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Sneakin' out and lookin' for a taste of real life
 
Sneakin' out and lookin' for a taste of real life
 
Drinkin' in the small town firelight
 
Drinkin' in the small town firelight
(Pabst Blue Ribbon on ice)
+
Pabst blue ribbon on ice.
   
 
Sweet 16 and we had arrived
 
Sweet 16 and we had arrived
Walking down the streets as they whistle, "Hi, hi!"
+
Walkin' down the streets as they whistle, "hi, hi"
Stealing police cars with the senior guys
+
Stealin' police guys with the senior guys
 
Teachers said we'd never make it out alive
 
Teachers said we'd never make it out alive
   
 
There she was, my new best friend
 
There she was, my new best friend
High heels in her hands, swayin' in the wind
+
High heels in her hand, swayin' in the wind
Oh, she starts to cry
+
Oh she starts to cry, mascara running down her little bambi eyes
Mascara running down her little Bambi eyes
+
Lana how I hate those guys
"Lana, how I hate those guys!"
 
   
 
This is what makes us girls
 
This is what makes us girls
 
We all look for heaven and we put love first
 
We all look for heaven and we put love first
Something that we'd die for, it's our curse
+
Don't you know we'd die for it?
  +
It's a curse
 
Don't cry about it, don't cry about it
 
Don't cry about it, don't cry about it
   
 
This is what makes us girls
 
This is what makes us girls
We don't stick together 'cause we put love first
+
We all stick together 'cause we put love first
 
Don't cry about him, don't cry about him
 
Don't cry about him, don't cry about him
It's all gonna happen
+
It's all going to happen
   
 
And that's where the beginning of the end begun
 
And that's where the beginning of the end begun
 
Everybody knew that we had too much fun
 
Everybody knew that we had too much fun
We were skipping school and drinking on the job
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We were skippin' school and drinkin' on the job
 
With the boss
 
With the boss
   
 
Sweet 16 and we had arrived
 
Sweet 16 and we had arrived
Babies table-dancing at the local dive
+
Baby's table-dancing at the local dive
Cheering our names in the pink spotlight
+
Cheerin' our names in the pink spotlight
Drinking cherry schnapps in the velvet night
+
Drinkin' cherry schnapps in the velvet night
   
Yeah, we used to go break in
+
Yeah we used to go break into the hotel
To the hotel, glimmerin' we'd swim
+
Pool glimmering we'd swim
Running from the cops in our black bikini tops
+
Runnin' from the cops in our black bikini tops
Screaming, "Get us while we're hot,
+
Screamin', "Get us while we're hot"
Get us while we're hot!"
+
We don't give a whaaat?
(Come on, take a shot)
 
   
 
This is what makes us girls
 
This is what makes us girls
 
We all look for heaven and we put love first
 
We all look for heaven and we put love first
Something that we'd die for, it's our curse
+
Don't you know we'd die for it?
  +
It's a curse
 
Don't cry about it, don't cry about it
 
Don't cry about it, don't cry about it
   
 
This is what makes us girls
 
This is what makes us girls
We don't stick together 'cause we put love first
+
We all stick together 'cause we put love first
 
Don't cry about him, don't cry about him
 
Don't cry about him, don't cry about him
It's all gonna happen
+
It's all going to happen
 
 
The prettiest in-crowd that you had ever seen
 
The prettiest in-crowd that you had ever seen
 
Ribbons in our hair and our eyes gleamed mean
 
Ribbons in our hair and our eyes gleamed mean
 
A freshman generation of degenerate beauty queens
 
A freshman generation of degenerate beauty queens
 
And you know something?
 
And you know something?
 
 
They were the only friends I ever had
 
They were the only friends I ever had
 
We got into trouble and when stuff got bad
 
We got into trouble and when stuff got bad
I got sent away, I was waving on a train platform
+
I got sent away and was wavin' on the train platform
Crying 'cause I know I'm never coming back
+
Cryin' 'cause I know I'm never comin' back
   
 
This is what makes us girls
 
This is what makes us girls
 
We all look for heaven and we put love first
 
We all look for heaven and we put love first
Something that we'd die for, it's our curse
+
Don't you know we'd die for it?
  +
It's a curse
 
Don't cry about it, don't cry about it
 
Don't cry about it, don't cry about it
   
 
This is what makes us girls
 
This is what makes us girls
We don't stick together 'cause we put love first
+
To all the little queens, do you know what you're worth?
Don't cry about him, don't cry about him
+
I'll tell you every day till you get it, girl
It's all gonna happen
+
It's all going to happen
 
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</poem>}}
   

Revision as of 03:00, April 3, 2018

BornToDie
Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Tim Larcombe
Jim Irvin
Producer(s) Emile Haynie
Al Shux
Alternate producer(s) Peter Ibsen (demo 2 & 3)
Length 3:58
(See official versions)
From Btdogo
Single(s) "Video Games"
"Born to Die"
"Blue Jeans"
"Summertime Sadness"
"National Anthem"
"Dark Paradise"
Promotional single(s) "Off to the Races"
"Carmen"
Born to Die track listing
"Summertime Sadness" "Without You"

"This Is What Makes Us Girls" (also registered as "What Makes Us Girls") is a song by Lana Del Rey released on her second studio album, Born to Die. It serves as the closing track from the standard edition of the album. The track was written with Tim Larcombe and Jim Irvin, with production by Al Shux and Emile Haynie.

