Million Dollar Man is Track 10 on the Born to Die album. The song was written by Grant and Chris Braide. One demo version has surfaced online. Live performances can also be heard. ...
You said I was the most exotic flower
Holding me close in our final hour

I don't know how you convince them and get them, boy
I don't know what you do, but you're unbelievable
I don't know how you get over, get over
Someone as dangerous, tainted and flawed as you

One for the money, two for the show
I love you honey, and so I'm finally ready to go
How did you get that way? I don't know
You're screwed up, you're brilliant,
You look like a million dollar man,
So why is my heart broke?

You got that world baby I reprise
Something so strange, and it's hard to define

It isn't that hard boy, to like you or even love you
I will follow you down down down,
Why? Cause you're unbelievable
So if you're going crazy just grab me and take me
I would follow you down down down, like anywhere anywhere

[Repeat x2]
One for the money, two for the show
I love you honey, and so I'm finally ready to go
How did you get that way? I don't know
You're screwed up, you're brilliant,
You look like a million dollar man,
So why is my heart broke?

I don't know,
You're screwed up, you're brilliant,
You look like a million dollar man,
So why is my heart broke?


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"Million Dollar Man" as written by Elizabeth Grant, Chris Braide

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  • +8
    General CommentI had a boyfriend for a year and a half.
    I had fallen--not just for him, but into a world of dark depression.
    Sometimes, he was the reason for my suicidal planning. But more often then not, he was my savior.
    I needed him to save me. To love me. To support me. I needed him for me to stay sane.
    I loved him because I needed him. I needed him because I loved him.
    He was a true addiction.

    "It isn't that hard boy to like you or love you
    I'd follow you down down down,
    You're unbelievable
    If you're going crazy just grab me and take me
    I'd follow you down down down, anywhere anywhere"

    But that's the thing with addictions: first, they put heaven in your brain. Then, they put hell in your heart.

    "You're screwed up and brilliant"

    And eventually, it withered me. And eventually, I went crazy. And eventually, I was sure there was no way he loved me the way I loved him.
    Actually, I was quite sure he didn't love me at all.
    So I broke up with him. Not even for my benefit. Not even because I knew it was time for me to quit my addiction.
    I did it for him. Because I thought he would be happier without me.

    "And I don't know how you get over, get over
    Someone as dangerous, tainted and flawed as you"

    And now, seeing how he's healed and smiling while I'm left high and blank, I can say it looks like I was right.

    "Look like a million dollar man,
    So why is my heart broke?"
    NothingButCloudson April 07, 2012   Link
  • +5
    General CommentHaving just bought this album I was immediately entranced by this song, particularly because of my current predicament. I’m in love with a guy who when I’m with, makes me feel like I’m the most special person in the world. I feel like I’m the ‘only one’ so those first 2 lines ring true:

    �You said I was the most exotic flower
    Hold me tight in our final hour�

    The rest of the song is exactly how I feel, the guy is amazing, brilliant, confident, intelligent, everyone else adores him and here I am, ready to be with him. Like some kind of wizard, he’s cast a spell over me and everyone else.

    �I don't know how you convince them and get them, boy
    I don't know what you do, it's unbelievable�

    But he definitely has flaws and a dark side, one minute we’re having an amazing time, then I don’t hear from him for ages. Even though he’s a ‘million dollar man’, he’s still managing to slowly break my heart. I wish I could just end things and 'quit him' but he’s like a drug that I’m totally addicted to. I’d do anything for this supposedly amazing guy.

    �So why is my heart broke?�
    lol1510on January 26, 2012   Link
  • +4
    Lyric Correctionthe correct lyrics:

    Lana Del Rey- Million Dollar Man

    You said I was the most exotic flower
    Holding me tight in our final hour

    I don't know how you convince them and get them, but
    I don't know what you do, it's unbelievable
    And I don't know how you get over, get over
    Someone as dangerous, tainted and flawed as you

    One for the money, and two for the show
    I love you honey, I'm ready, I'm ready to go
    How did you get that way? I don't know
    You're screwed up and brilliant,
    Look like a million dollar man,
    So why is my heart broke?

    You got the world but baby at what price?
    Something so strange, hard to define

    It isn't that hard boy to like you or love you
    I'd follow you down down down,
    You're unbelievable
    If you're going crazy just grab me and take me
    I'd follow you down down down, anywhere anywhere

    One for the money, two for the show
    I love you honey, I'm ready, I'm ready to go
    How did you get that way? I don't know
    You're screwed up and brilliant,
    Look like a million dollar man,
    So why is my heart broke?

    One for the money, two for the show
    I love you honey, I'm ready, I'm ready to go
    How did you get that way? I don't know
    You're screwed up and brilliant,
    Look like a million dollar man,
    So why is my heart broke?

    I don't know,
    You're screwed up and brilliant,
    Look like a million dollar man,
    So why is my heart broke?


