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Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Producer(s) David Kahne
Length 3:59
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"Raise Me Up (Mississippi South)"

"Mermaid Motel" (registered as "Mermaid Motel" and "Mermaid Hotel") is a song written by Lana Del Rey and produced by David Kahne. It was released in 2010 on Del Rey's debut album, Lana Del Ray.

Background and writingEdit

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."[1]

An extended studio demo was leaked on July 1, 2017. The original file leaked on next day, July 2, 2017, lasting 10 minutes and 53 seconds. However, the additional length is just silence.

There is an alternate version called "Mermaid Hotel" that lasts 3 minutes. It is registered and remains unleaked.[2]

Cross-referencesEdit

Music video Edit

Music video Information
Lana Del Rey - Mermaid Motel04:09

Lana Del Rey - Mermaid Motel

Released N/A
Length 4:09
Director Lana Del Rey
Producer
Choreographer
Filmed 2008
Location Unknown
Vevo views N/A

Background and description Edit

Del Rey created her own homemade music video for the song in 2008. Like most of her early music videos, it featured clips of Del Rey herself and clips she gathered from miscellaneous films and videos.

Official versions Edit

  • Album version — 3:59
  • Demo version — 6:21
  • "Mermaid Hotel" version — 3:00

LyricsEdit

Final versionEdit

Maybe we could go to Coney Island
Maybe I could sing the national anthem
Buy a white sweater for the last white day of the summer

Buy my purple wig for my mermaid video
Walk back to where I lived in my motel on Neptune Avenue

You call me lavender, you call me sunshine
You say take it off, take it off
You call me lavender, you call me sunshine
You say take it off, take it off

Maybe we could go to Suede Tokyo
Or see Van Halen at their reunion show
Heavy metal hour on T.V.
Diamond Dave and Ray Lee
And you salute me, Miss America
Because I am, I am

You call me lavender, you call me sunshine
You say take it off, take it off
You call me lavender, you call me sunshine
You say take it off, take it off

Maybe we could go to Coney Island
Maybe I could sing you to sleep
God bless the universe, god bless the ocean
God bless you and god bless me
God bless you and god bless me

You call me lavender, you call me sunshine
You say take it off, t-take it off
You call me lavender, you call me sunshine
You say take it off

Demo versionEdit

Maybe we can go to Coney Island
Maybe I can sing the national anthem
Buy a white sweater for the last white day of the summer

Like my purple hair for my mermaid video
Walk back to where I live in my motel
On Neptune Avenue (it's pretty fancy)
 
You call me lavender, you call me sunshine
You say take it off, take it off
You call me lavender, you call me sunshine
You say take it off, take it off
 
Maybe we could visit Suede Tokyo
See Van Halen at the reunion show
Heavy metal hour on TV
Diamond Dave and Ray Lee
And you salute me, Miss America
Because I am, I am
 
You call me lavender, you call me sunshine
You say take it off, take it off
You call me lavender, you call me sunshine
You say take it off, take it off
 
All I wanna do is lie on chandeliers
I've been beautiful for more than a thousand years
All I wanna do is lie on chandeliers and stare at you, baby
Smile you to tears
 
Maybe we can go to Coney Island
Maybe I can sing you to sleep
God bless the universe
God bless the ocean
God bless the blue
And God like them mean
God bless the blue
And God like them mean
 
You call me lavender, you call me sunshine
You say take it off, take it off
You call me lavender, you call me sunshine
You say take it off, take it off
 
You call me lavender, you call me sunshine
 
You call me lavender, you call me sunshine
You say take it off, take it off
You call me lavender, you call me sunshine
You say take it off, take it off

You call me lavender, you call me sunshine
You say take it off, take it off
You call me lavender, you call me sunshine
You say take it off, take it off

You call me lavender, you call me sunshine
You say take it off, take it off
You call me lavender, you call me sunshine
Take it off, take it off

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