"light of my life, fire of my loins" is the first sentence of Lana's favourite book Lolita by Vladamir Novokov in the 1950's, she pulls alot of her lyrics from the book....
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 a L.A crass way about me
He loves me with every beat of his cocaine heart

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

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

And I'm off to the races, races
Up Bacardi chases
Chasing me all over town
'Cause he knows I'm wasted,
Facing time again at 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 scarlet, starlet
Singing in the garden
Kiss me on my open mouth
Ready for you

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 film, 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 want me
Light of your life, fire of your loins
Tell me you want me, gimme them coins

And I'm off to the races, races
Up Bacardi chases
Chasing me all over town

'Cause he knows i'm wasted, facing
Time again at 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 scarlet, 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 faces, 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 harlet, starlet
Queen of Coney Island
Raising hell all over town
Sorry 'bout it

My old man is a thief, and
I'm gonna stay and pray with him till the end
But I trust in the decision of the law,
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 would rue the day, I was alone without you

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

And we're off to the races, places
Ready set the gate is, down
And then we're going in
To Las Vegas, pay us
'Cause you know we'll race this
Honey it is time to spit
Boy you're so crazy, baby
I love you forever
Not maybe
You are my one true love
You are my one true love

You are my one true love


Lyrics submitted by dustybreeze, edited by rainbowcrayon, LanaDRey, NicoIe, CatJones, irisme, Icymirrors, clouds1, kitsunegari101, Natalie21, dfschei, sydneyk84

"Off To the Races" as written by Tim Elliott Larcombe, Elizabeth Grant

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing

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  • +11
    Song Comparison"Light of my life, fire of my loins," are the opening words to 'Lolita,' if you've read it you'll realise that the song is pretty much like a soundtrack to the book. The book is a classic and LDR has put a nice 'gangsta' spin on it. My favourite song of hers by far...
    annie123on January 06, 2012   Link
  • +7
    General CommentAnother classic Lana love song, even more perverse than her other songs. She wants to be loved the possessive way Humbert Humbert loves Lolita, a twisted love of ownership and worship, where Lover Sugar Daddy owns her like a possession and worships her sexually. As per usual with Lana, the spending of money on her equates to love, because Lana likes the masochistic delight of being owned and bought by another person. Giving herself up to be owned by another is the declaration of the greatest possible love for Lana.
    yhtrownuon April 09, 2012   Link
  • +7
    General CommentI always assumed it was about being in love with a man who really was only with her for her beauty and sex, honestly. He sounds like he's involved in some kind of illegal activity, possibly drugs.
    Machineyon September 09, 2012   Link
  • +6
    My InterpretationThere is such a big Lolita theme on this record, I LOVE it! :) The light of my life, fire of my lions is taken straight from the book :)
    iholdheron January 31, 2012   Link
  • +5
    Lyric CorrectionI have the digital booklet! :D

    "Up Bacardi chasers" is "of Bacardi chasers" (and the second chorus is "Now we're off to the races, cases" instead of "Now we're off to the races, races")

    "Glass film" is "glass room"

    "Fume" is "fumes"

    "Tell me you want me" is "tell me you own me"

    "Your faces, shameless" is actually "your face is shameless"

    "Harlet" is spelled "harlot" (sorry I had to throw that in it was just bothering me :3 )

    "The law" is "the Lord" (not literally!)

    "I'll never leave you" is "I'd never leave you"

    "Pay us" is actually "chaos"

    "'Cause you know we'll race this" is "casino oasis"

    "Spit" is "spin"

    Okay all done.
    youngdrugon February 15, 2012   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationThis song is obviously about the classic "Lolita", by Vladimir Nabokov as the opening line to the book is "Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul." Lana has described her style as "Lolita got lost in The Hood," meaning that she has probably read the book, and based "Off To The Races" on it. I believe she uses the book as an overall metaphor for her own life, or it could just possible weave between the two. I think that when she sings 'And I'm off to the races, cases
    of Bacardi chasers, chasin' me all over town', she is using it as a metaphor. When Lana was younger she had problems with alchohol and I think she is saying that the thought of a drink follows her around, like Humbert did Lolita.
    gaga4life98on May 13, 2012   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationThis whole song is about the book and film Lana Del Rey claims she loves: Lolita.
    If you watch the film it will all make sense and it's a pet peeve of mine people that claim they love this song without having any idea what its about and just thinking it's another love story. It's more than that as in this song Lana sings as if she is Lolita even from her voice which she makes very child like throughout, even the words are sung from the perspective of a child such as the bit where she almost breaks down about her feelings and sings

    "My old man is a thief, and
    I'm gonna stay and pray with him till 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'D never leave you
    They would 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

    This bit is very childlike as if she is throwing down all her feelings like she's probbably heard about in the movies and its all very desperate like you get over your first love and you think it will never end. It also highlights how much older Lolita (Lana Del Rey) thinks she is by saying all this.

    Absolutely love.
    Catriiiionaon December 01, 2012   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningLolita.
    Natasha924on July 10, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think the speaker in this song is Carmen, from that later track on her album. The songs might just have similar themes but be completely different, but my interpretation is that both Carmen and the speaker in this song are prostitutes. I think "Carmen" is about the difficulties of a life of prostitution from an outsider's perspective, but "Off to the Races" is Carmen's defense for her lifestyle...she believes (or just tells herself) that she's really living the good life and that her pimp legitimately cares about her and takes care of her.

    Just a thought :) I had been wondering about this when I heard some similarities in the two songs, ex: "slipping on my red dress, putting on my makeup" from this song and "put your red dress on, put your lipstick on" from "Carmen."
    hedgedarlingon February 19, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHate to be the annoying lyric correcting guy but: *Cipriani's basement, not 'trippy on his basement'.
    LittleCell09on December 27, 2011   Link

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