] 50

References Edit

  1. http://o.canada.com/2012/11/08/lana-del-rey-debuts-bel-air-video-teases-short-film/
  2. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/12/review-lana-del-rey-paradise-review_n_2118735.html
  3. http://www.digitalspy.com/music/albumreviews/a437881/lana-del-rey-paradise-ep-review.html
  4. http://www.lescharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Lana+Del+Rey&titel=Bel+Air&cat=s
  5. http://www.zobbel.de/cluk/121124cluk.txt
  6. http://www.billboard.com/artist/306420/lana%2Bdel%2Brey/chart?f=902


Plogo 2

"Ride"
"American"
"Cola"
"Body Electric"

"Blue Velvet"
"Gods & Monsters"
"Yayo"
"Bel Air"

Bonus tracks:
"Burning Desire"

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