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Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Rick Nowels
Producer(s) Dan Auerbach
Alternate producer(s) Rick Nowels
Recorded November 2013
Length 5:17
(See official versions)
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Single(s) "West Coast"
"Ultraviolence"
"Black Beauty"
Promotional single(s) "Shades of Cool"
"Ultraviolence"
"Brooklyn Baby"
Ultraviolence track listing
"West Coast" "Pretty When You Cry"

"Sad Girl" is a song by Lana Del Rey written with Rick Nowels. It is featured as the sixth track from Del Rey's second major-label studio album, Ultraviolence.

Background[edit | edit source]

The song was recorded during November 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. An early mix leaked on November 10, 2020.

Writing and inspiration[edit | edit source]

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.[1]

Composition and critical reception[edit | edit source]

"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.[2]

Cross-references[edit | edit source]

Official versions[edit | edit source]

  • Album version — 5:17
    • Instrumental version — 5:14
  • Demo version — 5:17
  • Early mix – 5:18

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

Being a mistress on the side
It might not appeal to fools like you
We've been around on the side
Might not be somethin' you would do

But you haven't seen my man
You haven't seen my man
You haven't seen my man
You haven't seen him

He's got the fire and he walks with it
He's got the fire and he talks with it

His Bonnie on the side, Bonnie on the side
Makes me a sad, sad girl
His money on the side, money on the side
Makes me a sad, sad girl

I'm a sad girl, I'm a sad girl, I'm a sad girl
I'm a sad girl, I'm a bad girl, I'm a bad girl

Bein' a bad bitch on the side
Might not appeal to fools like you
We've been around while he gets high
It might not be somethin' you would do

But you haven't seen my man
You haven't seen my man
You haven't seen my man
You haven't seen him

He's got the fire and he walks with it
He's got the fire and he talks with it

His Bonnie on the side, Bonnie on the side
Makes me a sad, sad girl
His money on the side, money on the side
Makes me a sad, sad girl

I'm a sad girl, I'm a sad girl, I'm a sad girl
I'm a sad girl, I'm a bad girl, I'm a bad girl

Watch what you say to me
Careful who you're talkin' to
Watch what you say to me
Careful who you're talkin' to

I'm on fire, baby, I'm on fire

He's got the fire and he walks with it
He's got the fire and he talks with it

His Bonnie on the side, Bonnie on the side
Makes me a sad, sad girl
His money on the side, money on the side
Makes me a sad, sad girl

I'm a sad girl, I'm a sad girl, I'm a sad girl
I'm a sad girl, I'm a bad girl, I'm a bad girl
I'm a sad girl, I'm a sad girl, I'm a sad girl
I'm a sad girl, I'm a mad girl, I'm a bad girl

Credits[edit | edit source]

Personnel

  • 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

References[edit | edit source]

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