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*The theme of 'paradise' also appears in "[[Paradise (song)|Paradise]]", "[[Velvet Crowbar (song)|Velvet Crowbar]]", and "[[Every Man Gets His Wish (song)|Every Man Gets His Wish]]".
 
*The theme of 'paradise' also appears in "[[Paradise (song)|Paradise]]", "[[Velvet Crowbar (song)|Velvet Crowbar]]", and "[[Every Man Gets His Wish (song)|Every Man Gets His Wish]]".
 
*"Pretty baby" (from the demo) is also referenced in "[[Florida Kilos (song)|Florida Kilos]]" "[[For K, Pt. 2 (song)|For K, Pt. 2]]" and some other songs.
 
*"Pretty baby" (from the demo) is also referenced in "[[Florida Kilos (song)|Florida Kilos]]" "[[For K, Pt. 2 (song)|For K, Pt. 2]]" and some other songs.
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== Official versions ==
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* Album version – 4:03
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* Radio mix – 3:52
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* Instrumental version – 4:00
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* Demo version 1 – 2:26
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* Demo version 2 – 3:58
   
 
==[[Remixes]]==
 
==[[Remixes]]==

Revision as of 03:52, April 11, 2017

Dark Paradise Cover
Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Rick Nowels
Producer(s) Emile Haynie
Rick Nowels (Co-Prod./Radio)
Devrim Karaoglu (Radio)
Bjorn Yttling (Demo 1)
Released March 1, 2013
Length 4:03
(See official versions)
From Btdogo
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
"National Anthem" "Radio"

"Dark Paradise" (also registered as but not to be confused with "Paradise"[1]) is a song from Lana Del Rey's debut major-label album, Born to Die. It was written by Lana and Rick Nowels, with production fronted by Emile Haynie and co-production by Nowels. The first demo was produced by Bjorn Yttling[2]. It was released as the album's 6th single on March 1, 2013, exclusively in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

Writing and inspiration

The song is thought by fans to be written about K and his death, although this is not definitely confirmed. There are some themes in the track that can provide evidence to this theory, though. The song contains references to Del Rey's love of someone who has passed away, and her desire to join him.

Del Rey originally recorded a demo of the song containing differed lyrics and production in the early stages of recording Born to Die. Lyrically and sonically, the second demo is similar to the radio edit.

The song follows a similar sound to other songs on Born to Die, with orchestral production and a mid-tempo ballad structure. It contains the male backing vocals also found in most songs on the album. It has a tempo of 120 beats-per-minute, making it one of the fastest songs on the album. The key of the song is C♯ minor.

Critical reception

The song garnered mixed reviews from critics. Most critical reviews came from the melodramatic tone of the song, along with the lyrical content and repetitive production. Billboard gave the song a negative review, saying that "fatigue sets in" when this song comes up on the album, and that the song "would be a subpar ballad for Del Rey" even if she had never released "Blue Jeans" or "Video Games".[3] Jaime Gill from BBC Music used the song as an example as why "Born to Die" isn't perfect, saying that "it slumps slightly towards the end, and the glossy trip-hop production grows wearying on lesser [G]othic melodramas like Dark Paradise."[4] David Edwards from Drowned in Sound said along with "Carmen" that they weren't the best tracks on the album, saying "The dreary fallen angel whimsy of ‘Carmen’ sums up precisely the unfocused drift that critics often use to malign her and on songs such as ‘Dark Paradise’, the caricature extends beyond our empathy."[5]

On the other hand, many critics believed that the criticism towards the song attracted it as a standout towards the album. Los Angeles Times named it among the best tracks on the album along with "Video Games" and "Summertime Sadness".[6] MuuMuse highlighted the album as a standout, saying "Yet beneath the song’s gothic exterior lies an deeply romantic sentiment, suggesting that love trumps all circumstances–even death [...]"[7]

Charts

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 45
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[9] 5
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[10] 48
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[11] 42

Cross-references

Official versions

  • Album version – 4:03
  • Radio mix – 3:52
  • Instrumental version – 4:00
  • Demo version 1 – 2:26
  • Demo version 2 – 3:58

