Marina - Primadonna
Primadonna girl, yeah
All I ever wanted was the world
I can't help that I need it all
The primadonna life, the rise and fall
You say that I'm kinda difficult
But it's always someone else's fault
Got you wrapped around my finger, babe
You can count on me to misbehave
Would you do anything for me?
Buy a big diamond ring for me?
Would you get down on your knees for me?
Pop that pretty question right now, baby
Beauty queen on a silver screen
Living life like I'm in a dream
I know I've got a big ego
I really don't know why it's such a big deal though
(Ooh) And I'm sad to the core, core, core
(Yeah) Every day is a chore, chore, chore
(Wow) When you give, I want more, more, more
I wanna be adored
"Primadonna" (originally titled "Prima Donna") is a song by Welsh singer-songwriter MARINA. The song was written by Marina Diamandis, Julie Frost, Łukasz Gottwald, and Henry Walter, and produced by Dr. Luke and Cirkut. It's the second song and first single from her second studio album Electra Heart. The song samples Suzi Quatro's 1978 song, "Stumblin'In". Primadonna was used as Part 4 of 'The Archetypes', and is a 'Beauty Queen' song, along with Fear and Loathing, and The State of Dreaming. Initially, Marina came up with the title of the song in July 2011 before she had even written the song. The song was written and recorded two months later in October 2011, one of the final songs to be recorded for Electra Heart. She states in her own words that "picked itself as the first single off the album." During an interview with The Sun, Marina said that Electra Heart has four personalities, one of which is 'The Primadonna' (a beauty queen), whom she sings of in the song. They are, she said, "magnifications of certain parts of me and of every woman." Marina also described the song in a track-by-track on Amazon as, "channeling the archetype of The Star, asking for adoration." Marina describes the track as a song for girls or women who are trying to validate themselves without validation from others. In an interview with Elle Girl, she mentions: "It's about not needing anybody when it comes to love—your raison d'etre is to live for adoration. Girls usually feel like this when they are not appreciated in a relationship. The inspiration for the song came from an ex-boyfriend. He thought it was funny that I was a mega drama queen always talking 'global love' this, 'global love' that! He called me a prima donna. I love it but I also kind of hate it. Like they say, 'You only hate in others what you hate in yourself', so I thought I'd channel this well-known but kind of undesirable character type into a pop song. As the saying goes (that I just made up): You've either been one or dated one at least once in your life."