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Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Justin Parker
Producer(s) Justin Parker
Emile Haynie
Released December 30, 2011
Length 4:46
(see official versions)
From Btdogo
Single(s) "Video Games"
"Born to Die"
"Blue Jeans"
"Summertime Sadness"
"National Anthem"
"Dark Paradise"
Promotional single(s) "Off to the Races"
"Carmen"
Born to Die track listing
N/A
"Off to the Races"

"Born to Die" is a song written by Lana Del Rey and Justin Parker and produced by Parker and Emile Haynie in 2011. Taken from Del Rey's first major-label album of the same title, Born to Die, the song served as the album's second single, it was officially released worldwide on December 30, 2011.

Writing and inspirationEdit

The song was written by Del Rey and Justin Parker after the success of "Video Games".

CompositionEdit

Musically, "Born to Die" is an apocalyptic down-tempo ballad with hip-hop influences. It was composed in the key of E minor and at a tempo of 86 beats per minute. It features similar instrumentation to "Video Games", but focuses more heavily on the hip-hop influenced beat also seen in "Blue Jeans". It samples "Big Red" by Mountain.

Cross-referencesEdit

  • Del Rey has stated that the song is part of the "K" trilogy with "Blue Jeans" and "Video Games".
  • The phrase "Friday night" also appears in "Body Electric".
  • "It's like I told you" is also found in "Freak"
  • "I can see but once I was blind" is a similar lyric to "I was blind before I saw the world through your eyes" from "TV In Black & White"
  • "I'm hoping at the gates they'll tell me that you're mine" is a similar lyric to "gargoyles, standing, at the front of your gate; trying to tell me to wait" from "Bel Air"

Critical receptionEdit

Following the release of the single, Robert Copsey of Digital Spy commented, "we thought it would be near-impossible for Lana to top the chilling 'Video Games', but her new cut – the title track from her forthcoming album – may just have out-haunted its predecessor."[1] Laura Snapes of NME considered the song not "quite as flooring as 'Video Games', but then that song is fairly extraordinary",[2] while Entertainment Weekly contributor Grady Smith considered it a "beautifully dour tune".[3] Pryia Elan also of NME said the song "is a grower and whilst not as pitch perfect as 'Video Games', it's pretty damn fine".[4] Aaron-Spencer Charles of Metro noted "Lana Del Rey's Born to Die is a slow yet strong song, with Lana singing about her relationship experience over an orchestra. The calm tone of Del Rey's voice sets sad-love mood really well."[5] Tim Lee of musicOMH said the song is "essentially 'Video Games' with percussion", and noted that "her (alleged) agents clearly having stumbled upon a formula with which they can (allegedly) print money and (allegedly) further consign Lana's secretive, (allegedly) real debut LP to the annals of history. You didn't hear it from us, right?"[6]

Charts and certificationsEdit

Weekly charts Edit

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[7] 34
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[8] 10
Icelandic Singles Chart (Tonlist) [9] 6
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[10] 14
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[11] 10
Croatia (Airplay Radio Chart)[12] 3
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[13] 45
Denmark (Tracklisten)[14] 7
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[15] 13
France (SNEP)[16] 13
Germany (Official German Charts)[17] 29
Ireland (IRMA)[18] 12
Israel (Media Forest)[19] 8
Italy (FIMI) 15
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[20] 89
Portugal (Billboard Portugal)[21] 9
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[22] 10
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[23] 53
South Korea International Singles (Gaon)[24] 98
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[25] 41
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[26] 59
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[27] 13
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[28] 9
US Rock Digital Singles (Billboard)[29] 31

Year-end charts Edit

Chart (2012) Peak
position
France (SNEP)[30] 97
Poland (ZPAV)[31] 20
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[32] 95

Certifications Edit

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[33] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[34] Gold 40,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[35] Gold 15,000^
Italy (FIMI)[36] Platinum 30,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[37] Silver 200,000^
*sales figures based on certification alone

^shipments figures based on certification alone

AwardsEdit

"Born to Die" was nominated in 2012 MTV Video Awards in the category "Best Art Direction" and won UK Music Video Awards in the category "Best Pop Video - International".[38][39]

Official versions Edit

  • Album version – 4:46
  • Radio edit – 4:06
  • Instrumental version – 4:46
  • Acapella version – 4:44
  • Demo version 1 – 4:23
  • Demo version 2 – 4:44
  • "Born 2 Die" (early mix) – 4:49

