FANDOM


m (Album version)
Line 106: Line 106:
 
{{Scroll box
 
{{Scroll box
 
|content=<poem>
 
|content=<poem>
Money is the anthem of success,
+
Money is the anthem of success
So, before we go out,
+
So before we go out, what's your address?
What's your address?
 
 
I'm your national anthem,
 
God, you're so handsome,
 
Take me to the Hamptons,
 
Bugatti veyron.
 
   
He loves to romance 'em,
+
I'm your national anthem, god, you're so handsome
Reckless abandon,
+
Take me to the Hamptons, Bugatti Veyron
Holdin' me for ransom,
+
He loves to romance 'em, reckless abandon
Upper echelon.
+
Holdin' me for ransom, upper echelon
   
He says to be cool but,
+
He says to be cool but I don't know how yet
I don't know how yet.
+
Wind in my hair, hand on the back of my neck
Wind in my hair, hand,
 
On the back of my neck.
 
 
I said, "Can we party later on?"
 
I said, "Can we party later on?"
 
He said, "Yes, yes, yes."
 
He said, "Yes, yes, yes."
   
Tell me I'm your national anthem.
+
Tell me I'm your national anthem
(Booyah, baby, bow down),
+
(Booyah, baby, bow down
(Making me say wow now).
+
Makin' me say wow now)
Tell me I'm your national anthem.
+
Tell me I'm your national anthem
(Sugar, sugar, how now),
+
(Sugar, sugar, how now
(Take your body downtown).
+
Take your body downtown)
Red, white, blue is in the sky,
+
Red, white, blue's in the sky
Summer's in the air and baby,
+
Summer's in the air and, baby, heaven's in your eyes
Heaven's in your eyes.
+
I'm your national anthem
I'm your national anthem.
 
   
Money is the reason we exist.
+
Money is the reason we exist
Everybody knows it,
+
Everybody knows it, it's a fact, kiss, kiss
It's a fact, kiss, kiss.
 
   
I sing the national anthem,
+
I sing the national anthem while I'm standin'
While I'm standin',
+
Over your body, hold you like a python
Over your body,
+
And you can't keep your hands off me or your pants on
Hold you like a python.
+
See what you've done to me? King of Chevron
   
And you can't keep your hands off,
+
You said to be cool but I'm already coolest
Me, or your pants on,
+
I said to get real
See what you've done to me?
+
Don't you know who you're dealing with?
King of Chevron.
+
Um, do you think you'll buy me lots of diamonds?
   
You said to be cool but,
+
Tell me I'm your national anthem
I'm already coolest.
+
(Booyah, baby, bow down
I said to get real, don't,
+
Makin' me say wow now)
You know who you're dealing with?
+
Tell me I'm your national anthem
Um, do you think you'll,
+
(Sugar, sugar, how now
Buy me lots of diamonds?
+
Take your body downtown)
  +
Red, white, blue's in the sky
  +
Summer's in the air and, baby, heaven's in your eyes
  +
I'm your national anthem
   
Tell me I'm your national anthem.
+
It's a love story for the new age
(Booyah, baby, bow down),
+
For the sixth page we're on a quick sick rampage
(Making me say wow now).
+
Wining and dining, drinking and driving
Tell me I'm your national anthem.
+
Excessive buying, overdose and dying
(Sugar, sugar, how now),
+
On our drugs and our love and our dreams and our rage
(Take your body downtown).
+
Blurring the lines between real and the fake
Red, white, blue is in the sky,
 
Summer's in the air and baby,
 
Heaven's in your eyes.
 
I'm your national anthem.
 
   
It's a love story for the new age,
+
Dark and lonely, I need somebody to hold me
For the sixth page we're on a quick sick rampage.
+
He will do very well, I can tell, I can tell
Wining and dining, drinking and driving,
+
Keep me safe in his Bell Tower Hotel
Excessive buying, overdose and dying,
 
On our drugs, and our love,
 
And our dreams, and our rage.
 
Blurring the lines,
 
Between real and the fake.
 
   
Dark and lonely, I need somebody to hold me.
+
Money is the anthem of success
He will do very well, I can tell, I can tell,
+
So put on mascara and your party dress
Keep me safe in his Belltower Hotel.
 
   
Money is the anthem of success,
+
I'm your national anthem, boy, put your hands up
So put on mascara,
+
Give me a standing ovation
And your party dress.
+
Boy, you have landed, babe in the land of sweetness and danger
  +
Queen of Saigon
   
I'm your national anthem,
+
Tell me I'm your national anthem
Boy, put your hands up,
+
(Booyah, baby, bow down
Give me a standing,
+
Makin' me say wow now)
Ovation.
+
Tell me I'm your national anthem
  +
(Sugar, sugar, how now
  +
Take your body downtown)
  +
Red, white, blue's in the sky
  +
Summer's in the air and, baby, heaven's in your eyes
  +
I'm your national anthem
   
Boy, you have landed,
+
Money is the anthem
Babe in the land of,
+
God, you're so handsome
Sweetness and danger,
+
Money is the anthem of success
Queen of Saigon.
 
   
Tell me I'm your national anthem.
+
Money is the anthem
(Booyah, baby, bow down),
+
God, you're so handsome
(Making me say wow now).
+
Money is the anthem of success
Tell me I'm your national anthem.
 
(Sugar, sugar, how now),
 
(Take your body downtown).
 
