Without You is Track 13 on Lana's Born to Die: Deluxe Edition album, as part of the three bonus songs available on that edition along with Lucky Ones and Lolita. It was written by...
Everything I want I have
Money, notoriety and riviera
I even think I found God
In the flashbulbs of the
Pretty cameras
Pretty cameras
Pretty cameras

Am I glamorous?
Tell me am I glamorous?
Hello, hello ca-can you hear me?
I can be your China doll
If you want to see me fall
You're so good
Your love is deadly
Tell me life is beautiful
They all think I have it all
I'm nothing, without you
All my dreams
And all the lights mean
Nothing without you

Summertime is nice and hot
And my life is sweet like vanilla is
Gold and silver line my heart
But brand into my brain
Are these stolen images
Stolen images baby stolen images
Can you picture it babe the life we could've lived

Hello, hello? Ca-can you hear me?
I can be your China doll if you want to see me fall

Boy, you're so dope
Your love is deadly
Tell me life is beautiful
They all think I have it all
I'm nothing without you
All my dreams and all the lights mean
Nothing without you

We were two kids, just tryin' to get out
Live on the dark side of the American dream
We would dance all night, play our music loud
When we grew up, nothing was what it seemed

Hello? Hello?
C-can you hear me?
I can be your China doll
If you like to see me fall
Boy, you're so dope
Your love is deadly
Tell me life is beautiful
They think that I have it all
I'm nothing without you
All my dreams and all the lights mean
Nothing without you

Hello? Hello?
C-can you hear me?
I can be your China doll
If you like to see me fall
Boy, you're so dope
Your love is deadly
Tell me life is beautiful
They think that I have it all
I'm nothing without you
All my dreams and all the lights mean
Nothing without you

All my dreams and all the lights mean
Nothing if I can't have you


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"Without You" as written by Sacha Skarbek Elizabeth Grant

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  • +5
    Song MeaningShe would trade money, clothes, cars, the fame in general for him. She's nothing if he's not there. She would give up her dream, all that she worked for, for him. She sings in the chorus, "Hello, Hello Can you hear me?" She wants to make sure he knows that she loves him so much that without him she'll break. This is a great song, Love it.
    piper888on July 27, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General CommentTHESE ARE THE TRUE OFFICIAL LYRICS:
    (Correct, and without spelling errors like the other dopes in here. So many mistakes, jesus)

    Everything I want I have:
    Money, notoriety and rivieras.
    I even think I found God
    In the flash bulbs of the pretty cameras,
    Pretty cameras, pretty cameras.
    Am I glamorous? Tell me am I glamorous?

    Hello? Hello?
    C-can you hear me?
    I can be your china doll
    If you want to see me fall.
    Boy you're so dope,
    Your love is deadly.
    Tell me life is beautiful,
    They all think I have it all.
    I've nothing without you.
    All my dreams and all the lights mean
    Nothing without you.

    Summertime is nice and hot,
    And my life is sweet like vanilla is.
    Gold and silver line my heart
    But burned into my brain are these stolen images,
    Stolen images, baby, stolen images.
    Can you picture it
    Babe the life we could've lived?

    Hello? Hello?
    C-can you hear me?
    I can be your china doll
    If you want to see me fall.
    Boy you're so dope,
    Your love is deadly.
    Tell me life is beautiful,
    They all think I have it all.
    I've nothing without you.
    All my dreams and all the lights mean
    Nothing without you.

    We were two kids, just tryin' to get out,
    Live on the dark side of the American dream.
    We would dance all night, play our music loud,
    When we grew up nothing was what it seemed.

    Hello? Hello?
    C-can you hear me?
    I can be your china doll
    If you want to see me fall.
    Boy you're so dope,
    Your love is deadly.
    Tell me life is beautiful,
    They think that I have it all.
    I've nothing without you.
    All my dreams and all the lights mean
    Nothing without you.

    Hello? Hello?
    C-can you hear me?
    I can be your china doll
    If you want to see me fall.
    Boy you're so dope,
    Your love is deadly.
    Tell me life is beautiful,
    They think that I have it all.
    I've nothing without you.
    All my dreams and all the lights mean
    Nothing without you.

