"I was a big drinker at the time. I would drink every day. I would drink alone. I thought the whole concept was so fucking cool. A great deal of what I wrote on Born To Die is about these wilderness years. When I write about the thing that I’ve lost I feel like I’m writing about alcohol because that was the first love of my life. My parents were worried, I was worried. I knew it was a problem when I liked it more than I liked doing anything else. I was like, ‘I’m fucked. I am totally fucked’. Like, at first it’s fine and you think you have a dark side – it’s exciting – and then you realise the dark side wins every time if you decide to indulge in it. It’s also a completely different way of living when you know that…a different species of person. It was the worst thing that ever happened to me.” Lana Del Rey
Those demons tho
"Everyone told me that the next record has to to be bigger and better, to which I responded: ‘No. It has to be [even] more personal.’"
"It’s not an obvious single [choice]. It has a sexy drive in the chorus but a slow verse. A drug-like swing. And I liked the lyric
‘down on the west coast they got a saying, if you’re not drinking then you’re not playing’. It’s about the energy in Californina which has become a huge inspiration for me."
"There are certain phrases that I know I will get shit for, but that feels very right for me. I sing, for example, ‘he hit me and it felt like a kiss,’ a feeling I love. You know when you think it’s love, but it’s so passionate that it becomes aggressive. It is an attractive quality to me. In a world where everyone is bored, I like people with emotion."