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"Dance Till We Die" is a song by Lana Del Rey, which is featured on her seventh studio album, Chemtrails Over the Country Club.

Background[]

On December 18, 2020, it appeared on Shazam alongside the rest of the tracklist for Chemtrails Over the Country Club. Joan Baez's granddaughter has confirmed that this song is about her grandmother. [1]

Cross-references[]

  • The title of the song was first mentioned in "Lust for Life".
  • Dancing is also a theme in "When the World Was at War We Kept Dancing".
  • Del Rey has actually covered a song by Joni Mitchell called "For Free".
  • The line "rolling like a rolling stone" might be a reference to the 1965 song "Like A Rolling Stone" by Bob Dylan, which also appears in "Off to the Races".
  • A ranch is also mentioned in "Tulsa Jesus Freak".
  • Del Rey makes other general references to having children in the songs "Blue Banisters", "How to Disappear" and "Have a Baby".
  • The phrase "I'll keep walking on the sunny side" is similar to "come and take a walk on the wild side" from "Born to Die".
  • The phrase "I'll keep walking on the sunny side" might be a reference to the 1957 song “On The Sunny Side Of The Street” by Billie Holiday.
  • References to Joan Baez also appears in "Joan and Bobby" and in "Blue Banisters" with the phrase "the diamonds, the rust and the rain" that mentions one of Baez's songs "Diamonds and Rust".

Lyrics[]

I'm coverin' Joni and dancin' with Joan
Stevie's callin' on the telephone
Court almost burned down my home
But, God, it feels good not to be alone

But sometimes this ranch feels like my only friend
And life doesn't always work out like we planned
We keep it movin', babe

So we made it back in the middle of the night
To the Louisiana two-step, high and bright
That we won't say when, and we won't ask why
And we won't stop dancin' till we die
I'll keep walking on the sunny side
And we won't stop dancin' till we die

Troubled by my circumstance
Burdened by the weight of fame
Clementine's not just a fruit
It's my daughter's chosen name

And when all the bars close down tonight
There's one that stays open just for us, alright
We keep dancin', babe

So we made it back in the middle of the night
(We keep dancin', babe)
To the Louisiana two-step, high and bright
(We keep movin', babe)
That we won't say when, and we won't ask why
And we won't stop dancin' till we die
I'll keep walkin' on the sunny side
And we won't stop dancin' till we die

I went down to Woodside
I left Berkley, out of city, out of mind
Killin' it, talkin' shit
Joan said she was gonna quit
Tearin' it up at the Afro-Caribbean two-step
I left San Francisco
I've been coverin' Joni and I'm dancin' with Joan
It's kinda hard to find love
When you're used to rollin' like a rollin' stone

So we made it back in the middle of the night
(We keep movin', babe)
To the Louisiana two-step, high and bright
(We keep on dancin', babe)
That we won't say when, and we won't ask why
And we won't stop dancin' till we die
I'll keep walkin' on the sunny side
And we won't stop dancin' till we die
And we won't stop dancin' till we die

Credits[]

  • Lana Del Rey — songwriter, vocals, producer
  • Jack Antonoff — composer, producer, mixer, mellotron, piano, rhodes, drums
  • Laura Sisk — engineer, mixer
  • Evan Smith — horn
  • Chris Gehringer — mastering engineer
  • John Rooney — assistant recording engineer
  • Jon Sher — assistant recording engineer

References[]

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