"Sweet Carolina" (originally titled "Sweet Caroline") is a song by Lana Del Rey, from her eighth studio album and seventh major-label studio album Blue Banisters. It is co-written with her father, Rob, her sister, Chuck, and Alana Champion.
The song was first teased by Rob Grant on Instagram and Twitter. On September 20, 2021, he revealed that he recorded on the piano for the track. On September 29, 2021, he revealed that the song was recorded in one take.
On October 19, 2021, Del Rey posted on Rob Grant's Instagram account that the song was written "within 20 minutes".
Via an Instagram Live on October 22, 2021, Rob Grant and Del Rey confirmed that the song was done in just one take. That same day, co-writer Alana Champion revealed that the lyric about iPhones and cryptocurrency originated between a private conversation between herself and Chuck Grant.
The song is written for and about Chuck Grant, who was just three weeks away from giving birth to her daughter, Phoenix, when the song was recorded.
- Lilacs are also mentioned in "Roses Bloom For You" and "Off to the Races".
- God is referenced in "Gods & Monsters", "God Knows I Tried", "God Bless America - and All the Beautiful Women in It" and many more.
- Del Rey also sings about her music living "on and on" in "If I Die Young".
- Dancing is also mentioned in "Dance Till We Die", "Lust for Life", "When the World Was at War We Kept Dancing", "California" and "Prom Song (Gone Wrong)", among others.
- Lana Del Rey — songwriting, production, vocals
- Drew Erickson — production, mixing, piano, Prophet, rhodes
- Robert Grant Jr. — songwriting, piano
- Chuck Grant — songwriting
- Alana Champion — songwriting
- Michael Harris — engineering, mixing
- Dean Reid — enngineering, mixing
- Jon Sher — assistant engineering
- Ben Fletcher — assistant engineering
- Adam Ayan — mastering
Between September 20 and October 19, 2021, Rob Grant shared on his Instagram and Twitter accounts various pictures of the recording process of Sweet Carolina.
- Rob Grant. "Recording the beautiful hypnotic song Sweet Caroline…on the upcoming Blue Bannisters". Twitter. Access date: November 5, 2021
- Rob Grant. "Recording the beautiful hypnotic song Sweet Caroline…on the upcoming album Blue Bannisters". Instagram. Access date: November 5, 2021
- Rob Grant "Recording Sweet Carolina…remarkably we did this song on the first take.". Twitter. Access date: November 5, 2021
- Rob Grant. "Recording Sweet Carolina…the final track on Blue Banisters". Instagram. Access date: November 5, 2021
- Rob Grant. "Lana posting from robs insta". Instagram. Access date: November 5, 2021
- Alana Champion. "𝓑𝓵𝓾𝓮 𝓑𝓪𝓷𝓲𝓼𝓽𝓮𝓻𝓼 🌪🎧🍼💎". Instagram. Access date: November 5, 2021