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NormanFuckingRockwell
Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Jack Antonoff
Producer(s) Jack Antonoff
Lana Del Rey
Length 4:08
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Single(s) "Mariners Apartment Complex"
"Venice Bitch"
"Hope Is a Dangerous Thing for a Woman like Me to Have – but I Have It"
"Doin' Time"
"The Greatest" / "Fuck It I Love You"
Norman Fucking Rockwell track listing
"Mariners Apartment Complex"
"Norman Fucking Rockwell" (stylized in sentence case and originally titled "Bird World") is a song by Lana Del Rey. It is the title track from Del Rey's sixth studio album and fifth major-label studio album.

Background Edit

On September 18, 2018, during an interview with Zane Lowe, Del Rey explained the back story behind the title track:[1]

"So the title track is called "'Norman Fucking Rockwell'" and it's kind of about this guy who is such a genius artist but he thinks he’s the shit and he knows it and he like won't shut up talking about it."

On June 15, 2019, Del Rey posted a snippet of the song on her Instagram.[2]

During an Instagram livestream on September 4, 2019, Del Rey revealed the track was originally titled "Bird World" and performed this version featuring different verses. She also said it is her favorite song on the album. It was the third song recorded with Antonoff, after "Love Song" and "Hope Is a Dangerous Thing for a Woman like Me to Have — but I Have It".

Music video Edit

Del Rey shared a 2 minute clip of a music video for the track on August 31, 2019.[3] It was shot by Chuck Grant and is apart of a 3-part video with "Bartender" and "Happiness Is a Butterfly". The video was set for release in October 2019.[4] It is currently unknown when the video will be released.

Live performances Edit

"Norman Fucking Rockwell" serves as the opening track for the Norman Fucking Rockwell Tour, and was first performed live on September 21, 2019 at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York.

Cross-references Edit

Lyrics Edit

Album version Edit

Goddamn, man-child
You fucked me so good that I almost said "I love you"
You're fun and you're wild
But you don't know the half of the shit that you put me through

Your poetry's bad and you blame the news
But I can't change that and I can't change your mood
Ah-ah

'Cause you're just a man
It's just what you do
Your head in your hands
As you color me blue

Yeah, you're just a man
All through and through
Your head in your hands
As you color me blue

Blue, blue, blue

Goddamn, man-child
You act like a kid even though you stand six foot two
Self-loathing poet, resident Laurel Canyon, know-it-all
You talk to the walls when the party gets bored of you

But I don't get bored, I just see it through
Why wait for the best when I could have you?
You, ooh

'Cause you're just a man
It's just what you do
Your head in your hands
As you color me blue

Yeah, you're just a man
All through and through
Your head in your hands
As you color me blue

Blue, blue

You make me blue
Blue, blue, blue
Blue, blue, blue

"Bird World" demo version Edit

Hey, I heard you left town
Hey, heard you're back around'
Hey hey,
Heard you're back in the bar again
Hangin' out with your stupid friends
Playing with your guitar again
But I don't fucking care

Cause you're just a man
It's just what you do
Your head in your hands
As you color me blue
Yeah, you're just a man
All through and through
Your head in your hands
As you color me blue

You keep changing all the time
You're changing your goddamn mind
You know you like to shine
But I don't have a clue

Cause you're just a man
It's just what you do
Your head in your hands...

Credits Edit

Personnel
  • Lana Del Rey — songwriting, production, vocals
  • Jack Antonoff — songwriting, production, engineering, mixing, keyboards, piano
  • Laura Sisk — engineering, mixing
  • Jonathan Sher — assistant engineering
  • Evan Smith — saxophone
  • Phillip Peterson — baritone, cello, flugelbone
  • Victoria Parker — violin
  • Chris Gehringer — mastering
  • Will Quinnell — assistant mastering
Technical
  • Mastered at Sterling Sound
  • Recorded at Conway Recording Studios, Los Angeles, United States / House of Breaking Glass, Seattle, United States
  • Mixed at Conway Recording Studios, Los Angeles, United States

References Edit

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