References to colors are commonplace among artistic texts, oftentimes employed by writers and artists both figuratively and literally. Description of colour can add layers of visual imagery to the story that is being told, and can better represent the author's vision in the minds of the audience. As an artist, Lana Del Rey's recurrent use of color in her writing has been noted by critics as a significant element of her style, with one writing:

"Del Rey sings of a world filled with icons [...] made visible through her language, and vibrant through her use of color."[1]

The following is a list of all of the colors Del Rey has referenced in her music and poetry. Due to the quantity of released and unreleased work by Del Rey, as well as projects that are yet to be released, this list is dynamic, and may never be complete.

Contents

Black[edit | edit source]

Songs from Lana Del Ray AKA Lizzy Grant (2010):[edit | edit source]

06. "Jump"

  • "Palm trees in black and white"

13. "Yayo"

  • "Put me onto your black motorcycle"

Songs from Born to Die (2012):[edit | edit source]

02. "Off to the Races"

  • "Sipping on your black cristal, yeah"
  • "He knows me, every inch of my tar black soul"

12. "This is What Makes Us Girls"

  • "Running from the cops in our black bikini tops"

Songs from Paradise (2012):[edit | edit source]

07. "Yayo"

  • "Put me onto your black motorcycle"

Songs from Ultraviolence (2014):[edit | edit source]

12. "Black Beauty"

  • "I paint my nails black"
  • "I paint the sky black"
  • "Black beauty"
  • "I paint the house black"
  • "My wedding dress black leather too"

Songs from Honeymoon (2015):[edit | edit source]

06. "Freak"

  • "Leather black and eyes of blue"

11. "The Blackest Day"

  • "Ever since my baby went away it's been the blackest day"

Songs from Lust For Life (2017):[edit | edit source]

04. "Cherry"

  • "And all my black beaches are ruined"

06. "Summer Bummer"

  • "White lies and black beaches"
  • "White lines and black beaches"

16. "Get Free"

  • "I wanna move out of the black (out of the black)"

Songs from Norman Fucking Rockwell! (2019):[edit | edit source]

12. "Bartender"

  • "Wearing black to their house parties"

13. "Happiness Is A Butterfly"

  • "Hollywood and Vine, Black Rabbit in the alley"

14. "Hope Is A Dangerous Thing For A Woman Like Me to Have – But I Have It"

  • "Got this black narcissist off my back"

Songs from Blue Banisters (2021)[edit | edit source]

Unreleased songs:[edit | edit source]

  • "Because of You"
    • "Inside my heart was as black as a broke movie screen"
  • "Damn You"
    • "Fireworks and sparklers would light up the black skies"
  • "Daytona Meth"
    • "B-black and white, we're sparklin' truly"
  • "Disco"
    • "Black eyes, short dress"
  • "Hawaiian Tropic"
    • "Your red Hawaiian shirt and your hair jet black"
  • "Hot Hot Hot"
    • "Black tint glass on your cherry red car"
  • "I Don't Wanna Go"
    • "Black leather moonlight, I give in"
  • "I Talk to Jesus"
    • "In this world where everything's so black and blue"
  • "Living Legend"
    • "Blackbirds will sing in the same key"
  • "Me & My Boyfriend"
    • "He dyes his hair black, I dye my hair platinum blonde"
  • "Patent Leather Do-Over"
    • "Leaving your patent leather black shoes pointed towards it while you swam"
    • "It isn't just the water black that makes the body plunder from high sea cliffs"
    • "I dyed my hair black for you"
    • "I turned my back on that black pond"
  • "Serial Killer"
    • "My black fire's burnin' bright"
  • "Spin Me Round"
    • "Your red Hawaiian shirt and your hair jet black"
  • "Strangelove"
    • "On your black motorcycle"
    • "The Christmas lights in the dark black night"
  • "Television Heaven"
    • "The future's lookin' bright as black tonight"
  • "Trash Magic"
    • "Black palm tree, pink tiger stripes"
  • "TV in Black & White"
    • "Living without you's like TV in black and white"

Blue[edit | edit source]

Songs from Lana Del Ray AKA Lizzy Grant (2010):[edit | edit source]

04. "Gramma (Blue Ribbon Sparkler Trailer Heaven)"

  • The color blue is only mentioned in the title.