Remixes

  • Parov Stelar Remix - 4:21

Commercial release

Digital release

Dark Paradise - Single

Dark Paradise Cover Label: Universal Music
Format: Digital download
Released: March 1, 2013
Barcode: None
Photography: Nicole Nodland
Design: Unknown

Dark Paradise (Parov Stelar Remix) - Single

Parov Stelar Remix Label: Universal Music
Format: Digital download
Released: 2013
Barcode: None
Photography: Nicole Nodland
Design: Unknown

Physical release

Germany (LC-14513)

Dark Paradise Cover Label: Vertigo
Format: CD in slimcase
Released: March 1, 2013
Barcode: 0602537325719
Photography: Nicole Nodland
Design: Unknown    

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Music video

Del Rey stated that she planned to record a video for the song in an interview on June 21, 2012, for release in September, but the video did not come to fruition.

Lyrics

Album version

All my friends tell me I should move on.
I’m lying in the ocean singing your song.
"Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ahhh,"
That’s how you sang it.

Loving you forever can’t be wrong.
Even though you’re not here, won’t move on.
"Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ahhh,"
That’s how we played it.

And there’s no remedy for memory, your face is like a melody,
It won’t leave my head.
Your soul is haunting me and telling me that everything is fine,
But I wish I was dead (dead like you).

Every time I close my eyes, it’s like a dark paradise.
No one compares to you,
I’m scared that you won’t be waiting on the other side.
Every time I close my eyes, it’s like a dark paradise.
No one compares to you,
I’m scared that you won’t be waiting on the other side.

All my friends ask me why I stay strong.
Tell ‘em when you find true love, it lives on.
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ahhh,
That’s why I stay here.

And there’s no remedy for memory, your face is like a melody,
It won’t leave my head.
Your soul is haunting me and telling me that everything is fine,
But I wish I was dead (dead like you).

Every time I close my eyes, it’s like a dark paradise.
No one compares to you,
I’m scared that you won’t be waiting on the other side.
Every time I close my eyes, it’s like a dark paradise.
No one compares to you,
But there’s no you, except in my dreams tonight.

Oh-oh-oh-oh-hah-hah-hah-hah.
I don’t want to wake up from this tonight.
Oh-oh-oh-oh-hah-hah-hah-hah.
I don’t want to wake up from this tonight.

There’s no relief, I see you in my sleep.
And everybody’s rushing me, but I can feel you touching me.
There’s no release, I feel you in my dreams,
Telling me I’m fine.

Every time I close my eyes, it’s like a dark paradise.
No one compares to you,
I’m scared that you won’t be waiting on the other side.
Every time I close my eyes, it’s like a dark paradise.
No one compares to you,
But there’s no you, except in my dreams tonight.

Oh-oh-oh-oh-hah-hah-hah-hah.
I don’t want to wake up from this tonight.
Oh-oh-oh-oh-hah-hah-hah-hah.
I don’t want to wake up from this tonight.

Demo 1

I got the ice, you got the fire.
I got the stuff, to take you higher.
"Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ahhh,"
That's how you played it.

I got the brains, you got the money.
This is a race, let's go fast honey.
"Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ahhh,"
That's how you played it.

C'mon pretty baby, I'll be takin' you down.
They say you got crazy like all over town.

Every time I close my eyes, it's like a dark paradise.
No one compares to you,
I'm scared that you won't be waiting on the other side.
Every time I close my eyes, it's like a dark paradise.
No one compares to you,
But there's no you, except in my dreams tonight.

I got the brains, you got the money.
This is a race, let's go fast honey.
"Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ahhh,"
That's how you played it.

C'mon pretty baby, I'll be takin' you down.
They say you got crazy like all over town.

Every time I close my eyes, it's like a dark paradise.
No one compares to you,
I'm scared that you won't be waiting on the other side.
Every time I close my eyes, it's like a dark paradise.
No one compares to you,
But there's no you, except in my dreams tonight.