Background and writing

Three demos of the song exist, the first leaked November, 2011, alongside a demo of "National Anthem" preceding the album's release, the second leaked September 29, 2012 and the third demo leaked January 23, 2015. The three demos are all noticeably have a more pop sound that was scrapped on the final release. Unlike most other demos of tracks from Born to Die, the demos have different vocal takes accommodating for lyric and tempo changes. The second and third demo were produced by Peter "Neros" Ibsen. The final version shares the same background noise sample with "Off to the Races".

Lyrically, the song is Del Rey recounting her wild-child youth, while explaining things she and her friends did that made them girls, including looking for heaven and love, and putting men ahead of their friendships. During an interview in May 2014, Del Rey described the "stealing police cars with the senior guys" lyric is actually from her time in Lake Placid when an unnamed female friend of hers got into a police car with the door open, but failed to get away because she was unable to drive.

Live performances

"This Is What Makes Us Girls" has never been featured in a live performance by Del Rey, unlike every other track on the standard edition of Born to Die which has been performed at least once.

Although the song has never been performed in its entirety, Del Rey sang the first verse and chorus a cappella on February 8, 2018 during a visit to Seacrest Studios at Children's Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

Cross-references

Official versions

  • Album version — 3:58
  • Instrumental version — 3:56
  • Demo version 1 — 3:36 (produced by Tim Larcombe)
  • Demo version 2 — 4:06
  • Demo version 3 — 4:03

Lyrics

Album version

Remember how we used to party up all night
Sneakin' out and lookin' for a taste of real life
Drinkin' in the small town firelight
Pabst blue ribbon on ice.

Sweet 16 and we had arrived
Walkin' down the streets as they whistle, "hi, hi"
Stealin' police guys with the senior guys
Teachers said we'd never make it out alive

There she was, my new best friend
High heels in her hand, swayin' in the wind
Oh she starts to cry, mascara running down her little bambi eyes
Lana how I hate those guys

This is what makes us girls
We all look for heaven and we put love first
Don't you know we'd die for it?
It's a curse
Don't cry about it, don't cry about it

This is what makes us girls
We all stick together 'cause we put love first
Don't cry about him, don't cry about him
It's all going to happen

And that's where the beginning of the end begun
Everybody knew that we had too much fun
We were skippin' school and drinkin' on the job
With the boss

Sweet 16 and we had arrived
Baby's table-dancing at the local dive
Cheerin' our names in the pink spotlight
Drinkin' cherry schnapps in the velvet night

Yeah we used to go break into the hotel
Pool glimmering we'd swim
Runnin' from the cops in our black bikini tops
Screamin', "Get us while we're hot"
We don't give a whaaat?

This is what makes us girls
We all look for heaven and we put love first
Don't you know we'd die for it?
It's a curse
Don't cry about it, don't cry about it

This is what makes us girls
We all stick together 'cause we put love first
Don't cry about him, don't cry about him
It's all going to happen
The prettiest in-crowd that you had ever seen
Ribbons in our hair and our eyes gleamed mean
A freshman generation of degenerate beauty queens
And you know something?
They were the only friends I ever had
We got into trouble and when stuff got bad
I got sent away and was wavin' on the train platform
Cryin' 'cause I know I'm never comin' back

This is what makes us girls
We all look for heaven and we put love first
Don't you know we'd die for it?
It's a curse
Don't cry about it, don't cry about it

This is what makes us girls
To all the little queens, do you know what you're worth?
I'll tell you every day till you get it, girl
It's all going to happen

Demo version one

Remember how we used to party up all night
Sneakin' out and lookin' for a taste of real life
Drinkin' in the small town firelight
(Pabst Blue Ribbon on ice)

Sweet 16 and we had arrived
Walkin' down the streets as they whistle, "Hi, hi!"
Stealin' police cars with the senior guys
Teachers said we'd never make it out alive

There she was, my new best friend
High heels in her hands, swayin' in the wind
Oh, she starts to cry
Mascara running down her little Bambi eyes
"Lana, how I hate those guys."

