"Cherry Blossom" is a song by Lana Del Rey from her eighth studio album and seventh major-label studio album Blue Banisters. It was written and produced with Del Rey's longtime collaborator Rick Nowels, and co-produced by her then-boyfriend Barrie-James O'Neill in 2013.
Three takes of the song were recorded in 2013, during the same session as "Nectar of the Gods". Both songs were originally intended to be included on Del Rey's third studio album and second major-label studio album, Ultraviolence, but were ultimately cut from the final tracklist. They were both recorded in the studio with Fabrizio Argiolas, though he is ultimately not credited on the song at all.
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".
On May 1, 2019, a snippet of the song was leaked via Instagram, but it was quickly deleted. The full version leaked minutes later on a Tumblr account. The official instrumental leaked on May 4, 2019, and the acapella leaked on November 7, 2020. The first demo leaked on February 21, 2020 and the second demo leaked on October 23, 2020. The full session of 18 stems leaked on November 16, 2020.
On March 22, 2021, Del Rey referenced the song in an Instagram post with the caption "Swing it high Angelina on your sycamore tree". Del Rey reposted her picture to Twitter the same day, with a longer caption that included the next line "What you don't tell no one you can tell me". These posts sparked rumors that the song will feature on her upcoming album Blue Banisters, which were later confirmed.
- The phrase "tall, tan" also appears in "American".
- Direct reference to "Afraid".
- Jesus is also mentioned in "Body Electric", the demo version of "Trash Magic", "I Talk to Jesus", "Diet Mountain Dew", "Mariners Apartment Complex" and "Tulsa Jesus Freak".
- There is a direct reference to "Cruel World", which also appears in "Nectar of the Gods", "Hollywood's Dead" and is also used in the live introduction for "Cola".
- Cherries are also mentioned in "Cherry", "Carmen", "Blue Madonna", and "Black Beauty".
- The word "ghost" is also used in "Elvis".
- Being wild is also mentioned in "Nectar of the Gods" ,"Never Let Me Go", "Wild at Heart", and "Wild One"
- Dandelions are also mentioned in the poem "Violet bent backwards over the grass".
- Lemonade is also mentioned in "Ultraviolence", "Music to Watch Boys To", "Trash Magic" and the poem "What Happened When I Left You".
- Blue Banisters version (aka Take 3) — 3:18
- Unmastered version — 3:17
- Ultraviolence Take 1 — 3:14
- Ultraviolence Take 2 — 3:16
Album version / Take 3
A cappella version
- Lana Del Rey — songwriting, production, mixing, vocals
- Rick Nowels — songwriting, production, piano
- Barrie-James O'Neill — production, mixing, piano, guitar
- Adam Ayan — mastering
- Del Rey, Lana. (2016). "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". Instagram. [Access date June 19, 2016]
- Lana Del Rey (@lanadelrey). "Swing it high Angelina on your sycamore tree". Instagram. [Access date 22 March 2021]
- Lana Del Rey (@lanadelrey). "Swing it high Angelina on your sycamore tree What you don’t tell no one you can tell me". Twitter. [Access date 25 March 2021]