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Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Ira Gershwin
George Gershwin
Marshall Goodman
Maggie Plum
Dorothy Heyward
DuBose Heyward
Bradley Nowell
Rick Rubin
Adam Horovitz
Adam Yauch
Producer(s) Andrew Watt
Happy Perez
Released May 17, 2019
Recorded 2019
Length 3:22
(See official versions)
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Single(s) "Mariners Apartment Complex"
"Venice Bitch"
"Hope Is a Dangerous Thing for a Woman like Me to Have – but I Have It"
"Doin' Time"
"The Greatest" / "Fuck It I Love You"
Singles chronology
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"Hope Is a Dangerous Thing..."

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"Doin' Time"

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"Season of the Witch"

Norman Fucking Rockwell track listing
"Fuck It I Love You" "Love Song"

"Doin' Time" (stylized in sentence case and registered as "Doin' Time Summertime") is a song by Sublime covered by Lana Del Rey from her sixth studio album, Norman Fucking Rockwell!. It was also recorded for the documentary about the band Sublime. The cover was produced by Andrew Watt and Happy Perez. It was released as a single on May 17, 2019.

Background[edit | edit source]

According to an article by Vulture, the documentary premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2019 on April 28, 2019. Among the artists that sang Sublime covers during the documentary was also Del Rey, whose cover is featured during the film credits.[1]

On May 6, 2019, All Access Music Group updated its list of radio impacting songs listing "Doin' Time" as a new release by Del Rey on May 20, 2019.[2] The next day, Del Rey posted a video on Instagram with her singing the chorus and the caption saying "Coming Soon".[3] On May 15, 2019, Del Rey confirmed the song would be released on May 17, 2019.[4]

The instrumental of the song leaked online on September 3, 2019. The songs official TV Track surfaced November 3, 2019.

On November 20, 2020, Del Rey released a cover of the song that "Doin' Time" had been originally inspired by, titled "Summertime The Gershwin Version".

Promotion[edit | edit source]

To promote the single, Del Rey changed the profile and cover pictures from all social media accounts with the cover' artwork and banners. In addition, a clean version of the song was sent to radios and Universal Music Group offered it as a free download for a week, starting on May 27, 2019.

A promotional video lasting 15 seconds was used to promote the cover on Spotify.

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Promotional video by Spotify for "Doin' Time"


Live performances
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"Doin' Time" was performed live for the first time on June 22, 2019 at Malahide Castle & Gardens in Dublin, Ireland as part of the Festival Tour. Del Rey also performed it live for BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge, alongside a cover of "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" during July 2019, released September 9, 2019.

The song was also performed numerous times during the Norman Fucking Rockwell tour.

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Lana Del Rey - Doin' Time (Sublime cover) in the Live Lounge

Gallery[edit source]

Taken during Del Rey's performance by the house Radio 1 Live Lounge photographer.

Music video[edit | edit source]

Music video Information
Lana_Del_Rey_-_Doin’_Time_(Official_Video) Released August 29, 2019
Length 4:25
Director Rich Lee
Producer Justin Diener, Clark Jackson
Filmed Rubidoux Drive-In Theatre, Riverside, CA, USA - 2019
Location Los Angeles, California
Vevo views 50+ Million views

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Official versions[edit | edit source]

  • Album version — 3:22
    • Instrumental version — 3:16
  • Radio edit — 3:22
  • TV Track version — 3:22

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

Summertime, and the livin's easy
Bradley's on the microphone with Ras MG
All people in the dance will agree
That we're well-qualified to represent the L.B.C
Me, me and Louie, we gonna run to the party
And dance to the rhythm, it gets harder

Me and my girl, we got this relationship
I love her so bad, but she treats me like shit
On lockdown, like a penitentiary
She spreads her lovin' all over
And when she gets home, there's none left for me

Summertime, and the livin's easy
Bradley's on the microphone with Ras MG
All people in the dance will agree
That we're well-qualified to represent the L.B.C
Me, me and Louie, we gonna run to the party
And dance to the rhythm, it gets harder
(Harder, harder)

Oh, take this veil from off my eyes
My burning sun will, some day, rise
So, what am I gonna be doin' for a while?
Said, I'm gonna play with myself
Show them, now, we've come off the shelf

Summertime, and the livin's easy
Bradley's on the microphone with Ras MG
All people in the dance will agree
That we're well-qualified to represent the L.B.C
Me, me and Louie, we gonna run to the party
And dance to the rhythm, it gets harder
(Harder, harder)

Evil, I've come to tell you that she's evil, most definitely
Evil, ornery, scandalous and evil, most definitely
The tension, it's getting hotter
I'd like to hold her head underwater
(Summertime)
(Ah, ah, ah)

Summertime, and the livin's easy
Bradley's on the microphone with Ras MG
All people in the dance will agree
That we're well-qualified to represent the L.B.C
Me, me and Louie, we gon' run to the party
And dance to the rhythm, it gets harder

Credits[edit | edit source]

Personnel
  • Bradley James Nowell — songwriting
  • Rick Rubin — songwriting
  • Adam Keefe Horovitz — songwriting
  • Adam Nathaniel Yauch — songwriting
  • Marshall Raymond Goodman — songwriting
  • Ira Gershwin — songwriting
  • DuBose Heyward — songwriting
  • Dorothy Heyward — songwriting
  • George Gershwin — songwriting
  • Lana Del Rey — vocals
  • Andrew Watt — production, recording, guitar, mixing, programming
  • Happy Perez — production
  • Paul LaMalfa — engineering, recording, mixing
  • Eric Wilson — bass guitar
  • Josh Freese — drums
  • Bud Gaugh — drums
  • Gale Levant — harp
  • Dave Kutch — mastering
Technical
  • Mastered at The Mastering Palace, New York, United States
  • Recorded and Tracked at Gold Tooth Music, Los Angeles, United States / SARM Studios, London, United Kingdom

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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