Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Rick Nowels
Producer(s) Lana Del Rey
Rick Nowels
Kieron Menzies
Recorded 2014–2015
Length 4:41
(See official versions)
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Single(s) "High by the Beach"
"Music to Watch Boys To"
Promotional single(s) "Terrence Loves You"
Honeymoon track listing
"Religion" "The Blackest Day"

"Salvatore" (originally titled "Ice Cream"[1]) is a song written by Lana Del Rey and Rick Nowels that is featured as the tenth track on Del Rey's third major-label full-length album Honeymoon.

Background and writing[edit | edit source]

"Salvatore" premiered on Huw Stephens' BBC Radio 1 show on September 15, 2015, three days before the release of Honeymoon.

Del Rey described the song as "probably the [one] that's the most different from all the other tracks on the record." She described it as having an "Old World, Italian feel," and classified it as a "weirder" and "filmic" song. She stated that she loves the chorus of the song.[2] The track was recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, New York.

Critical reception[edit | edit source]

After the song was premiered on BBC Radio 1, Jon Blisten of Rolling Stone described the track as a glamorous, sensual new ode and also said: "From its title to its marching drums and swelling, aching string melody, "Salvatore" has a classic Italian feel, and Del Rey's breathy, delicate vocals bring a strong sense of cinematic nostalgia to the lyrics."[3]

Live performance(s)[edit | edit source]

Del Rey sang an a cappella snippet of the song on July 13, 2016, at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland by audience request and on August 1, 2017 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California. The song was partly performed again on February 1, 2018, in Sunrise, Florida at the LA to the Moon Tour.

Cross-references[edit | edit source]

Official versions[edit | edit source]

  • Album version — 4:41
    • Instrumental version — 4:43

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

All the lights in Miami begin to gleam
Ruby, blue and green, neon too
Everything looks better from above, my king
Like aquamarine, ocean’s blue

Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah, ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
La-da-da-da-da, la-da-da-da-da
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah, ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ciao, amore
La-da-da-da-da, la-da-da-da-da
Soft ice cream

All the lights are sparkling for you, it seems
On the downtown scenes, shady blue
Beatboxing and rapping in the summer rain
Like a boss, you sang jazz and blues

Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah, ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
La-da-da-da-da, la-da-da-da-da
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah, ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ciao, amore
La-da-da-da-da, la-da-da-da-da
Soft ice creams

The summer’s wild
And I’ve been waiting for you all this time
I adore you
Can’t you see you’re meant for me?

Summer’s hot
But I’ve been cold without you
I was so wrong not to tell
your Medellín, tangerine dreams

Catch me if you can, working on my tan
Dying by the hand of a foreign man
Calling out my name in the summer rain
Ciao, amore
Salvatore can wait, now it’s time to eat
Soft ice cream

Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah, ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah, ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah, ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ciao, amore
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah, ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Soft ice cream

Credits[edit | edit source]


  • Lana Del Rey – vocals, songwriting, production
  • Rick Nowels – songwriting, production, pads, mellotron, strings, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, bass, percussion
  • Kieron Menzies – production, engineering, recording, mixing, percussion
  • Brian Griffin – live drums, percussion
  • Patrick Warren – orchestrations
  • Trevor Yasuda & Chris Garcia – engineering, additional recording
  • Phil Joly & Iris Sofia – assistant engineering
  • Adam Ayan – mastering

References[edit | edit source]

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