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Paradise EP
Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Producer(s) Dan Heath
Emile Haynie
Length 5:21
(See official versions)
From Plogo
Single(s) "Ride"
Promotional single(s) "Blue Velvet"
"Burning Desire"
Paradise track listing
"Bel Air"
LDRAKALG
Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Producer(s) David Kahne
Length 5:45
(See official versions)
From LDRLogo
Lana Del Ray track listing
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"Yayo" is a song written by Lana Del Rey. The first known recording of the track was on No Kung Fu, and was later re-recorded in 2008 for her first EP, Kill Kill. The same version of the track found on Kill Kill was re-released on her first album, Lana Del Ray. The final release of the track appears as track number seven on her third EP, and second major-label release, Paradise.

Background and writing Edit

"Yayo" was first officially released on October 21, 2008, on Del Rey's first studio EP and commercial release, Kill Kill, when Del Rey still used the stage name Lizzy Grant. It was again released commercially on January 4, 2010, as part of Del Rey's first studio album, Lana Del Ray, under the name Lana Del Ray. Both of these releases have since been taken down from all music services.

On December 23, 2011, Del Rey posted the Lana Del Ray version of "Yayo" on her YouTube channel.[1] The final and most well-known version of "Yayo" was officially released on November 9, 2012, as part of Del Rey's third studio EP, Paradise. It is the only song from Del Rey's first studio album Lana Del Ray that has been officially re-recorded and re-released.

During 2016 Del Rey stated various times that "Yayo" is about somebody who was a very good friend of hers years ago while she was living in New Jersey.[2]

On January 19, 2018 while performing at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on her LA to the Moon Tour, Del Rey explained more about the background of the song. She stated that the friend whom the song was written about was named Rob, a friend who had got to know through her other friend Mikey Martin, a drummer for the band Shiny Toy Guns.

Live performances Edit

During the early days of her career when she went by the name Lizzy Grant, Del Rey performed the song live a total of nine known times, but very likely more. The first known performance of "Yayo" was June 14, 2007, at Union Pool in New York City. During 2016, Del Rey performed "Yayo" for the first known time since 2009 at the TW Classic Festival on July 9, as part of her Festival Tour. Del Rey continued to perform the song acoustically on guitar for the remaining dates of the Festival Tour. During 2017, Del Rey performed the song at the South by Southwest festival on March 19. And in 2018, the song was performed at the Boston, Massachusetts show of the LA to the Moon Tour on January 13, among various other dates.

Cross-references Edit

  • The phrase "yayo" also appears in "Florida Kilos" and "Breaking My Heart".
  • "Yayo" is a street name for cocaine. Drugs are a common topic in Del Rey's songs.
  • "Yayo" in Spanish means grandfather or either old person. Possible reference to "daddy", a common phrase in Del Rey's songs.
  • References to trailer parks are also found in "Backfire" and "Dangerous Girl", amongst many other songs.
  • Someone on a black motorcycle is talked about in "Strangelove".
  • Del Rey also sings about "putting on a show" for her lover in "Take Me to Paris".

Music video Edit

Music video Information
Lana Del Rey - Yayo Official Video

Lana Del Rey - Yayo Official Video

Released N/A
Length 6:00
Director Lana Del Rey
Producer
Filmed Unknown
Location Unknown
Vevo views N/A

Background and description Edit

As with many of the other Lana Del Ray songs, Del Rey created a homemade music video for the song in 2008. It featured clips of Del Rey herself and clips she gathered from miscellaneous films and videos, the usual style of her old music videos. It was posted to Jimmy Gnecco's Facebook wall in 2009.[3]

Official versions Edit

Four different versions of "Yayo" were included on No Kung Fu, Kill Kill, Lana Del Ray, Paradise, and an acoustic demo of the song leaked on a different occasion making a total of five different official full versions of the song. On June 13, 2016, four snippets of Del Rey performing the song live with the band The Rich Whores leaked through Instagram.

