The song was first teased on her Instagram on October 4, 2018. Del Rey later deleted the snippet, but it has since been unarchived. This version was originally a piano ballad. On October 27, 2018, Del Rey held a livestream during which Jack Antonoff could be heard working on another instrumental of the song. The production was changed for the album to an up-tempo track.
Del Rey premiered the song with a live performance in 2018, in which she revealed it was the last song she recorded for the album. "Fuck It I Love You" was later revealed to actually be the last song recorded for the album after she went back and added more songs to it.
- From the live version, Del Rey sings about Jim in several other songs, including "Ultraviolence" and "Hundred Dollar Bill". In the album version, that name is replaced with "Joe".
- New York is also mentioned in many of Del Rey's songs, some of which are "Old Money", "Ultraviolence" and "Hit & Run".
- The yard is also mentioned in "Venice Bitch".
- California is also mentioned in "Fuck It I Love You", "Freak" and the song of the same name.
- A beer is also mentioned in "Video Games" and "Blue Banisters".
- Del Rey also uses the phrase "whatcha" in "Tomorrow Never Came" and "Oooh Baby".
- Album version — 3:48
- Instrumental version — 3:48
Live premiere version
- Lana Del Rey — songwriting, production, vocals
- Jack Antonoff — songwriting, production, engineering, mixing, programming, acoustic guitar, drums, electric guitar, keyboards, percussion, piano, vibraphone
- Laura Sisk — engineering, mixing
- Jonathan Sher — assistant engineering
- Tate McDowell — assistant engineering
- Chris Gehringer — mastering
- Will Quinnell — assistant mastering
- Mastered at Sterling Sound
- Recorded at Conway Recording Studios, Los Angeles, United States / Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles, United States
- Mixed at Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles, United States