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Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Justin Parker
Producer(s) Justin Parker
Emile Haynie
Length 4:46
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Single(s) "Video Games"
"Born to Die"
"Blue Jeans"
"Summertime Sadness"
"National Anthem"
"Dark Paradise"
Promotional single(s) "Off to the Races"
"Carmen"
Born to Die track listing
"Off to the Races"

"Born to Die" is a song written by Lana Del Rey and Justin Parker and produced by Parker and Emile Haynie in 2012. Taken from Lana's first major-label album of the same title, Born to Die, the song served as the album's second single worldwide.

Writing and inspiration

The song was written by Lana and Justin Parker after the success of Video Games. It is part of the K trilogy, but may not necessarily be about him.

Composition

Musically, Born to Die is an apocalyptic down-tempo ballad with hip-hop influences. It was composed in the key of E minor and at a tempo of 86 beats per minute. It features similar instrumentation to Video Games, but focuses more heavily on the hip-hop influenced beat also seen in Blue Jeans.

Cross-references

  • The song is part of the K trilogy.

Official versions

  • Album version 4:42
  • Remastered version 4:41
  • Radio edit 4:01
  • Demo version 3:55
  • Video version 4:46

Remixes

Music video

Video Games

Video Games

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Information
Shot Unknown, 2011
Director(s) Lana Del Rey
Producer(s) Lana Del Rey
Length 4:46
Location Unknown


Video Games (Original Version)

Video Games (Original Version)

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Original version featuring removed clips.

Background

After recording videos for all of the tracks from Lana Del Ray A.K.A. Lizzy Grant in the same style, Lana continued by recording this one and interlacing clips of her with old films, cartoons, paparazzi footage, and nature clips to create the video. The original video, released in July of 2011, was removed and reformatted using some new clips once Lana was signed to Stranger, due to copyright problems.

Description

The video shows Lana, with her hair in a similar style to that of Jackie Kennedy, wearing a white top and a yellow & black shirt, and shows her with various colorizations added to her shots. The clips in the video show San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, amongst others, as well as specific shots of the Chateau Marmont and various billboards around L.A. A prominent scene featured throughout the video is that of an intoxicated Paz De La Huerta, an actress, stumbling. Many scenes of a man and woman on a moped, dancing, kissing, and jumping in a pool are a main focus of the video. The original video also included many shots of cartoons and orchestras, but these were removed in the final edition.

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Lyrics

Album version

Feet don’t fail me now
Take me to the finish line
Oh my heart it breaks every step that I take
But I’m hoping at the gates, they’ll tell me that you’re mine

Walking through the city streets
Is it by mistake or design?
I feel so alone on a Friday night
Can you make it feel like home, if I tell you you’re mine
It’s like I told you honey

Don’t make me sad, don’t make me cry
Sometimes love is not enough and the road gets tough I don’t know why
Keep making me laugh, let’s go get high
The road is long, we carry on
Try to have fun in the meantime
Come and take a walk on the wild side
Let me kiss you hard in the pouring rain
You like your girls insane
Choose your last words
This is the last time
Cause you and I, we were born to die

Lost but now I am found
I can see but once I was blind
I was so confused as a little child
Tried to take what I could get
Scared that I couldn’t find
All the answers honey

Don’t make me sad, don’t make me cry
Sometimes love is not enough and the road gets tough I don’t know why.
Keep making me laugh
Let’s go get high
Cause you and I, we were born to die

Come and take a walk on the wild side
Let me kiss you hard in the pouring rain
You like your girls insane
Choose your last words, this is the last time
Cause you and I, we were born to die

Don’t make me sad, don’t make me cry
Sometimes love is not enough and the road gets tough I don’t know why
Keep making me laugh
Let’s go get high
The road is long, we carry on
Try to have fun in the meantime

Come and take a walk on the wild side
Let me kiss you hard in the pouring rain
You like your girls insane
Choose your last words
This is the last time
Cause you and I, we were born to die

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