    Lana and i are very similar. She writes these breathtaking, devastating songs about the man who changed her life. He may have been mixed up and confused, but somewhere in the back of her mind she'll always be waiting for him to come back. She longs for a love that could compare to what they had. Her heart may heal, but she will always be his. It's a truly beautiful thing to experience. Devastating, yes, but it produced an amazing album.
    kaecar62on September 13, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"You said I was the most exotic flower
    Holding me tight in our final hour" he's good with words. compliments here, makes her feel the sexiest she's ever felt

    "I don't know how you convince them and get them, but
    I don't know what you do, it's unbelievable" he can get anyone to do anything. people just love him because there is something straight up magical about his presence. everyone wants, respects & listens to him.
    "And I don't know how you get over, get over
    Someone as dangerous, tainted and flawed as you" he's destroyed & dark like her, complicated, twisted, damaged, just like her. she doesnt know how to get over someone who gets her darkness, and whose darkness is so intriguing and mysterious that she cant help but be in love with it and everything else about him.

    "One for the money, and two for the show
    I love you honey, I'm ready, I'm ready to go
    How did you get that way? I don't know
    You're screwed up and brilliant,
    Look like a million dollar man,
    So why is my heart broke?" he's also rich and successful. he can afford her. shes in love with him for him and his heart, not his money, but thats nice too. he looks sexy and expensive and that makes her want him. theres a double entendre in the last two lines though. "you look like a million dollar man so why is my heart broke?" she doesnt say broken (which would be grammatically correct) she says broke, which means her heart is broken and broke...it has nothing left. like a millionaire who goes broke.

    "You got the world but baby at what price?
    Something so strange, hard to define" he worked his life away to succeed. he whored himself out, gave up everything he is to get where he is---successful. now he has money that he essentially gave his life for and hes broken and destroyed because of it. it's hard to define because she doesnt know what parts of himself he lost in pursuit of his success. he's just missing certain elements of normality because he gave up normality and sanity for success.

    "It isn't that hard boy to like you or love you
    I'd follow you down down down,
    You're unbelievable
    If you're going crazy just grab me and take me
    I'd follow you down down down, anywhere anywhere" shes saying hes crazy but she loves him so much that shes like whatever, go crazy & take me with you. i'll love you and be crazy with you, by your side, forever.

    i know every feeling in this song. what she means, how her heart is broken and how she just cant let go even though hes crazy & dark. she cant let go even though she knows she should. she just loves him. thats all.
    beastloveon March 05, 2013   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis song is about her bad boy. It's a song of admiration for his life, career, art, and skill. He has a power over people, her specifically, that she can't understand. She knows he's bad and wrong, yet she's absolutely captivated. I thinks he definitely knows she needs to escape, but again can't. Then, she uses one of the most clever puns she has ever used: "You look like a million dollar man, so why is my heart broke?" At first I was like, "Ugh, Lana, your grammar is awful!" but then I realized it is intentional. Meaning, all the money in the world can't buy happiness; she still feels empty and meaningless. I love that! The same idea is in the second verse: "You got the whole world, but, baby, at what price?" She will follow him anywhere, regardless of what it costs her.
    creykon August 13, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationFor me, it's about a prostitute loving her abusive client. He is a psychopath and only wants to hook up with her and buys her with his money because he's so rich and stuff. She knows for a fact that he can't be trusted and she should stay away from him, but it's too late cause' she had fallen for him. And so she's ready to go with him anywhere he wants her to and she will do whatever he wants.
    minnie55on October 30, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI just met this amazing girl... she has a complicated situation I'm totally aware of and we definitely can't be together not now nor never... it's very complicated.
    Still, when I'm with her, it's totally the best time of my life, when I wake up, I feel like high school sweethearts waiting for make contact with her. Just listening to her voice makes my day.

    So, is sad when we meet and then in the end we must set aside apart... I'm falling from her, I've heard this song like 80 times, maybe 8 in a row.

    :(
    enriqgson March 09, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI get out of this song is that she was madly in love with this guy. this guy was strange, unlike the others. Treated her great but also very morbid and broken. Sometimes people are with someone because they love the flaws and want to fix them. We feel like they need us just as much as they need us. This man broke her heart, she cant get over it. She loves all his screwed up and brilliantness cuz thats she loved every part of him.
    cvineon December 17, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI just wanted to point out the brilliant double usage of the word broke:

    Her heart is broken in the typical sense we imagine; she is upset from lost love. However, Lana is also pointing out how ironic it is that her heart is "broke" because this is a million dollar man. A "million dollar man" would presumably have a lot of money, yet her heart is "broke" in the sense that it is lacking money.

    So her heart is broken in the usual usage of "heartbroken" and also "broke" like failing to have money. Pretty brilliant double meaning, in my opinion.
    fhockeygirl77on January 05, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFrom the chorus line "one for the money and two for the show" (an Elvis Presley reference), I think this song is about a woman who dreams of being a star. Her relationship with a man who makes her feel like a million dollars still plays second fiddle to her career aspirations and obsession with creating music. The "million dollar man" is someone crazy enough to tolerate her craziness and brilliant enough to understand her thinking. She appears to leave him for reasons she either doesn't understand (because he's too good for her) or she lets him go to follow a career path.
    asortofdreamon January 10, 2013   Link

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