RemixesEdit

  • Chad Valley Remix 3:46
  • Clams Casino Remix 3:07
  • G.Vump Remix 5:52
  • Gemini Remix 4:50
  • Kris Di Angelis 'Love Below' Remix 5:07
  • Moodymann Remix 6:14
  • Parrade Remix 5:47
  • PDP / 13 Remix 6:22 (also known as Damon Albarn Remix)
  • Woodkid & The Shoes Remix 4:03

Music videoEdit

Music video Information
Lana Del Rey - Born To Die04:47

Lana Del Rey - Born To Die

Released December 14, 2011
Length 4:46
Director Yoann Lemoine
Producer Emmanuel Reyé
Mourad Belkeddar
Filmed 2011
Location Palace of Fontainebleau, France
VEVO views 321+ Million views

Background Edit

After feeling dissatisfied with the home production of the video for "Video Games", and with a budget given by her new label, Interscope, Del Rey shot the video for "Born to Die" in the royal Fontainblau Palace in October, 2011. She wrote the treatment for the video, and presented it to filmographer and fellow musician Yoann Lemoine, in late 2011. He rewrote the concept, known as "The Lonely Queen", which featured her in heaven after dying and remembering her and her lover together, into a more reasonable concept.

Description Edit

The video depicts the "live fast, die young" mantra Del Rey has used throughout her career. It begins with Del Rey embracing her lover, played by Bradley Soileau, with an American flag behind them. Then Del Rey is shown, in "heaven", sitting in a throne with two tigers next to her. Interlaced clips of her and her lover are shown throughout clips of the castle, Del Rey in the throne, and Del Rey walking about the castle. Her lover and her meet at the castle, and begin to kiss on the hood of, and inside, a vintage Ford Mustang. The two then drive through the night before crashing. Soileau is shown holding a bloody corpse of Del Rey while the car is aflame behind them. Interlaced clips of them inside the castle, lying on a bed and standing against a wall, are also shown throughout the video.

Behind the scenes Edit

Video Edit

Lana Del Rey - Born To Die (Behind The Scenes)01:57

Lana Del Rey - Born To Die (Behind The Scenes)













Photos Edit

Promotional photoshoot by Clement Jolin Edit

LyricsEdit

Album versionEdit

Why?
Who me?
Why?

Feet don’t fail me now
Take me to the finish line
Oh my heart it breaks every step that I take
But I’m hoping at the gates, they’ll tell me that you’re mine

Walking through the city streets
Is it by mistake or design?
I feel so alone on a Friday night
Can you make it feel like home, if I tell you you’re mine
It’s like I told you honey

Don’t make me sad, don’t make me cry
Sometimes love is not enough and the road gets tough
I don’t know why.
Keep making me laugh, let’s go get high
The road is long, we carry on
Try to have fun in the meantime.
Come and take a walk on the wild side
Let me kiss you hard in the pouring rain
You like your girls insane.
So, choose your last words, this is the last time
Cause you and I, we were born to die.

Lost, but now I am found
I can see but once I was blind
I was so confused as a little child
Tried to take what I could get
Scared that I couldn’t find
All the answers honey

Don’t make me sad, don’t make me cry
Sometimes love is not enough and the road gets tough
I don’t know why.
Keep making me laugh, let’s go get high
The road is long, we carry on
Try to have fun in the meantime.
Come and take a walk on the wild side
Let me kiss you hard in the pouring rain
You like your girls insane.
So, choose your last words, this is the last time
Cause you and I, we were born to die.

We were born to die.
We were born to die.

Come and take a walk on the wild side
Let me kiss you hard in the pouring rain
You like your girls insane.

So...
Don’t make me sad, don’t make me cry
Sometimes love is not enough and the road gets tough
I don’t know why.
Keep making me laugh, let’s go get high
The road is long, we carry on
Try to have fun in the meantime

Come and take a walk on the wild side
Let me kiss you hard in the pouring rain
You like your girls insane.
So, choose your last words, this is the last time
Cause you and I, we were born to die.

(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)

Demo version #1Edit

Why?
Who me?
Why?

