"Fucked My Way Up to the Top" (originally titled "Fuck My Way" and also registered as "Fucked My Way Up") is a song by Lana Del Rey written with Dan Heath. It was released on Del Rey's second major-label studio album, Ultraviolence.
Background[edit | edit source]
A snippet of an early demo featuring different vocals and instrumental leaked on June 25, 2018. A new snippet was leaked on August 5, 2018. The full demo leaked on June 26, 2019.
Writing and inspiration[edit | edit source]
On June 9, 2014, in an interview with Grazia magazine, Del Rey said "It's about a singer who first sneered about my allegedly not authentic style but later she stole and copied it. And now she's acting like I am the art project and she the true super artist. My God and people actually believe her, she's successful! I shouldn't continue ranting, it doesn't get anywhere.". On September, 2014, in an interview with Complex when she was asked about the song she answered "It's commentary, like, I know what you think of me, and I'm alluding to that. You know, I have slept with a lot of guys in the industry, but none of them helped me get my record deals. Which is annoying".
Critical reception[edit | edit source]
Before the album was out or the track even previewed, music magazine Billboard described the song as "the best song title on Ultraviolence" along with "Guns and Roses", a sentiment shared by Internet publication Pitchfork Media.
Live performances[edit | edit source]
Cross-references[edit | edit source]
- Diamonds and pearls are also mentioned in "I Don't Wanna Go" and "Catch and Release". "Diamonds and Pearls" is also a song by Prince featuring Rosie Gaines.
- Curls are mentioned in "Marilyn Monroe", "The Other Woman" and "When the World Was at War We Kept Dancing".
- Linen is also mentioned in "Fine China".
- The phrase "Need you, baby, like I breathe you" is similar to "I need you, I breathe you" which appears in "Off to the Races".
Official versions[edit | edit source]
- Album version — 3:32
- Instrumental version — 3:29
- Clean version — 3:32
- Demo version — 3:37
Lyrics[edit | edit source]
Album version[edit | edit source]
Demo version[edit | edit source]
Credits[edit | edit source]
- Lana Del Rey — vocals, songwriting
- Dan Heath — songwriting
- Dan Auerbach — production, electric guitar
- Collin Dupuis — engineering
- Robert Orton — mixing
- Kenny Vaughan & Seth Kaufman — electric guitar
- Nick Movshon — electric bass
- Leon Michaels — Mellotron, synthesizers, piano
- Russ Pahl — pedal steel
- Maximilian Weissenfeldt — drums
- Collin Dupuis — drums programming
- John Davis — mastering
- Mixed at Hot Rocks Studios
- Mastered at Metropolis Studios, London
References[edit | edit source]
- HFA Song Code: F6697R