Is Lana Del Rey's Song 'Cola' About Harvey Weinstein?

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Is Lana Del Rey's Song 'Cola' About Harvey Weinstein?
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Rumors about Lana Del Rey's relationship with Harvey (and the song everyone's playing on repeat).

I must admit, I love me some Lana Del Rey.

Well, not Lana specifically as a person. I've never met her and have zero personal knowledge of her. But I do love her music, so I was definitely excited when she dropped her new album, Lust For Life, this past summer. 

Now, however, Del Rey's recently released music (AND her entire catalog) is under intense media scrutiny.

It's been suggested that, though so far she has denied it, many of her lyrics are about none other than the current talk of the entire universe — Harvey Weinstein.

Del Rey and Weinstein were first linked in May of 2012, when an article in The Sun claimed Weinstein was overheard saying to the budding music star, "The camera loves you.” 

The article cites an unnamed source who shared the following:

“Harvey thinks there’s something about Lana. He knows all about her music but believes she’s got what it takes to be a film star. She’s got the looks and a stage presence which he thinks will transfer well to the big screen... Critics have even claimed that the star plays a part all the time as Lana.”

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YouTube Channel Stereotude reported on the item back on May 23, 2013.

And just one month later, Lainey Gossip caught wind of a lunch date the two shared at Parisian restaurant L'Avenue.

It appears the people over at Lainey Gossip know their stuff, as their take on Mr. W, if the allegations against him prove to be true, seems remarkably accurate in relation to his standard M.O.

"But there’s no telling Harvey to f-ck off: he can be and say whatever he wants. Because Harvey makes movies — successful, Oscar-baiting, artistic movies — that fledgling starlets want so badly. Even to read one of Weinstein’s scripts must come at a price. Lana will have to do more than wear some frilly Marchesa gowns."

While Del Rey did not end up appearing in a film as of yet, director Tim Burton selected her song "Big Eyes" as the title track for his 2014 film of the same name, and also included a second song, "I Can Fly", on the film's soundtrack.

When "Big Eyes" was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 2015, she explained the origin of her involvement in the project to The Hollywood Reporter.

"'Because he knew I loved Tim Burton, Harvey said, 'Why don't you write a title track, something with the chorus of 'big eyes'?' Del Rey recalled. 'Tim was nice enough to listen to it, and he liked it.'"

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While these details are certainly enough to raise eyebrows, people are now saying that the evidence is all the more compelling when you examine her 2012 song "Cola."

Del Rey, who was born Elizabeth Woolridge Grant and has also gone by the name Lizzy Grant, has yet to give a direct response confirming whether or not her lyrics specifically reference Weinstein, but according to TMZ, "Sources close to Del Rey tell us the song is not linked to Weinstein or any Harvey for that matter. They say the actual lyrics go this way ... "Ah he's in the sky with diamonds." We've checked the album's digital booklet ... and the lyrics reference "Ah he's," not "Harvey."

Ever the dedicated journalist, I took a listen to the song again for myself, as you can do right now:


My hearing certainly is no longer at 100%, but if she isn't singing, "Harvey", I'm not even sure what my own first name could possibly be any more (read as: she definitely says "Harvey").

Oddly, as noted on a Reddit thread devoted purely to figuring out the truth about this song, the lyrics seem to keep changing across websites such as AZLyrics, Genius, and Metro Music.

Some show Harvey:


Some show "Ah me":


And my own Google search just minutes ago account backs up what my own ears told me:

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While some people have speculated as to whether "Put Me In A Movie" might also be a reference to Weinstein, this rumor appears to be false.

The lyrics are certainly evocative of the Weinstein's purported casting couch, and the video below certainly seems to capture the same concept.

But... this song was written and recorded in 2008, four years before her first meeting with the Miramax giant, and the video above is a fan version.

There are two official versions made by Del Rey, one of which is uploaded on her Lizzy Grant Vevo channel.

The icing on the "Cola"-is-probably-about-Harvey-Weinstein cake may possibly be statements Del Rey made during a 2014 interview with Rolling Stone Magazine

Speaking of her proclivity for intense, passion-drive relationships, she said:

"It's been beautiful," she says. "But it's been confusing, because when that's your prerogative, things don't end in a traditional way. You don't have that traditional relationship where maybe you go out with couples at night, or you do normal things. It's more of an extension of the creative process. There's high-impact events that happen, or big adventures, or big fallouts. So it's inspiring, and it's not grounding, but it's what I need to keep going."

She then goes on to mention what she refers to as an "on-and-off relationship with a record-business exec [who] never signed her."

"He wasn't married," she explains. "It was a love affair. But, I mean, I saw him off and on for seven years, and I'm still close with him. He's someone who really influenced the way that I saw things, just in terms of not being able to have what I wanted. And just being close to a life that I really envisioned and loved. It wasn't a career thing, it was a lifestyle thing. I was passionate about him and what he did, and it was being close to what I loved, but not really having it. Which I felt was just symbolic for the way things had been for so many years, standing right next to something that was so beautiful, but never quite having it."

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Whether the man in question was truly a single record producer, as opposed to a married movie producer who also never signed her, we cannot say for sure, because at the moment, Del Rey is staying quietly under the radar.

Given how quickly additional information about the Weinstein scandal is surfacing, however, I'm willing to bet the invisible ink between the lines will be filling itself in quickly enough...


Senior Editor and happily-former divorce coach/mediator Arianna Jeret is a recognized expert on love, sex, and relationships (except when it comes to her own life, of course) who has been featured in Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, Yahoo Style, Fox News, Bustle, Parents and more. Join her Sundays at 10:20 PM EST for answers to ALL of your questions on Facebook Live on YourTango and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.