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"Body Electric" (referred to as "I Sing the Body Electric") is a song by Lana Del Rey from her third EP, and second major-label release, Paradise. It was co-written with Rick Nowels and produced by Nowels and Dan Heath.

Background[]

Del Rey first mentioned the song as "I Sing the Body Electric" on June 15, 2012, during an interview with Catalunya Radio. She also mentioned "Gods & Monsters" as "In the Land of Gods and Monsters" and "Young and Beautiful" as "Will You Still Love Me When I'm No Longer Young and Beautiful".[1]

The song's official instrumental leaked on October 3, 2018.

Tropico music video[]

Main article: Tropico (film)

Del Rey's short film, Tropico (released December 6, 2013), contains a visual for "Body Electric", as part of Tropico's first chapter titled Body Electric. It shows Del Rey as Eve and actor Shaun Ross as Adam in the Garden of Eden.

Live performances[]

Del Rey first performed the song live for the very first time during her performance at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles, California, on June 3, 2012.

Cross-references[]

 Official versions[]

  • Album version — 3:53
    • Instrumental version — 3:51
  • Paradise Tour version — 4:37

Lyrics[]

Elvis is my daddy
Marilyn's my mother
Jesus is my best-est friend
We don't need nobody
'Cause we got each other
Or at least I pretend

We get down every Friday night
Dancing and grinding in the pale moonlight
Grand Ole Opry, we're feeling alright
Mary prays the rosary for my broken mind
(I said don't worry 'bout it)

I sing the body electric
I sing the body electric, baby
I sing the body electric
I sing the body electric

Sing that body electric
Sing that body electric
I'm on fire
Sing that body electric

Whitman is my daddy
Monaco's my mother
Diamonds are my best-est friend
Heaven is my baby
Suicide's her father
Opulence is the end

We get down every Friday night
Dancing and grinding in the pale moonlight
Grand Ole Opry, we're feeling alright
Mary prays the rosary for my broken mind
(I said don't worry 'bout it)

I sing the body electric
I sing the body electric, baby
I sing the body electric
I sing the body electric

Sing that body electric
Sing that body electric
I'm on fire
Sing that body electric

My clothes still smell like you
And all the photographs say you're still young
I pretend I'm not hurt and go about the world like I'm having fun

We get crazy every Friday night
Drop it like it's hot in the pale moonlight
Grand Ole Opry, feeling alright
Mary swaying softly to her heart's delight

I sing the body electric
I sing the body electric, baby
I sing the body electric
I sing the body electric

Sing that body electric
Sing that body electric
I'm on fire
Sing that body electric

I sing the body electric, baby
I sing the body electric, baby
I sing the body electric, baby

Credits[]

Personnel
  • Lana Del Rey — vocals, songwriting
  • Rick Nowels — songwriting, production, piano, mellotron, strings
  • Dan Heath — production, recording, orchestra, percussion
  • Kieron Menzies — recording, mixing
  • Chris Garcia — recording
  • Patrick Warren — guitar, organ, dulcitone, Moog synthesizer, piano, bells, Optigon, mellotron
  • Tim Pierce — electric slide guitar
  • John Davis — mastering
Technical
  • Published by EMI / R-Rated Music
  • Administered by EMI April Music Inc. (ASCAP)
  • Mastered at Metropolis Mastering, London, United Kingdom
  • Recorded at The Green Building, Santa Monica, United States

References[]

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