The song was recorded in 2013 and three takes were done. It comes from the same session as "Color Blue".
On June 18, 2016, Del Rey posted a video of herself singing an a cappella snippet of the song on Instagram. She captioned the post saying: "It’s so hot out today and all the birds are singing. I was reminded of a lullaby I wrote years ago called Cherry Blossom".
The version that is popularly known as the studio version is a remix made by the DJ Kristijan Majic using the vocals from the snippet.
On May 1, 2019, a snippet of the final version was leaked on a video via Instagram, but it was quickly deleted. The full version leaked minutes later on a Tumblr account. It is the third version and it features some different lyrics than the a cappella posted by Del Rey. The instrumental leaked on May 4, 2019. The first take with minimal vocal differences surfaced February 21, 2020.
- The phrase "tall, tan" also appears in "American".
- Jesus is also mentioned in "Body Electric" and the demo version of "Trash Magic".
- There is a direct reference to "Cruel World", which also appears in "Color Blue".
- Take 1 — 3:14
- Take 3 — 3:17
- Instrumental version — 3:24