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My old man is a bad man
But I can't deny the way he holds my hand
And he grabs me, he has me by my heart
He doesn't mind I have a Las Vegas past
He doesn't mind I have an LA crass way about me
He loves me with every beat of his cocaine heart

Swimming pool
Glimmering darling
Wipe bikini off with my red nail polish
Watch me in the swimming pool
Bright blue ripples you
Sit and sipping on your black crystal oh yeah

Light of my life, fire of my loins
Be a good baby, do what I want
Light of my life, fire of my loins
Give me them gold coins
Give me them coins

And I'm off to the races, cases
Of Bacardi chasers
Chasing me all over town
Cause he knows I'm wasted, facing
Time again on Riker's island
And I won't get out

Because I'm crazy, baby
I need you to come here and save me
I'm your little scarlett, starlet
Singing in the garden,
Kiss me on my open mouth

My old man is a tough man
But he got a soul as sweet as blood red jam
And he shows me, he knows me, every inch of my tar black soul
He doesn't mind I have a flat broke down life
In fact he says he thinks it's what he might like about me, admires me
The way I roll like a rolling stone

Likes to watch me in the glass room, bathroom
Chateau Marmont
Slipping on my red dress, putting on my make up
Glass full, perfume, cognac, lilac fume
Says it feels like heaven to him

Light of his life, fire of his loins
Keep me forever, tell me you own me
Light of your life, fire of your loins
Tell me you want me, give me them coins

And I'm off to the races, cases
Of Bacardi chasers
Chasing me all over town
Cause he knows I'm wasted, facing
Time on Riker's island
And I won't get out

Because I'm crazy, baby
I need you to come here and save me
I'm your little scarlett, starlet
Singing in the garden,
Kiss me on my open mouth

Now I'm off to the races, laces
Leather on my waist is,
Tight and I am falling down
I can see your face is, shameless
Cipriani's basement
Love you, but I'm going down

God I'm so crazy, baby
I'm sorry that I'm misbehaving
I'm your little harlot, starlot
Queen of coney island
Raising hell all over town
Sorry about it

My old man is a thief
And I'm gonna stay and pray with him til the end
But I trust in the decision of the lord, to watch over us
Take him when he may, if he may
I'm not afraid to say
That I'd die without him
Who else is gonna put up with me this way
I need you, I breathe you, I'll never leave you
They will rue the day I was alone without you

You're lying with your gold chain on
Cigar hanging from your lips
I said hon' you never looked so beautiful
As you do now my man

And I'm off to the races, places
Ready set the game is
Down and I'm going in
To las vegas, playoffs
Casino oasis
Honey it is time to spin
Boy you're so crazy, baby
I love you forever
Not maybe
You are my one true love
You are my one true love



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    UnregisteredJul 16, 2012 at 6:30 pm
    I agree about the ambiguity between the lover and the father ...
    Either way, it is sinfully sexy, and my favorite track off the album.
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    UnregisteredFeb 17, 2012 at 5:09 pm
    I just love this song !
    Lana del rey is a true artist !
    Too bad a few people appreciate her music and understand what her songs really talk about. Don't always just a book from it's cover and learn to see things in another way and not superficial!
    Sorry for bad english xp
    Have a nice day!
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    UnregisteredAug 11, 2012 at 6:53 am
    I think its about a woman trying to validate herself materially. The rich lover is just another way to ignore the fact that she feels empty inside
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    UnregisteredMay 11, 2012 at 11:45 pm
    Sometimes when hearing this song i wonder if she's talking about her father or her lover... It's still such a beautiful melancholic song, you can help but fall in love with it! Xd
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    UnregisteredMar 28, 2012 at 4:26 pm
    Not sure really, but i love the song! Much love lana, hope you get reconized more then you do! You deserve it :)

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