Red, white, blue is in the sky,
 
Summer's in the air and baby,
 
Heaven's in your eyes.
 
I'm your national anthem.
 
   
Money is the anthem,
+
Money is the anthem
God, you're so handsome,
+
God, you're so handsome
Money is the anthem of success.
+
Money is the anthem of success
   
Money is the anthem,
+
Money is the anthem
God, you're so handsome,
+
God, you're so handsome
Money is the anthem of success.
+
Money is the anthem of success
 
Money is the anthem,
 
God, you're so handsome,
 
Money is the anthem of success.
 
 
Money is the anthem,
 
God, you're so handsome,
 
Money is the anthem of success.
 
 
</poem>
 
</poem>
 
}}
 
}}
Line 193: Line 193:
 
{{Scroll box
 
{{Scroll box
 
|content=<poem>
 
|content=<poem>
Money is the anthem of success,
+
Money is the anthem of success
So, before we go out,
+
So before we go out, what's your address?
What's your address?
 
   
I'm your national anthem,
+
I'm your national anthem, god, you're so handsome
God, you're so handsome,
+
Take me to the Hamptons, Bugatti Veyron
Take me to the Hamptons,
+
He loves to romance 'em, reckless abandon
Bugatti veyron.
+
Holdin' me for ransom, upper echelon
   
He loves to romance 'em,
+
He says to be cool but I don't know how yet
Reckless abandon,
+
Wind in my hair, hand on the back of my neck
Holdin' me for ransom,
 
Upper echelon.
 
 
He says to be cool but,
 
I don't know how yet.
 
Wind in my hair, hand,
 
On the back of my neck.
 
 
I said, "Can we party later on?"
 
I said, "Can we party later on?"
 
He said, "Yes, yes, yes."
 
He said, "Yes, yes, yes."
   
Tell me I'm your national anthem.
+
Tell me I'm your national anthem
(Booyah, baby, bow down),
+
(Booyah, baby, bow down
(Making me say wow now).
+
Makin' me say wow now)
Tell me I'm your national anthem.
+
Tell me I'm your national anthem
(Sugar, sugar, how now),
+
(Sugar, sugar, how now
(Take your body downtown).
+
Take your body downtown)
Red, white, blue is in the sky,
+
Red, white, blue's in the sky
Summer's in the air and baby,
+
Summer's in the air and, baby, heaven's in your eyes
Heaven's in your eyes.
+
I'm your national anthem
I'm your national anthem.
 
   
Money is the reason we exist.
+
Money is the reason we exist
Everybody knows it,
+
Everybody knows it, it's a fact, kiss, kiss
It's a fact, kiss, kiss.
 
   
I sing the national anthem,
+
I sing the national anthem while I'm standin'
While I'm standin',
+
Over your body, hold you like a python
Over your body,
+
And you can't keep your hands off me or your pants on
Hold you like a python.
+
See what you've done to me? King of Chevron
   
And you can't keep your hands off,
+
You said to be cool but I'm already coolest
Me, or your pants on,
+
I said to get real
See what you've done to me?
+
Don't you know who you're dealing with?
King of Chevron.
+
Um, do you think you'll buy me lots of diamonds?
 
You said to be cool but,
 
I'm already coolest.
 
I said to get real, don't,
 
You know who you're dealing with?
 
Um, do you think you'll,
 
Buy me lots of diamonds?
 
   
 
("Yes, of course I will, my darling!")
 
("Yes, of course I will, my darling!")
   
Tell me I'm your national anthem.
+
Tell me I'm your national anthem
(Booyah, baby, bow down),
+
(Booyah, baby, bow down
(Making me say wow now).
+
Makin' me say wow now)
Tell me I'm your national anthem.
+
Tell me I'm your national anthem
(Sugar, sugar, how now),
+
(Sugar, sugar, how now
(Take your body downtown).
+
Take your body downtown)
Red, white, blue is in the sky,
+
Red, white, blue's in the sky
Summer's in the air and baby,
+
Summer's in the air and, baby, heaven's in your eyes
Heaven's in your eyes.
+
I'm your national anthem
I'm your national anthem.
 
   
It's a love story for the new age,
+
It's a love story for the new age
For the sixth page we're on a quick sick rampage.
+
For the sixth page we're on a quick sick rampage
Wining and dining, drinking and driving,
+
Wining and dining, drinking and driving
Excessive buying, overdose and dying,
+
Excessive buying, overdose and dying
On our drugs, and our love,
+
On our drugs and our love and our dreams and our rage
And our dreams, and our rage.
+
Blurring the lines between real and the fake
Blurring the lines,
 
Between real and the fake.
 
   
Dark and lonely, I need somebody to hold me.
+
Dark and lonely, I need somebody to hold me
He will do very well, I can tell, I can tell,
+
He will do very well, I can tell, I can tell
Keep me safe in his Belltower Hotel.
+
Keep me safe in his Bell Tower Hotel
   
Money is the anthem of success,
+
Money is the anthem of success
So put on mascara,
+
So put on mascara and your party dress
And your party dress.
 