13. "Yayo"

  • "I like the ivy and the ink blue"

"Mermaid Motel" (Demo)

  • "God bless the blue"

Songs from Born to Die (2012):[edit | edit source]

02. "Off to the Races"

  • "Bright blue ripples"

03. "Blue Jeans"

  • "Blue jeans, white shirt"

04. "Video Games"

  • "Kissing in the blue dark"

06. "National Anthem"

  • "Red, white, blue's in the sky"

12. "This is What Makes Us Girls"

  • "Pabst Blue Ribbon on ice"

Songs from Paradise (2012):[edit | edit source]

05. "Blue Velvet"

  • "She wore blue velvet, bluer than velvet was the night"
  • "Bluer than velvet were her eyes"
  • "And I still can see blue velvet through my tears"

07. "Yayo"

  • "I like the ivy and the ink blue"

Songs from Ultraviolence (2014):[edit | edit source]

03. "Shades of Cool"

  • "My baby lives in shades of blue"
  • "Blue eyes and jazz and attitude"
  • "I'm one of many; one is blue"

05. "West Coast"

  • "You for the moment, you for the moment, boy blue"

10. "Old Money"

  • "Blue hydrangea, cold cash divine"

12. "Black Beauty"

  • "Oh, what can I do? Nothing, my sparrow blue"
  • "You can't let everything seem so dark blue"
  • "Sun and ocean blue"

13. "Guns and Roses"

  • "See you working on that blue Pacific"

Songs from Honeymoon (2015):[edit | edit source]

01. "Honeymoon"

  • "Say you want me too, dark blue, dark blue"

02. "Music to Watch Boys To"

  • "Blue Ribbons on ice"

04. "God Knows I Tried"

  • "Sometimes I wake up in the morning to red, blue and yellow skies"
  • "Sometimes I wake up in the morning to red, blue and yellow lights"

06. "Freak"

  • "Flames so hot that they turn blue"
  • "Kiss while we do it, talk till we both turn blue"
  • "Leather black and eyes of blue"

10. "Salvatore"

  • "Ruby, blue and green, neon too"
  • "Like aquamarine, ocean's blue"
  • "On the downtown scenes, shady blue"

11. "The Blackest Day"

  • "Carry me home, got my blue nail polish on"

13. "Swan Song"

  • "Dive in, dive deep, and dive blue, my sweet"

Songs from Lust For Life (2017):[edit | edit source]

02. "Lust for Life" (feat. The Weeknd)

  • "There's no more night, blue skies forever"

08. "In My Feelings"

  • "Got me feeling so blue"

12. "Beautiful People Beautiful Problems" (feat. Stevie Nicks)

  • "Blue is the color of the planet from the view above"
  • "Blue is the collar of the shirt of the man I love"

"Beautiful People" (Demos)

  • "Blue are the color of the eyes of the man I love" (Demo #2, Demo #3)

16. "Get Free"

  • "Into the blue (into the blue)"

Songs from Norman Fucking Rockwell! (2019):[edit | edit source]

01. "Norman Fucking Rockwell"

  • "As you color me blue"
  • "Blue, blue, blue"
  • "You make me blue"

03. "Venice Bitch"

  • "Paint me happy in blue"

07. "Cinammon Girl"

  • "All the pills that you take; violet, blue, green, red"

Poems from Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass (2020):[edit | edit source]

02. "The Land of 1000 Fires"

  • "Two blue steel trains run through the tunnels of your cool blue steel eyes"

04. "Past the Bushes Cypress Thriving"

  • "Standing stoic blue and denim. Eyes not blue but clear like heaven"

08. "Tessa DiPietro"

  • "The blue trellis lights gave him an unusual aura"

09. "Quiet Waiter - Blue Forever"

  • "My quiet waiter summer - blue forever"

10. "What Happened When I Left You"

  • "Perfect petals punctuate the fabrics yellow blue"

Songs from Chemtrails Over the Country Club (2021):[edit | edit source]

09. "Breaking Up Slowly"

  • "I love you only, but it's making me blue"

Songs from Blue Banisters (2021):[edit | edit source]

  • "Blue Banisters"
    • "Just to help me if I'd paint my banisters blue, blue banisters, oh"
    • "Take away my pain and paint my banisters blue, my banisters blue"
    • "My blue banisters grey"
    • "And now my blue banisters are green and grey"
  • "Text Book"
    • "Standing blue with open arms"

Unreleased songs:[edit | edit source]