    All my dreams and all the lights mean
    Nothing if I can't have you.
    Blizzardlyon April 03, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General CommentYet another song devoted to her lost (in passing) lover. This one may even be more beautiful than "Dark Paradise" She pretty much says she's lived her whole life already. Her lover has passed and it seems like a promise from her to him to devote her life to him. "I can be your China doll." I feel like this is a way for her to feel connected to him even though he's gone, since she feels like no one gets her, "They all think I have it all." She wants to satisfy this person in the continuance of her life in order to be reunited with him upon her passing. "All my dreams and all the lights mean nothing, if I can't have you," the word have in the last line give the impression she's anticipating this in the future.
    crystallaon March 09, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General CommentShes got all the materialistic things and all the accomplishments she sat out to gain and achieve, but it seems pointless without him, she’s crying out to him ‘hello hello can you hear me?’ The reference to the china doll is her saying that shes willing to let him break her, because she knows inevitably he will, she just wants him, she doesn’t care. She says ‘my life is sweet like vanilla is’ it seems like a metaphor for boredom, lack of excitement, a base with no real flavour. I think the flash bulbs reference is about her fame, it’s a beautiful world of glamour, and others think ‘she has it all’ and this song is emphasising the lack of meaning everything has without the man she loves.
    laila1234on January 12, 2014   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationWhen I listen to this song, the image of a girl in love with her lover in their teenage years, but then she kind of rose to fame and have all the luxurious lifestyle she has always dreamed of. But this actually drove her boyfriend away because now they live a different life.. So she's saying that she is willing to give up her fame and everything that she worked for just to have her boyfriend back with her again.

    It's a really beautiful song. This is my interpretation for the song :)
    minnie55on October 30, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionThe main point is something like "Bel-Air" & maybe this could be what she thought before of "Young and beautiful"

    She's gotten famous but still wants some ex-lover or current lover's approval. Maybe it could be about the same guy he sang about in "Dark paradise" (We were two kids just trying to get out, from the dark side of the american dream) which is "K" and I have no idea who that guy was but from what I've read about him he is dead and lana sings "Can you picture this, what a life we could've lived?"

    These are my two cents, probably wrong.
    romysvobodaon September 07, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSo the song sounds like a love song, like she is saying to her boyfriend: glamour is nothing with out you.

    But I think she has a whole different message. A very good and authentic message that many people will miss. And perhaps she planned it this way.

    She is calling out to both her boyfriend and to those who glamourize her. She is saying she feels life was stolen from her. She talks about being fake or about her peers being fake (others in the spotlight.) “I even think I found God ..in the pretty cameras..." Then she goes on to say right after: " am I glamorous? Am I glamorous?" Like she didn't find God, not really. As in people will say what others want to hear as long as it sounds good. But it’s difficult, maybe not realistic to find God while living a life so "glamourous". Because when you are in the spotlight, you are always on alert, you have your attenas up. You would have to. And eventually, you lose yourself. I guess you 'could' be authentic, but you would break or injure your career. "I can be your china doll, if you want to see me fall” China dolls are fragile or in other words, vulnerable. She can't be. But actually she can - just through 'hidden' messages in her music. ;)

    Her boyfriend, who she knew before the fame and she finds "dope" ... she loves authentically. This scares her. She says to him "your love is deadly." Because to her, he is the only real thing in her life now. If she lost him, she feels she would lose herself. Because perhaps, she doesn't live a daily life true to herself or at least in the public eye.

    "They think that I have it all ...tell me am I glamourous? Ccan you hear me?" In other words, 'no, it's not what you think it is.'
    Kdietz0309on June 30, 2016   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionYour kind of right- Here's the right correction :

    Everything I want I have
    Money notoriety rivieras
    I even think I found god
    In the flash bulbs of your pretty cameras
    Pretty cameras pretty cameras
    Am I glamorous baby am I glamorous

    Hello hello
    Can you hear me
    I can be your china doll
    If you want to see me fall
    Boy your so dope
    your love is deadly
    Tell me life is beautiful
    They I'll think I have it all
    I am nothing without you
    All my dreams and all the lights mean
    Nothing without you

    Summertime is nice and hot
    And my life is sweet like vanilla is
    Gold and silver line my heart
    Burned into to my brain are all these stolen images
    Stolen images baby stolen images
    Can you picture this
    What a life we could've lived

    Hello hello
    Can you hear me
    I can be your china doll
    If you want to see me fall
    Boy your so dope
    your love is deadly
    Tell me life is beautiful
    They I'll think I have it all
    I am nothing without you
    All my dreams and all the lights mean
    Nothing without you

    We were two kids just trying to get out
    From the dark side of the american dream
    We would stay out late play our music loud
    When we grew up nothing was what it seemed

    Hello hello
    Can you hear me
    I can be your china doll
    If you want to see me fall
    Boy your so dope so dope
    your love is deadly
    Tell me life is beautiful
    They I'll think I have it all
    I am nothing without you
    All my dreams and all the lights mean
    Nothing without you

    All my dreams and all the lights mean
    Nothing if I can't have you
    fadederaon December 23, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother statement of the absolute love Lana cannon: "I am nothing without you."

    She gets it all, everything she wanted, but without the person she loves it means NOTHING.

    She loves him so much, she's willing to let him smash her to pieces, the way a china doll smashes to pieces when it falls. His love is deadly because she is so masochistic, she will willingly die for him.

    Total absolute sick and twisted love the Lana way. :)
    yhtrownuon April 09, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretationshe mentions god, so it just makes me feel like it's a song about her love for him and how everything means nothing to her without him as she's mentioned god in several other of her songs
    1Azon October 18, 2012   Link

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