Feet don’t fail me now
Take me to the finish line
Oh my heart it breaks every step that I take
But I’m hoping at the gates, they’ll tell me that you’re mine

Walking through the city streets
Is it by mistake or design?
I feel so alone on a Friday night
Can you make it feel like home, if I tell you you’re mine

Don’t make me sad, don’t make me cry
Sometimes love is not enough and the road gets tough
I don’t know why.
Keep making me laugh, let’s go get high
The road is long, we carry on
Try to have fun in the meantime.
Come and take a walk on the wild side
Let me kiss you hard in the pouring rain
You like your girls insane.
So, choose your last words, this is the last time
Cause you and I, we were born to die.

Lost, but now I am found
I can see but once I was blind
I was so confused as a little child
Tried to take what I could get
Scared that I couldn’t find
All the answers honey

Don’t make me sad, don’t make me cry
Sometimes love is not enough and the road gets tough
I don’t know why.
Keep making me laugh, let’s go get high
The road is long, we carry on
Try to have fun in the meantime.
Come and take a walk on the wild side
Let me kiss you hard in the pouring rain
You like your girls insane.
So, choose your last words, this is the last time
Cause you and I, we were born to die.

(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to)

Come and take a walk on the wild side
Let me kiss you hard in the pouring rain
You like your girls insane.
So, don’t make me sad, don’t make me cry
Cause you and I, we were born to die.
Sometimes love is not enough and the road gets tough
I don’t know why.
Keep making me laugh, let’s go get high
The road is long, we carry on
Try to have fun in the meantime.

Come and take a walk on the wild side
Let me kiss you hard in the pouring rain
You like your girls insane.
So, choose your last words, this is the last time
Cause you and I, we were born to die.

(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)

Demo version #2Edit

Why?
Who me?
Why?

Feet don’t fail me now
Take me to the finish line
Oh my heart it breaks every step that I take
But I’m hoping at the gates, they’ll tell me that you’re mine

Walking through the city streets
Is it by mistake or design?
I feel so alone on a Friday night
Can you make it feel like home, if I tell you you’re mine

Don’t make me sad, don’t make me cry
Sometimes love is not enough and the road gets tough
I don’t know why.
Keep making me laugh, let’s go get high
The road is long, we carry on
Try to have fun in the meantime.
Come and take a walk on the wild side
Let me kiss you hard in the pouring rain
You like your girls insane.
So, choose your last words, this is the last time
Cause you and I, we were born to die.

(We were born to die)
We were born to die
(We were born to die)
We were born to die

Lost, but now I am found
I can see but once I was blind
I was so confused as a little child
Tried to take what I could get
Scared that I couldn’t find
All the answers honey

Don’t make me sad, don’t make me cry
Sometimes love is not enough and the road gets tough
I don’t know why.
Keep making me laugh, let’s go get high
The road is long, we carry on
Try to have fun in the meantime.
Come and take a walk on the wild side
Let me kiss you hard in the pouring rain
You like your girls insane.
So, choose your last words, this is the last time
Cause you and I, we were born to die.

(We were born to die)
We were born to die
(We were born to die)
We were born to die

Come and take a walk on the wild side
Let me kiss you hard in the pouring rain
You like your girls insane.

So...
Don’t make me sad, don’t make me cry
Sometimes love is not enough and the road gets tough
I don’t know why.
Keep making me laugh, let’s go get high
The road is long, we carry on
Try to have fun in the meantime

Come and take a walk on the wild side
Let me kiss you hard in the pouring rain
You like your girls insane.
So, choose your last words, this is the last time
Cause you and I, we were born to die.

(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)
(We were born to die)

CreditsEdit

Personnel

  • Strings arrangement — Larry Gold
  • Strings assistant — Steve Tirpak
  • Vocal production — Justin Parker
  • Additional vocal noises — Ken Lewis
  • Guitar — Jeff Bhasker
  • Drums — Emile Haynie
  • Keyboards — Emile Haynie
  • Recording — Brent Kolatalo
  • Mixing — Dan Grech Marguerat for 365 Artists
  • Mixing assistant — Duncan Fuller

References Edit

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  6. http://www.musicomh.com/music/features/track-reviews-28-nov-31-dec_1211-1.htm
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  9. http://www.tonlist.is/Music/Chartlist/475/
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  12. http://hrt.hr/fileadmin/video/ARC100_26032012.xls
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