Smarty is a song from the Lana Del Ray a.k.a. Lizzy Grant album, listed as Track 12. It is registered on her ASCAP. Another song on that site is registered as Smartie....
Do I make you feel like Christmas time?
Put me in a party dress one time
Love me till I see the sunshine
Say you'll never leave me
Say you'll never leave me

Who has the face like smarty does?
Who has the voice like smarty does?
Who has the choice like smarty does?
Nobody, nobody
Who has the face like smarty does?
Who has the voice like smarty does?
Nobody
Who has the choice like smarty does?
Nobody, nobody

Say I make you feel like Christmas time
Say I make you feel like Christmas time
Tell me that I feel like Christmas time
Put me in a party dress one time
Baby, if you love me you'll call me a bunny
Tell me I'm just a baby, honey
Beat me and tell me that no one will love me
Better than you do
Better than you do

Dance me all around the room
Dance me around the room
Keep out the stars, turn out the lights
This little world is yours tonight
Dance me all around the room
Say you'll never leave me

Who has the face like smarty does?
Who has the voice like smarty does?
Who has the choice like smarty does?
Nobody, nobody
Who has the face like smarty does?
Who has the voice like smarty does?
Nobody
Who has the choice like smarty does?
Nobody, nobody

Say I make you feel like
Like you did, like you did when you were thirteen
Say I make you feel like
When you were the dirty heavy metal king
Say I make you feel alright, alright, alright

Kissing me till I see the sunshine
Kissing me till I see the sunshine
Keep out the stars, turn out the lights
This little world is yours tonight
Is yours tonight
This little world is yours tonight
Say you'll never leave me
Say you'll never leave me

Who has the face like smarty does?
Who has the voice like smarty does?
Who has the choice like smarty does?
Nobody, nobody
Who has the face like smarty does?
Who has the voice like smarty does?
Nobody
Who has the choice like smarty does?
Nobody, nobody
Nobody, nobody
Nobody, nobody


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

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  • +1
    General CommentI agree, ilikeboats, it's definitely "beat me."

    I would love to see some fan interpretations of this! This song is hypnotic. I've gone through phases verging on addiction to it. (It's been like that with a lot of early Lana for me, though.)

    The verses are quite clearly about an abusive relationship in which Lana finds masochistic comfort. Because she is subservient to him in their relationship she has become dependent on him, helpless without him.

    But does anyone else think that the refrain ("Who has a face like....) is meant to be from the man's point of view? He refers to himself as "Smarty" to assert that he knows best and imply that Lana is stupid, or unable to make the informed decisions "Smarty" can. Perhaps Lana is thinking of leaving the deadly relationship, but he convinces her that "Smarty" knows best - and no one else has a "face" or "voice" like Smarty does. Finally, "Smarty" deviously turns it around on Lana - "Who has a choice like Smarty does?" He implies that HE has the power to leave in the relationship, not Lana. And that is why she stays/stayed with him.

    Perhaps writing this song is how she gained great enough insight into the troubled relationship to realize it was Smarty who needed HER; She did not need him. I like to think that this song has helped at least one victim in an abusive relationship.... Lana has the courage to speak the truth when it comes to controversy, and that is what it takes to save lives.
    WritesToLiveon June 23, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFantastic song with a great groove. I had a gig with Lizzy Grant in Soho or the Village a few years ago. I love what she does with her voice - so expressive!

    Lance
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    funkyguitaon August 29, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMaybe it's just me, but isn't it "beat me and tell me that no one will love me", not "meet me"?
    ilikeboatson April 11, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis was always one of my favourite unreleased Lana songs. I feel like her whole theme from the whole Born to Die and pre-Born to Die era is really present in this song; the dark romantic connotations, and this idea of a man in your life who you regard as the absolute pinnacle of perfection and who you can't get over - just total adoration, basically. And letting yourself be used in any sense by them because no one could ever compare to them.
    obstacle2on May 25, 2016   Link

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