  • Paradise version — 5:21
  • Lana Del Ray version — 5:45
  • Kill Kill version — 5:47
  • No Kung Fu version — 4:18
  • Acoustic demo version — 5:10
  • Paradise version instrumental — 5:15

LyricsEdit

Paradise version Edit

I like the snake on your tattoo
I like the ivy and the ink blue
Yayo, yes, you
Yayo

You have to take me right now
From this dark trailer park life now
Yayo, how now
Yayo

Put me onto your black motorcycle
Fifty baby doll dress for my "I do"
It only takes two hours to Nevada
I wear your sparkle, you call me your mama

Let me put on a show for you, daddy
Let me put on a show
Let me put on a show for you, tiger
Let me put on a show

I need you like a baby when I hold you
Like a druggie, like I told you
Yayo, yeah, you
Yayo

Put me onto your black motorcycle
Fifties baby doll dress for my "I do"
It only takes two hours to Nevada
I wear your sparkle, you call me your mama

Let me put on a show for you, daddy
Let me put on a show
Let me put on a show for you, tiger
Let me put on a show

Hello, heaven, you are a tunnel lined
With yellow lights on a dark night
Yayo, yes, you
Yayo

Put me onto your black motorcycle
Fifties baby doll dress for my "I do"
It only takes two hours to Nevada
I wear your sparkle, you call me your mama

Let me put on a show for you, daddy
Let me put on a show
Let me put on a show for you, tiger
Let me put on a show

Lana Del Ray/Kill Kill version Edit

I like the snake on your tattoo
I like the ivy and the ink blue
Yayo, yeah, you
Yayo

You have to take me right now
From this dark trailer park life now
Yayo, how now
Yayo

Put me onto your black motorcycle
Fifty baby doll dress for my "I do"
It only take two hours to Nevada
I wear your sparkle, you call me your mama

Let me put on a show for you, daddy
Let me put on a show
Let me put on a show for you, tiger
Let me put on a show

I need you like a baby when I hold you
Like a druggie, like I told you
Yayo, yeah, you
Yayo
 
Put me onto your black motorcycle
Fifty baby doll dress for my "I do"
It only take two hours to Nevada
I wear your sparkle, you call me your mama

Let me put on a show for you, daddy
Let me put on a show
Let me put on a show for you, tiger
Let me put on a show

Hello, heaven, you are a tunnel lined
With yellow lights on a dark night
(Dark night)
Yayo, yeah, you
Yayo

Put me onto your black motorcycle
Fifty baby doll dress for my "I do"
It only take two hours to Nevada
I wear your sparkle, you call me your mama

Let me put on a show for you, daddy
Let me put on a show, yeah
Let me put on a show for you, tiger
Let me put on a show
(Hmm, hmm, hmm)

No Kung Fu versionEdit

I like the snake on your tattoo
I like the ivy and the ink blue
Yayo, yeah, you
Yayo

Let me put on a show for you, babe
Let me put on a show
Let me put on a show for you, tiger
Let me put on a show

(Mm doo-dee-dee-dee)

You have to take me right now
From this dark trailer park life now
Yayo, how now
Yayo

Let me put on a show for you, daddy
Let me put on a show
Let me put on a show for you, tiger
Let me put on a show

(Hey
Hey, yeah
Hey, yeah
Yay-yeah-yay
Doo-oo-oo-oo-oo)

Put me onto your black motorcycle
Fifty baby doll dress for my "I do"
It only takes two hours to Nevada
I wear your sparkle, you call me your mama

Let me put on a show for you, daddy
Let me put on a show
Let me put on a show for you, tiger
Let me put on a show

Let me put on a show for you
Let me put on a show for you
Let me put on a show for you
Let me put on a show

Acoustic demoEdit

I like the snake on your tattoo
I like the ivy and the ink blue
Yayo, yeah, you
Yayo

I need you like a baby when I hold you
Like a druggie, like I told you
Yayo, yeah, you
Yayo

Let me put on a show for you, daddy
Let me put on a show, oh
Let me put on a show for you, tiger
Let me put on a show, yeah

You have to take me right now
From this dark trailer park life now
Yayo, how now
Yayo

Put me onto your black motorcycle
Fifty baby doll dress for my "I do"
It only takes two hours to Nevada
I wear your sparkle, you callin' me your mama

Let me put on a show for you, daddy
Let me put on a show, oh
Let me put on a show for you, I say
Let me put on a show, yeah

Hello, heaven, you are a tunnel lined
With yellow lights on a dark night

Let me put on a show for you, daddy
Let me put on a show, show
Let me put on a show for you, tiger
Let me put on a show

Credits (Paradise version) Edit

Personnel

  • Lana Del Rey — vocals, songwriting
  • Dan Heath — production, strings, keys
  • Emile Haynie — production, drums, additional keys
  • Graham Archer — vocal engineering
  • Jeremy Cochise Ball — mixing
  • John Davis — mastering

Technical

  • Mastered at Metropolis Mastering, London
  • Recorded at Sarm Studios, London, United Kingdom
  • Mixed at The Bridget Studio, Buffalo, New York, United States
  • Published by EMI

Charts (Paradise version)Edit

Chart (2012) Peak
position
France (SNEP)[4] 120

References Edit