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"God Knows I Tried" (originally titled "God Knows") is a song written by Lana Del Rey and Rick Nowels that is featured on Del Rey's third major-label full-length album, Honeymoon.

Background[]

Del Rey has said that this song and "Terrence Loves You" are incredibly close to her.

A demo version of this song leaked on August 1, 2020.

Cross-references[]

Official versions[]

  • Album version — 4:40
    • Instrumental version — 4:43
  • Demo version — 4:37

Lyrics[]

Sometimes, I wake up in the morning
To red, blue and yellow skies
It's so crazy, I could drink it
Like tequila sunrise

Put on that Hotel California
Dance around like I'm insane
I feel free when I see no one
And nobody knows my name

God knows I lived, God knows I died
God knows I begged, begged, borrowed and cried
God knows I loved, God knows I lied
God knows I lost, God gave me life

And God knows I tried, God knows I tried
God knows I tried, God knows I tried

Sometimes, I wake up in the morning
To red, blue and yellow lights
On Monday, they destroyed me
But by Friday, I'm revived

Put on that Hotel California
Wear my blinders in the rain
I've got nothing much to live for
Ever since I found my fame

God knows I lived, God knows I died
God knows I loved, God knows I lied
God knows I begged, begged, borrowed and cried
God knows I lost, but God gave me life

And God knows I tried, God knows I tried
God knows I tried, God knows I tried

So let there be light, let there be light
Light up my life, light up my life
Let there be light, let there be light
Light up my life, light up my life

God knows I tried, God knows I tried
God knows I tried, God knows I tried
God knows I tried, God knows I tried
God knows I tried, God knows I tried

Credits[]

Personnel

  • Lana Del Rey – vocals, songwriting, production
  • Rick Nowels – songwriting, production, electric guitar, organ, pads, electric piano, mellotron
  • Kieron Menzies – production, drums, bass, samples, engineering, mixing, recording
  • Patrick Warren – orchestrations
  • Trevor Yasuda & Chris Garcia – engineering
  • Adam Ayan – mastering


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