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Unreleased
Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Producer(s) Jarrad Rogers
Recorded 2011
Length 3:30 (Version 1)
3:54 (Version 2)
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"Live or Die" is an unreleased song by Lana Del Rey. It was recorded in 2011 and leaked on October 14, 2012 with a heavily fan-edited alternate version leaking on March 1, 2015. The unedited alternate version leaked on August 6, 2015. The song was written and produced by Del Rey and Jarrad Rogers.

Background

It is speculated to be an outtake from the Born to Die sessions. An alternate version of the song leaked on March 1, 2015, although fan-edited with added beats, shortened introduction and choruses, and sound effects including a gunshot and dropping bullets.[1] The unedited second version leaked in full on August 6, 2015, alongside a demo of "Jealous Girl", "Wayamaya", "Hangin' Around", "Joshy & I" and "Cry Me a River".

Cross-references

  • References to "Noir".
  • The phrase "suicide blonde" also comes up in "She's Not Me".
  • Del Rey talks about soldiers in songs such as "Hit & Run".
  • Directly references Tony Montana (played by Al Pacino) and Michelle Pfeiffer, stars in the movie Scarface; references to the film can also be found in the eponymous "Scarface", "Never Let Me Go", and "Playground".
  • Bugsy Malone is also mentioned in "Dum Dum".
  • The line "I be murderin' 'em, murderin' 'em" is also used in "Summer of Sam".
  • The phrase "Queen of Saigon" also appears in "West Coast" and "National Anthem".

Lyrics

Version 1

Baby, you my Bugsy Malone and I'm your suicide blonde
You could be my film noir star, I'm your Queen of Saigon
If they don't think we're good together
Baby, just forget 'em and let bygones be bygones

Baby, I can't go it alone 'cause you're the one that I want
You can be my Tony Montana and I can be your Pfeiffer fire
I can take you higher
I can get you hooked on love and desire

Hello, pretty baby, you can be my cherry pie
I know what you've done and I can be your alibi

So tonight, are you gonna be my soldier?
Are we gonna be Bonnie and Clyde?
It's either live or die, boy, it's either live or die
Are you gonna be my lover?
Are we gonna be true love's suicide?
It's either live or die, boy, it's either live or die

I be murderin' 'em, murderin' 'em, just for fun (eh)
I be murderin' 'em, murderin' 'em, one by one (eh)
It's either live or die, boy, it's either live or die

So tonight, are you gonna be my soldier? (eh)
Are we gonna be Bonnie and Clyde? (eh)
It's either live or die, boy, it's either live or die

Baby, you Sylvester Stallone and I could be your Adrian
With tender lips I got you in the ring to say my name again
Say my name again, say my name again (huh)

Baby, I can't go it alone 'cause you're the one that I want
You can be my Tommy Mottola and I can be Mariah, tiger
Scream a little higher
I can get you high on love and desire

Not since Bonnie and Clyde was two kids
So good at bein' bad, bad, bad
I'm flirtin' with the checkout counter, baby
"Put the money in the bag!"

So tonight, are you gonna be my soldier?
Are we gonna be Bonnie and Clyde?
It's either live or die, boy, it's either live or die
Are you gonna be my lover?
Are we gonna be true love's suicide?
It's either live or die, boy, it's either live or die

I be murderin' 'em, murderin' 'em, just for fun (eh)
I be murderin' 'em, murderin' 'em, one by one (eh)
It's either live or die, boy, it's either live or die

So tonight, are you gonna be my soldier? (eh)
Are we gonna be Bonnie and Clyde? (eh)
It's either live or die, boy, it's either live or die

Would you kill for me?
Would you die for me?
Put your hands where I can see them
Put them in the air

So tonight, are you gonna be my soldier?
Are we gonna be Bonnie and Clyde?
It's either live or die, boy, it's either live or die
Are you gonna be my lover?
Are we gonna be true love's suicide?
It's either live or die, boy, it's either live or die

I be murderin' 'em, murderin' 'em, just for fun (eh)
I be murderin' 'em, murderin' 'em, one by one (eh)
It's either live or die, boy, it's either live or die

So tonight, are you gonna be my soldier? (eh)
Are we gonna be Bonnie and Clyde? (eh)
It's either live or die, boy, it's either live or die

Version 2

(Die, die, die, die)

Baby, you my Bugsy Malone and I'm your suicide blonde
You could be my film noir star, I'm your Queen of Saigon
If they don't think we're good together
Baby, just forget 'em and let bygones be bygones

Baby, I can't go it alone 'cause you're the one that I want
You can be my Tony Montana and I can be your Pfeiffer fire
I can take you higher
I can get you hooked on love and desire

Hello, pretty baby, I can be your cherry pie
You walk into the room, my heart goes boom
Send me to the sky

So tonight, are you gonna be my soldier?
Are we gonna be Bonnie and Clyde?
It's either live or die, boy, it's either live or die
Are you gonna be my lover?
Are we gonna be true love's suicide?
(Suicide, suicide)
It's either live or die

I be murderin' 'em, murderin' 'em just for fun (hey)
I be murderin' 'em, murderin' 'em one by one (hey)
It's either live or die, boy
It's either live or die

I be murderin' 'em, murderin' 'em just for fun (hey)
I be murderin' 'em, murderin' 'em one by one (hey)
It's either live or die, boy
It's either live or die

(Die, die, it’s either live or die)

Baby, you Sylvester Stallone and I could be your Adrian
With tender lips I got you in the ring, just say my name again
Say my name again, say my name again
Say my name, say my name
Say my name again

Baby, I can't go it alone 'cause you're the one that I want
You can be my Tommy Mottola and I can be Mariah, tiger
(Meow)
I can get you hooked on drugs and desire

Hello, pretty baby, I can be your cherry pie
You walk into the room, my heart goes boom
Send me to the sky

So tonight, are you gonna be my soldier?
Are we gonna be Bonnie and Clyde?
It's either live or die, boy, it's either live or die
Are you gonna be my lover?
Are we gonna be true love's suicide?
(Suicide, suicide)
It's either live or die

I be murderin' 'em, murderin' 'em just for fun (hey)
I be murderin' 'em, murderin' 'em one by one (hey)
It's either live or die, boy
It's either live or die

I be murderin' 'em, murderin' 'em just for fun (hey)
I be murderin' 'em, murderin' 'em one by one (hey)
It's either live or die, boy
It's either live or die

Would you kill for me?
Would you die for me?
Put your hands where I can see them
Put them in the air

So tonight, are you gonna be my soldier?
Are we gonna be Bonnie and Clyde?
It's either live or die, boy, it's either live or die
Are you gonna be my lover?
Are we gonna be true love's suicide?
(Suicide, suicide)
It's either live or die

I be murderin' 'em, murderin' 'em just for fun (hey)
I be murderin' 'em, murderin' 'em one by one (hey)
It's either live or die, boy
It's either live or die

I be murderin' 'em, murderin' 'em just for fun (hey)
I be murderin' 'em, murderin' 'em one by one (hey)
It's either live or die, boy
It's either live or die

It's either live or die, boy
It's either live or die

(Die, die, die)

References

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