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Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Mike Daly
Producer(s) Emile Haynie
Jeff Bhasker
Alternate producer(s) Lana Del Rey
Mike Daly
The Flight
Crispin Hunt
Length 3:42
(See official versions)
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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
"Video Games" "National Anthem"

"Diet Mountain Dew" (alternately spelled as "Diet Mtn Dew" and originally titled "Diet Mt. Dew Baby") is a song written by Lana Del Rey and Mike Daly and produced by Emile Haynie and Jeff Bhasker. It was released on Del Rey's first major-label studio album, Born to Die.

Background and composition[]

On April 28, 2009, Del Rey tweeted "Mike Daly is Really fucking good. Diet Mt. Dew Baby".[1] 2 days later, she tweeted lyrics from the song and stated that she "loves" her new song.[2]

On May 19, 2010, Del Rey uploaded the song to her defunct SoundCloud profile,[3] (produced by The Flight) and on June 13, 2011 she uploaded it to her personal YouTube channel (produced by Mike Daly).[4] In May 2010, music blog sites began posting reviews of the third demo of the song alongside speculation around Del Rey's upcoming album. The track was met with generally positive reviews.

Two snippets of a 2008 a cappella demo called "Diet Mt. Dew Baby", recorded under the pseudonym Lana Rey, leaked during 2016. The original file of the second demo, labeled as "Diet Mtn Dew Ruff 1", was leaked on July 6, 2017, and according to its tags, it was produced in 2009. It was produced by Mike Daly. Another demo of the song is registered under the stage name Lizzy Grant.[5] A 5-minute demo of the song is also rumored to exist.

The song is in B♭ minor with a tempo of 88 BPM. The track features motif of a rising then falling scale on the piano accompanied with soaring strings and hip-hop beats that are typical of the other tracks on the album. The track is generally upbeat, and lyrically the song centers on Del Rey asking a man whether they will "be in love forever."

Live performance(s)[]

The first known performance of the song was at the Highline Ballroom in New York City for the M.E.A.N.Y. Fest on January 22, 2010. Del Rey performed the song live the second known time on November 30, 2011 at the Mod Club in Toronto, Canada, as an encore. About the performance, she said: "Okay, I fucking hate encores, but listen. I've really never done this song live but I'm just like 'My set's so fucking short, I wanna like, make it longer,' so we're just gonna try it. If you judge me, I'll kill you."

Del Rey performed the song live for the first time in 6 years at Terminal 5 in New York City, New York, on October 23 and 24, 2017. On October 28, 2017, Del Rey performed it again at Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival in Los Angeles, California. In 2018, Del Rey performed the song on January 19 in Newark, New Jersey at the LA to the Moon Tour.

Use in media[]

On November 1, 2010, the third demo of the song was used in the TV Series 90210 during the episode "I See London, I See France...".

Music video(s)[]

Music video Information
Lana_Del_Rey_-_Diet_Mtn_Dew_1 Released N/A
Length 4:16
Director Lana Del Rey
Producer
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Music video Information
Lana_Del_Rey_-_Diet_Mtn_Dew_1_(Alternate_Edit) Released N/A
Length 4:19
Director Lana Del Rey
Producer
Filmed Unknown
Location Unknown
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Lana_Del_Rey_-_Diet_Mtn_Dew_2 Released N/A
Length 3:44
Director Lana Del Rey
Producer
Filmed Unknown
Location Unknown
Vevo views N/A

Background and description[]

Before the release of Born to Die, Del Rey created two homemade music videos for a demo version of the song, similar to the style of of her other homemade music videos. They feature shots of Del Rey herself and clips she gathered from miscellaneous films and videos. On July 5, 2017, an alternate edit of the first version of the video leaked. It is ultimately the same as the first version with the exception of certain shots being cut differently, and clips that were originally black and white now being color.

Cross-references[]

Official versions[]

  • Album version — 3:42
    • Instrumental version — 3:46
  • Crispin Hunt demo — 3:45
  • Mike Daly demo ("Diet Mtn Dew") — 4:31
  • The Flight demo — 3:39
  • A cappella concept demo ("Diet Mt. Dew Baby") — 1:05

Lyrics[]

Album version[]

You're no good for me
Baby you're no good for me
You're no good for me
But baby I want you, I want you

Diet Mountain Dew baby New York City
Never was there ever a girl so pretty
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love?

Diet Mountain Dew baby New York City
Can we hit it now low down and gritty
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love?