   
I'm your national anthem,
+
I'm your national anthem, boy, put your hands up
Boy, put your hands up,
+
Give me a standing ovation
Give me a standing,
+
Boy, you have landed, babe in the land of sweetness and danger
Ovation.
+
Queen of Saigon
   
Boy, you have landed,
+
Tell me I'm your national anthem
Babe in the land of,
+
(Booyah, baby, bow down
Sweetness and danger,
+
Makin' me say wow now)
Queen of Saigon.
+
Tell me I'm your national anthem
  +
(Sugar, sugar, how now
  +
Take your body downtown)
  +
Red, white, blue's in the sky
  +
Summer's in the air and, baby, heaven's in your eyes
  +
I'm your national anthem
   
Tell me I'm your national anthem.
+
Money is the anthem
(Booyah, baby, bow down),
+
God, you're so handsome
(Making me say wow now).
+
Money is the anthem of success
Tell me I'm your national anthem.
 
(Sugar, sugar, how now),
 
(Take your body downtown).
 
Red, white, blue is in the sky,
 
Summer's in the air and baby,
 
Heaven's in your eyes.
 
I'm your national anthem.
 
   
Money is the anthem,
+
Money is the anthem
God, you're so handsome,
+
God, you're so handsome
Money is the anthem of success.
+
Money is the anthem of success
   
Money is the anthem,
+
Money is the anthem
God, you're so handsome,
+
God, you're so handsome
Money is the anthem of success.
+
Money is the anthem of success
   
Money is the anthem,
+
Money is the anthem
God, you're so handsome,
+
God, you're so handsome
Money is the anthem of success.
+
Money is the anthem of success
 
Money is the anthem,
 
God, you're so handsome,
 
Money is the anthem of success.
 
 
</poem>
 
</poem>
 
}}
 
}}
Line 286: Line 286:
 
{{Scroll box
 
{{Scroll box
 
|content=<poem>
 
|content=<poem>
Money is the anthem of success,
+
Money is the anthem of success
So, before we go out,
+
So before we go out, what's your address?
What's your address?
 
 
I'm your national anthem,
 
God, you're so handsome,
 
Take me to the Hamptons,
 
Bugatti veyron.
 
   
He loves to romance 'em,
+
I'm your national anthem, god, you're so handsome
Reckless abandon,
+
Take me to the Hamptons, Bugatti Veyron
Holdin' me for ransom,
+
He loves to romance 'em, reckless abandon
Upper echelon.
+
Holdin' me for ransom, upper echelon
   
He says to be cool but,
+
He says to be cool but I don't know how yet
I don't know how yet.
+
Wind in my hair, hand on the back of my neck
Wind in my hair, hand,
 
On the back of my neck.
 
 
I said, "Can we party later on?"
 
I said, "Can we party later on?"
 
He said, "Yes, yes, yes."
 
He said, "Yes, yes, yes."
   
Tell me I'm your national anthem.
+
Tell me I'm your national anthem
(Booyah, baby, bow down),
+
(Booyah, baby, bow down
(Making me say wow now).
+
Makin' me say wow now)
Tell me I'm your national anthem.
+
Tell me I'm your national anthem
(Sugar, sugar, how now),
+
(Sugar, sugar, how now
(Take your body downtown).
+
Take your body downtown)
Red, white, blue is in the sky,
+
Red, white, blue's in the sky
Summer's in the air and baby,
+
Summer's in the air and, baby, heaven's in your eyes
Heaven's in your eyes.
+
I'm your national anthem
I'm your national anthem.
 
   
Money is the reason we exist.
+
Money is the reason we exist
Everybody knows it,
+
Everybody knows it, it's a fact, kiss, kiss
It's a fact, kiss, kiss.
 
   
I sing the national anthem,
+
I sing the national anthem while I'm standin'
While I'm standin',
+
Over your body, hold you like a python
Over your body,
+
And you can't keep your hands off me or your pants on
Hold you like a python.
+
See what you've done to me? King of Chevron
   
And you can't keep your hands off,
+
You said to be cool but I'm already coolest
Me, or your pants on,
+
I said to get real
See what you've done to me?
+
Don't you know who you're dealing with?
King of Chevron.
+
Um, do you think you'll buy me lots of diamonds?
 
You said to be cool but,
 
I'm already coolest.
 
I said to get real, don't,
 
You know who you're dealing with?
 
Um, do you think you'll,
 
Buy me lots of diamonds?
 
   
 
("Yes, of course I will, my darling!")
 
("Yes, of course I will, my darling!")
   
Tell me I'm your national anthem.
+
Tell me I'm your national anthem
(Booyah, baby, bow down),
+
(Booyah, baby, bow down
(Making me say wow now).
+
Makin' me say wow now)
Tell me I'm your national anthem.
+
Tell me I'm your national anthem
(Sugar, sugar, how now),
+
(Sugar, sugar, how now
(Take your body downtown).
+
Take your body downtown)
Red, white, blue is in the sky,
+
Red, white, blue's in the sky
Summer's in the air and baby,
+
Summer's in the air and, baby, heaven's in your eyes
Heaven's in your eyes.
+
I'm your national anthem
I'm your national anthem.
 
   
It's a love story for the new age,
+
It's a love story for the new age
For the sixth page we're on a quick sick rampage.
+
For the sixth page we're on a quick sick rampage
Wining and dining, drinking and driving,
+
Wining and dining, drinking and driving
Excessive buying, overdose and dying,
+
Excessive buying, overdose and dying
On our drugs, and our love,
+
On our drugs and our love and our dreams and our rage
And our dreams, and our rage.
+
Blurring the lines between real and the fake
Blurring the lines,
 
Between real and the fake.
 
