Lana Del Rey: Unreleased

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In appreciation of the end-of-summer surprise that Lana has given to us fans, with the release of her singles, “Mariners Apartment Complex,” and “Venus Bitch,” I’ve decided to share some of my favorite “unreleased”* tracks of Lana’s. I’ve included my favorite lines of lyrics to each song.

*I say, “unreleased,” because while a lot of these tracks were leaked by Lana fans, some of included in this list were, at one time, “released” to the public under Lana’s former stage personas, including her “real” name, Lizzy Grant, and Lana del Ray. Although she released many demos, EPs, and singles (and an entire album as “Lana del Ray”) during these stages, they are not available to the general public on iTunes or streaming services.


 

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JIMMY GNECCO (also known as, “Jimmy Necco”)

Just Lizzy and a guitar.

Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy, take me to the park 

Buy me cotton candy, kiss me in the dark


 

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QUEEN OF DISASTER

Bubbly and fun; delightfully retro.

You got me spinning like a ballerina

You’re the bad boy I’ve always dreamed of

You’re the king, and I’m the beauty queen of disaster


 

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KILL KILL

Lizzy Grant (a.k.a. Lana Del Ray) showcases her (soon to be) signature style.

I’m in love with a dying man


 

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DRIVING IN CARS WITH BOYS

Great guitar hook in the background; great anthem about being a young adult. (There is an “official” version of this song and a demo version. Both are worth listening to.)

I was born to live fast, die young

Leave a beautiful corpse and life on the run

I got my cash and my Louis Vuitton, diamonds and guns

Girls just wanna, just wanna have fun


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YOU CAN BE THE BOSS

Classic Lana song about a rich older man.

He has a white corvette like I want it

A fire in his eyes, know, I saw it

He’s bleeding from his brain and his wallet

He’s sick and he’s taken but honest


 

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HOLLYWOOD

Atmospheric as hell. Lana makes Hollywood seem as glamorous as it once was — or never was.

Body electric and I dance like Morrison

When the night begins, baby comes alive again


 

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DYNAMITE

Another upbeat pop tune, sprinkled with Lana’s style.

French vanilla ice cream

Just the way I like

Dripping on your windscreen

I can’t get a bite


 

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DANGEROUS GIRL

Featuring an electric guitar riff that samples the Star Spangled Banner, which works surprisingly well.

He’s my drugstore cowboy

Italian alloy, classical American

And I’m America’s sweetheart

Cute, delicious sweet tart

Sipping on my Diet Coke

Singin’ in the trailer park


 

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KINDA OUTTA LUCK

A weird little song about a lady killer. And by that, I mean an actual lady who kills her boyfriends and then dumps their bodies in the back of a truck.

Femme fatale, always on the run

Diamonds on my wrist, whiskey on my tongue


 

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JFK

I don’t share Lana’s particular enthusiasm for this president, but I am enthusiastic about how great this song is.

You’ve got a way like JFK when you do it

The way you move it

Spins me ‘round like a record, baby


 

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THE MAN I LOVE

Melodramatic with rich imagery.

All that’s real to me is Halloween and Jesus

Coney Island beaches

Chandeliers and seizures, honey


 

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FLIPSIDE

Presumably a reject from Ultraviolence, which should have made the original tracklist.

You’ve got me all dressed up tonight

Springsteen on the radio

You’ve got me all freaked out tonight


 

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YOUR GIRL (3 YEARS) (also known as, “Your Girl,” and “3 Years (Your Girl)”)

Lana perfectly captures the ache and anger in unrequited love.

I wish I was your girl


 

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YES TO HEAVEN

Sweet and delicate.

If you dance I’ll dance

I’ll put my red dress on again


 

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ANGELS FOREVER (FOREVER ANGELS) (also known as, “Forever Angels”)

Sometimes, when I feel sad, I put on this song, and everything seems okay.

Does the ocean inspire, easy rider?

Do the stars and the wind take you higher?


 

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SUMMER BUMMER (SOLO VERSION)

In my opinion, this should have been released as the “official” album version.

It’s never too late to see what I wanna see

Instead of what’s in front me, yeah

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