  • "Axl Rose Husband"
    • "Blue hydrangea"
    • "Me, your red, white and blue girl"
    • "I'm your little queen, red, white and blue"
    • "In blue denim I meet you"
  • "Baby Blue Love"
    • "Baby blue, baby blue"
    • "In your Thunderbird, baby blue. Thunderbird, baby blue, baby blue, oh"
  • "Backfire"
    • "Salvatore, you can def' be my baby blue"
  • "Bentley"
    • "He drove up in his summer sky blue Bentley"
    • "I got into his summer sky blue Bentley"
    • "We got out of his summer sky blue Bentley"
  • "Birds of a Feather"
    • "Met you in front of a diner and you had blue hair"
  • "Blizzard"
    • "Can't you see that I'm just feelin' blue?"
  • "Color Blue"
    • "I get wild and fucking crazy, like the color blue"
  • "Elvis"
    • "Sweeping scents and blue hydrangea"
  • "French Restaurant"
    • "Super cool, swimmin' blue"
  • "Greenwich"
    • "Blue hydrangea"
  • "Hey Blue Baby"
    • "Hey blue baby"
    • "It's your little blue baby"
    • "You're making me blue, you're making me blue, making me blue"
  • "Hollywood's Dead"
    • "And you were 50s cool in blue suede shoes"
  • "Hundred Dollar Bill"
    • "Jimmy pulls up in his blue Chevy Nova"
  • "I Don't Wanna Go"
    • "In his soft leather, in his blue jeans"
  • "I Talk to Jesus"
    • "In this world where everything's so black and blue"
  • "Meet Me in the Pale Moonlight"
    • "Servin' Coke and fries at the movie blue drive-in"
  • "Methamphetamines"
    • "Blue 50s queen, Blue Oyster Cove"
    • "The record spins, blue 50s song"
  • "On Our Way"
    • "Hot white and blue"
  • "Pin Up Galore"
    • "American flags, blue blue streamers"
    • "Here's to the girl with the blue mascara"
  • "Queen of Disaster"
    • "Like the deep blue sea"
  • "Scarface"
    • "Light it up red, white, and blue"
  • "Serial Killer"
    • "We can paint the town in blue"
  • "Super Movie"
    • "I had come out blue"
    • "Yellow, red, or blue"
  • "Television Heaven"
    • "You're a vision in blues"
  • "Tired of Singing the Blues"
    • "I'm tired, tired of singing the blues"
  • "Trash Magic"
    • "Blue bedspread and silver tinsel"
  • "TV in Black & White"
    • "Wade into the water till the waves turned blue"
  • "Wolf T-Shirt"
    • "Denim on denim, blue on blue"
  • "Your Girl"
    • "Paint my toenails blue"
  • "1949"
    • "You like my blue nail polish"
    • "New blue bathing suit"
    • "Blue lake, Carter Docks, hopscotch, hot talk"

Brown[edit | edit source]

Songs from Paradise (2012):[edit | edit source]

02. "American"

  • "Your skin, so gold and brown"

Songs from Ultraviolence (2014):[edit | edit source]

12. "Black Beauty"

  • "I dye my hair a darker shade of brown"

Poems from Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass (2020):[edit | edit source]

06. "Never to Heaven"

  • "And it's not just because of the warmth I've found in your brown eyes"

Grey[edit | edit source]

Songs from Blue Banisters (2021)[edit | edit source]

  • "Blue Banisters"
    • "My blue banisters grey"
    • "And now my blue banisters are green and grey"

Unreleased songs:[edit | edit source]

Green[edit | edit source]

Songs from Honeymoon (2015):[edit | edit source]

10. "Salvatore"

  • "Ruby, blue and green, neon too"

Songs from Lust For Life (2017):[edit | edit source]

02. "Lust for Life" (feat. The Weeknd)

  • "There's no more night, green lights forever"

12. "Beautiful People Beautiful Problems" (feat. Stevie Nicks)

  • "Green is the planet from the eyes of a turtle dove"

"Beautiful People" (Demos)

  • "Green are the color of the eyes of the man I love" (Demo #1)
  • "And green is the color of the sea in the early month" (Demo #1, Demo #2, Demo #3)

Songs from Norman Fucking Rockwell! (2019):[edit | edit source]

04. "Fuck It, I Love You"

  • "Drink lime green, stay up till dawn"

07. "Cinammon Girl"

  • "All the pills that you take; violet, blue, green, red"

Poems from Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass (2020):[edit | edit source]