   
Dark and lonely, I need somebody to hold me.
+
Dark and lonely, I need somebody to hold me
He will do very well, I can tell, I can tell,
+
He will do very well, I can tell, I can tell
Keep me safe in his Belltower Hotel.
+
Keep me safe in his Bell Tower Hotel
   
Money is the anthem of success,
+
Money is the anthem of success
So put on mascara,
+
So put on mascara and your party dress
And your party dress.
 
   
I'm your national anthem,
+
I'm your national anthem, boy, put your hands up
Boy, put your hands up,
+
Give me a standing ovation
Give me a standing,
+
Boy, you have landed, babe in the land of sweetness and danger
Ovation.
+
Queen of Saigon
   
Boy, you have landed,
+
Tell me I'm your national anthem
Babe in the land of,
+
(Booyah, baby, bow down
Sweetness and danger,
+
Makin' me say wow now)
Queen of Saigon.
+
Tell me I'm your national anthem
  +
(Sugar, sugar, how now
  +
Take your body downtown)
  +
Red, white, blue's in the sky
  +
Summer's in the air and, baby, heaven's in your eyes
  +
I'm your national anthem
   
Tell me I'm your national anthem.
+
Money is the anthem
(Booyah, baby, bow down),
+
God, you're so handsome
(Making me say wow now).
+
Money is the anthem of success
Tell me I'm your national anthem.
 
(Sugar, sugar, how now),
 
(Take your body downtown).
 
Red, white, blue is in the sky,
 
Summer's in the air and baby,
 
Heaven's in your eyes.
 
I'm your national anthem.
 
   
Money is the anthem,
+
Money is the anthem
God, you're so handsome,
+
God, you're so handsome
Money is the anthem of success.
+
Money is the anthem of success
   
Money is the anthem,
+
Money is the anthem
God, you're so handsome,
+
God, you're so handsome
Money is the anthem of success.
+
Money is the anthem of success
 
Money is the anthem,
 
God, you're so handsome,
 
Money is the anthem of success.
 
   
Money is the anthem,
+
Money is the anthem
God, you're so handsome,
+
God, you're so handsome
Money is the anthem of success.
+
Money is the anthem of success
 
</poem>
 
</poem>
 
}}
 
}}
Line 379: Line 379:
 
{{Scroll box|content = <poem>
 
{{Scroll box|content = <poem>
 
Money is the anthem of success
 
Money is the anthem of success
So before we go out,
+
So before we go out, what's your address?
what's your address?
 
 
I'm the national anthem
 
God, you're so handsome
 
Take me to the Hamptons,
 
Bugatti Veyron
 
 
He loves to romance 'em
 
Reckless abandon
 
Holding me for ransom,
 
Upper echelon
 
   
He says to be cool,
+
I'm the national anthem, god, you're so handsome
But I don't know how yet
+
Take me to the Hamptons, Bugatti Veyron
Wind in my hair
+
He loves to romance 'em, reckless abandon
Hand on the back of my neck
+
Holding me for ransom, upper echelon
   
  +
He says to be cool but I don't know how yet
  +
Wind in my hair, hand on the back of my neck
 
I said, "Can we party later on?"
 
I said, "Can we party later on?"
 
He said "Yes, yes, yes..."
 
He said "Yes, yes, yes..."
Line 399: Line 401:
 
Bye-bye, baby, bye-bye-bye
 
Bye-bye, baby, bye-bye-bye
   
Money is the reason we exist.
+
Money is the reason we exist
Everybody knows it,
+
Everybody knows it, it's a fact, kiss, kiss
It's a fact, kiss, kiss.
 
   
I sing the National Anthem
+
I sing the national anthem while I'm standin'
While I'm standing over your body
+
Over your body, hold you like a python
Hold you like a python
+
And you can't keep your hands off me or your pants on
  +
See what you've done to me? King of Chevron
   
And you can't keep your hands off,
+
You said to be cool but I'm already coolest
Me, or your pants on,
+
I said to get real
See what you've done to me?
 
King of Chevron.
 
 
He says to be cool but,
 
I'm already coolest.
 
I said to get real,
 
 
Don't you know who you're dealing with?
 
Don't you know who you're dealing with?
+
Um, do you think you'll buy me lots of diamonds?
Um, do you think you'll,
 
Buy me lots of diamonds?
 
 
(Yes, of course I will my darling)
 
(Yes, of course I will my darling)
   
Line 422: Line 424:
   
 
It's a love story for the new age
 
It's a love story for the new age
For the sixth page
+
For the sixth page we're on a quick sick rampage
We're on a quick sick rampage
 
 
Wining and dining
 
Wining and dining
 
Drinking and driving
 
Drinking and driving
Excessive buying
+
Excessive buying, overdose and dyin'
Overdose and dyin'
+
On our drugs and our love and our dreams and our rage
On our drugs and our love
 
And our dreams and our rage
 
 
Blurring the lines between real and the fake
 
Blurring the lines between real and the fake
Dark and lonely
+
I need somebody to hold me
+
Dark and lonely, I need somebody to hold me
He will do very well
+
He will do very well, I can tell, I can tell
I can tell, I can tell
+
Keep me safe in his Bell Tower Hotel
Keep me safe in his bell tower, hotel
 
   
 
Money is the anthem of success
 
Money is the anthem of success
So put on mascara, and your party dress
+
So put on mascara and your party dress
   
I'm your National Anthem
+
I'm your national anthem, boy, put your hands up
Boy, put your hands up
 
 
Give me a standing ovation
 
Give me a standing ovation
Boy, you have landed
+
Boy, you have landed, babe in the land of sweetness and danger
Babe, in the land of
+
Queen of Saigon
Sweetness and Danger
 
Queen of Saigon
 
   
He says to be cool, and I know he means it
+
He says to be cool and I know he means it
He's loving my look
+
He's loving my look and I'm loving all his strategic ways
And I'm loving all his strategic ways
 
 
I said "do you think you'll kill for me one day?"
 
