Mermaid Motel is a song that featured on Lana's Lana Del Ray a.k.a. Lizzy Grant album. Another version, titled Mermaid Hotel, is registered on her ASCAP. A home-made music video was created for this...
Maybe we could go to Coney Island
Maybe I could sing the national anthem
Buy a white sweater, for the last white day
Of the summer

Buy my purple wig
For my mermaid video
Walk back to where we live
In a motel
on Neptune Avenue

You call me lavender, you call me sunshine
You say take it off, take it off
You call me lavender, you call me sunshine
You say take it off, take it off

Sway Tokyo [?]
We'll see Van Halen at the reunion show
Heavy metal hour on T.V.
Diamond Dave and Ray Lee
And you salute me, Miss America
Because I am, I am

You call me lavender, you call me sunshine
You say take it off, take it off
You call me lavender, you call me sunshine
You say take it off, take it off

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
God bless you and god bless me

You call me lavender, you call me sunshine
You say take it off, take it off
You call me lavender, you call me sunshine
You say take it off, take it off


Lyrics submitted by mister care-too-much, edited by alittleaskew

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    General Commentshe writes a lot about coney island. i wonder what kind of experiences she has had there..... *ponder* *ponder*
    lanafanon May 31, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI’m not saying I’m privy to Lana’s intentions for this song and I could be way off, but this is my take:

    From the picture this song paints, I get a kind of seedy, amateur porno film vibe. She’s living in a motel with an unknown man, she’s buying a purple wig for her “mermaid video” -- it could be a music video, but it seems like they’re shooting in the motel because she says she walks back to the motel after she buys it, and he repeatedly tells her to “take it off,” implying her clothing, obviously.
    The gasps she makes after each set of “take it off”s sound almost a little surprised, like her innocence has been corrupted… with the motel on Neptune Avenue, the fact that they live there, and the almost childlike, whimsical image of the vivid purple wig all paired with her little girly gasping sounds invoke a scene of a naïve, possibly nervous young woman being persuaded or cajoled into “tak[ing] it off.” The pet names he uses for her of “Lavender” and “Sunshine” also reinforce that she’s young and innocent, and the breathy way she sings “you call me Lavender, you call me Sunshine” further suggest that she’s been/being coaxed into his dirtier, more adult world.
    As for the heavy metal and Americana references, I don’t know, that sounds like Lana just being Lana ;) (Or should I say Lizzy being Lizzy…?)

    Love the song, the whole album is great to listen to while lazing in the sun by the pool or on the beach :)
    PsychedelicUrchinon September 16, 2014   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionI think the line "Diamond Dave and Ray late" should be:

    "Diamond Dave and Ray Lee"
    alittleaskewon July 05, 2012   Link

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