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"Thunder" is a song by Lana Del Rey from her eighth studio album and seventh major-label studio album Blue Banisters. It was co-written and co-produced by Zach Dawes of The Last Shadow Puppets.

Background[]

The song is originally from a scrapped album recorded with The Last Shadow Puppets, along with "California", "Dealer", and "Dope".

Four mixes of the song have been confirmed to exist; the fourth mix leaked on June 15, 2020. This version leaked in lossless format on April 28, 2021. The original file is named "Thunder_Mix 030317_04".

On July 4, 2021, Del Rey "liked" a post on Instagram which alluded to the official release of leaked songs "Cherry Blossom" and "Thunder" on the album.[1]

Cross-references[]

Official versions[]

  • Album version - 4:19
  • Mix 4 - 4:30

Lyrics[]

You roll like thunder when you come crashing in
Town ain't been the same since you left with all your friends
You roll like thunder when you come crashing in
Regattas in the wind, that's why you're visiting

You act like fucking Mr. Brightside when you're with all your friends
But I know what you're like when the party ends

Just do it
Just do it, don't wait
Just do it
Just do it, don't wait

You roll like thunder, pouring all your drinks
The party's lit and you, my friend, half-cut when it begins
You roll like thunder, you're tryna catch that wind
That lightning in the bottle, that moonbeam in your hand

And you try to see the bright side when each new day begins
But you're not satisfied at the rainbow's end

Just do it
Just do it, don't wait
I don't wanna wait
Just do it
Just do it, don't wait

'Cause if you're on fire, you're on fire
Let's keep burning, till late
Baby, keep me up late
Honey, if you're on fire, you're on fire
Let's keep burning, keep me up late
Stay up late

Just do it
Just do it, don't wait
If hello just means goodbye, then, honey, better walk away
Just do it
Just do it, don't wait
If hello just means goodbye, then, baby, better walk away
Just do it, just do it, don't wait
'Cause I don't wanna wait
Just do it, just do it, don't wait

(Just do it, just do it, don't wait)
If you're on fire, you're on fire (Just do it)
You should just keep burning (Just do it, don't wait)
(Just do it, just do it, don't wait)

Credits[]

Personnel

  • Lana Del Rey — songwriting, production, vocals
  • Zach Dawes — songwriting, production, Hofner bass, piano
  • Dean Reid — additional production, engineering, mixing, acoustic guitar
  • Kieron Menzies — additional production, engineering
  • John Congleton — engineering
  • Adam Ayan — mastering
  • Lisa Stone — background vocals
  • Melodye Perry — background vocals
  • Tata Vega — background vocals
  • Benji Lysaght — electric guitar
  • Loren Humphrey — drums, percussion
  • Darren Weiss — drums, percussion
  • Evan Weiss — acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Owen Pallett — string arrangement, viola, violin

Technical

  • Recorded at Valentine Recording Studio, Los Angeles

Gallery[]

Recording session[]

On September 8, 2021, Del Rey thanked her collaborators on Blue Banisters in an Instagram post. The post was accompanied by four pictures, one of which shows Lisa Stone, Melodye Perry and Tata Vega recording the background vocals for Thunder.[2] On October 24, 2021, Zach Dawes shared a picture of Del Rey during the recording session of Thunder at Valentine Recording Studio, alongside a different picture of Lisa Stone, Melodye Perry and Tata Vega than the one previously shared by Del Rey.[3]

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