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BornToDie
Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Justin Parker
Producer(s) Emile Haynie
Alternate producer(s) Justin Parker
Length 3:34
(see official versions)
From Btdogo
Single(s) "Video Games"
"Born to Die"
"Blue Jeans"
"Summertime Sadness"
"National Anthem"
"Dark Paradise"
Promotional single(s) "Off to the Races"
"Carmen"
Born to Die track listing
"Carmen"

"Radio" (also known as "Cinnamon") is a song by Lana Del Rey that is featured on her debut major-label studio album, Born to Die. It was written with Justin Parker, who also produced the song alongside Emile Haynie. A demo version of the song produced by Parker leaked online on June 7, 2012, along with several other of the Born to Die demos.

Writing and inspiration Edit

When talking about the song in a 2012 interview, Del Rey stated: "People always said 'oh well people will come out of the woodwork and change their mind about you, they'll start to like you because you're on the radio' and it is true, but I don't mind, cause I'd rather have people be nice to me, so I liked it. I don't really care why people are nice to me, I just like it when it's easier".

Del Rey went on to explain when she wrote "Radio" by stating that she wrote it when a guy she used to know came back into her life, "so I was like now my life is sweet like cinnamon, cause he came back".[1]

Cross-referencesEdit

  • The "American dream" is also referenced in "Damn You", "Without You", among other songs.
  • Cinnamon is also referred to in "Summer of Sam".
  • The lyric "sing it to me" is also used in "Beautiful Player".
  • The lyric "How do you like me now?" is also used in "Get Drunk".
  • Reference to "paradise", a phrase commonly used in Del Rey's music.

Live performances Edit

Del Rey began performing the song live on the 2011 leg of the Born to Die Tour, to preview the song before the song was officially released. The song has since been included on the setlist for the 2012 leg of the Born to Die Tour and the 2014 leg of the Paradise Tour.

Official versions Edit

  • Album version — 3:34
  • Demo version — 3:31
  • Instrumental version — 3:33
  • Clean version — 3:34

LyricsEdit

Not even they can stop me now
Boy, I'll be flying overhead
Their heavy words can't bring me down
Boy I've been raised from the dead

No one even knows how hard life was
I don't even think about it now because
I've finally found you
Oh, sing it to me

Now my life is sweet like cinnamon
Like a fucking dream I'm living in
Baby love me 'cause I'm playing on the radio
(How do you like me now?)

Lick me up and take me like a vitamin
'Cause my body's sweet like sugar venom oh yeah
Baby love me 'cause I'm playing on the radio
(How do you like me now?)

American dreams came true somehow
I swore I'd chase 'em 'till I was dead
I heard the streets were paved with gold
That's what my father said

No one even knows what life was like
Now I'm in L.A. and it's paradise
I've finally found you
Oh, sing it to me

Now my life is sweet like cinnamon
Like a fucking dream I'm living in
Baby love me 'cause I'm playing on the radio
(How do you like me now?)

Lick me up and take me like a vitamin
'Cause my body's sweet like sugar venom oh yeah
Baby love me 'cause I'm playing on the radio
(How do you like me now?)

Sweet like cinnamon
Like a fucking dream I'm living in
Baby love me 'cause I'm playing on the radio
(How do you like me now?)

Sweet like cinnamon
Like a fucking dream I'm living in
I've finally found you
Oh, sing it to me

Now my life is sweet like cinnamon
Like a fucking dream I'm living in
Baby love me 'cause I'm playing on the radio
(How do you like me now?)

Lick me up and take me like a vitamin
'Cause my body's sweet like sugar venom oh yeah
Baby love me 'cause I'm playing on the radio
(How do you like me now?)

Oh, sing it to me

Now my life is sweet like cinnamon
Like a fucking dream I'm living in
Baby love me 'cause I'm playing on the radio
(How do you like me now?)

Lick me up and take me like a vitamin
'Cause my body's sweet like sugar venom oh yeah
Baby love me 'cause I'm playing on the radio
(How do you like me now?)

CreditsEdit

Personnel
  • Lana Del Rey — vocals, songwriting
  • Justin Parker — songwriting, additional production
  • Emile Haynie — production, keyboards, guitar, drums
  • Larry Gold — strings arrangement and conduction
  • Steve Tirpak — strings assistance
  • Dan Grech-Marguerat — mixing
  • Duncan Fuller — mixing assistance
  • John Davis — mastering
Technical
  • Published by EMI / Sony ATV (ASCAP)
  • Mixed at Miloco's Engine Room, London, United Kingdom
  • Mastered at Metropolis Mastering, London, United Kingdom

ReferencesEdit

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