"Lolita" (also registered as "Hey Lolita Hey" and alternatively known as "Be My Baby Tonight" or "Lolyta") is a song by Lana Del Rey off her second album, and first major-label release, Born to Die. It serves as the second international bonus track from the album, and serves as the closing track on the Target exclusive edition. The track was written with Liam Howe and Hannah Robinson, with production by Emile Haynie.
Del Rey performed the song live several times in 2012 and in 2016 she included it as part of the setlist for her Festival Tour, starting on June 3, 2016 at the Orange Warsaw Festival making that her first live performance of "Lolita" since 2012.
|Director||Lana Del Rey|
|Director||Lana Del Rey|
Background and description
Before the release of Born to Die, Del Rey created two homemade music videos for one of the demos of the song in 2010. Like most of her old music videos, it featured clips of Del Rey herself singing along to the song and clips she gathered from miscellaneous films and videos.
- "Lolita", a 1955 book written by Vladimir Nabokov, is referenced in many of Del Rey's songs including "Off to the Races", "Carmen", "Put Me in a Movie", "Butterflies, Pt. 2" and "1949". Del Rey has the surname 'Nabokov' tattooed.
- The lyrics "D-A-R-K" could be a reference to "Miss Susie", a popular nursery rhyme.
- Cake is also mentioned in "Young and Beautiful".
- "Kiss me in the dark" was first used in "Jimmy Gnecco".
- Being barefoot is also referenced in "Axl Rose Husband" and the poems "Patent Leather Do-Over" and "Bare Feet on Linoleum".
- Spelling chants are also used in "Come When You Call Me America", "Jealous Girl" and "Gramma (Blue Ribbon Sparkler Trailer Heaven)".
- The lyrics “Be my baby tonight" is also used in "If I Die Young".
- The phrase "I like you quite a lot" is similar to "I like you a lot" in "Music to Watch Boys To", "Breaking My Heart", "You Can Be The Boss" and "White Mustang". It is also similar to "I like you lots" in "Wild At Heart".
- Album version — 3:40
- Instrumental version — 3:36
- Demo version 1 ("Hey Lolita Hey") — 3:51
- Demo version 2 — 3:50
- Demo version 3 (produced by Liam Howe) — 3:36
- Demo version 4 (Dan Grech-Marguerat Mix) — 4:00
- Lana Del Rey — vocals, songwriting
- Liam Howe — songwriting, co-production, additional keyboards, programming
- Hannah Robinson — songwriting, backing vocals
- Emile Haynie — production
- Dan Grech-Marguerat — mixing
- John Davis — mastering
- Published by EMI / Sony ATV / Universal
- Mastered at Metropolis Mastering, London, United Kingdom
- Mixed at Miloco's Engine Room, London, United Kingdom