Baby put on heart-shaped sunglasses
'Cause we're gonna take a ride
I'm not gonna listen to what the past says
I've been waiting up all night

Take another drag turn me to ashes
Ready for another lie
Says he's gonna teach me just what fast is
Say it's gonna be all right

Diet Mountain Dew baby New York City
Never was there ever a girl so pretty
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love?

Diet Mountain Dew baby New York City
Can we hit it now low down and gritty
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love?

Let's take Jesus off the dashboard
Got enough on his mind
We both know just what we're here for
Saved too many times

Maybe I like this roller coaster
Maybe it keeps me high
Maybe the speed, it brings me closer
I could sparkle up your eye

Diet Mountain Dew baby New York City
Never was there ever a girl so pretty
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love?

Diet Mountain Dew baby New York City
Can we hit it now low down and gritty
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love?

You're no good for me
Baby you're no good for me
You're no good for me
But baby I want you, I want you

You're no good for me
Baby you're no good for me
You're no good for me
But baby I want you, I want you, I want you

Diet Mountain Dew baby New York City
Never was there ever a girl so pretty
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love?

Baby stopping at 7-Eleven
There in his white pontiac heaven
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love?

Diet Mountain Dew baby New York City.
Never was there ever a girl so pretty
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love?

Diet Mountain Dew baby New York City
Can we hit it now low down and gritty
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love?

You're no good for me
Baby you're no good for me
You're no good for me
But baby I want you, I want you

You're no good for me
Baby you're no good for me
You're no good for me
But baby I want you, I want you

You're no good for me
Baby you're no good for me
You're no good for me
But baby I want you, I want

Crispin Hunt demo[]

You're no good for me
Baby, you're no good for me
You're no good for me
But, baby, I want you, I want you

Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
Never was there ever a girl so pretty
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love forever?

Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
Never was there ever a girl so pretty
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love?

Baby, put on heart-shaped sunglasses
'Cause we gonna take a ride
I'm not gonna listen to what the past says
I've been waiting up all night

Take another drag, turn me to ashes
Ready for a new lie?
Say he gonna teach me just what fast is
Say it's gonna be all right

Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
Never was there ever a girl so pretty
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love forever?

Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
Never was there ever a girl so pretty
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love?

Let's take Jesus off the dashboard
Got enough on his mind
We both know just what we're here for
Saved too many times

Maybe I like this roller coaster
Maybe it keeps me high
Maybe, the speed, it brings me closer
I could sparkle up your eye

Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
Never was there ever a girl so pretty
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love forever?

Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
Never was there ever a girl so pretty
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love?

You're no good for me
Baby, you're no good for me
You're no good for me
But, baby, I want you, I want you

You're no good for me
Baby, you're no good for me
You're no good for me
But, baby, I want you
I want you, I want you

Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
Never was there ever a girl so pretty
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love forever?

Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
Never was there ever a girl so pretty
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love?

(You're no good for me)
Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
(Baby, you're no good for me)
Never was there ever a girl so pretty
(You're no good for me)
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
(But, baby, I want you, I want)
Do you think we'll be in love forever?

(You're no good for me)
Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
(Baby, you're no good for me)
Never was there ever a girl so pretty
(You're no good for me)
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
(But, baby, I want you, I want you)
Do you think we'll be in love forever?

Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
(Want you, I want you, I want you)
Never was there ever a girl so pretty
(I want you, you're no good for me)
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
(You're no good for me, but, baby, I want you)
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
(I want you, I want you)

Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
Never was there ever a girl so pretty
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love forever?

Mike Daly demo[]

(You're no good for me
Baby, you're no good for me
You're no good for me
But, baby, I want you, I want)

Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
Never was there ever a girl so pretty
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love?

Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
Can we hit it now, low down and gritty?
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love?

Baby, put on heart-shaped sunglasses
'Cause we gonna take a ride
I'm not gonna listen to what the past says
I've been waiting up all night

Take another drag, turn me to ashes
Ready for another lie?
Says he's gonna teach me just what fast is
Say it's gonna be all right

Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
Never was there ever a girl so pretty
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love?

Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
Can we hit it now, low down and gritty?
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love?

Let's take Jesus off the dashboard
Got enough on his mind
We both know just what we're here for
Saved too many times

Maybe I like this roller coaster
Maybe it keeps me high
Maybe, the speed, it brings me closer
I could sparkle up your eye

Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
Never was there ever a girl so pretty
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love?

Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
Can we hit it now, low down and gritty?
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love?

You're no good for me
Baby, you're no good for me
You're no good for me
But, baby, I want you, I want you

You're no good for me
Baby, you're no good for me
You're no good for me
But, baby, I want you
I want you, I want you

Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
Never was there ever a girl so pretty
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love?

Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
Can we hit it now, low down and gritty?
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love?

(You're no good for me)
Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
(Baby, you're no good for me)
Never was there ever a girl so pretty
(You're no good for me)
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
(But, baby, I want you, I want)
Do you think we'll be in love?

(You're no good for me)
Baby's stopping at Seven-Eleven
(Baby, you're no good for me)
There in his white Pontiac heaven
(You're no good for me)
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
(But, baby, I want you, I want)
Do you think we'll be in love?

(You're no good for me)
Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
(Baby, you're no good for me)
Never was there ever a girl so pretty
(You're no good for me)
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
(But, baby, I want you, I want)
Do you think we'll be in love?

(You're no good for me)
Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
(Baby, you're no good for me)
Can we hit it now, low down and gritty?
(You're no good for me)
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
(But, baby, I want you, I want)
Do you think we'll be in love?

(You're no good for me
Baby, you're no good for me
You're no good for me
But, baby, I want you, I want)

(You're no good for me
Baby, you're no good for me
You're no good for me
But, baby, I want you, I want)

(You're no good for me
Baby, you're no good for me
You're no good for me
But, baby, I want you, I want)

The Flight demo[]

(You're no good for me
Baby, you're no good for me
You're no good for me
But, baby, I want you, I want you)

Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
Never was there ever a girl so pretty
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love?

Baby, put on heart-shaped sunglasses
'Cause we gonna take a ride
I'm not gonna listen to what the past says
I've been waiting up all night

Take another drag, turn me to ashes
Ready for another lie?
Says he's gonna teach me just what fast is
Say it's gonna be all right

Hit me my darling tonight
I don't know why, but I like it
Gotta get back to the wild
Give it up, give it up
Live it up, live it up

Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
Never was there ever a girl so pretty
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love?

Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
Can we hit it now, low down and gritty?
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love?

Let's take Jesus off the dashboard
Got enough on his mind
We both know just what we're here for
Saved too many times

Maybe I like this roller coaster
Maybe it keeps me high
Maybe, the speed, it brings me closer
I could sparkle up your eye

Hurt me and tell me you're mine
I don't know why, but I like it
Scary? My God, you're divine
Gimme them, gimme them
Dope and diamonds

Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
Never was there ever a girl so pretty
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love?

Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
Can we hit it now, low down and gritty?
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love?

You're no good for me
Baby, you're no good for me
You're no good for me
But, baby, I want you, I want you

You're no good for me
Baby, you're no good for me
You're no good for me
But, baby, I want you
I want you, I want you

Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
Never was there ever a girl so pretty
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love?

Baby's stopping at Seven-Eleven
There in his white Pontiac heaven
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love?

Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
Can we hit it now, low down and gritty?
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love?

Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
Never was there ever a girl so pretty
Do you think we'll be in love forever?
Do you think we'll be in love?

A cappella concept demo ("Diet Mt. Dew Baby")[]

Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
Never was there ever a girl so pretty
Do you wanna get low down and gritty?
Do you wanna go back out again?

We stop at 7/11 in his white Pontiac Heaven
Do you think we’ll be in love forever?
Do you think we’ll be in love forever?

I can see the sparkle in your eyes
I can see it now as I get closer
I knew I heard it, so suprised
You’re more crazy than a roller coaster
You’re more crazy than a roller coaster

Diet mountain dew, baby, New York City
Never was there ever a girl so pretty
Do you wanna get low down and gritty?
Do you wanna go back out again?

And I am all I want to be
I try and I believe

Credits[]

Personnel
  • Lana Del Rey — vocals, songwriting
  • Mike Daly — songwriting, vocal production
  • Emile Haynie — production, drums, additional keyboards
  • Jeff Bhasker — co-production, keyboards, guitar
  • Larry Gold — strings arrangement and conduction
  • Steve Tirpak — strings assistance
  • Ken Lewis & Brent Kolatalo — additional drums
  • Manny Marroquin — mixing
  • Erik Madrid & Chris Galland — assistance
  • John Davis — mastering
Technical
  • Published by BMG Chrysalis / EMI
  • Mastered at Metropolis Mastering, London, United Kingdom


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