I said "do you think you'll kill for me one day?"
 
(Yes, of course, I will my darling)
 
(Yes, of course, I will my darling)
Line 457: Line 459:
 
Money is the anthem
 
Money is the anthem
 
God, you're so handsome
 
God, you're so handsome
Money is the anthem
+
Money is the anthem of success
Of success
 
   
 
Money is the anthem
 
Money is the anthem
 
God, you're so handsome
 
God, you're so handsome
Money is the anthem
+
Money is the anthem of success
Of success
 
   
I'm your national anthem,
+
I'm your national anthem
National anthem.
+
National anthem
I'm your national anthem,
+
I'm your national anthem
National anthem.
+
National anthem
 
</poem>}}
 
</poem>}}
   

Revision as of 16:08, May 16, 2017

NA itunes
Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Justin Parker
The Nexus
Producer(s) Emile Haynie
Jeff Bhasker
Released July 6, 2012
Length 3:51
(See official versions)
From Btdogo
Single(s) "Video Games"
"Born to Die"
"Blue Jeans"
"Summertime Sadness"
"National Anthem"
"Dark Paradise"
Promotional single(s) "Off to the Races"
"Carmen"
Born to Die track listing
"Diet Mountain Dew" "Dark Paradise"

"National Anthem" is a song written by Lana Del Rey, Justin Parker and The Nexus and produced by Emile Haynie and Jeff Bhasker in 2012. It served as the fifth single from Del Rey's first major-label studio album Born to Die. It was officially released as a single on July 6, 2012.

Writing and inspiration

Lyrically the track deals with a hedonistic and melodramatic love story with Del Rey commanding her lover to pledge allegiance to her. It is similar in themes to the unreleased track "Children of the Bad Revolution", and is possibly about J.

Composition

"National Anthem" has been described as an alternative hip hop or trip hop track. Del Rey's vocals on the track employ a rapping-like technique, similar to that in the Born to Die tracks, "Off to the Races" and "Diet Mountain Dew". The song opens with a strings section including firework sound effects before introducing more hip hop inspired beats. It is in the key of C minor with a tempo of 85 BPM. Del Rey's vocal range spans from G3 to Bb4. The song focuses on the spoken hook of "Money is the anthem of success." The verses rhyme scheme focuses on rhymes and half rhymes of "anthem" including "ransom", "standin'" and "landed". Two demos of the song exist, an album demo which features a gospel choir in the chorus, and a demo by production duo, The Nexus - which is notably more tailored towards the pop genre.

Critical reception

Vocally, NME observed that Del Rey sings like a "perfect mannequin" on "National Anthem", criticizing the track for baldly revisiting the beat-driven chorus of "Born to Die". Further, NME praised certain elements of the track, saying: "As she sings of a relationship of a well-heeled man and a blank canvas woman, she invokes not only the dreamland of the monied classes (The Hamptons) and their could-be motto 'Money is the anthem of success' but also invokes the spectre of Vietnam with a reference to 'The Queen Of Saigon'."[1] Digital Spy called the running theme of Born to Die, "demonic Stepford moll", which "National Anthem" fit into.[2] The track was praised for having a: "laconic, anaesthetised vocal that conjures up images of her swigging from a bottle of Hendricks. There's a deep sadness underneath the sweeping string section and gangster hip-hop beats, but it's the chorus's fleeting glimpse of euphoria that'll keep you coming back."[3]

Cross references

  • "Take your body downtown" is a phrase Del Rey uses often in her work, such as "Video Games".
  • The phrase "Queen of Saigon" also appears in "West Coast" and "Live or Die"
  • The lyrics "Wind in my Hair" also appears in "Burning Desire" and "The Blackest Day"
  • Given the references to the story of Adam and Eve, and John Milton's Paradise Lost in "Tropico", it is possible that the lyric "heaven's in your eyes" was inspired by the line "heaven in her eye" from Milton's epic poem.

Music videos

Homemade

Music video Information
Lana Del Rey - National Anthem (Original Demo Version) HQ

Lana Del Rey - National Anthem (Original Demo Version) HQ

Released June 22, 2012 (Leaked)
Length 3:31
Director Lana Del Rey
Producer Lana Del Rey
Filmed Unknown, 2010
Location Unknown
Vevo views N/A

Background and description

The original video was much in the style of Del Rey's other homemade clips such as "Lolita" and "On Our Way". It featured the album demo of the "National Anthem". It consisted of various film and TV clips such as shots of a Bugatti Veyron and of Elvis and Priscilla Presley's wedding. These shots are interspersed with Del Rey in, what appears to be, a hotel room in a blue dress dancing and lipsyncing to the track. In the same setting Del Rey also wears a dark blue jacket. There are occasional clips of Del Rey in a dark wig with large sunglasses on. It is thought to have been recorded in 2010 and leaked in 2012.

