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Paradise EP
Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Rick Nowels
Producer(s) Rick Nowels
DK
Length 4:20
From Plogo
Single(s) "Ride"
Promotional single(s) "Blue Velvet"
"Burning Desire"
Paradise track listing
"Body Electric"

"Cola" (alternately registered as "Pussy" and "My Pussy Tastes Like Pepsi Cola"[1]) is a song by Lana Del Rey off her third studio EP and third major-label release, Paradise. The track was written by Lana Del Rey and Rick Nowels, who also produced the track. Del Rey stated in an interview that "Cola" was due to serve as the second single from Paradise worldwide, but no release date was set and the release was scrapped.

BackgroundEdit

Del Rey revealed in an interview on November 13, 2012 with KIIS FM Radio that the song would be released as the second single off Paradise, but no further details or release dates were announced since.

Critical receptionEdit

"Cola" received polarized reviews. "Fresh" and "is-she-serious?" have been some of the reactions to the lyrics included on "Cola", specifically the line "My pussy tastes like Pepsi-Cola", which sparked controversy.[2] Hindustan Times criticized the song snippet, saying it proved she was running out of ideas and that the song sounded strangely similar to the other album tracks.[3] Robert Copsey of Digital Spy noted that the hooks on "Cola" were polished, but did not compromise Del Rey's bold image.[4] Noticing how the other tracks on Paradise sound rhythmically similar, Slant magazine said: "Cola" is the opposite, pushing Del Rey's pop-art take on signifier-addled femme fatality too far into the realm of cheekiness, but also shattering a persona that already exists inside a hall of mirrors."[5]

Cross referencesEdit

  • "Cherry pies" are also mentioned in "Betty Boop Boop" among other songs.
  • "Harvey's in the sky with diamonds" is a similar lyric to "Lucy's in the sky with ice" from "Television Heaven". They both come from the lyric "Lucy is in the sky with diamonds" which is a song of the Beatles.
  • "Pretty baby" is used in many songs, like "Florida Kilos", "For K, Pt. 2", or "Pretty Baby".
  • Vanilla ice cream is also mentioned in both "Dynamite" and "Paradise".

LyricsEdit

My pussy taste like Pepsi-Cola
My eyes are wide like cherry pies
I gots a taste for men who're older
It's always been, so it's no surprise

Harvey's in the sky with diamonds and he's making me crazy
(I come alive, alive)
All he wants to do is party with his pretty baby

Come on, baby, let's ride
We can escape to the great sunshine
I know your wife and she wouldn't mind
We made it out to the other side
We made it out to the other side
We made it out to the other side

(Come on, come on
Come on, come on
Come on, baby
Woah, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, yeah)

I fall asleep in an American flag
I wear my diamonds on skid row
I pledge allegiance to my dad
For teaching me everything he knows

Harvey's in the sky with diamonds and he's making me crazy
(I come alive, alive)
All he wants to do is party with his pretty baby

Come on, baby, let's ride
We can escape to the great sunshine
I know your wife and she wouldn't mind
We made it out to the other side
We made it out to the other side
We made it out to the other side

Drugs, suck it up like vanilla Icees
Don’t treat me rough, treat me really niceys
Decorate my neck, diamantes ices
Why, come on, come on
Ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, yeah

Come on, baby, let’s ride
We can escape to the great sunshine
I know your wife and she wouldn’t mind
We made it out to the other side

Come on, baby, let’s ride
We can escape to the great sunshine
We made it out to the other side
We made it out to the other side

(Come on, come on
Come on, baby
Come on, come on
Come on, baby)

(Whoa-ah
My pussy tastes like Pepsi-Cola
Oh, ah
My pussy tastes like Pepsi-Cola
Oh
My pussy tastes like Pepsi-Cola
Oh, whoa, yeah)

MonologueEdit

Similar to the style of the monologue used in the introduction of the "Ride" music video, a monolgue speech was recorded to the introduction of the "Cola" instrumental and was later used in a promotional video used to accompany the April, 2013 edition of L'Officiel Paris, a French fashion magazine which features Del Rey as "Rosalita", Mexico's movie star queen. The monologue is a reading of Walt Whitman's poem "Song of Myself."

In addition to being used in the video for L'Officiel, it was also believed by fans that the monologue would be featured in a music video for "Cola", but as no official video was ever announced or released.

Lyrics Edit

With music strong I come,
With my cornets and my drums.
I play not marches for accepted victors only,
I play great marches for conquered and slain persons.
Have you heard that it was good the gain the day?
I also say it is good to fall,
Battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won.
I beat and pound for the dead,
I blow through my embouchures my loudest and gayest for them.

Intro Edit

At many of Del Rey's 2014 performances, an intro would be played before Del Rey performed "Cola". Since "Cola" was the first song to be played at most of her 2014 concerts, the piece served as an introduction to the concert and played before Del Rey walked on stage. It features a similar instrumental to "Cola" and different lyrics. Some fans refer to it as "Cruel World (Intro)" [not to be confused with "Cruel World" (song)].

Lyrics Edit

Ooh
Ooh
Ooh

Let the light in

Let the light shine in
It’s a cruel world

  • Note: these lyrics refer to the version that was played on June 28, 2014, at Glastonbury.

CreditsEdit

Personnel

  • Strings, Electric guitar, Glockenspiel Piano & Synthesiser — Patrick Warren
  • Acoustic guitar, Juno bass & Keyboards — Rick Nowels
  • Slide guitar — Tim Pierce
  • Drums — Rick Nowels, Devrim Karaoglu
  • Drum programming & Recording — Kieron Menzies
  • Additional recording — Chris Garcia and Jordan Stilwell
  • Mixing — Kieron Menzies
  • Mastering engineer — John Davis for Metropolis Mastering (London)

ChartsEdit

Chart (2012) Peak
position
France (SNEP)[6] 71
Ireland (Irish Singles Chart)[7] 99
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 120
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[9] 22

ReferencesEdit


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