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Lust for Life
Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Rick Nowels
Producer(s) Lana Del Rey
Rick Nowels
Kieron Menzies
Dean Reid
Length 2:44
From Lfllogo
Single(s) "Love"
"Lust for Life"
"Summer Bummer"
"Groupie Love"
Promotional single(s) "Coachella - Woodstock in My Mind"
Lust for Life track listing
"Summer Bummer"

"White Mustang" is a song by Lana Del Rey. It was co-written with Rick Nowels and co-produced with Nowels, Kieron Menzies and Dean Reid. It is featured on her fifth studio album and fourth major-label studio album, Lust for Life.

BackgroundEdit

On June 8, 2017, Del Rey shared a video on Instagram and Facebook of herself listening to a snippet of the song.[1] It was confirmed that the song was titled "White Mustang" and would be featured on Lust for Life. On July 6, 2017, Del Rey posted a second video of herself listening to a snippet of the song.[2]

Critical reception and compositionEdit

"White Mustang" runs at exactly two minutes and forty-four seconds, making it the shortest song on Lust for Life. Jon O'Brien of Prefixmag complimented the song for Del Rey's whistling during the outro, noting that it was an intriguing production touch.[3] Liddy Cudmore of Paste grouped the song alongside "Cherry", saying that "these are soundtracks for film noirs that never existed, right down to the slow-down-the-stairs-footstep percussion".[4]

Live performances Edit

Del Rey performed the song live for the first time at her Lust for Life listening party and performance hosted by Spotify at No Vacancy in Los Angeles, California, on July 20, 2017. Del Rey performed the song live again at Lollapalooza Paris in Paris, France, on July 23, 2017 and has been apart of the setlist for many of her 2017 summer festival shows.

Cross-references Edit

Music video Edit

Music video Information
Lana Del Rey - White Mustang (Official Video)04:42

Lana Del Rey - White Mustang (Official Video)

Released September 13, 2017
Length 4:41
Director Rich Lee
Producer Clark Jackson
Choreographer
Filmed
Location Los Angeles, California
Vevo views 11+ Million views

BackgroundEdit

On July 27, 2017, Del Rey announced during a livestream on Instagram that a music video for the song would be released. She described it as futuristic, similarly to the "Love" and "Lust for Life" music videos and would be directed by Rich Lee. On July 28, Del Rey revived her defunct Twitter account (@MissDaytona), to post a quick four second preview of the official music video.[5] On September 7, 2017, Del Rey shared a longer clip of the music video,[6] and on September 12, she shared another clip of the beginning of the video and confirmed the release date to be September 13, 2017.

Many fans suspect that the footage was originally intended for an "Architecture" music video, an outtake from Lust for Life that leaked before the album was released, similarly to how the footage intended for the original "Ultraviolence" music video was recycled and used for the "Freak" music video. This theory comes from the fact that many of the visuals and themes used in the "White Mustang" video are strongly expressed in the lyrics of "Architecture". There is even a video that was taken behind the scenes of "White Mustang" where Del Rey is singing "Architecture", which further supports the theory.[7]

Behind the scenesEdit

LyricsEdit

Packing all my things for the summer
Lying on my bed it's a bummer, 'cause I
Didn't call when I got your number
But I liked you a lot

Slippin' on my dress in soft filters
Everybody said you're a killer, but I
Couldn't stop the way I was feeling the day
Your record dropped

The day I saw your white mustang
Your white mustang
Day I saw your white mustang
Your white mustang

Caught up in my dreams and forgetting
I've been acting like armageddon 'cause you
Hold me in your arms just a little too tight
That's what I thought

Summer's meant for loving and leaving
I was such a fool for believing that you
Could change all the ways you been living
But you just couldn't stop

The day I saw your white mustang
Your white mustang
Day I saw your white mustang
Your white mustang

And you're revving and revving and revving it up
And the sound it was frightening
And you were getting a part of that
You're gonna hit me like lightning

White mustang, your white mustang
The day I saw your white mustang
Said you're a wild mustang

You're gonna hit me like lightning
You're gonna hit me like lightning

CreditsEdit

Personnel
  • Lana Del Rey — vocals, songwriting, production
  • Rick Nowels — songwriting, production, piano, synthesizer, Mellotron
  • Kieron Menzies — production, engineering, mixing, drums, percussion, synthesizer, strings
  • Dean Reid — production, engineering, mixing, drums, bass, synthesizer, effects
  • Trevor Yasuda — engineering, keyboards
  • Chris Garcia — engineering
  • Adam Ayan — mastering
Technical
  • Published by R-Rated Music administered by EMI April Music Inc. (Global Music Rights) / Sony / ATV Music Publishing (ASCAP)
  • Recorded at The Green Building, Los Angeles and Hampstead Studios, London
  • Mastered at Gateway Mastering, Portland, Maine

ChartsEdit

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Slovakia Digital Singles (ČNS IFPI)[8] 93

ReferencesEdit


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