Official

Music video Information
Lana Del Rey - National Anthem

Lana Del Rey - National Anthem

Released June 27, 2012
Length 7:49
Director Anthony Mandler
Producer Lana Del Rey
Filmed May, 2012
Location Unknown
Vevo views 50+ Million Views

Background and description

The official music video was premiered September 5, 2012. The video was directed by Anthony Mandler in May of the same year. It features previous musical collaborator and rapper A$AP Rocky as her love interest, rather than Bradley Soileau who featured in her previous two videos.

The video begins with Del Rey portraying Marilyn Monroe singing "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" to Rocky, who portrays John F. Kennedy. After this introduction, Del Rey takes on the persona of Jacqueline Kennedy, and the video adopts a home-movie style depicting the Kennedy's life. The clip ends with a re-enactment of JFK's assassination as Del Rey reads a multi-layered narrative treatment exploring Jacqueline Kennedy's love for her husband. On the death scene, Mandler explained "What you're used to seeing with the Zapruder film, is this very kind of violent, destructive act; I didn't want to go anywhere near that. It was never about re-creating a death scene, it was always about the person sitting next to him." Mandler and Del Rey intended for the video to be about loss and destruction rather than accurately interpretating history.

The treatment for the video was written by Del Rey with A$AP Rocky in mind. Del Rey described the video saying "definitely the most beautiful thing I've ever done." It was met with generally favourable reviews and was nominated at the 2012 UK Music Video Awards for Best Pop Video - International and Best Styling in a Video.

On-set photoshoot by Naomi Shon and Chuck Grant

Behind the scenes

Awards

Year Awards ceremony Award Results Ref
2012 UK Music Video Awards Best Pop Video - International Nominated [4]
Best Styling In A Video Nominated

Official versions

Multiple versions of the song exist including the album version, the video version, and various demos. An edited version was released as promo in Europe and is based on the album version. The first demo (retroactively named "The Nexus demo") leaked on November 6, 2011, preceding the song's official release on Born to Die, and the second demo leaked June 9, 2012.

  • Album version - 3:51
  • Radio edit - 3:39
  • Music video version (with monologue and introduction) - 7:49
  • Instrumental version - 3:50
  • "The Nexus demo" (Demo 1) - 3:32
  • Demo 2 - 3:22
  • "I Want It All" (Version 2) (Demo 4) - 3:46
  • "I Want It All" (Version 3) (Demo 5) - Unknown (3 snippets leaked)

I Want It All

"I Want It All" is an unreleased demo by Lana Del Rey. It serves as an early version of "National Anthem", however the demo has a different chorus, the inclusion of an extra verse after the bridge and an alternate outro section. The first snippet of "I Want It All" leaked on August 29, 2016, followed by another snippet on December 17, 2016, and on March 24, 2017, a low quality extended snippet leaked. Fans have reported there are three versions of this demo, and that the snippets are from the third version. The second version leaked in full on April 17, 2017.

Lyrics

Album version

Money is the anthem of success
So before we go out, what's your address?

I'm your national anthem, god, you're so handsome
Take me to the Hamptons, Bugatti Veyron
He loves to romance 'em, reckless abandon
Holdin' me for ransom, upper echelon

He says to be cool but I don't know how yet
Wind in my hair, hand on the back of my neck
I said, "Can we party later on?"
He said, "Yes, yes, yes."

Tell me I'm your national anthem
(Booyah, baby, bow down
Makin' me say wow now)
Tell me I'm your national anthem
(Sugar, sugar, how now
Take your body downtown)
Red, white, blue's in the sky
Summer's in the air and, baby, heaven's in your eyes
I'm your national anthem

Money is the reason we exist
Everybody knows it, it's a fact, kiss, kiss

I sing the national anthem while I'm standin'
Over your body, hold you like a python
And you can't keep your hands off me or your pants on
See what you've done to me? King of Chevron

You said to be cool but I'm already coolest
I said to get real
Don't you know who you're dealing with?
Um, do you think you'll buy me lots of diamonds?

Tell me I'm your national anthem
(Booyah, baby, bow down
Makin' me say wow now)
Tell me I'm your national anthem
(Sugar, sugar, how now
Take your body downtown)
Red, white, blue's in the sky
Summer's in the air and, baby, heaven's in your eyes
I'm your national anthem

It's a love story for the new age
For the sixth page we're on a quick sick rampage
Wining and dining, drinking and driving
Excessive buying, overdose and dying
On our drugs and our love and our dreams and our rage
Blurring the lines between real and the fake

Dark and lonely, I need somebody to hold me
He will do very well, I can tell, I can tell
Keep me safe in his Bell Tower Hotel

Money is the anthem of success
So put on mascara and your party dress

I'm your national anthem, boy, put your hands up
Give me a standing ovation
Boy, you have landed, babe in the land of sweetness and danger
Queen of Saigon

Tell me I'm your national anthem
(Booyah, baby, bow down
Makin' me say wow now)
Tell me I'm your national anthem
(Sugar, sugar, how now
Take your body downtown)
Red, white, blue's in the sky
Summer's in the air and, baby, heaven's in your eyes
I'm your national anthem

Money is the anthem
God, you're so handsome
Money is the anthem of success

Money is the anthem
God, you're so handsome
Money is the anthem of success

Money is the anthem
God, you're so handsome
Money is the anthem of success

Money is the anthem
God, you're so handsome
Money is the anthem of success

The Nexus demo (Demo 1)

Money is the anthem of success
So before we go out, what's your address?

