“Jon Batiste Interlude” by Lana Del Rey

“Jon Batiste Interlude”, the seventh track on the playlist of “Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd”, is actually Batiste’s second contribution to Lana Del Rey’s album. He’s also the featured artist on “Candy Necklace“, the song that comes right before the interlude. 

So even though he isn’t technically acknowledged as a feature on the interlude, since he is its lead vocalist and the title bears his name, it can still be said that Jon is the only musician to co-headline two songs on the LP.


Jon Batiste is a late-blooming music star. That is to say that even though his discography dates all the way back to 2005, it wasn’t until the onset of the 2020s that he started winning major awards, at first due to his contributions to Disney’s Soul: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2020). 

But his first Grammy Awards, which came in 2021, were in connection with Batiste’s sixth studio album, “We Are” (2021). And in between 2021 and 2022, he has impressively won five Grammy Awards (with one of them being for “Soul”). So as of the dropping of this track on 24 March 2023, Jon Batiste can be considered one of the hottest musicians in the game.


Jon’s spoken-word lyrics on this track read a lot like if, say, a preacher were to drop a love song. The vocalist goes about celebrating a “feeling” he is experiencing in what can be deemed a charismatic-church inspired manner. 

He never specifies what that feeling actually is though does, at the end, proclaim it “sweet honey”. And Lana’s limited vocal contribution also revolves around proclaiming herself Batiste’s “honey”, a term that’s generally understood to have an endearing romantic connotation.

Moreover, as noted earlier, this interlude follows their collaboration “Candy Necklace” which itself, apparently, is a love song. That said, it can also be more specifically gathered that as the interlude progresses, what may really have Batiste jubilant is the sexual satisfaction he derives from being with the addressee.

Oh I feel something right now
I feel it, I feel it, I feel it early
Ooh, woohoo, I feel it early and I feel it late, hahaha
Yeah, I feel it, I feel it
I feel it heavy, hahaha”


Lana Del Rey did write and produce this track alongside Jon Batiste, with Zach Dawes serving as an additional producer. 


This song was put out through Polydor Records and Interscope, i.e. the labels Del Rey is signed to, on 24 March 2023 as part of her aforementioned album.

Jon Batiste Interlude

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