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Cinnamon Girl
Lana Del Rey Lyrics


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Cinnamon in my teeth
From your kiss
You're touching me
All the pills that you take
Violet, blue, green, red to keep me
At arm's length don't work
You try to push me out
But I just find my way back in
Violet, blue, green, red to keep me out
I win

There's things I wanna say to you
But I'll just let you live
Like if you hold me without hurting me
You'll be the first who ever did
There's things I wanna talk about
But better not to give
But if you hold me without hurting me
You'll be the first who ever did

Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah
Hold me, love me, touch me, honey
Be the first who ever did
Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah
Hold me, love me, touch me, honey
Be the first who ever did

Kerosene in my hands
You make me mad, on fire again
All the pills that you take
Violet, blue, green, red to keep me at arm's length don't work

There's things I wanna say to you, but I'll just let you live
Like if you hold me without hurting me
You'll be the first who ever did
There's things I wanna talk about, but better not to give
But if you hold me without hurting me
You'll be the first who ever did

Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah
Hold me, love me, touch me, honey
Be the first who ever did
Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah
Hold me, love me, touch me, honey
Be the first who ever did

There's things I wanna say to you, but I'll just let you live
Like if you hold me without hurting me
You'll be the first who ever did
There's things I wanna talk about, but better not to give
Like if you hold me without hurting me
You'll be the first who ever did

Overall Meaning

In "Cinnamon Girl," Lana Del Rey sings about a volatile and tumultuous relationship. She uses the metaphor of different colored pills taken by her partner to distance himself from her, but they don't work. She's still drawn to him and keeps finding her way back into his life. She wants to share her thoughts and feelings with him, but she's afraid of getting hurt. She longs for him to hold her without causing any pain - something that no one has ever been able to do before.


Throughout the song, Del Rey acknowledges the dangers of her relationship, but also finds it hard to let go. The line "Kerosene in my hands, you make me mad, I'm fire again" suggests that her partner is like a toxin that she can't resist. It's a dynamic that's been explored in many of Del Rey's songs about love and heartbreak.


Line by Line Meaning

Cinnamon in my teeth
The lingering taste of your kiss is like a sweet spice on my tongue.


From your kiss
I can still feel the warmth of your lips on mine, and it sends shivers down my spine.


You're touching me
The way you reach out to me makes me feel alive and loved.


All the pills that you did
You try to distance yourself from me by taking drugs to numb your feelings, but they only push me away momentarily.


Violet, blue, green, red to keep me
The variety of pills you take in different colors show how desperate you are to keep me at bay.


At arm's length don't work
Your attempts to keep me away are futile, as I always find a way to be close to you.


You try to push me out
You push me away because you fear getting hurt, but you don't realize that I am the one who is hurting in this situation.


But I just find my way back in
No matter how hard you try to keep me out, I always manage to find a way back into your heart.


I win
Despite your efforts to keep me at bay, I ultimately come out on top because my love for you is too strong to ignore.


There's things I wanna say to you
I have so much I want to communicate to you, but I am afraid of how you will react.


But I'll just let you live
Instead of confronting you, I will let you continue living your life without interference from me.


Like if you hold me without hurting me
If you embrace me without causing me emotional pain, you will be the first person to do so.


You'll be the first who ever did
No one has ever held me without hurting me before, so if you can do that, it will be a new and special experience.


There's things I wanna talk about
I have a lot of things I want to discuss with you, but I am hesitant to bring them up because of the potential for conflict.


But better not to keep
However, I know I must be honest with you and not keep these things bottled up inside.


Kerosene in my hands
You ignite a fire inside of me, and it's almost as if I am holding a dangerous and uncontrollable substance in my hands.


You make me mad, I'm fire again
The intensity of my emotions towards you is overwhelming, and it's like I am a wildfire that cannot be tamed.


Like if you hold me without hurting me
Once again, I express my desire for you to hold me without causing me emotional pain.


Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah
These nonsensical sounds represent the intense emotions I am feeling that cannot be expressed through words alone.


Hold me, love me, touch me, honey
I yearn for your affection and to be physically close to you in every way possible.


Be the first who ever did
Once again, I express my desire for you to be the first person to hold me without hurting me, as no one else has ever been able to do so.


There's things I wanna talk about, but better not to keep
I want to have an open and honest conversation with you, but I know that it is important to communicate these things sooner rather than later.


Like if you hold me without hurting me
For the third time, I express my desire for you to hold me without causing me emotional pain, as this is a crucial part of our relationship.


You'll be the first who ever did
Once again, I express my belief that you have the potential to be the first person to hold me without hurting me, as no one else has been able to before.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Elizabeth Grant, Jack Antonoff

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@luciferalpha3080

The line "But if you hold me without hurting me, You'll be the first who ever did" hits home. It hurts not knowing this kind of love without pain.

@rebeccamauney3201

I can. So. Relate….

@dxerei

real

@SumayyahBinthiAhmed

Honestly 💯

@molliesmith2284

this is so true as a person that has never had love without getting hurt by my parents, friends, boyfriend/girlfriend....please stay safe and remember someone will love you, know i'm 45 and married with my husband that's my soulmate.

@arifakazim4194

😊😊😊😊😊

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@riri_2205

Lana Del Rey is the Goddess of Sadness seriously,its 4am and im here listening to Lana for the first time i love her❤

@DavidSINGHA-pg3km

Why not

@DavidSINGHA-pg3km

One who gets it for the first time can't stop it for it being biased and count me in.

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