Lana Del Rey has shared with her fans a snippet of a track that she has contributed for the new Elvis documentary, The King.

Taking to Twitter over the weekend, Lana Del Rey Tweeted out a brief clip of her track ‘Elvis’, which is set to be featured in the new Elvis Presley documentary, The King, directed by Eugene Jarecki.

Of course, avid fans might just have thought this song sounded rather familiar, and it turns out they’re completely right.

While Lana Del Rey first came to mainstream attention back in 2011 with her breakthrough hit ‘Video Games’, she had in fact been recording music for a solid six years by that point. Before adopting the name Lana Del Rey, she had gone through a range of different monikers, including Lizzie Grant, May Jailer, Lana Rey Del Mar, and Sparkle Jump Rope Queen.

Back in 2008, three tracks were uploaded to the Sparkle Jump Rope Queen Myspace page. Alongside the tunes ‘Blue Ribbon’ and ‘Axl Rose Husband’, was a humble track named ‘Elvis’.

Supposedly written by Lana Del Rey when she was just 13 years old (meaning this tune actually dates all the way back to 1998), the track is a very clear homage to Presley, who Lana has previously cited as an important influence on her work.

While the version used for The King appears to be a revisited, re-recorded rendition of the tune, there’s no saying whether this means that the depths of Lana Del Rey’s archives might soon be plundered so that we might hear some updated versions of early demos.

Whatever the case, hardcore fans are now delighted that this means we’ll be getting to hear a professionally recorded, full-length version of this previously-unreleased gem some time in the near future.

Check out the original version of Lana Del Rey’s ‘Elvis’:

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