I'm your national anthem, god, you're so handsome
Take me to the Hamptons, Bugatti Veyron
He loves to romance 'em, reckless abandon
Holdin' me for ransom, upper echelon

He says to be cool but I don't know how yet
Wind in my hair, hand on the back of my neck
I said, "Can we party later on?"
He said, "Yes, yes, yes."

Tell me I'm your national anthem
(Booyah, baby, bow down
Makin' me say wow now)
Tell me I'm your national anthem
(Sugar, sugar, how now
Take your body downtown)
Red, white, blue's in the sky
Summer's in the air and, baby, heaven's in your eyes
I'm your national anthem

Money is the reason we exist
Everybody knows it, it's a fact, kiss, kiss

I sing the national anthem while I'm standin'
Over your body, hold you like a python
And you can't keep your hands off me or your pants on
See what you've done to me? King of Chevron

You said to be cool but I'm already coolest
I said to get real
Don't you know who you're dealing with?
Um, do you think you'll buy me lots of diamonds?

("Yes, of course I will, my darling!")

Tell me I'm your national anthem
(Booyah, baby, bow down
Makin' me say wow now)
Tell me I'm your national anthem
(Sugar, sugar, how now
Take your body downtown)
Red, white, blue's in the sky
Summer's in the air and, baby, heaven's in your eyes
I'm your national anthem

It's a love story for the new age
For the sixth page we're on a quick sick rampage
Wining and dining, drinking and driving
Excessive buying, overdose and dying
On our drugs and our love and our dreams and our rage
Blurring the lines between real and the fake

Dark and lonely, I need somebody to hold me
He will do very well, I can tell, I can tell
Keep me safe in his Bell Tower Hotel

Money is the anthem of success
So put on mascara and your party dress

I'm your national anthem, boy, put your hands up
Give me a standing ovation
Boy, you have landed, babe in the land of sweetness and danger
Queen of Saigon

Tell me I'm your national anthem
(Booyah, baby, bow down
Makin' me say wow now)
Tell me I'm your national anthem
(Sugar, sugar, how now
Take your body downtown)
Red, white, blue's in the sky
Summer's in the air and, baby, heaven's in your eyes
I'm your national anthem

Money is the anthem
God, you're so handsome
Money is the anthem of success

Money is the anthem
God, you're so handsome
Money is the anthem of success

Money is the anthem
God, you're so handsome
Money is the anthem of success

Money is the anthem
God, you're so handsome
Money is the anthem of success

Demo 2

Money is the anthem of success
So before we go out, what's your address?

I'm your national anthem, god, you're so handsome
Take me to the Hamptons, Bugatti Veyron
He loves to romance 'em, reckless abandon
Holdin' me for ransom, upper echelon

He says to be cool but I don't know how yet
Wind in my hair, hand on the back of my neck
I said, "Can we party later on?"
He said, "Yes, yes, yes."

Tell me I'm your national anthem
(Booyah, baby, bow down
Makin' me say wow now)
Tell me I'm your national anthem
(Sugar, sugar, how now
Take your body downtown)
Red, white, blue's in the sky
Summer's in the air and, baby, heaven's in your eyes
I'm your national anthem

Money is the reason we exist
Everybody knows it, it's a fact, kiss, kiss

I sing the national anthem while I'm standin'
Over your body, hold you like a python
And you can't keep your hands off me or your pants on
See what you've done to me? King of Chevron

You said to be cool but I'm already coolest
I said to get real
Don't you know who you're dealing with?
Um, do you think you'll buy me lots of diamonds?

("Yes, of course I will, my darling!")

Tell me I'm your national anthem
(Booyah, baby, bow down
Makin' me say wow now)
Tell me I'm your national anthem
(Sugar, sugar, how now
Take your body downtown)
Red, white, blue's in the sky
Summer's in the air and, baby, heaven's in your eyes
I'm your national anthem

It's a love story for the new age
For the sixth page we're on a quick sick rampage
Wining and dining, drinking and driving
Excessive buying, overdose and dying
On our drugs and our love and our dreams and our rage
Blurring the lines between real and the fake

Dark and lonely, I need somebody to hold me
He will do very well, I can tell, I can tell
Keep me safe in his Bell Tower Hotel

Money is the anthem of success
So put on mascara and your party dress

I'm your national anthem, boy, put your hands up
Give me a standing ovation
Boy, you have landed, babe in the land of sweetness and danger
Queen of Saigon

Tell me I'm your national anthem
(Booyah, baby, bow down
Makin' me say wow now)
Tell me I'm your national anthem
(Sugar, sugar, how now
Take your body downtown)
Red, white, blue's in the sky
Summer's in the air and, baby, heaven's in your eyes
I'm your national anthem

Money is the anthem
God, you're so handsome
Money is the anthem of success

Money is the anthem
God, you're so handsome
Money is the anthem of success

Money is the anthem
God, you're so handsome
Money is the anthem of success

Money is the anthem
God, you're so handsome
Money is the anthem of success

"I Want It All" (Demo 2)

Money is the anthem of success
So before we go out, what's your address?

