According to Del Rey it was the last song recorded for the album, indicating that it was written after "How to Disappear," which was said in October 2018 to have been the final song recorded for the album.
When the physical copies of the album were shipped, it was noticed that the digital and physical copy versions have instrumental differences, although the length of both versions is the same. The digital version of the song includes additional guitar overdubs and a drum loop reminiscent of an early demo of "Lucky Ones".. This version features Chad Smith from the American band Red Hot Chili Peppers playing the drums.  
Background and description
Del Rey announced the music video on July 26, 2019, via Instagram alongside behind the scenes photos. She revealed that the video was directed by Rich Lee and that it is a double music video with "The Greatest". It stars fitness model Brad Swanick and premiered August 22, 2019.
To start the first part of the double video, a record player is shown being played and Del Rey singing in a bar-like stage. Interpolated are shots of Del Rey surfing alone as well as alongside Brad Swanick in a retro beach scene eventually revealed to be a green screen. Throughout the video, scenes of Del Rey riding a swing on the beach, painting and skateboarding through alleys with friends are featured.
|Released||August 22, 2019|
|Producer||Justin Diener, Michael Angeles|
|Location||Long Beach, Los Angeles, California|
|Vevo views||13+ Million views|
On-set photoshoot by Chuck Grant, Pamela Cochrane and Rich Lee
Behind the scenes
- The phrase "dream a little dream of me" is likely a direct reference to the song of the same name, written by Gus Kahn.
- The radio is also mentioned in "Put the Radio On", "Tomorrow Never Came" and the song of the same name.
- California is directly referred in a lot of her songs including "Shades of Cool", "Freak", "How to Disappear", "Angels Forever, Forever Angels", "If I Die Young", and the song of the same name.
- The phrase "hold me" also appears in "Cinnamon Girl", "Bartender" and "Disco".
- Neon is also referenced in many songs, "Midnight Dancer Girlfriend" and "Queen of the Gas Station" among them.
- Jazz is also mentioned in "Shades of Cool" and "Salvatore".
- The colour green is also mentioned in "Salvatore", "Cinnamon Girl", "Trash Magic" and "Beautiful People".
- The stage is also mentioned in "Hope Is a Dangerous Thing for a Woman like Me to Have – but I Have It".
- The phrase "I love you" also appears in "Off to the Races", "Ultraviolence" and "Pretty Baby", among some other songs.
- Album version — 3:38
- Instrumental version — 3:38
- Physical CD / Vinyl version — 3:38
- Lana Del Rey — songwriting, vocals
- Jack Antonoff — songwriting, production, engineering, mixing, programming, drums, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, keyboards
- Andrew Watt — songwriting, production
- Louis Bell — songwriting, production
- Laura Sisk — engineering, mixing
- Jonathan Sher — assistant engineering
- Ben Fletcher — assistant engineering
- Billy Cumella — assistant engineering
- Chad Smith — drums
- John Rooney — assistant engineering
- Mikey Freedom Hart — keyboards
- Chris Gehringer — mastering
- Will Quinnell — assistant mastering
- Mastered at Sterling Sound
- Recorded at Electric Lady Studios, New York, United States / Conway Recording Studios, Los Angeles, United States
- Mixed at Electric Lady Studios, New York, United States
- Lana Del Rey (@lanadelrey). "I think you’re gonna love the new double video I did with Rich Lee for two songs off the new record – ‘fuck it I love you!’ And ‘the greatest’". (July 26, 2019) Instagram. [Access date: August 23, 2019]
- Brad Swanick Instagram profile