R single
Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Justin Parker
Producer(s) Rick Rubin
Length 4:49
From Plogo
Single(s) "Ride"
Promotional single(s) "Blue Velvet"
"Burning Desire"
Paradise track listing
N/A "American"

"Ride" (or "Drive"[1]) is a song by Lana Del Rey released as the lead single off her third EP and second major release, Paradise. The song was co-written by Justin Parker, and produced by Rick Rubin.


"Ride" is soul pop ballad that is composed in the key of C Major, with Lana's vocals ranging from F3 to E5. The recording features mild cursing, but is otherwise laced with nostalgic lyrics and husky vocals.


Commerical release

Physical release

United Kingdom (3722046)


Lana-del-rey-ride-polydor Label: Polydor, Interscope
Format: 7" picture disc vinyl in plastic sleeve
Released: 2012
Barcode: 602537220465
Photography: TBA
Design: Unknown

United States (Promotional)


R Promo Label: Polydor, Interscope
Format: 7" picture disc vinyl in cardsleeve
Released: 2012
Barcode: None
Photography: TBA
Design: Unknown

Digital release

R itunes remixes Label: Polydor
Format: Digital download
Released: November 19, 2012
Barcode: None
Photography: TBA
Design: Unknown
# Name Time
1. "Ride" (SOHN Remix) 5:12
2. "Ride" (MJ Cole Remix) 5:55
3. "Ride" (Eli Escobar Remix) 7:52
4. "Ride" (14th Remix) 3:43
5. "Ride" (Wes James Remix) 4:20
6. "Ride" (Lyla's Surprise [James Lavelle Remix]) 8:13

Music video

Music video Information
Lana Del Rey - Ride

Lana Del Rey - Ride

Released October 10, 2012
Length 10:10
Director Anthony Mandler
Producer Heather Heller
Vevo views 49+ Million Views


The music video for "Ride" was produced by Anthony Mandler, making this their second video together, following "National Anthem".


Introduction and Monologue

The video begins with a scene of Del Rey riding on a tire swing in the middle of the desert while her voice over-narrates the monologue.

I was in the winter of my life and the men I met along the road were my only summer. At night I fell sleep with visions of myself dancing and laughing and crying with them.
Three year down the line of being on an endless world tour and my memories of them were the only things that sustained me, and my only real happy times.
I was a singer, not very popular one, who once has dreams of becoming a beautiful poet
but upon an unfortunate series of events saw those dreams dashed and divided like a million stars in the night sky that I wished on over and over again, sparkling and broken. But I really didn’t mind because I knew that it takes getting everything you ever wanted and then losing it to know what true freedom is. When the people I used to know found out what I had been doing, how I had been living- they asked me why. But there’s no use in talking to people who have a home, they have no idea what its like to seek safety in other people, for home to be wherever you lied you head.

I was always an unusual girl, my mother told me that I had a chameleon soul. No moral compass pointing me due north, no fixed personality. Just an inner indecisiveness that was as wide as wavering as the ocean. And if I said that I didn’t plan for it to turn out this way I’d be lying- because I was born to be the other woman. I belonged to no one- who belonged to everyone, who had nothing- who wanted everything with a fire for every experience and an obssesion for freedom that terrified me to the point that I couldn’t even talk about- and pushed me to a nomadic point of madness that both dazzled and dizzied me.

Closing Monologue

The music video concludes with another monologue.

Every night I used to pray that I’d find my people
And finally I did, on the open road.
We have nothing to lose, nothing to gain, nothing we desired anymore
Except to make our lives into a work of art.

Live fast, die young, be wild, and have fun.

I believe in the country America used to be.
I belive in the person I want to become,
I believe in the freedom of the open road.
And my motto is the same as ever -
"I believe in the kindness of strangers,
And when I’m at war with myself- I Ride. I Just Ride."

Who are you?
Are you in touch with all your darkest fantasies?
Have you created a life for yourself where you’re free to experience them?
I Have.
I Am Fucking Crazy.
But I Am Free.


  • Lana Del Rey — Herself
  • Lover — Ian Seeberg
  • Lover — Scott The Wall
  • Lover — Keven Peterson
  • Biker — Josh Kurplus
  • Biker — Brian Harlow
  • Biker — Shawn Donohue
  • Biker — Steve Buchanan
  • Biker — Will Thomas




  • Strings — Tucker Robinson at Westlake Studios (California)
  • Drums — James Gadson
  • Piano & Keyboards — Zac Rae
  • Bass — Jason Lader
  • Violins — Songa Lee and Kathleen Sloan
  • Recording — Jason Lader at Shangri LA Studios (Los Angeles)
  • Recording assistants — Eric Lynn and Sean Oakley
  • Mixing — Andrew Scheps at Punkerpad West, Van Nuys (California)
  • Mastering engineer — John Davis at Metropolis Mastering (London)

Music video

  • Director — Anthony Mandler
  • Assistant director — Diamond Dave
  • Producer — Heather Heller
  • Production supervisor — Kristen Loftin
  • Production designer — Benji Bamps
  • Director of photography — Malik Syeed
  • Camera assistant — Hassan Abdul Wahid
  • Art coordinator — Regina Fernandez
  • Gaffer — Josh Davis
  • Key grip — Demetrie Cooley
  • Make up — Pamela Cochrane
  • Hair — Anna Cofone
  • Stylist — Johnny Blue Eyes
  • Assistant stylist — Savannah


  1. APRA|AMCOS title search lists "Drive" as an alias of "Ride" (APRA ID: GW4326361)

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