This is what makes us girls
We all look for heaven and we put love first
Don't you know we'd die for it? It's a curse
Don't cry about it, don't cry about it

This is what makes us girls
We don't stick together 'cause we put love first
Don't cry about him, don't cry about him
It's all gonna happen

And that's where the beginning of the end begun
Everybody knew that we had too much fun
We were skippin' school and drinkin' on the job
With the boss

Sweet 16 and we had arrived
Baby's table-dancing at the local dive
Cheerin' our names in the pink spotlight
Drinkin' cherry schnapps in the velvet night

Yeah, we used to go break in
To the hotel pool
Glimmerin' we'd swim
Runnin' from the cops in our black bikini tops
Screamin', "Get us while we’re hot."
We don't give a what?

This is what makes us girls
We all look for heaven and we put love first
Don't you know we'd die for it? It's a curse
Don't cry about it, don't cry about it

This is what makes us girls
We don't stick together 'cause we put love first
Don't cry about him, don't cry about him
It's all gonna happen

The prettiest in-crowd that you had ever seen
Ribbons in our hair and our eyes gleamed mean
A freshman generation of degenerate beauty queens
And you know something?

They were the only friends I ever had
We got into trouble and when stuff got bad
I got sent away and was wavin' on the train platform
Cryin' 'cause I know I'm never comin' back

This is what makes us girls
We all look for heaven and we put love first
Don't you know we'd die for it? It's a curse
Don't cry about it, don't cry about it

This is what makes us girls
To all the little queens, do you know what you're worth?
I'll tell you everyday till you get it, girl
It's all gonna happen

This is what makes us girls now, baby
This is why we rule the world now, baby
This is what makes us girls now, baby
Why we rule the world now, baby, oh

This is what makes us girls now, baby
This is why we rule the world now, baby
This is what makes us girls now, baby
Why we rule the world now, baby, oh

Demo version two/three

Remember how we used to party up all night
Sneakin' out and lookin' for a taste of real life
Drinkin' in the small town firelight

Sweet 16 and we had arrived
Walkin' down the streets as they whistle, "Hi, hi!"
Stealin' police cars with the senior guys
Teachers said we'd never make it out alive

There she was, my new best friend
High heels in her hands, swayin' in the wind
And she starts to cry
Mascara running down her little Bambi eyes
"Lana, how I hate those guys!"

This is what makes us girls
We all look for heaven and we puttin' love first
Somethin' that we'd die for, it's a curse
Don't cry about him, don't cry about him

This is what makes us girls
We don't stick together 'cause we put love first
Don't cry about him, don't cry about him
It's all gonna happen

And that's where the beginning of the end begun
Everybody knew that we had too much fun
We were skippin' school and drinkin' on the job
With the boss

Sweet 16 and we had arrived
Baby's table-dancing at the local dive
Cheerin' our names in the pink spotlight
Drinkin' Pérignon in the velvet night

Yo, we used to go break in
To the hotel, glimmerin' we’d swim
Runnin' from the cops in our black bikini tops
Screamin', "Get us while we're hot, we don't give a what?"

This is what makes us girls
We all look for heaven and we put love first
Somethin' that we'd die for, it's a curse
Don't cry about him, don't cry about him

This is what makes us girls
We don't stick together 'cause we put love first
Don't cry about him, don't cry about him
It's all gonna happen

The prettiest in-crowd that you had ever seen
Ribbons in our hair and our eyes gleamed mean
A freshman generation of degenerate beauty queens
And you know something?

They were the only friends I ever had
I got into trouble and when stuff got bad
I got sent away, wavin' on the train platform
Cryin' 'cause I know I'm never comin' back

This is what makes us girls
We all look for heaven and we puttin' love first
Somethin' that we'd die for, it's a curse
Don't cry about him, don't cry about him

This is what makes us girls
We don't stick together cause we put love first
Don't cry about him, don't cry about him
It's all gonna happen

This is what makes us girls now, baby
It's why we rule the world now, baby, oh
This is what makes us girls now, baby
It's why we rule the world now, baby, oh

Credits

Personnel
  • Lana Del Rey — vocals, songwriting
  • Tim Larcombe & Jim Irvin — songwriting
  • Al Shux — production, vocal production, guitars, bass, keyboards, programming
  • Emile Haynie — production, drums, sounds, additional keyboards
  • Larry Gold — strings arrangement and conduction
  • Steve Tirpak — strings assistance
  • Manny Marroquin — mixing
  • Erik Madrid & Chris Galland — mixing assistance
  • John Davis — mastering
Technical
  • Published by EMI / Warner Chappell
  • Mastered at Metropolis Mastering, London, United Kingdom
  • Mixed at Miloco's Engine Room, London, United Kingdom


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