Title track from Lana Del Rey's upcoming album Ultraviolence....
He used to call me DN
That stood for deadly nightshade
'Cause I was filled with poison
But blessed with beauty and rage
Jim told me that
He hit me and it felt like a kiss
Jim brought me back
Reminded me of when we were kids

This is ultraviolence
Ultraviolence
Ultraviolence
Ultraviolence
I can hear sirens, sirens
He hit me and it felt like a kiss
I can hear violins, violins
Give me all of that ultraviolence

He used to call me poison
Like I was poison ivy
I could've died right then
'Cause he was right beside me
Jim raised me up
He hurt me but it felt like true love
Jim taught me that
Loving him was never enough

This is ultraviolence
Ultraviolence
Ultraviolence
Ultraviolence
I can hear sirens, sirens
He hit me and it felt like a kiss
I can hear violins, violins
Give me all of that ultraviolence

We can go back to New York
Loving you was really hard
We can go back 'til it's dark
Where they don't know who we are
Heaven is on earth
I will do anything for you, babe
Blessed is this union
Crying tears of gold, like lemonade

I love you the first time
I love you the last time
Yo soy la princesa, comprende mis white lines
'Cause I'm your jazz singer
And you're my cult leader
I love you forever
I love you forever

This is ultraviolence
Ultraviolence
Ultraviolence
Ultraviolence
I can hear sirens, sirens
He hit me and it felt like a kiss
I can hear violins, violins
Give me all of that ultraviolence


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"Ultraviolence" as written by Elizabeth Grant Daniel Law Heath

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  • +11
    General Comment"Sometimes when I write about my feelings, about what sounds like a person, I'm actually writing about the way I felt when I was completely inebriated, which was really good--until it wasn't working for me anymore." - Lana Del Rey in Nylon Interview from November 2013.

    Ultraviolence is not a song about domestic violence -- but rather a song that explores the dark relationship that has with oneself. "Jim" in the song can be understood as a reference to "Jim Beam" as well as Jim Morrison, whom Lana Del Rey has referenced in previous work of hers, most notably the song Gods and Monsters where Lana includes him in the lines:

    No one’s gonna take my soul away
    I'm living like Jim Morrison
    Headed towards a fucked up holiday
    Hotel sprees sprees
    And I’m singing
    "Fuck yeah give it to me, this is Heaven, what I truly want."
    It's innocence lost. Innocence lost

    Ultraviolence is a song that explores the dark-side of the self and uses the famous word from Anthony Burgess' famous book and reinterprets the iconic word to make a statement that the ultimate form of violence is violence against oneself.

    Picture of Lana Del Rey drinking Jim Beam in "Kinda Outta Luck" Music Video: pinterest.com/pin/187180928232826037/
    Pooeron June 05, 2014   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt reminds me Jim Jones a lot.

    Jim Jones was a cult leader who founded some sort of alternative religion, and he managed to make people do whatever he wanted them to do. When he was being investigated for some murders he commited with the help of his congregation, he finally decided to convince all of his followers to commit suicide by drinking cynadine mixed with cool aid.

    All in all 910 people died that day...

    Of course I'm not saying it's about Jim Jones, but there are similar themes in this song and with the real thing that happened, for example, Lana mentions something about being filled with poison, loving someone so much so she lets him actually hurt her, she compares him to a cult leader, Heaven in Earth, moving to a place where they don't know who Jim is, etc...

