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"Heroin" is a song by Lana Del Rey. It was co-written with Rick Nowels and co-produced with Nowels, Kieron Menzies and Dean Reid, with additional production by Mighty Mike. It is featured as the fourteenth track on her fifth studio album and fourth major-label studio album, Lust for Life.

Background[]

The song was written about one of Del Rey's ex boyfriends, Rob Dubuss, who passed away on December 30, 2011, from a heroin overdose. In one of her live performances, she explained briefly that "Yayo" was also a song about him and confirmed that he is her ex as well.

Live performances[]

Del Rey performed the song live for the first time at her Lust for Life listening party and performance hosted by Spotify at No Vacancy in Los Angeles, California, on July 20, 2017. She added that it was her favorite song on the album. On January 30, 2018, in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the LA to the Moon Tour Del Rey performed an a cappella version of the song by fan request.

Cross-references[]

Official versions[]

  • Album version — 5:55
    • Instrumental version — 5:56
  • Clean version — 5:55

Lyrics[]

Topanga's hot tonight, the city by the bay
Has movie stars and liquor stores in soft decay
The rumbling from distant shores sends me to sleep
But, the facts of life can sometimes make it hard to dream

Life rocked me, like Mötley
Grabbed me by the ribbons in my hair
Life rocked me, ultra softly
Like the heavy metal that you wear

I'm flying to the moon again
Dreaming about heroin
How it gave you everything
And took your life away
I put you on an aeroplane
Destined for a foreign land
I hoped that you'd come back again
And tell me everything's okay
Babe, babe, yeah

Topanga's hot today, Manson's in the air
And all my friends have gone, 'cause they still feel him here
I wanna leave, I'll probably stay another year
It's hard to leave when absolutely nothing's clear

Life rocked me, like Mötley
Bad beginning to my new year
Life rocked me, ultra softly
Like the heavy metal that you hear

I'm flying to the moon again
Dreaming about heroin
And how it gave you everything
And took your life away
I put you on the aeroplane
Destined for a foreign land
I thought that you'd come back again
To tell me everything's okay
Babe, babe, yeah

It's fucking hot, hot! Winter in the city
Something 'bout this weather made these kids go crazy
It's hot! Even for February
Something 'bout the sun has made these kids get scary

Oh, writing in blood, on my walls and shit
My God, oh my God
Dripping off from the walls into the ducts and shit
Ooh, oh-oh-oh, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't sick of it

Baby (Baby)
Come on (Come on)
Come on (Come on)

I'm flying to the moon again
Dreaming about marzipan
Taking all my medicine
To take my thoughts away
I'm getting on that aeroplane
Leaving my old man again
I hope that I come back one day
To tell you that I really changed
Babe, babe

It's hot, hot! Something 'bout the city
Don't know what it is that makes my head get crazy
Oh, makes me feel like I can change
Oh, oh-oh-oh, all of my evil ways and shit
Mmm, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't sick of it


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