01. "LA Who Am I to Love You"

  • "Can I raise your mountains? I promise to keep them greener"

04. "Past the Bushes Cypress Thriving"

  • "Down the road that's green and winding"

10. "What Happened When I Left You"

  • "Just perfect florals green embroidered chairs"

Songs from Chemtrails Over the Country Club (2021):[edit | edit source]

08. "Yosemite"

  • "I remember watching How Green Was My Valley"

Songs from Blue Banisters (2021)[edit | edit source]

  • "Blue Banisters"
    • "All my sisters come to paint my banisters green"
    • "And now my blue banisters are green and grey"

Unreleased songs:[edit | edit source]

Orange[edit | edit source]

Poems from Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass (2020):[edit | edit source]

01. "LA Who Am I to Love You"

  • "Orange in the distance"

Unreleased songs:[edit | edit source]

  • "Peace"
    • "And in the orange light, the fog is rising"

Pink[edit | edit source]

Songs from Born to Die (2012):[edit | edit source]

12. "This is What Makes Us Girls"

  • "Cheering our names in the pink spotlight"

Songs from Honeymoon (2015):[edit | edit source]

02. "Music to Watch Boys To"

  • "Pink flamingos always fascinated me"

Songs from Norman Fucking Rockwell! (2019):[edit | edit source]

14. "Hope Is A Dangerous Thing For A Woman Like Me to Have – But I Have It"

  • "Smiling for miles in pink dresses and high heels on white yachts"

Songs from Chemtrails Over the Country Club (2021):[edit | edit source]

04. "Let Me Love You Like A Woman"

  • "We could get high on pink champagne"

Unreleased songs[edit | edit source]

Purple[edit | edit source]

Songs from Lana Del Ray AKA Lizzy Grant (2010):[edit | edit source]

07. "Mermaid Motel"

  • "Buy my purple wig for my mermaid video"

Songs from Chemtrails Over the Country Club (2021):[edit | edit source]

04. "Let Me Love You Like A Woman"

  • "We could get lost in the purple rain"

Unreleased songs[edit | edit source]

Red[edit | edit source]

Songs from Born to Die (2012):[edit | edit source]

02. "Off to the Races"

  • "White bikini off with my red nail polish"
  • "He got a soul as sweet as blood red jam"
  • "Slipping on my red dress, putting on my makeup"

06. "National Anthem"

  • "Red, white, blue's in the sky"

09. "Carmen"

  • "Put your red dress on, put your lipstick on"

11. "Summertime Sadness"

  • "I got my red dress on tonight"

Songs from Ultraviolence (2014):[edit | edit source]

01. "Cruel World"

  • "Put my little red party dress on"

10. "Old Money"

  • "Red racing cars, Sunset and Vine"

12. "Black Beauty"

  • "I keep my lips red to seem like cherries in the spring"

Songs from Honeymoon (2015):[edit | edit source]

04. "God Knows I Tried"

  • "Sometimes I wake up in the morning to red, blue and yellow skies"
  • "Sometimes I wake up in the morning to red, blue and yellow lights"

Songs from Lust For Life (2017):[edit | edit source]

06. "Summer Bummer"

  • "And blood red sangrias"

12. "Beautiful People Beautiful Problems" (feat. Stevie Nicks)

  • "Till it runs red, runs red with blood"

"Beautiful People" (Demos)

  • "Red is the color of your mouth when you drink rum punch" (Demo #1)
  • "And red are the color of your eyes when you drink too much" (Demo #1, Demo #2, Demo #3)
  • "Red is the color of your mouth when you drink fruit punch" (Demo #2, Demo #3)

Songs from Norman Fucking Rockwell! (2019):[edit | edit source]

07. "Cinammon Girl"

  • "All the pills that you take; violet, blue, green, red"

Poems from Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass (2020):[edit | edit source]

13. "Paradise Is Very Fragile"

  • "We're fighting red toxic tides"

Songs from Chemtrails Over the Country Club (2021):[edit | edit source]

02. "Chemtrails Over the Country Club"

  • "Drag racing my little red sports car"

Unreleased songs:[edit | edit source]

Violet[edit | edit source]

Songs from Ultraviolence (2014):[edit | edit source]

15. "Is This Happiness"

  • "Up in the Hollywood hills taking violet pills"
  • "Up in the Hollywood hills crushing violet pills"

Songs from Norman Fucking Rockwell! (2019):[edit | edit source]

