In case I haven’t mentioned already, I am a bit obsessed with Lana Del Rey. There is just something about her music that is so alluring to me. It isn’t even necessarily about the lyrics or beats of the songs (although they are great too, obviously), but the mood they put me in. Her music has the power to transport me to an entirely different world in my mind. She somehow manages to go from singing dream pop, to hip-hop, to rock, to jazz, to alternative, effortlessly.
When I first came across Lana Del Rey, I immediately loved her music, but I was definitely very skeptical about her as a person. I couldn’t decide if I liked her or not. It was easy to believe that she wasn’t really the person she portrayed herself to be. But the more I listened to and learned about her, I was happy to find that who she is and the experiences she writes about in her songs are exactly who she is in real life, which ultimately made me love her music even more.
Within the past year or so, I wanted to know more about her, so I began searching through all of her unreleased music. And to no surprise, it is just as good as her released albums. These songs give you a bit more insight into what her life was like as Lizzy Grant, before she became the well-known artist that she is today. Little known fact- she he really did live in a trailer park and she really did hang out at gas stations, simply because she enjoyed it! I don’t know why, but I find her early life and her music so fascinating. Therefore, I’ve compiled a list of my 15 favorite Lana Del Rey/Lizzy Grant unreleased songs in no particular order. (I promise that I tried to narrow it down to 10, but that was too hard! I could’ve gone to 20, honestly.) If you haven’t yet, please do yourself a favor and check out these songs! You will thank me later.
But first, here is a rare interview of Lizzy Grant from 2008. It’s a bit awkward, but it shows a side of her that is rarely seen and puts all of her songs into perspective. Enjoy!
1. Kill Kill
This is one of those songs that the more I listened to it, the more I loved it, and now I’m obsessed. This song shows the darker side of her music, and it’s very entrancing.
Favorite Lyrics: One, two, make it fun… Don’t trust anyone…
2. Hundred Dollar Bill
This song is amazing. It’s got a very hip-hop, jazzy feel to it, that I adore. It’s one of her oldest songs, and personally I think it’s one of her best. This song always puts me in a good mood.
Favorite Lyrics: I like your ultraviolent swing, I like it when you treat me mean; you turn my mood from black to blue…
3. Raise Me Up (Mississippi South)
This song has a bit of a rock-n-roll touch you don’t hear often in Lana’s music, and I don’t know why, because she does it so well. I love this song because it’s got a haunting feel to it, that kind that makes you feel like it was made for a scary movie set in the deep south.
Favorite Lyrics: I can talk what I want, how I wanna, I don’t have to talk taste for your mama no, no, no
4. The Man I Love
This song somehow manages to talk about loving Halloween and Jesus in the same sentence, and if that doesn’t sum up my often-contradicting personality then I don’t know what does. This is another haunting song that gives me all kinds of feels whenever I listen to it.
Favorite Lyrics: All that’s real to me is Halloween and Jesus, Coney Island beaches, chandeliers and seizures, honey…
5. Put Me in a Movie
I get the feeling that this was the song that inspired High by the Beach, as it repeats “Lights, camera, acción, you know I can’t make it on my own…”. It’s one of those songs that feels like it’s set in a past decade, and it’s super fun to sing.
Favorite Lyrics: You’re my little sparkle jump rope queen, you’re my little sparkle…
6. Prom Song Gone Wrong (Teenage Wasteland)
Okay, so if I absolutely had to choose a number one for this list, this would be the song. I can’t even begin to guess how many times I’ve listened to this song since discovering it. It is cute and catchy, but it’s really the mood and lyrics of the song that get me. Every time I listen to it I picture this romantic story about two teenagers in love running away together, and it fills my little daydreaming head up with all sorts of ideas…This song is amazing. That is all.
Favorite Lyrics: Let me take you out of this town, let me do it right now, baby, dancing til the dawn staying forever young. Let’s get out of this place, ’cause you’re starting to waste in this teenage wasteland…
7. Yayo (Demo Version)
I know Yayo is on her Paradise EP, but the song is actually much older than that. I stumbled upon this version fairly recently, and personally I like it so much better. In this version her voice evokes a softness and emotion that isn’t there in the Paradise version. Yayo wasn’t one of my favorites until I listened to this version, and now I’m obsessed.
