Background and writing[edit | edit source]
In an interview with ex-boyfriend Michael Mizrahi, Del Rey stated:
"I wrote "Mermaid Motel" because I was so happy. I was on such a roll. I wrote three smashing songs, in my opinion. I wrote "Queen of the Gas Station", "Jump" and "Put Me in a Movie" in a week. And that's how it happens. I have to wait so long, I never know how long, could be years [for inspiration], but I know exactly when I have a song, and it comes all at once. It doesn't take long to write. It comes with the melody. It comes with the harmonies and I have to take as long as it takes that day, because then it does leave."
An extended studio demo, recorded in 2007, was leaked on July 1, 2017. The original file leaked the next day, July 2, 2017. The file comes from an album called "No Kung Fu Demos (Received 2007-09-06)" confirming that the demo was a track on Del Rey's demo EP, No Kung Fu. This version of the song was produced by Steven Mertens.
There is an alternate version called "Mermaid Hotel", with a length of 3:00. It is registered and remains unleaked.
Music video[edit | edit source]
|Released||May 19, 2009|
|Director||Lana Del Rey|
Background and description[edit | edit source]
Del Rey created her own homemade music video for the song in 2009 and posted it to YouTube on May 19, 2009. Like most of her earlier music videos, it features clips of Del Rey singing along to the song and clips she gathered from miscellaneous films and videos.
Cross-references[edit | edit source]
- References to Coney Island are also present in "Off to the Races", "Carmen" and "TV in Black & White".
- Refers to singing the "National Anthem".
- The phrase "Miss America" is mentioned in "Driving in Cars with Boys" and "Trash Magic".
- Heavy metal is also referenced in "Smarty", "Axl Rose Husband", "Angels Forever, Forever Angels", "Jimmy Gnecco" and "Guns and Roses".
- Del Rey sings the phrase "God bless.." in "God Bless America - and All the Beautiful Women in It".
Official versions[edit | edit source]
- Album version — 3:59
- No Kung Fu demo — 6:21
- "Mermaid Hotel" version (Unleaked) — 3:00
Lyrics[edit | edit source]
Album version[edit | edit source]
Demo version[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]