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ONTD Original: The Songs in Lana Del Rey Songs

The Songs in

𝓛𝓪𝓷𝓪 𝓭𝓮𝓵 𝓡𝓮𝔂


Happy President's Day ONTD!
What better way to celebrate on this day than to reflect on the Hundred Dollar Bill.mp3 icon Lana Del Rey. If you're a listener, you probably already know that Miss Grant wears her Americana inspirations on her sleeve by noticing how she likes to sing about singers, poets, and reading about poetry itself.
She also includes many lyrical shoutouts to other songs and song titles; some subtle, some not. Now it's really nothing new because literally almost every artist has done it at some point or another, but considering her discography and extending to her leaked catalog, it's a staple in her artistry.
Here are 10 songs showing pop culture was in American art now American art's in pop culture in Lana Del Rey's music.

"Come take a walk on the wild side
Let me kiss you hard in the pouring rain
You like your girls insane"

- Born to Die


Del Rey cited Lou Reed as an inspiration before, and even gave a shout out to his name in "Brooklyn Baby".

"He doesn't mind I have a flat broke down life
In fact he says he thinks it's what he might like about me, admires me
The way I roll like a rolling stone"

- Off to the Races


Again keeping up with the 1960's references.

"Spotlight, bad baby, you've got a flair
For the violentest kind of love anywhere out there
Mon amour, sweet child of mine
You're divine"

- Bel Air


Lana loves Guns and Roses, has a song titled "Guns and Roses", and did a short cover of "Knockin on Heaven's Door" (og by Bob Dylan, but can be tied with Guns and Roses), and was rumored to be a thing with Guns and Roses' Axl Rose at one point.

"Down on the West Coast they got a sayin'
"If you're not drinkin' then you're not playin'"
But you've got the music, you've got the music
In you, don't you?

- West Coast


Producer Rick Nowels is a frequent Lana collaborator, and this lyric is a tie to his other collaboration with the New Radicals in the song "You Only Get What You Give".

"I can hear sirens, sirens
He hit me and it felt like a kiss
I can hear violins, violins
Give me all of that ultraviolence"

- Ultraviolence


A controversial use of the song, but a few years later Lana shifted her perspective looking back on the time she used it.

"The power of youth is on my mind
Sunsets, small town, I'm out of time
Will you still love me when I shine
From words but not from beauty"

- Old Money


Contrary to the obvious credits, Lana actually thought up the melody for "Old Money" on her own, until a producer noticed the similarities to the Romeo and Juliet song (a "Get Free" tea). So they decided to honor that. This lyric of centering around 'youth' might've came after or before realizing the commonalities in "What is a Youth".

"You're not here with me
But I know the light's on in the television
Trying to transmit, can you hear me
Ground control to Major Tom
Can you hear me all night long
Ground control to Major Tom

- Terrence Loves You


Lana fans have been have been interpreting this Bowie reference in many ways, depending on if she's using it in her own perspective or reflecting on Bowie's own life and his relationship with his brother Terry in the song title as well.

"Don't worry, baby
Don't worry, baby

And it's enough just to make me go crazy, crazy, crazy
It's enough just to make me go crazy, crazy, crazy"

- Love


Lana cites The Beach Boys as an inspiration and one of the few musical acts she listened to in her childhood.

"Then, we dance on the H of the Hollywood sign, yeah
'Til we run out of breath, gotta dance 'til we die
My boyfriend's back
And he's cooler than ever

There's no more night, blue skies forever"

- Lust for Life


There is a running 60's theme through Lana's career and especially prominent in the Lust for Life music videos.

"Darlin', darlin', darlin'
I fall to pieces when I'm with you, I fall to pieces
My cherries and wine, rosemary and thyme
And all of my peaches (are ruined)"

- Cherry


She gave sort of a vague explanation of the use of 'peaches' in LFL, so maybe she wanted to rhyme along with other plants like in this Simon and Garfunkel classic. She also covered "Scarborough Fair" with "Cherry" in her live performances.

ONTD - Have you noticed any song nods from other artists that stuck out to you?

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Tags: 1960s, lana del rey, list, music / musician, music / musician (pop), ontd original
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