Favorite Lyrics: Hello, heaven. You are a tunnel lined with yellow lights on a dark night….
8. Angels Forever
This song is one of those that make me feel like I am in another world. It has a bit of a ‘Terrence Loves You’ mixed with ‘Guns and Roses’ feel to it. I immediately feel like I’ve been transported into the 1980’s/ early 90’s when I listen to this song. So much nostalgia.
Favorite Lyrics: Paradise is a hell-colored flame sky. Is it nice to feel free and wild? Paradise is a game of do-or-die, I just ride, ride…
9. Serial Killer
Instead of Lana’s typical songs about guys hurting/controlling her, in this one the roles are reversed. It’s a nice change for her. Listening to this song makes me feel confident, plus, it’s so fun to sing along to. This isn’t the original version of her song ‘Serial Killer’, as it has been sped up a bit. However, I prefer this version because I feel more emotion in her voice. Personally, the high-pitched sound of her voice doesn’t bother me, but if you don’t like it as much because of that, the original version is good too.
Favorite Lyrics: Wish I may, wish I might, find my one true love tonight. Do you think that it could be you?
10. Pawn Shop Blues
I adore this song. This was actually the first unreleased Lana song I came across, and from then I was hooked. There isn’t much music to it, so you really get to hear how beautiful her voice is. This is definitely more of a Lizzy Grant song, perfect for a rainy day.
Favorite Lyrics: In the name of higher consciousness, I let the best man I knew go. ‘Cause it’s nice to love and be loved but I’d rather know what God knows…
11. Fordham Road
This song took me awhile to find, but it is so good. It’s simple, just about a day in her life before she was famous, walking down the street to go get coffee, but she somehow makes it sound so interesting. It’s also got a very nostalgic and haunting feel to it that the introvert in me loves.
Favorite Lyrics: I keep on walking in the daytime, and in my eyes it’s always nighttime…and I like it when it’s me at night, ’cause that’s when all the stars come out…
12. Damn You
This song is so sweet and very relatable. It’s about two young lovers who broke up, and now he’s moved on. This song has a summertime nostalgia feel to it. I also love it because she somehow manages to say “I pray your life is sweet, you fucker” and still make it sound very elegant and lovely.
Favorite lyrics: We were two kids living life on the run like the American Dream, baby… Nothing to lose and we’d get messed up for fun, we went too fast, too young.
13. Bad Disease
You may or may not know this, but Lana herself suffered from alcoholism growing up. After having a boyfriend who was an alcoholic almost to the point of death at age 24, this song really hits home for me. The bad disease she refers to is her alcoholism, and I can truly feel the pain she is going though in this song because I witnessed it firsthand. This song is very raw, emotional, and beautifully honest.
Favorite Lyrics: There’s some reason why, I can’t sit still. Every waking moment I feel so unfulfilled. I try to lie down, but I don’t know how, baby, when I’m sleeping it feels less like I am dreaming…
14. Velvet Crowbar
This song sounds like Lana is a 90’s rocker chick. Again, she does this very well. It’s like nothing else I’ve ever heard from her. I personally relate because she is singing about her boyfriend who is killing himself with all the drinking and drugs he’s doing, and how she’s praying he’ll just make it through the night. Unfortunately, I know that feeling all too well.
Favorite Lyrics: You’re like crack to me, I don’t wanna leave, I”m watching you sleep, afraid you’ll stop breathing. My baby’s on his eighth life, darling, staying with him til the morning.
15. Mermaid Motel
This song is everything Lana Del Rey. Summer, sunshine, heavy metal, America. What more could you need?
Favorite Lyrics: Maybe we could go to Coney Island, maybe I could sing you to sleep. God bless the universe, God bless the ocean, God bless you, and God bless me.
Some more songs I wanted to include on this list but didn’t: Kinda Outta Luck, Queen of Disaster, Us Against the World, Motel 6, Because of You, Jimmy Gnecco, On Our Way, Try Tonight, Queen of the Gas Station, My Best Days, Fine China, Money Hunny, Driving in Cars with Boys…I could keep going but I’ll stop there 🙂
Let me know what you think of these songs or if you have any others you would recommend that aren’t on this list! As always, keep checking back for more posts!