The track was written with Peter Ibsen in March of 2011, prior to Del Rey getting her major-label record deal. In the same sessions, Del Rey and Ibsen recorded "Paradise" and the second and third demo of "This Is What Makes Us Girls". It was considered to be included on Del Rey's debut major-label studio album, Born to Die, but was ultimately not included.
Certain fans suspected that the song would be re-recorded and featured on Del Rey's 2015 studio album Honeymoon, due to the song being registered and performed months prior to the album's release, but this was proven false once the album's track list was revealed.
Del Rey performed the song as part of the setlist on every date of the 2015 Endless Summer Tour. The first performance was on May 7 in The Woodlands, Texas, performed alongside the other unreleased songs "Us Against the World" and "You Can Be the Boss". Del Rey also performed this song live on several dates as part of her setlist for the 2016 Festival Tour as well as a portion of her 2017 performances and various shows of the LA to the Moon Tour in 2018.
- Cherry Cola is referenced in "Florida Kilos" and "Last Girl on Earth", among other songs.
- "Summer of Sam", "Live or Die" and "Kinda Outta Luck" also reference murder.
- The phrase "game boy" appears in "Never Let Me Go" and "Guns and Roses".
- "Wish I may, wish I might, find my one true love tonight" is interpolated in the bridge of "Caught You Boy".
- ↑ APRA ID: GW44186553
- ↑ Ibsen, Peter. (@_neros_). "“@pelicanpunch: @_neros_ hi peter! is it true that you produced @LanaDelRey song Serial Killer? :) have a nice day!” You guys are quick ;)" May 7, 2015. Twitter. [Access Date: May 7, 2015]
- ↑ Williams, Dane. (2015) "Warming up for the #EndlessSummerTour @lanadelrey @blake_lee @mrbironic". Instagram. [Access date May 7, 2015]
- ↑ Lana Del Rey News (@QualityLana). ""Us Against The World" soundcheck in Texas! #EndlessSummerTour" May 7, 2015. Twitter. [Access Date: May 7, 2015]
- ↑ Ldr Fansite. (2015) "Lana Del Rey rehearsing "You Can Be The Boss" for the Endless Summer Tour". YouTube. [Access Date: June 10, 2017]