Del Rey first teased the song on her Instagram on October 12, 2018. She deleted the snippet from her profile the same day. She shared a second snippet via Instagram on October 15, 2018, showcasing the chorus of the song.
A fan account on Instagram posted a quote from Del Rey's July 19, 2017 interview with Pitchfork where she explained, regarding how she attained a more positive outlook on life:
- "Well, they’re personal. [laughs] I had some people in my life that made me a worse person. I was not sure if I could step out of that box of familiarity, which was having a lot of people around me who had a lot of problems and feeling like that was home base. Because it’s all I know. I spent my whole life reasoning with crazy people. I felt like everyone deserved a chance, but they don’t. Sometimes you just have to step away without saying anything."
In response, Del Rey commented:
"The quote [from Pitchfork] is a perfect quote to go along with cinnamon [sic]. Some people don’t deserve a chance".
On July 30, 2019, fans discovered that the official title was "Cinnamon Girl" after using Shazam to identify the snippet from Instagram.
- "Cinnamon girl" is a phrase first used in the unreleased 2010 song "Summer of Sam".
- "Cinnamon" was an early title for "Radio", and is also referenced in the song.
- Being hurt is also a theme in a few of Del Rey’s songs such as “Body Electric" and “Ultraviolence”.
- Violet pills are also referenced in "Is This Happiness".
- The phrase "hold me" also appears in "Bartender" and "Disco".
- The colour blue is also referenced in "Wild on You", "Queen of Disaster", "Old Money" and "Blue Jeans", among many other songs.
- The phrase "cinnamon in my teeth, from your kiss, you're touching me" is similar to "sugar in my teeth, from your kiss you texting me" from the poem "Sugarfish".
- The phrase "you'll be the first who ever did" is similar to "u will be the first one who ever did" which appears in the poem "Ringtone".
- Album version — 5:01
- Instrumental version — 5:01
- Lana Del Rey — songwriting, production, vocals
- Jack Antonoff — songwriting, production, engineering, mixing, programming, guitar, keyboards, piano
- Laura Sisk — engineering, mixing
- Jonathan Sher — assistant engineering
- Chris Gehringer — mastering
- Will Quinnell — assistant mastering
- Mastered at Sterling Sound
- Recorded at Conway Recording Studios, Los Angeles, United States
- Jesus Vargas. (October 12, 2018). YouTube. "Lana Del Rey - Cinnamon (Snippet)" (Access date: October 15, 2018)
- Lana Del Rey. (October 15, 2018). Instagram. "[Cinnamon (Snippet 2)]" (Access date: October 15, 2018)
- lanasflowerwitch. (October 15, 2018). Instagram. "Omg, the "Cinnamon" snippets r so fucking good, I can't even describe it. The beat drop, the lyrics, it's so different, I love it so much. @lanadelrey please release this song this month, we can't wait no longer. What do y'all think of the new snippets?🌹 Edit inspired by @delreydisease 🖤" (Access date: October 15, 2018)
- Frank, Alex. (July 19, 2017) Pitchfork. "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: A Conversation With Lana Del Rey" (Access date: October 15, 2018)