The song was recorded during December 2013, in the same sessions as "Shades of Cool", "Is This Happiness", "I Can Fly", "Fine China", "Yes to Heaven" and "Your Girl". Two snippets of an early demo featuring slightly different vocals and instrumental leaked on June 25, 2018. A third snippet leaked on October 19, 2018. The full demo leaked on September 19, 2019.
Del Rey talked about the song in a track by track commentary for Ultraviolence by saying "Sad girl, cause I'm still sometimes a sad girl, still things beyond my control. Sometimes I do things that I want, above what I maybe should do". She also stated that the song reminded her of "Shades of Cool" because of it's bluesy tone and stays within the theme of the album.
Composition and critical reception Edit
"Sad Girl" is a Jazz influenced ballad performed at approximately 119 beats per minute and runs at a duration of 5 minutes and 17 seconds. Kenneth Patridge of Rolling Stone called the track "the most alluring ballad" on the whole record.
- The lyric "he's got the fire, and he walks with it" is a reference to the line "fire walk with me" from Twin Peaks; the influence of Lynch's work on Del Rey can also be found in "Blue Velvet", "JFK" and "Carmen".
- The lyric "I'm on fire" also appears in "Summertime Sadness", "Body Electric", "Baby Blue Love" and a thematically similar lyric is found in "Lucky Ones".
Official versions Edit
- Album version — 5:17
- Demo version — 5:17
- Instrumental version — 5:14
- Lana Del Rey — vocals, songwriting
- Rick Nowels — songwriting, vocal production
- Dan Auerbach — production, electric guitar, synthesizers
- Collin Dupuis — engineering, synthesizer
- Kieron Menzies — vocal engineering
- Robert Orton — mixing
- Nick Movshon — drums
- Leon Michaels — mellotron
- Kenny Vaughan — synthesizers, mellotron
- Seth Kaufman — electric guitar
- Russ Pahl — acoustic guitar
- John Davis — mastering engineer
- ↑ https://soundcloud.com/ldrfancom/ultraviolence-ldr-commentary
- ↑ http://www.billboard.com/articles/review/6121485/lana-del-rey-ultraviolence-album-review-song-by-song-track-by-track