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Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Rick Nowels
Producer(s) Rick Nowels
Recorded November 2013
Length 3:44
(See official versions)
From Ultraviolence logo
Single(s) "West Coast"
"Ultraviolence"
"Black Beauty"
Promotional single(s) "Shades of Cool"
"Ultraviolence"
"Brooklyn Baby"
Ultraviolence track listing
"Florida Kilos" "Flipside"

"Is This Happiness" is a song by Lana Del Rey written with Rick Nowels. It was released on her second major-label studio album Ultraviolence, serving as a bonus track only available for purchase on the iTunes deluxe edition of the album.

BackgroundEdit

The song was recorded during November 2013, in the same sessions as "Shades of Cool", "Sad Girl", "Fine China", "I Can Fly", "Yes to Heaven" and "Your Girl".

Composition and critical receptionEdit

"Is This Happiness" is a stripped-back piano ballad with soft vocals and production. Kevin Rutherford of Radio.com referred to it as the "lightest and perhaps prettiest" song from Ultraviolence. Lyrically, the song is about weighing the good and bad that comes from a relationship.

Cross-references Edit

Official versionsEdit

  • Album version — 3:44
  • Clean version — 3:44

LyricsEdit

Up in the Hollywood hills takin' violet pills
Writin' all of my songs about my cheap thrills
You're a hard man to love and I'm
A hard woman to keep track of

You like to rage, don't do that
You want your way, you make me so mad
Got your gun, I've got my dad
Mmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm

Is this happiness?
Is this happiness?
Is this happiness?
Is this happiness?

Up in the Hollywood hills crushin' violet pills
You've been tryin' to write a novel 'bout your cheap thrills

You think you're Hunter S. Thompson
I think you're fuckin' crazy as the day's long

Man to man, heart to heart
I love you but you drive me so far
Wish you were on that star
Mmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm

Is this happiness?
Is this happiness?
Is this happiness?
Is this happiness?

Witch hazel, witch hazel
Betrayal, betrayal
One gun on the table
Headshot if you're able

Is this happiness?
Is this happiness?
Is this happiness?
Is this happiness?


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