In an interview with ex-boyfriend Michael Mizrahi, Del Rey commented that "I wrote “Mermaid Motel” because I was so happy. I was on such a roll. I wrote three smashing songs, in my opinion. I wrote “Queen of the Gas Station,” “Jump,” and “Put Me in a Movie” in a week. And that’s how it happens. I have to wait so long, I never know how long, could be years [for inspiration], but I know exactly when I have a song, and it comes all at once. It doesn’t take long to write. It comes with the melody. It comes with the harmonies and I have to take as long as it takes that day, because then it does leave."
- References to Coney Island are also present in "Off to the Races", "Carmen" and "TV In Black & White".
- Refers to singing the "National Anthem".
- The words "Miss America" are also heard in "Driving In Cars With Boys" and "Trash".
- Heavy metal is also referenced in "Smarty", "Axl Rose Husband", "Angels Forever, Forever Angels" and "Guns and Roses"
Music video Edit
|Director||Lana Del Rey|
Background and description Edit
Del Rey created her own homemade music video for the song in 2008. Like most of her early music vides, it featured clips of Del Rey herself and clips she gathered from miscellaneous films and videos.