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"White Mustang" is a song by Lana Del Rey. It was co-written with Rick Nowels and co-produced with Nowels, Kieron Menzies and Dean Reid. It is featured on her fifth studio album and fourth major-label studio album, Lust for Life.


On June 8, 2017, Del Rey shared a video on Instagram and Facebook of herself listening to a snippet of the song.[1] It was confirmed that the song was titled "White Mustang" and would be featured on Lust for Life. On July 6, 2017, Del Rey posted a second video of herself listening to a snippet of the song.[2]

Critical reception and composition[]

"White Mustang" is composed in the key of F# minor and runs for exactly two minutes and forty-four seconds, making it the shortest song on Lust for Life. Jon O'Brien of Prefixmag complimented the song for Del Rey's whistling during the outro, noting that it was an intriguing production touch.[3] Liddy Cudmore of Paste grouped the song alongside "Cherry", saying that "these are soundtracks for film noirs that never existed, right down to the slow-down-the-stairs-footstep percussion".[4]

Live performances[]

Del Rey performed the song live for the first time at her Lust for Life listening party and performance hosted by Spotify at No Vacancy in Los Angeles, California, on July 20, 2017. Del Rey performed the song live again at Lollapalooza Paris in Paris, France, on July 23, 2017 and it was a part of the setlist for many of her 2017 summer festival shows and headlining shows in cities including London and New York City as part of the small promotional tour in support of Lust for Life. In 2018, the song was included as part of the setlist for the LA to the Moon Tour.

Music video[]

Music video Information
Lana_Del_Rey_-_White_Mustang_(Official_Video) Released September 13, 2017
Length 4:41
Director Rich Lee
Producer Clark Jackson
Location Los Angeles, California
Vevo views 39+ Million views


On July 27, 2017, Del Rey announced during a livestream on Instagram that a music video for the song would be released. She described it as futuristic, similarly to the "Love" and "Lust for Life" music videos and would be directed by Rich Lee. On July 28, Del Rey revived her defunct Twitter account (@MissDaytona), to post a quick four second preview of the official music video.[5] On September 7, 2017, Del Rey shared a longer clip of the music video,[6] and on September 12, she shared another clip of the beginning of the video and confirmed the release date to be September 13, 2017.

Many fans suspect that the footage was originally intended to be used for a video for "The Next Best American Record," an outtake from Lust for Life that leaked before the album was released (before seeing an official release on Norman Fucking Rockwell!), similarly to how the footage intended for the original "Ultraviolence" music video was recycled and used for the "Freak" music video or the footage for "Happiness Is a Butterfly" was used for "Mariners Apartment Complex" and "Venice Bitch". This theory comes from the fact that many of the visuals and themes used in the "White Mustang" video are strongly expressed in the lyrics of "The Next Best American Record". A video that was taken behind the scenes of "White Mustang" where Del Rey is singing a part of that song, further supports the theory.[7]

Behind the scenes[]


Official versions[]

  • Album version — 2:44
    • Instrumental version — 2:45
  • Music video version — 4:41


The song was covered by Cat Power on her album Covers in 2022.


Packin' all my things for the summer
Lyin' on my bed, it's a bummer
'Cause I didn't call when I got your number
But I liked you a lot

Slippin' on my dress in soft filters
Everybody said you're a killer
But I couldn't stop the way I was feelin'
The day your record dropped

The day I saw your white mustang
Your white mustang
Day I saw your white mustang
Your white mustang

Caught up in my dreams and forgettin'
I've been actin' like armageddon 'cause you
Held me in your arms just a little too tight
That's what I thought

Summer's meant for lovin' and leavin'
I was such a fool for believin' that you
Could change all the ways you've been livin'
But you just couldn't stop

The day I saw your white mustang
Your white mustang
Day I saw your white mustang
Your white mustang

And you're revvin' and revvin' and revvin' it up
And the sound, it was frightenin'
And you were gettin' a part of that
You're gonna hit me like lightnin'

White mustang, your white mustang
The day I saw your white mustang
Said you're a wild mustang

You're gonna hit me like lightnin'
You're gonna hit me like lightnin'


  • Lana Del Rey — vocals, songwriting, production
  • Rick Nowels — songwriting, production, piano, synthesizer, Mellotron
  • Kieron Menzies — production, engineering, mixing, drums, percussion, synthesizer, strings
  • Dean Reid — production, engineering, mixing, drums, bass, synthesizer, effects
  • Trevor Yasuda — engineering, keyboards
  • Chris Garcia — engineering
  • Adam Ayan — mastering
  • Published by R-Rated Music administered by EMI April Music Inc. (Global Music Rights) / Sony / ATV Music Publishing (ASCAP)
  • Recorded at The Green Building, Los Angeles and Hampstead Studios, London
  • Mastered at Gateway Mastering, Portland, Maine


Chart (2017) Peak
Slovakia Digital Singles (ČNS IFPI)[8] 93