07. "Cinammon Girl"

  • "All the pills that you take; violet, blue, green, red"

Unreleased songs:[edit | edit source]

White[edit | edit source]

Songs from Lana Del Ray AKA Lizzy Grant (2010):[edit | edit source]

06. "Jump"

  • "Palm trees in black and white"

07. "Mermaid Motel"

  • "Buy a white sweater for the last white day of the summer"

Songs from Born to Die (2012):[edit | edit source]

02. "Off to the Races"

  • "White bikini off with my red nail polish"

03. "Blue Jeans"

  • "Blue jeans, white shirt"

05. "Diet Mountain Dew"

  • "There in his white Pontiac heaven"

06. "National Anthem"

  • "Red, white, blue's in the sky"

09. "Carmen"

  • "Like lightning, white lightning"

Songs from Paradise (2012):[edit | edit source]

01. "Ride"

  • "You can be my full time daddy, white and gold"

Songs from Ultraviolence (2014):[edit | edit source]

02. "Ultraviolence"

  • "Comprende mis white lines"

14. "Florida Kilos"

  • "White lines, pretty baby, tattoos"
  • "White lines, baking powder on the stove"
  • "White lines, pretty baby"

Songs from Honeymoon (2015):[edit | edit source]

13. "Swan Song"

  • "Put your white tennis shoes on and follow me"

Songs from Lust For Life (2017):[edit | edit source]

03. "13 Beaches"

  • "And lenses plenty in the white sunshine"

05. "White Mustang"

  • "The day I saw your white Mustang"

06. "Summer Bummer"

  • "White lies and black beaches"
  • "White lines and black beaches"

Songs from Norman Fucking Rockwell! (2019):[edit | edit source]

12. "Bartender"

  • "Wearing white for their tea parties"

14. "Hope Is A Dangerous Thing For A Woman Like Me to Have – But I Have It"

  • "Smiling for miles in pink dresses and high heels on white yachts"
  • "I've been tearing up town in my fucking white gown"

Songs from Chemtrails Over the Country Club (2021):[edit | edit source]

01. "White Dress"

  • "Wearing a white dress"
  • "Listening to White Stripes, when they were white hot"

02. "Chemtrails Over the Country Club"

  • "White picket chemtrails over the country club"

03. "Tulsa Jesus Freak"

  • "We're white hot forever"
  • "We'll be white hot forever"
  • "White hot forever and ever and ever, amen"

Unreleased songs:[edit | edit source]

  • "All Smiles"
    • "So won't you pull up your white Corvette?"
  • "Axl Rose Husband"
    • "White Pontiac heaven"
    • "Me, your red, white and blue girl"
    • "I'm your little queen, red, white and blue"
  • "Bad Boy"
    • "My baby likes me fresh in my white kicks"
  • "Dangerous Girl"
    • "He like my mink white"
    • "Gold chain, white mesh"
  • "Daytona Meth"
    • "B-black and white, we're sparklin' truly"
  • "Delicious"
    • "He's from South Beach, in his white tee"
  • "Drive-by"
    • "Miss his white wine"
  • "Driving in cars With Boys"
    • "Riding 'round town, drinking in the white noise"
  • "Elvis"
    • "White comp sequin jumpsuit ghost"

Yellow[edit | edit source]

Songs from Lana Del Ray AKA Lizzy Grant (2010):[edit | edit source]

13. "Yayo"

  • "You are a tunnel lined with yellow lights on a dark night"

Songs from Paradise (2012):[edit | edit source]

07. "Yayo"

  • "You are a tunnel lined with yellow lights on a dark night"

Songs from Honeymoon (2015):[edit | edit source]

04. "God Knows I Tried"

  • "Sometimes I wake up in the morning to red, blue and yellow skies"
  • "Sometimes I wake up in the morning to red, blue and yellow lights"

Songs from Lust For Life (2017):[edit | edit source]

12. "Beautiful People Beautiful Problems (feat. Stevie Nicks)"

"Beautiful People" (Demos)

  • "You like July and yellow sun" (Demo #1)
  • "You like to lie in yellow sun" (Demo #2, Demo #3)

Poems from Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass (2020):[edit | edit source]

07. "SportCruiser"

  • "Little yellow flowers on the tops of trees as our only view"

10. "What Happened When I Left You"

  • "Perfect petals punctuate the fabrics yellow blue"

Unreleased songs:[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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