Del Rey posted a snippet of the song on Instagram on April 3, 2019. On July 30, 2019, fans discovered the official title was "California" after using Shazam to identify the snippet from Instagram.
- California is directly referred in a lot of her songs including Fuck It I Love You, Freak, How to Disappear, Angels Forever, Forever Angels, and Shades of Cool.
- Trying to be stronger is also a topic in "Venice Bitch".
- The phrase "I'll catch you on the flipside" is a direct reference to "Flipside".
- The lyric "Your favorite liquor off the top-shelf" is similar to "'Cause her liquor's top shelf" in "Carmen".
- Del Rey also counts "One, two, three, four" in "Summertime Sadness" and "Push Me Down".
- Lana Del Rey — songwriting, additional production, vocals, programming, synthesizer, horns
- Zachary Dawes — songwriting, production, piano
- Jack Antonoff — production, engineering, mixing
- Laura Sisk — engineering, mixing
- Jonathan Sher — assistant engineering
- John Rooney — assistant engineering
- John Congleton — engineering
- Dean Reid — engineering, mixing, bass guitar
- Kieron Menzies — engineering, mixing, synthesizer, mellotron
- Nicolas Jodoin — assistant engineering
- Travis Pavur — assistant engineering
- Loren Humphrey — drums
- Darren Weiss — drums
- Mike Riddleberger — drums
- Sean Hutchinson — drums
- Evan Weiss — guitar
- Benji Lysaght — guitar
- Tyler Parkford — hammond B3
- Woozy Biff — harp
- Mikey Freedom Hart — mellotron, piano
- Adam Ayan — mastering
- Chris Gehringer — mastering
- Will Quinnell — assistant mastering
- Mastered at Sterling Sound
- Recorded at Valentine Recording Studios, Los Angeles, United States / Hampstead Studios, London, United Kingdom / Conway Recording Studios, Los Angeles, United States / Electric Lady Studios, New York, United States
- Mixed at Conway Recording Studios, Los Angeles, United States
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