American

Lana Del Rey

About American

"American" is a song by American singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey, taken from her third extended play, Paradise (2012), and the reissue of her debut studio album, Born to Die: The Paradise Edition (2012). "American" first appeared in a teaser trailer posted to her official YouTube account as a snippet.


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Play house, put my favorite record on
Get down, get your crystal method on
You were like dark tan driving round the city
Flirting with the girls like you're so pretty
Springsteen is the king don't you think
I was like, hell yeah that guy can sing

Like ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, whoa

You make me crazy, you make me wild
Just like a baby, spin me 'round like a child
Your skin so golden brown
Be young, be dope be proud
Like an American
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, like an American
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

Drive fast, I can almost taste it now
LA, I don't even have to fake it now
You're like so sick, everybody said it
You're way ahead of the trend ge-get it
Elvis is the best, hell yes
Honey put on that party dress

Like ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, whoa

You make me crazy, you make me wild
Just like a baby, spin me 'round like a child
Your skin so golden brown
Be young, be dope be proud
Like an American
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, like an American
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

Everybody wants to go fast but they can't compare
I don't really want the rest, only you can take me there
I don't eve know what I'm saying but I'm praying for you

You make me crazy, you make me wild
Just like a baby, spin me 'round like a child
Your skin so golden brown
Be young, be dope be proud
Like an American
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, like an American
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, like an American
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, like an American
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, like an American
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, like an American

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Lana Del Rey

Elizabeth Woolridge Grant (born June 21, 1985), known professionally as Lana Del Rey, is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. Her music has been noted by critics for its stylized cinematic quality, its preoccupation with themes of tragic romance, glamour, and melancholia, and its references to pop culture, particularly 1950s and 1960s Americana. more »

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Written by: RICK NOWELS, ELIZABETH GRANT, EMILE HAYNIE

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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10 facts about this song

Song Development
"American" is a song by American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey, from her third EP, "Paradise." It was released on November 9, 2012, and was produced by Rick Nowels and Emile Haynie.
Genre
The song is a blend of pop, rock, and alternative genres. It incorporates heavy influence from the 1950s and 1960s era of music.
Lyrics
Lyrically, "American" is a love song. Lana Del Rey sings about love for an individual as well as her love for the United States, drawing parallels between the two.
Reception
The song received positive reviews from music critics, who praised Lana Del Rey's distinctive vocal style and the song's production.
Inspiration
Lana Del Rey has often professed her love for Americana, a theme that is evident in many of her songs, including "American." She has mentioned in interviews that the song was inspired by her pride in being American.
Notable Performances
Despite not being released as a single, Lana Del Rey has performed "American" live at several events including her 2013 Paradise Tour.
Music Video
A video for the song was filmed in February 2013. In it, Del Rey can be seen interacting with fans and the setting seems to exude a typical American ambiance with flags, fireworks, and old vintage cars.
Backup Vocals
Her older sister Caroline "Chuck" Grant provided backing vocals on this track.
Historical References
The song references several iconic figures in American history, including Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Presley, and "the guys from Lynyrd Skynyrd."
Unofficial Anthem
Fans often consider "American" as an unofficial anthem for Lana Del Rey's musical persona, emblematic of her core themes around nostalgia, Americana, and romanticized love.

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