"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[edit | edit source]
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".
The song's official instrumental leaked on October 3, 2018.
Tropico music video[edit | edit source]
- 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[edit | edit source]
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[edit | edit source]
- Referenced in "Hollywood".
- Marilyn Monroe is also referenced in "Children of the Bad Revolution" and a song of the same name.
- Elvis is referenced in many of Del Rey's songs, including a song of the same name.
- "I'm on fire" is also a phrase in "Summertime Sadness", "Ben", "Sad Girl", "Baby Blue Love" and thematically similar to a lyric found in "Lucky Ones". It is a reference to 1984 song "I'm On Fire" by Bruce Springsteen.
- A "pale moonlight" is mentioned in "Summertime Sadness" and "Meet Me in the Pale Moonlight".
- Friday night also appears in "Born to Die".
- Diamonds are mentioned in many of Del Rey's songs, including "National Anthem", "Cola", "Fine China", "Fucked My Way Up to the Top," "Florida Kilos" and "Money Power Glory".
- The phrase "drop it like it's hot" also appears in "Ghetto Baby", "Go Go Dancer" and "Midnight Dancer Girlfriend". This is most likely a reference to the 2004 song "Drop It Like It's Hot" by Snoop Dogg.
- Direct reference to Walt Whitman's poem "I Sing the Body Electric".
- Jesus is also mentioned in "Tulsa Jesus Freak", "Diet Mountain Dew" and "I Talk to Jesus".
- The Grand Ole Opry is a music stage concert in Nashville.
- "Diamonds are my bestest friends" is a reference to the Marilyn Monroe song "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" from the 1953 movie "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes".
Official versions[edit | edit source]
- Album version — 3:53
- Instrumental version — 3:51
- Paradise Tour version — 4:37
Lyrics[edit | edit source]
Credits[edit | edit source]
- 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
- 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