Del Rey talked about the song in a track by track commentary for Ultraviolence by saying "Sad girl, cause I'm still sometimes a sad girl, still things beyond my control. Sometimes I do things that I want, above what I maybe should do". She also stated that the song reminded her of "Shades of Cool" because of it's bluesy tone and stays within the theme of the album.
Composition and critical reception Edit
"Sad Girl" is a Jazz influenced ballad performed at approximately 119 beats per minute and runs at a duration of five minutes and seventeen seconds. Kenneth Patridge of Rolling Stone called the track "the most alluring ballad" on the whole record.
- The lyric "he's got the fire, and he walks with it" is reminiscent of the line "fire walk with me" from Twin Peaks; the influence of Lynch's work on Del Rey can also be found in "Blue Velvet", "JFK" and "Carmen".
- The lyric "I'm on fire" also appears in "Summertime Sadness", "Body Electric", "Baby Blue Love" and a thematically similar lyric is found in "Lucky Ones".
Official versions Edit
- Album version – 5:17
- Instrumental version – 5:14
- Lana Del Rey – vocals, songwriting
- Rick Nowels – songwriting, vocal production
- Dan Auerbach – production, electric guitar, synthesizers
- Collin Dupuis – engineering, synthesizer
- Kieron Menzies – vocal engineering
- Robert Orton – mixing
- Nick Movshon – drums
- Leon Michaels – mellotron
- Kenny Vaughan – synthesizers, mellotron
- Seth Kaufman – electric guitar
- Russ Pahl – acoustic guitar
- John Davis – mastering engineer