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Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Dan Heath
Producer(s) Dan Heath
Recorded 2012
Length 3:28
(See official versions)
"Life Is Beautiful" (also known as "Life Is Still Beautiful") is a song by Lana Del Rey that was featured in the trailer for the 2015 movie The Age of Adaline.

Background and writingEdit

“When you let everything go, you know, of course, all these little things come to you when you kind of aren’t expecting them to. I was writing a song that seemed really a little left-of-centre and too specific to be used for anything and then, like one of those things I was talking about with the movie, this guy was looking for something with a theme that was exactly what I had just written. It was called “Life Is Still Beautiful”, so it was about a guy and his best friend, and one guy is just trying to get his best friend to come back to him because life is still beautiful.”

Del Rey talking to Alex Dyson of Breakfast with Tom and Alex
The song was written by Del Rey and produced and co-written by long-time collaborator Dan Heath in 2012 during the Paradise sessions.

On July 31, 2012, Del Rey explained that the track had come to her after going back to writing music following polarising reviews and criticism during the release of Born to Die. She had written a song about someone convincing their friend to "come back to them" because "life is still beautiful". Shortly after writing the song, Del Rey was contacted by a producer who had commissioned her to submit a track for The Age of Adaline with a theme that was similar to what she had just written. Ultimately, the song was never officially released, however was featured in various promotional videos for the film.[1]

On August 1, 2020, two versions of the song leaked in full online: the 2015 version, made for The Age of Adaline movie and an early mix from 2012. The early version features minimal vocal and instrumental differences.

Composition Edit

"Life Is Beautiful" is a cinematic ballad in the key of C♯ major with a slow tempo of approximately 63 beats per minute. The track features lush strings and layered vocal harmonies in the chorus. The full song runs at three minutes and twenty six seconds and does not follow the same layout of the trailer with many lyrics been cut out.[2][3]

ReleaseEdit

On April 21, 2015, a snippet of the track was released in a new trailer for the film.[4] On September 14, another snippet was released in a promotional ad on Instagram, including the end of the song's chorus and the beginning of its bridge.[5] It was rumored to be included on Del Rey's 3rd full-length LP Honeymoon, since it wasn't featured on the soundtrack for The Age of Adaline, but the track has yet to be officially released. On June 2, 2016 a fan asked Del Rey about the song and she responded by saying "It was just for the movie".[6]

Cross-referencesEdit

Official versions Edit

  • 2015 version — 3:28
  • 2012 early mix — 3:30

LyricsEdit

2015 version Edit

Don't be that way
Don't you pretend
You're not awake
When you know you are
I see the way
You're lying there
I know you can't
Be very far

God wouldn’t do that
He knows how I feel
I can’t go through that
And so it’s not real

Life is still so beautiful
Life is still so beautiful

Don't be so still
You never are
You like to play
Your soul's on fire
I don't believe this is the end
And I still feel your heart's desire

God couldn’t do that
He knows you belong
To me and me only
And so I’ll be strong

Life is still so beautiful
Life is still so beautiful

Come on, boy, let's go
We can hit the road
We don't have to say
Where we're going
We can go anywhere
We can go anywhere
We can go anywhere
Right now

Life is still so beautiful
Life is still so beautiful

2012 early mix Edit

Don't be that way
Don't you pretend
You're not awake
When I'll know you are
I see the way
You're lying there
I know you can't
Be very far

God wouldn’t do that
He knows how I feel
I can’t go through that
And so it’s not real

Life is still so beautiful
Life is still so beautiful

Don't be so still
You never are
You like to play
Your heart's on fire
I don't believe this is the end
And I still feel your heart's desire

God couldn’t do that
He knows you belong
To me and me only
And so I’ll be strong

Life is still so beautiful
Life is still so beautiful (beautiful)

Come on, boy, let's go
We can hit the road
We don't have to say
Where we're going
We can go anywhere
We can go anywhere
We can go anywhere
Right now

Life is still so beautiful
Life is still so beautiful

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