    Just saying.
    angel78264on June 10, 2014   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningI think this song's really clearly about domestic violence in an abusive relationship; there's physical violence, emotional invalidation, power imbalance, etc. but she still adores the abuser ("He hit me and it felt like a kiss").
    I doubt "Jim" is an actual person.It could just be the personification of Lana's relationship with substance abuse - which is destructive, "but felt like true love".
    I mean, "Comprende mis white lines" and "He used to call me DN/That stood for deadly nightshade" are about cocaine and poisonous hallucinogenic plants. (But like other people said, I totally think he could be Jim Morrison, Jim Jones, Jim Beam, or like the 70's version of the word "dude".)
    bruxadollon June 10, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt must be really hard having to deal with the evil one on such a personal level. I got a serious impression that this is about much more than drugs or an abusive man.
    codyab7on February 17, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe line "he hit me and it felt like a kiss" is from He Hit Me, and song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King that was made famous when The Crystals recorded it in 1962. The song is about the singer Little Eva, whose boyfriend beat her regularly. She genuinely believed that his abuse came from a place of love. Anyway, it's a very haunting song. I recommend you all listen to it to get a better understanding of this song. Grizzly Bear recorded a version of He Hit Me several years ago and it is even more haunting and bizarre than the original. I love it.
    captainstefanieon August 10, 2014   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningTo me, this song represents the deep relation in the addictive nature between both drugs and abusive relationships. When she sings "He hit me and it felt like a kiss", I believe it's an allusion to this man (most likely a lover or boyfriend) shooting her up ("hitting that vein"). Lana has sung before of this type of drug use in her song Hollywood "One day I'll Drive in a gold Mercades Benz singin opera on Bel Air road. Hair to my ass, we'll be flyin in the wind, shootin heroin and speedballs."
    I believe in this song she sings of the internal battle in one's own heart that comes along with addiction and also that can be represented in abusive relationships, to truly feel the thing you love most is killing you, but that life would not be worth living without it.
    RebeccalDollon September 25, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it has to do with "Sometimes when I write about my feelings, about what sounds like a person, I'm actually writing about the way I felt when I was completely inebriated, which was really good--until it wasn't working for me anymore." ., but not like that..

    '' Jim brought me back
    Reminded me of when we were kids '' - she means he brought her back to the inebriated state. The memories come back to her ( '' I can her sirens, sirens '' )
    It was so addictive, that she wants to go back there - '' Give me all of that ultraviolence ''

    '' He used to call me DN
    That stood for deadly nightshade
    'Cause I was filled with poison
    But blessed with beauty and rage ''
    The deadly nightshade is a plant that can be letal, and so is she, because she is inebriated . (these are just memories)

    I don't know, it's just an opinion
    Nonconformiston December 31, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song seems to be about drinking and how it affects her. "I could've died right there. Cause he was right beside me. Jim raised me up. He hurt me but it felt like true love....." She's referring to the bottle, the Jim Beam. "He hit me and it felt like a kiss" that feeling after taking the drink you needed all day. But being an alcoholic isn't a good thing. "Jim" is who she shares a life with in this song.
    Kliciouson December 28, 2016   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThe whole song is about love, and the difficult situations that lead you to drug abuse (alcohol maybe) and overdose.

    "He used to call me DN
    That stood for deadly nightshade
    'Cause I was filled with poison"

    "He used to call me poison
    Like I was poison ivy"

    She sings from the skin of a girl who is having serious problems with drugs, that's why she recognizes that she “was filled with poison". Also, the idea that her boyfriend calls her "DN" and "poison" shows that they are having a difficult moment in their relationship. Perhaps, that situation led her to drug abuse and finally to an overdose.

    "He hit me and it felt like a kiss
    Jim brought me back

    Clearly, she was struggling with an overdose and her boyfriend hit her many times to bring her back to life or to wake her up, probably by CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) procedure. Like Snow White she was finally resuscitated by a an act of love.

    "Reminded me of when we were kids"

    When you have an accident for instance, images of your entire life come to your mind.

    I can hear sirens, sirens
    He hit me and it felt like a kiss
    I can hear violins, violins
    Give me all of that ultraviolence

    Sirens could be connected to ambulances, violins sound could be related to sad music (funeral).


    I could've died right then
    'Cause he was right beside me
    Jim raised me up
    He hurt me but it felt like true love

    Again, she is talking about the moment her boyfriend saved her. To bring her back to life was an act of true love, although he had to use violence to do it.

    We can go back to New York
    Loving you was really hard
    We can go back 'til it's dark
    Where they don't know who we are
    Heaven is on earth
    I will do anything for you, babe
    Blessed is this union
    Crying tears of gold, like lemonade

    She tries to express unconditional love and regret, and offers her boyfriend to go back to where they both started to love each other. Both of them are crying at that moment. By singing “Heaven is on earth” she thanks God to have a chance to try to love again.
    LUCASISTERon December 09, 2017   Link
  • -3
    My InterpretationThe most extreme act of violence is rape. The singer is losing herself in being raped. She likes the pain and needs to get hurt just to feel she is alive. She starts to like being raped, probably she suffers from mental illnes (depression and suicide are one of Lanas guiding themes).
    misanthobion June 08, 2014   Link

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