I'm the national anthem, god, you're so handsome
Take me to the Hamptons, Bugatti Veyron
He loves to romance 'em, reckless abandon
Holding me for ransom, upper echelon

He says to be cool but I don't know how yet
Wind in my hair, hand on the back of my neck
I said, "Can we party later on?"
He said "Yes, yes, yes..."
(Of course we can, my darling)

And I want it all
I want the rings and bling and the sweets that I like
Yeah, I want it all from you
I wanna sing, wanna sing on the stage and shine
Said I want it all
I want my dreams, want the things that love can't buy
Yeah, I want it all from you
Bye-bye, baby, bye-bye-bye

Money is the reason we exist
Everybody knows it, it's a fact, kiss, kiss

I sing the national anthem while I'm standin'
Over your body, hold you like a python
And you can't keep your hands off me or your pants on
See what you've done to me? King of Chevron

You said to be cool but I'm already coolest
I said to get real
Don't you know who you're dealing with?
Um, do you think you'll buy me lots of diamonds?
(Yes, of course I will my darling)

And I want it all
I want the rings and bling and the sweets that I like
Yeah, I want it all from you
I wanna sing, wanna sing on the stage and shine
Said I want it all
I want my dreams, want the things that love can't buy
Yeah, I want it all from you
Bye-bye, baby, bye-bye-bye

It's a love story for the new age
For the sixth page we're on a quick sick rampage
Wining and dining
Drinking and driving
Excessive buying, overdose and dyin'
On our drugs and our love and our dreams and our rage
Blurring the lines between real and the fake

Dark and lonely, I need somebody to hold me
He will do very well, I can tell, I can tell
Keep me safe in his Bell Tower Hotel

Money is the anthem of success
So put on mascara and your party dress

I'm your national anthem, boy, put your hands up
Give me a standing ovation
Boy, you have landed, babe in the land of sweetness and danger
Queen of Saigon

He says to be cool and I know he means it
He's loving my look and I'm loving all his strategic ways
I said "do you think you'll kill for me one day?"
(Yes, of course, I will my darling)

And I want it all
I want the rings and bling and the sweets that I like
Yeah, I want it all from you
I wanna sing, wanna sing on the stage and shine
Said I want it all
I want my dreams, want the things that love can't buy
Yeah, I want it all from you
Bye-bye, baby, bye-bye-bye

Money is the anthem
God, you're so handsome
Money is the anthem of success

Money is the anthem
God, you're so handsome
Money is the anthem of success

I'm your national anthem
National anthem
I'm your national anthem
National anthem

Commercial release

"National Anthem" was released as a digital EP in Ireland on June 6, 2012, and in the UK on June 8, 2012. On June 9, 2012 it was released oas a 7" picture disc vinyl in the UK. It charted at 37 on Billboard's US Rock Songs chart, 40 on Belgium's Ultratip Flanders chart, 92 on the United Kingdom's Official Chart Company chart and 152 on France's SNEP chart.

Physical releases

United Kingdom (3710053)

(45RPM)

NA Vinyl Label: Polydor
Format: 7" picture disc vinyl in plastic sleeve
Released: 9 June, 2012
Barcode: 00602537100538
Photography: Naomi Shon
Design: Unknown
# Name Time
1. "National Anthem"   3:51
2. "National Anthem" (Breton Labs Remix) 5:23
Gagapedia

Digital releases

National Anthem (Remixes) - EP

NA itunes Label: Polydor
Format: Digital
Released: 6 June, 2012
Barcode: None
Photography: Naomi Shon
Design: Unknown
# Name Time
1. "National Anthem"   3:50
2. "National Anthem" (Fred Falke Remix Edit) 3:46
3. "National Anthem" (Tensnake Remix) 3:43
4. "National Anthem" (Afterlife Remix) 3:58
Gagapedia

Remixes

  • Afterlife Remix 3:48
  • bretonLABS Remix 4:04
  • Fred Falke Remix Edit 3:46
  • Tensnake Remix 3:43

Credits

Personnel

  • Vocal production — The Nexus
  • Backing vocals — James and Emilie Bauer-Mein & David Sneddon
  • Drums — Emile Haynie
  • Keyboards — Emile Haynie
  • Additional keybaords — Jeff Bhasker
  • Guitars — Jeff Bhasker
  • Strings arrangment and conducting — Larry Gold & Dan Heath
  • Strings assisment — Steve Tirpak
  • Mixing — Manny Marroquin
  • Assistant mixing — Erik Madrid & Chris Galland

Charts

Chart (2012) Peak

position

Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[5] 40
France (SNEP)[6] 152
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 92
US Rock Songs (Billboard)[8] 37

Reference

  1. http://www.nme.com/reviews/lana-del-rey/12563
  2. http://www.digitalspy.com/music/singlesreviews/a390343/lana-del-rey-national-anthem-single-review.html
  3. http://www.digitalspy.com/music/singlesreviews/a390343/lana-del-rey-national-anthem-single-review.html
  4. http://www.ukmva.com/user/docs/UKMVAs_2012_Nominations_PR.pdf
  5. http://www.ultratop.be/nl/showitem.asp?interpret=Lana+Del+Rey&titel=National+Anthem&cat=s
  6. http://www.lescharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Lana+Del+Rey&titel=National+Anthem&cat=s
  7. http://www.officialcharts.com/archive-chart/_/1/2012-07-21/
  8. http://www.billboard.com/artist/306420/lana+del+rey/chart?f=902


Btdogo 2

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.