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.
- "Red, blue, and yellow skies" is similar to "red, white, blue is in the sky" from "National Anthem".
- Dancing crazy or insane is a theme throughout "Cruel World".
- Fame is a recurring theme in "Gods & Monsters", "Noir" and a demo version of "The Next Best American Record".
- "Light up my life" is a similar lyric to "light of my life" from "Off to the Races".
- "Hotel California" is a famous song by the band the Eagles.
- God is mentioned in "God Bless America - and All the Beautiful Women in It" and "Gods & Monsters", among some others.
- The phrase "God knows" also appears in "Pawn Shop Blues".
- "Tequila Sunrise" is also a song by the Eagles.
Official versions Edit
- Album version — 4:40
- Instrumental version — 4:43
- Demo version — 4:37
- 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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