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Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Sacha Skarbek
Producer(s) Emile Haynie
Length 3:49
3:06 (Demo 1)
3:05 (Demo 2)
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Singles "Video Games"
"Born to Die"
"Blue Jeans"
"Summertime Sadness"
"National Anthem"
"Dark Paradise"
Digital single(s) "Off to the Races"
"Carmen"
Born to Die track listing
"Lolita"

"Without You" is a song by Lana Del Rey from her second studio album, and first major-label release, Born to Die. It served as the first bonus track from the album worldwide. The track was written by Del Rey and Sacha Skarbek, and was produced by Emile Haynie.

Background

Originally titled "China Doll", Del Rey first performed "Without You" at the Ruby Lounge in Manchester on 4th November, 2011. This was the first stop on her Born to Die Tour.

Cross references

  • The "American dream" is also referenced in "Radio" and "Damn You", and many others.
  • The lyric "my life is sweet" is also referenced in "Radio"

Lyrics

Everything I want, I have
Money, notoriety, and rivieras
I even think I found God
In the flashbulbs of the pretty cameras
Pretty cameras, pretty cameras
Am I glamorous? Tell me, am I glamorous?

Hello, hello
Ca-can you hear me?
I can be your china doll if you wanna see me fall
Boy you're so dope, your love is deadly
Tell me life is beautiful, they all think I have it all
I've nothing without you
All my dreams and all the lights mean
Nothing without you

Summertime is nice and hot
And my life is sweet like vanilla is
Gold and silver line my heart
But burned into my brain, are these stolen images
Stolen images, baby, stolen images
Can you picture it? Babe, that life we could've lived

Hello, hello
Ca-can you hear me?
I can be your china doll if you'd like to see me fall
Boy you're so dope, your love is deadly
Tell me life is beautiful, they all think I have it all
I've nothing without you
All my dreams and all the lights mean
Nothing without you

We were two kids just trying to get out
Livin' on the dark side of the American dream
We would dance all night, play our music loud
When we grew up, nothing was what it seemed

Hello, hello
Ca-can you hear me?
I can be your china doll if you'd like to see me fall
Boy you're so dope, your love is deadly
Tell me life is beautiful, they think that I have it all
I've nothing without you
All my dreams and all the lights mean
Nothing without you

Hello, hello
Ca-can you hear me?
I can be your china doll if you'd like to see me fall
Boy you're so dope, your love is deadly
Tell me life is beautiful, they think that I have it all
I've nothing without you
All my dreams and all the lights mean
Nothing without you
All my dreams and all the lights mean
Nothing, if I can't have you

Credits

Personnel

  • Vocal production — Sacha Sharbek
  • Keyboards — Emile Haynie
  • Guitar — Emile Haynie
  • Drums — Emile Haynie
  • Omnichord — Sacha Sharbek
  • Strings arrangment and conducting — Larry Gold
  • Strings assistant — Steve Tirpak
  • Additional strings — Dan Heath
  • Engineering — Lorenzo Cosi
  • Mixing — Dan Grech Marguerat for 365 Artists
  • Assistant mixing — Duncan Fuller


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