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"Damn You" (also known as "American Dream") is an unreleased song by Lana Del Rey. It was recorded in April 2011 and a demo leaked on September 11, 2012 alongside "Hollywood's Dead". An alternate final version leaked on February 17, 2021. The song was produced by Chris Braide and Emile Haynie. It is speculated to be an outtake from the Born to Die sessions.

Background[]

A snippet of a final version surfaced during March 2012, prior to the full demo leaking. The final version has yet to leak in full and is unlikely it will leak since it's been dubbed "lost". The song was briefly available on Sony/ATV and has since been deleted. The alternate final version was uploaded to Chris Braide's YouTube channel and was taken down just a few hours after fans discovered it.

A demo under the title "American Dream" is rumored to exist. It's length is supposedly 1 minute.

Cross-references[]

Official versions[]

  • Alternate final version — 4:04
  • Demo version — 4:01
  • Final version (snippet) — 0:35

Lyrics[]

Alternate final version[]

I won't cry myself to sleep like a sucker
I won't cry myself to sleep, if I do I'll die
Now you fall asleep with another
Damn you

Remember how we used to escape for the summer?
Fireworks and sparklers would light up the black skies
We'd hold on tight for our lives to each other

Hello, hello, where did you go?

We were two kids livin' life on the run
Like the American dream, baby
Nothin' to lose and we'd get messed up for fun
We went too fast too young

But I won't cry myself to sleep like a sucker
I won't cry myself to sleep, if I do I'll die
Now you fall asleep with another
Damn you, damn you

Flowers in my hair and your breath smelled like whiskey
Promise anywhere that I go, take you with me
Dancin' on your feet like a child to the radio

Hello, hello, where did you go?

We were two kids livin' life on the run
Of the American dream, baby
Nothin' to lose and we'd get messed up for fun
We went too fast too young

But I won't cry myself to sleep like a sucker
I won't cry myself to sleep, if I do I'll die
Now you fall asleep with another
Damn you, damn you
Damn you, damn you

Every once in a lifetime, dreams can come true
Now and then, when the stars shine, you meet somebody like you

And I won't cry myself to sleep like a sucker
I won't cry myself to sleep, if I do I'll die
I pray your life is sweet, you fucker
Damn you, uh-oh
Damn you, damn you

Demo version[]

I won't cry myself to sleep like a sucker
I won't cry myself to sleep, if I do I'll die
Now you fall asleep with another
Damn you

Remember how we used to escape for the summer?
Fireworks and sparklers would light up the black skies
We'd hold on tight for our lives to each other

Hello, hello, where did you go?

We were two kids livin' life on the run
Like the American dream, baby
Nothin' to lose and we'd get messed up for fun
We went too fast too young

But I won't cry myself to sleep like a sucker
I won't cry myself to sleep, if I do I'll die
Now you fall asleep with another
Damn you, damn you

Flowers in my hair and your breath smelled like whiskey
Promise anywhere that I go, take you with me
Dancin' on your feet like a child to the radio

Hello, hello, where did you go?

We were two kids livin' life on the run
Of the American dream, baby
Nothin' to lose and we'd get messed up for fun
We went too fast too young

But I won't cry myself to sleep like a sucker
I won't cry myself to sleep, if I do I'll die
Now you fall asleep with another
Damn you, damn you
Damn you, damn you

Every once in a lifetime, dreams can come true
Now and then, when the stars shine, you meet somebody like you

And I won't cry myself to sleep like a sucker
I won't cry myself to sleep, if I do I'll die
I pray your life is sweet, you fucker
Damn you, uh-oh
Damn you, damn you

(Oh, my God)

Credits[]

Personnel

Technical

  • Recorded and mixed at Magical Thinking Studio, Los Angeles
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