Background and writingEdit
During a 2017 interview with Flaunt magazine, Del Rey stated that she "traded" verses with Stevie Nicks and both are featured on the song's chorus: "Consider 'Beautiful People,' where she trades verses and coalesces on the chorus with the one and only Stevie Nicks, of whom I refer to as a bonafide badass. "I didn't know what to except or that I could even ask her, Del Rey remarks. "When I went through ideas of women that could really add something to the record, she was the one we kept coming back to. 'Bonafide badass' is a great phrase for her."
Del Rey discussed the song again in an interview with KROQ radio that was released on May 21, 2017, stating that she had wanted a woman on the record, and her and Rick Nowels both thought of Stevie Nicks. "They [Nowels and Nicks] actually started the track in New York at Electric Lady Studios, and then she flew back and finished it at our studio" said Del Rey, she continued talking about Nicks by saying: "she was amazing, she's just everything you hope she's gonna be. She loved the track and she added so much to it".
On March 22, 2018, Tyrannosaurus posted an article revealing that the song, then "Beautiful People", along with "The Good Life" were from 2014 and intended for the Tim Burton film, Big Eyes. It also revealed the original version was lyrically much darker, centering in on an abusive relationship. On August 5, 2018, the full lyrics of the demo and two snippets were leaked online. The full demo leaked on September 20, 2018 and the original file leaked on September 23, 2018. This version was produced by Justin Parker.
- Reference to the song "Video Games", which is also written by Justin Parker.
- Turtle doves are also mentioned in "Beautiful Player".
- "Beautiful people" is a phrase also found in the song "God Bless America - and All the Beautiful Women in It".
- Mid July is also mentioned in "Young and Beautiful" and "I Can Fly".
Official versions Edit
- Album version — 4:13
- Instrumental version — 4:16
- Demo version — 4:01
2014 Demo versionEdit
|Chart (2017)|| Peak|
|New Zealand Heatseekers (RMNZ)||5|
|US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)||29|
- ↑ Credits
- ↑ APRA Id: GW48442673
- ↑ Flaunt - "Lana Del Rey" (May 15, 2017)
- ↑ YouTube - "Lana Del Rey Interview - KROQ Weenie Roast Y Fiesta 2017 (AUDIO ONLY)" (May 21, 2017)
- ↑ https://www.tyrannosaurus.co/news/2018/3/21/lustforlife
- ↑ http://nztop40.co.nz/chart/singles?chart=4382#all_records_extra
- ↑ http://www.billboard.com/artist/306420/Lana%20Del%20Rey/chart?f=902