Lana Del Rey has revealed she’s permanently retiring her 2012 track Cola from any future setlists, after admitting the song was directly inspired by Harvey Weinstein.
Speaking to MTV News, the singer explained “when I wrote that song, I suppose I had a Harvey Weinstein / Harry Winston-type of character in mind.”
The tune’s lyrics make explicit mention to a ‘Harvey’, and a set of circumstances which allude to Weinstein’s alleged targeting of younger entertainment industry figures.
I got sweet taste for men who’re older
It’s always been so it’s no surprise
Harvey’s in the sky with diamonds
And it’s making me crazy
All he wants to do is party with his pretty baby.
Del Rey says she “envisioned, like, a benevolent, diamond-bestowing-upon-starlets visual, like a Citizen Kane or something,” but that the avalanche of accusations against the Hollywood producer have vastly changed how the song is received.
“I thought it was funny at the time, and I obviously find it really sad now,” she says.
“I support the women who have come forward. I think they’re really brave for doing that.”
As such, she reckons putting the track on ice is “the only right thing to do.”
An earlier report in The New York Post’s Page Six section cites a source who claims Del Rey wrote the song after turning down Weinstein himself, and that the lyrics included a reference to his ex-wife Georgina Chapman.
That lyric was reportedly cut at Weinstein’s behest. Del Rey’s camp didn’t respond to Page Six about the claim.
Lana Del Rey will be in Australia, sans Cola, next year. You can catch up on tour details HERE.