"Diet Mountain Dew" (alternatively registered as "Diet Mtn Dew") is a song written by Lana Del Rey and Mike Daly, and produced by Emile Haynie and Jeff Bhasker in 2012. It was released on Del Rey's first major-label studio album Born to Die.
Background and composition
In May 2010, music blog sites began posting reviews of the third demo of the song alongside speculation around Del Rey's upcoming album. The track was met with generally positive reviews. The song is in B♭ minor with a tempo of 88 BPM. The track features motif of a rising then falling scale on the piano accompanied with soaring strings and hip-hop beats that are typical of the other tracks on the album. The track is generally upbeat, and lyrically the song centers on Del Rey asking a man whether they will "be in love forever". There is an overarching theme of drug use.
Del Rey has rarely performed this song and there is only one performance that has been recorded, on November 30, 2011 at the Mod Club in Toronto, Canada. It was performed as an encore. About the performance she said: "Okay, listen. I fucking hate to make you, like, wait and cheer like that. I fucking hate encores, but listen. But I've really never done this song live but I'm just like 'My set's so fucking short, I wanna like, make it longer,' so. We're just gonna try it. If you judge me, I'll kill you."
A demo version of the song was featured in season 3, episode 7 of 90210.
|Director||Lana Del Rey|
|Director||Lana Del Rey|
Before the release of Born to Die, Del Rey created two homemade music videos for a demo version of the song. Similar to the style of lots of her old homemade music videos.
- Roller-coasters are mentioned in "Last Girl on Earth", "Hundred Dollar Bill", "Butterflies, Pt .2" and "Breaking My Heart".
- Direct reference to "Axl Rose Husband".
- The third demo version references "dope and diamonds," a lyric in "Money Power Glory".
- "Hit me and tell me you're mine" is a variation of "hit me and it felt like a kiss" present in "Ultraviolence" and "Beautiful Player".
- The lyric "divine" is also referenced in "Summer of Sam", "Old Money", "Guns and Roses", among others.
- Del Rey references "Ride" by saying, "'Cause we gonna take a ride."
- Jesus & religion is prevalent throughout Del Rey's music, and is directly mentioned in "Trash Magic", "Body Electric", and was a main character in her short film, Tropico.
- Being high/Drugs are referenced quite a bit, similar lyrics appear in "Try Tonight", "Boarding School", "You & Me" including others.
First demo version
Second demo version
Third demo version
- Vocal production — Mike Daly
- Guitar — Jeff Bhasker
- Drums — Emile Haynie
- Additional drums — Ken Lewis & Brent Kolatalo
- Keyboards — Jeff Bhasker
- Additional keyboards — Emile Haynie
- Strings arrangement and conducting — Larry Gold
- Strings assistment — Steve Tirpak
- Mixing — Manny Marroguin
- Mixing assistant — Erik Madrid & Chris Galland