The Other Woman

Album: Ultraviolence (2014)

Songfacts®:

  • This song about the life of a mistress of a married man closes the standard edition of Del Rey's Ultraviolence album. It was written by blues and R&B songwriter Jessie Mae Robinson and popularised by Nina Simone on her 1959 live LP Nina Simone at Town Hall.
  • Del Rey purposely chose to close her Ultraviolence album with this track to tie in with its loose theme of young women falling for older powerful men. She told Radio.com: "I put so much time in putting a narrative to the track listing together, and then I'm so stupid because I should just know that it's totally gonna be disregarded because I just set myself up. Let me put it this way, every track that I put on there and every track name and the order that it's in tells a story that is important to me."

    "In my mind, the narrative for this record ends with the last track, not the bonus deluxe stuff, all that business," she added. "It ends with the cover of Nina Simone's 'The Other Woman.' And without even really saying more about that, the decision to end with a cover of a jazz song and the content within that, it's kind of telling in its own way."
  • The song title previously featured in the monologue of Del Rey's "Ride" music video.

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