Oh-oh-oh-oh-hah-hah-hah-hah.
I don't wanna wake up from this tonight.
Oh-oh-oh-oh-hah-hah-hah-hah.
I don't wanna wake up from this tonight.

Demo 2

All my friends tell me I should move on.
I’m lying in the ocean singing your song.
"Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ahhh,"
That’s how you sang it.

Loving you forever can’t be wrong.
Even though you’re not here, won’t move on.
"Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ahhh,"
That’s how you played it.

And there’s no remedy for memory, your face is like a melody,
It won’t leave my head.
Your soul is haunting me and telling me that everything is fine,
But I wish I was dead (dead like you).

Every time I close my eyes, it’s like a dark paradise.
No one compares to you,
I’m scared that you won’t be waiting on the other side.

Oh-oh-oh-oh-hah-hah-hah-hah.
I don’t want to wake up from this tonight.

All my friends ask me why I stay strong.
Tell ‘em when you find true love, it lives on.
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ahhh,
That’s why I stay here.

Cause there’s no remedy for memory, your face is like a melody,
It won’t leave my head.
Your soul is haunting me and telling me that everything is fine,
But I wish I was dead (dead like you).

Every time I close my eyes, it’s like a dark paradise.
No one compares to you,
I’m scared that you won’t be waiting on the other side.
Every time I close my eyes, it’s like a dark paradise.
No one compares to you,
But there’s no you, except in my dreams tonight.

Oh-oh-oh-oh-hah-hah-hah-hah.
I don’t want to wake up from this tonight.
Oh-oh-oh-oh-hah-hah-hah-hah.
I don’t want to wake up from this tonight.

There’s no relief, I see you in my sleep.
And everybody’s rushing me, but I can feel you touching me.
There’s no release, I feel you in my dreams,
Telling me I’m fine.

Every time I close my eyes, it’s like a dark paradise.
No one compares to you,
I’m scared that you won’t be waiting on the other side (so tell me).
Every time I close my eyes, it’s like a dark paradise.
No one compares to you,
But there’s no you, except in my dreams tonight.

Oh-oh-oh-oh-hah-hah-hah-hah.
I don’t want to wake up from this tonight.
Oh-oh-oh-oh-hah-hah-hah-hah.
I don’t want to wake up from this tonight.
Oh-oh-oh-oh-hah-hah-hah-hah.
I don’t want to wake up from this tonight.
Oh-oh-oh-oh-hah-hah-hah-hah.
I don’t want to wake up from this tonight.

Credits

Personnel

  • Drums — Emile Haynie
  • Keyboards — Emile Haynie
  • Strings arrangment and conducting — Larry Gold
  • Strings assistment — Steve Tirpak
  • Additional vocals — Maria Vidal
  • Chamberlain strings — Patrick Warren
  • Guitar — Rick Nowels
  • Additional synths — Devrim Karaoglu
  • Orchestral drums — Devrim Karaoglu
  • Pads — Dean Reid
  • Mixing — Manny Marroquin
  • Assistant mixing —Erik Madrid & Chris Galland

References

  1. APRA|AMCOS title search lists "Paradise" as an alias of "Dark Paradise" (APRA ID: GW42208736)
  2. http://thecuttingroom.com/bjorn-yttling-and-lana-del-ray-at-the-cutting-room-studios/
  3. http://www.billboard.com/articles/review/1067142/lana-del-reys-born-to-die-track-by-track-review#
  4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/qrnv
  5. http://drownedinsound.com/releases/17344/reviews/4145754
  6. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2012/01/lana-del-rey-born-to-die.html
  7. http://www.muumuse.com/2012/01/lana-del-rey-born-to-die-album-review.html/
  8. http://musicline.de/de/chartverfolgung_summary/artist/Lana+Del+Rey/?type=single
  9. http://bestsellery.zpav.pl/airplays/top/archiwum.php?year=2013&idlisty=983#title
  10. http://www.swisscharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Lana+Del+Rey&titel=Dark+Paradise&cat=s
  11. http://www.austriancharts.at/showitem.asp?interpret=Lana+Del+Rey&titel=Dark+Paradise&cat=s


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