"Some Things Last a Long Time" is a song recorded by Daniel Johnston for his eleventh studio album titled 1990, it was written by Johnston and Jad Fair. Lana Del Rey covered the song for the 2015 short film titled Hi, How Are You Daniel Johnston?.
Background[edit | edit source]
In 2013, Del Rey contributed $10,000 to a kickstarter fund to help produce a short documentary on acclaimed folk singer Daniel Johnston. As part of her donation, Del Rey became an executive producer alongside a rap artist Mac Miller who donated the same amount. Del Rey's boyfriend at the time, Barrie-James O'Neill, was also credited as an executive producer of the film, and he produced, as well as played guitar on Del Rey's version of the track. Her cover plays over the end credits of the film. On November 7, 2015, Del Rey posted a clip of the trailer on Instagram and added "Dan, you changed my life a long time ago and you're still a big inspiration. Thanks to you and to Gabe and everyone for letting my a part of the film". The first snippet of the cover was released with the trailer on November 5, 2015. On November 10, 2015, the full audio was released to SoundCloud, but Del Rey's cover was never officially released commercially.
On September 2, 2020 a track called "Numbness" by Mac Miller, who also contributed to the kickstarter fund, leaked. It features background vocals from Del Rey.
Critical reception[edit | edit source]
The cover by Del Rey was received positively among critics. Rolling Stone described the cover as "subdued" and "aching", going on to say "Del Rey gives a restrained performance that diverges from her typically more sultry, semi-campy noir approach. Her version also replaces the original piano backing with guitars and drums, giving the tune an even fuller sound."
Lyrics[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Del Rey, Lana. (2015) "Dan, you changed my life a long time ago and you're still a big inspiration. Thanks to you and to Gabe and everyone for letting my a part of the film. https://vimeo.com/ondemand/hihowareyou". Instagram. [Access date November 14, 2015]
- Spanos, Brittany. (2015) "Hear Lana Del Rey's Aching Daniel Johnston Cover". Rolling Stone. [Access date November 14, 2015]