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Unreleased
Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Producer(s) Jayson Michael
Alternate producer(s) David Kahne
Recorded 2009
Length 4:00
(See official versions)
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"Hundred Dollar Bill" (sometimes called "C-Note") is an unreleased song by Lana Del Rey. It was recorded in 2009 and leaked on December 20, 2011. The song is speculated to be an outtake from the Born to Die sessions.

BackgroundEdit

Del Rey uploaded the song to her defunct SoundCloud profile on March 22, 2010, alongside other songs "On Our Way", "Velvet Crowbar", "Us Against the World", "Kinda Outta Luck" and "You Can Be the Boss".[1]

The first version of the song was produced by Jayson Michael. The "C-Note" demo version leaked on April 8, 2012 and was produced by David Kahne, who also produced Lana Del Ray. A third version of the song has been confirmed by it's producer, David Kahne. It's been described as "progressive and aggressive".

Del Rey performed the song live on June 8, 2009 at The Variety Box, and referred to it as "Nothin' More Gorgeous Than a Hundred Dollar Bill".

Live performances Edit

Del Rey performed the song live twice known times during the early days of her career, and possibly more. The first known performance was on June 8, 2009, at The Slipper Room in New York, and the second known performance was on January 22, 2010, at the Highline Ballroom in New York. Video footage of the first performance exists online.[2]

Cross-referencesEdit

Official versions Edit

  • Final version — 4:00
  • "C-Note" demo version — 3:13

Music video Edit

Music video Information
Lana Del Rey -Hundred Dollar Bill

Lana Del Rey -Hundred Dollar Bill

Released N/A
Length 4:01
Director Lana Del Rey
Producer
Filmed Unknown
Location Unknown
Vevo views N/A

Background and description Edit

Del Rey created her own homemade video for the song. Like most of her old music videos, it featured clips of Del Rey herself singing along to the song and clips she gathered from miscellaneous films and videos. It also features footage of Del Rey's interview with Brea Tremblay for Index magazine that was taken November, 2008.

LyricsEdit

Final versionEdit

(Twenty of 'em wrapped up tight in silk)

Hundred dollar bill
Hundred dollar bill
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill

Jimmy pulls up in his blue Chevy Nova
I have been dyin' for him to come over
I’m in my party dress
He say, "you such a mess"

I am the New Jersey dance queen
He is the gangster action king
He knows that I be sellin' my body
My man the best 'cause he knows what’s up

He knows it’s a big bad world
Knows that I’m a good girl
He understands the sale of self
'Cause cash comes quick when looks can kill

Hundred dollar bill
Hundred dollar bill
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
(Hey, yeah)

Hundred dollar bill
Hundred dollar bill
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
(Twenty of 'em wrapped up tight in silk)

J is a romantic roller coaster
He don’t do anything he supposed to
I like 'em tough and mean
Jim is the worst that I've ever seen

I am the trailer park darling
He is the one-time comeback king
He knows that I be looking to die
He says, "baby, pay respect to the high"

He knows it’s a big bad world
Knows that I’m a good girl
He understands the sale of self
'Cause cash comes quick when looks can kill

Hundred dollar bill
Hundred dollar bill
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
(Twenty of 'em wrapped up tight in silk)

Hundred dollar bill
Hundred dollar bill
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
(Twenty of 'em wrapped up tight in silk)

(Hey, yeah, oh-ah, oh-ah, hey-ah)

I like your ultra-violent swing
I like it when you treat me mean
You turn my mood from black to blue
I like your ultra-violent swing
I like it when you treat me mean
You turn my mood from black to blue

(Hey, yeah, twenty of 'em
Wrapped up tight in)

Hundred dollar bill
Hundred dollar bill
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
(Hey, yeah)

Hundred dollar bill
Hundred dollar bill
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
(Twenty of 'em wrapped up tight in silk)

Hundred dollar bill
(I need your love)
Hundred dollar bill
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
(I need your love)
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
Hundred dollar bill
(I need your love)
Hundred dollar bill
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
(I need your love)
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill

(Yeah, twenty of 'em wrapped up tight in silk)

Demo versionEdit

Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
But twenty of 'em wrapped up tight in silk

Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
Hey-ah

Jimmy pulls up in his blue Chevy Nova
I have been dyin' for him to come over
I’m in my party dress
He say, "you’re such a mess"

I am the New Jersey dance queen
He is the gangster action king
He knows that I be sellin' my body
My man the best 'cause he knows what’s up

He knows it’s a big bad world
Knows that I’m a good girl
He understands the sale of self
'Cause cash comes quick when looks can kill

And there's nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
But twenty of 'em wrapped up tight in silk

Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
Hey-ah

J is a romantic roller coaster
He don’t do anything he supposed to
I like 'em tough and mean
Jim is the worst that I've ever seen

I am the trailer park darling
He is the one-time comeback king
He knows that I be looking to die
He said, "baby, pay respect to the high"

I'm not invincible
But cash come quick when looks can kill

And there's nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
Twenty of 'em wrapped up tight in silk

Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill

I like your ultra-violent swing
I like it when you treat me mean
You turn my mood from black to blue

Ruby Tuesdays
Oh, sick, oh
I loved you then, you'll always know
I loved you then, you'll always know

That there's nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill

Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill

Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill
Nothin' more gorgeous than a hundred dollar bill

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