"Kill Kill" (also known as "Florida Dark" and originally titled "The Ocean") is a song written by Lana Del Rey and produced by David Kahne, serving as the opening track from her 2008 EP, Kill Kill, and 2010 debut album, Lana Del Ray.
"Kill Kill" was recorded sometime during 2007 in a studio located at 12 West, 37th Street, 4th Floor, New York City.
The original demo of the song was called "The Ocean" and produced by Steven Mertens. A snippet of this demo leaked on December 4, 2016, and on December 5, 2016, the full track leaked. The original file lasts 4 minutes and 31 seconds, however, the additional length is just silence. More versions under the original "The Ocean" title are rumoured to exist. On July 5, 2017, the unmastered version of the song leaked.
The lyrics of "Kill Kill" were written by Grant while the production was handled by David Kahne. The song speaks about a relationship where Del Rey is "in love with a dying man". The original title for the song was "The Ocean", but the producer of the song, Kahne, found that title boring and told Grant to change it. Grant, while angry, crossed out the title with x's and wrote "kill kill". That title soon became the name of the song and later her debut EP.
Del Rey has performed the song live two known times throughout the early days of her career. The first known performance was on February 3, 2009 at Arlene's Grocery in Manhattan, New York, and the second known performance on February 17, 2009 at Pianos.
|Director||Lana Del Rey|
|Director||Lana Del Rey|
Background and description
A music video featuring old clips of people surfing, old fashioned cars, and people on the beach in California were cut together by Grant along with several scenes of Grant covered in an American flag with a Marilyn Monroe-like hairstyle, another with flowers in her hair in front of floral pattern, and one with Grant wearing a simple strap dress with another Marilyn Monroe hairstyles. The clips of Grant feature her mouthing the words to the song in home videos. Grant removed the video but it was leaked along with plenty of other videos for songs off of her album, after she had established herself as Lana Del Rey. A second official version is available on YouTube and it features similar scenes from the first video but also adds new Grant scenes and clips with the ocean. This version is slightly longer than the previous one.
- A dying man is also referenced in "Move" and "Money Hunny".
- Ray is mentioned in many of Del Rey's songs like "Wayamaya" and also refferenced in "Raise Me Up (Mississippi South)".
- The ocean is mentioned in "Bentley", "Religion", "Salvatore" and in the poem "LA Who Am I to Love You".
- Lana Del Ray version — 3:57
- "The Ocean" demo version — 3:50
- Unmastered version — 4:08
"The Ocean" demo version