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Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Rick Nowels
Producer(s) Lana Del Rey
Rick Nowels
Kieron Menzies
Alternate producer(s) STINT
Recorded 2014–2015
Length 4:40
(See official versions)
From
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Single(s) "High by the Beach"
"Music to Watch Boys To"
Promotional single(s) "Terrence Loves You"
"Honeymoon"
Honeymoon track listing
"Terrence Loves You" "High by the Beach"

"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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Official versions[edit | edit source]

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

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

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 know 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 know 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[edit | edit source]

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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