Lyric Breakdown – Making Out by Lana Del Rey

Hiya, honey

  • Her informal greeting sets the tone for the song – she’s a young, wild girl who likes to have fun

What ya doin’?

I been hula-hoopin’ waiting for you, aah

  • Hula-hooping is something quite young children do, so she is still young and has no responsibility; she’s been waiting for this person so she knows who they are

Whoa haters, fakers, mass-manipulators

Don’t know what you’re tryin’ to prove

  • She can’t understand people who don’t act themselves – she does what she wants without thinking about how she looks or what people think of her, so she criticises those who hate on her, pretend to be something else or lie for their own gain

I’m the New York City queen queen

  • Lana has referenced being the queen of New York and other variations of such a title, and she doesn’t feel bad about who she is and the way she feels about herself

You should hear me sing sing

Baby I’m the real thing, check one two

  • Lana knows of her own talent and that she has something real rather than, say, autotuned

Stop looking at my train-wreck life and start

Listening to the way I sing the blues

  • Lana is troubled and has a lot of things going on that are a “train-wreck” (possibly drugs, her alcoholism, the trailer park, her frequent allusions to being a stripper/prostitute) but wants people to focus on her music

You know, I know what they say about me

I know that they think I’m danger

  • People know that these things (listed above) make her into a wild and possibly bad-influence, and she is aware that people may be wary of her for that

So what if it makes me happy, happy, happy?

  • Lana likes being “danger” and having a wild life, as she loves being the ‘gangsta Nancy Sinatra’; she likes the way she comes across and possibly standing out

It doesn’t really matter what you say

‘Cause I ain’t gonna quit ’til the day I die

  • Lana is herself and she won’t change just because people are talking about her

I’ll be taking drugs, doing shots, making out in parking lots

  • Lana does all of these wild things that people tend to look down on because she loves it; she wants to be who she is; she descends her order of bad things she does, most likely using the worst (“drugs”) to be shocking

With any little boy I spot

  • The boys are “little” to her so she doesn’t think much of them

Baby you can’t stop me, stop me, no

When I’m hot, I’m hot

  • She’s too hot to stop, which could mean if you try and stop her you’ll get burned (metaphorically), though in the literal sense she’s a beautiful young woman that may be considered cool

Hi ya honey

How’s it goin’?

Saw you skipping up on TV looking blue aah

  • She’s speaking to someone she knows who made it famous but seems to be unhappy

You’re shakin’, makin’ music and you’re famous

  • This girl she knows is a dancer and a singer, possibly like her; this girl reflects Lana herself

Deep down you’re the same girl I knew

  • The girl hasn’t changed, the same way Lana may not change when she becomes well-known

She said, “I know what they say about you

  • The girl she knew tells her that she is aware of Lana’s reputation

I know that they think you’re crazy

I know that they are mistaken, baby, baby”

  • The girl still knows the real Lana and doesn’t think she is what everyone says; the criticisms of her behaviour don’t mean Lana is actually a bad person

CHORUS

Singing for the gangsters

  • Lana likes the bad boys and the gangsters so she wants to perform for them – and possibly with them – so her music is aimed at that kind of audience

Chasin’ all that paper

  • She wants to earn a lot of money

Living life so dangerously

  • She’ll do all the dangerous things even if it may end up killing her

And there’s nothing for my anger

  • Lana’s a very passionate person and she can’t get rid of her aggression (which does link to her “singing for the gangsters” lyric of how they often have aggressive music and she may write that kind of music too); she doesn’t try to hide her anger, she is uncontrollable

Money is my saviour

  • Lana loves money because it can get her out of bad positions

I can be whatever I think

  • Lana wants to be what she wants without people’s opinions

It’s like heaven heaven

  • Though it’s dangerous, it’s still her idea of heaven, which her actions very much oppose

Living on the edge never knowing where I’m going to be

  • Lana hasn’t got any responsibilities or ties; she doesn’t have her life planned out

And I’m dreading, never settling down

  • The possible meaning is secretly she is dreading never being sensible or planning her future properly as a responsible person, though she may just be pointing out she is “never settling down”

That’s when dying is beginning to please

  • “Dying is beginning to please” could actually mean “becoming older (being responsible) is something people actually enjoy” – meaning when you settle down, you feel happy that you’re a mature adult living a life that keeps going until you get old and die; she may be “dreading” never having the feeling of that; she refers to getting old as “dying” because she has a pessimistic view of no longer being free

CHORUS


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