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God&MonstersPromo
Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Tim Larcombe
Producer(s) Tim Larcombe
Alternate producer(s) Emile Haynie
Length 3:57
(See official versions)
From Plogo
Single(s) "Ride"
Promotional single(s) "Blue Velvet"
"Burning Desire"
Paradise track listing
"Yayo"

"Gods & Monsters" (also registered as "Gods") is a song written by Lana Del Rey and Tim Larcombe, and produced by Larcombe and Emile Haynie in 2012 from Del Rey's third EP, and second major release, Paradise.

Background and compositionEdit

On September 24, 2012, Del Rey posted the sampler video of Paradise containing short snippets of all the tracks. The song is in the key of G# minor with at 96 BPM. It is a soft rock ballad that lyrically deals with innocence and hedonism. The song features signature sounds from Haynie that are reminicent of his work on "Million Dollar Man".

During 2014 limited official promo CDs for the song were exclusively distributed by Polydor and Interscope. The CDs included official remixes of the song, as well as the official instrumental, acapella, and "TV Track" versions of the song. The song was never received commercial individual release though, meaning it is not a single or promotional single.[1][2][3]

On May 7, 2017, various snippets of the official instrumental, acapella, and TV track versions of the song leaked online. And on June 9, 2017, the full acapella was leaked on a Russian torrent forum, but was immediately taken down.

Critical receptionEdit

The track was well recieved by critics. Jesse Cataldo of Slant magazine said, "Nothing here is on the same level as Born to Die, with only a few tracks, like "Gods and Monsters" and bonus track "Burning Desire", attaining a similar degree of snappy, mesmerizing languorousness."[4] Nick Butler of Sputnikmusic felt the track was an unintentionally new sound for Del Rey, but that the track was good. AllMusic reviewer John Bush commented that the line "like a groupie incognito posing as a real singer, life imitates art" was an embodiment of the whole album. Some reviewers shared negativity on the track, such as Drowned In Sound's David Edwards who commented "'Gods and Monsters' simply drags."

Use in media Edit

In 2014, American actress Jessica Lange covered "Gods & Monsters" for the American Horror Story: Freak Show episode "Edward Mordrake (Part 1)". The cover was released as a single on October 22, 2014.[5]

Tropico music video Edit

Main article: Tropico (film)

Del Rey's short film, Tropico (released December 6, 2013), contains a visual for "Gods & Monsters", as part of Tropico's second chapter titled Gods & Monsters. It shows Del Rey working as a stripper and actor Shaun Ross as a gang member who works as a clerk at a convenience store during the day.

Cross-referencesEdit

  • In "Go Go Dancer", Del Rey tells a man to "keep your fingertips on my waist", similar to "put your hands on my waist".
  • The lyric "Me and my momma we don't get along" from "My Momma" is similar to the lyric "Me and God we don't get along".

Official versionsEdit

  • Album version — 3:57
  • Instrumental version — 3:58
  • Acapella version — 3:58
  • TV Track version — 3:58

LyricsEdit

(The land, the land)
(The land, the land)

In the land of gods and monsters, I was an angel
Livin' in the garden of evil
Screwed up, scared, doin' anythin' that I needed
Shinin' like a fiery beacon

You got that medicine I need
Fame, liquor, love, give it to me slowly
Put your hands on my waist, do it softly
Me and God we don't get along, so now I sing:

"No one's gonna take my soul away,
I'm livin' like Jim Morrison."
Headed towards a fucked up holiday
Motel spree, sprees, and I'm singing:

"Fuck yeah, give it to me,
This is heaven what I truly want."
It's innocence lost, innocence lost

In the land of gods and monsters, I was an angel
Lookin' to get fucked hard
Like a groupie incongnito posin' as a real singer
Life imitates art

You got that medicine I need
Dope, shoot it up, straight to the heart please
I don't really wanna know what's good for me
"God's dead," I said, "Baby, that's alright with me."

No one's gonna take my soul away
I'm livin' like Jim Morrison
Headed towards a fucked up holiday
Motel spree, sprees, and I'm singing

"Fuck yeah, give it to me,
This is heaven what I truly want."
It's innocence lost, innocence lost

When you talk it's like a movie and you're making me crazy
'Cause life imitates art
If I get a little prettier, can I be your baby?
You tell me, "life isn't that hard."

No one's gonna take my soul away
I'm livin' like Jim Morrison
Headed towards a fucked up holiday
Motel spree, sprees, and I'm singing

"Fuck yeah, give it to me,
This is heaven what I truly want."
It's innocence lost, innocence lost

Official remixesEdit

  • Club Clique Remix — 4:13
  • Village Remix — 4:39
  • Mokadem Remix — 4:42
  • Mokadem Instrumental — 4:45
  • Balistiq Remix — 3:33
  • Balistiq Instrumental — 3:31

Promotional releaseEdit

Gods & Monsters CD by Polydor in UKEdit

Gods & Monsters CD by Polydor and Interscope Records in UK & USEdit

Gods & Monsters CD by Polydor in UKEdit

CreditsEdit

Personnel
  • Guitars — Tim Larcombe
  • Drums, Piano & keyboards — Tim Larcombe and Emile Haynie
  • Strings arrangment & Horns — Dan Heath
  • Mixing — Robert Orton at Hot Rocks Studio
  • Recording — at The Time Square Studio, Hoxton Square (London)
  • Mastering engineer — John Davis for Metropolis Mastering (London)

ChartsEdit

Chart Peak
position
France (SNEP)[6] 91
UK (Official Charts Company)[7] 39
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[8] 15

ReferencesEdit


Plogo 2

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

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

Bonus tracks:
"Burning Desire"

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