“Mona Lisa” by Dominic Fike

The full soundtrack to Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (as with the movie itself) was released on 2 June 2023. Actually, this project is officially titled “Metro Boomin Presents Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Soundtrack from and Inspired by the Motion Picture)”. 

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Dominic Fike's Mona Lisa at Lyrics.org.

Accordingly it is not only a product of Republic Records but also Metro’s Boominati Worldwide label, which he founded in (in conjunction with Republic) in 2017.

Credits for “Mona Lisa”

Besides Metro Boomin, the other musicians who get both writing and production credit for this song are:

  • Will Yanez
  • Kenny Beats
  • StarGate (Mikkel Eriksen and Tor Hermansen) 

Meanwhile, Beat Butcha is acknowledged solely in a production capacity, and the other authors of “Mona Lisa” are Elliot Dubock and Dominic Fike.

Mona Lisa

The Lyrics

The Mona Lisa, as you likely already know, is a famous, centuries’ old painting. When it is referenced by the likes of musicians, it is usually done so in the name of pointing to one’s muse or sweetheart. And in this case that would be Dominic Fike’s ex, the one who he still admittedly has very-strong feelings for.

But there is more to this piece than just a vocalist lamenting over a lost love. For instance, “Mona Lisa” is presented as being fiercely free-spirited, i.e. the type who Dominic could not lockdown. Furthermore, as relayed, even after being caught cheating she failed to apologize or completely commit to him. 

Also, she may have since moved on to date other musicians, being implied as sort of a female playa.  Moreover, even now knowing that Fike is pining over her, it appears that Mona isn’t giving him much of a second thought. So it isn’t as if homegirl is the ideal romantic partner.

But as far as the thesis sentiment goes, try as he might, the vocalist cannot get over her. And along those lines, as insinuated in the first verse, it may be that the reason he’s referring to her as “Mona Lisa” is because just as said painting being a ubiquitous one, as relayed in the first verse he also sees his ex’s face wherever he goes.

“Love is when you try to place it out your mind (Uh-huh)
But you can’t turn a radio down (Uh-huh)
And you can’t think of anyone else (Uh-huh, uh)
And love is when you try to make it out alive (Uh-huh)
But you can’t turn a radio down (Uh-huh)
And you can’t think of anyone else (Uh-huh, uh)”

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