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Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Rick Nowels
Producer(s) Lana Del Rey
Rick Nowels
Kieron Menzies
Alternate producer(s) STINT
Recorded 2014–2015
Length 6:05
(See official versions)
From
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Single(s) "High by the Beach"
"Music to Watch Boys To"
Promotional single(s) "Terrence Loves You"
"Honeymoon"
Honeymoon track listing
"Salvatore" "24"

"The Blackest Day" is a song written by Lana Del Rey and Rick Nowels that is featured as the eleventh track on Del Rey's third major-label full-length album Honeymoon, which was officially released worldwide on September 18, 2015.

Background and composition[edit | edit source]

The song is a ballad influenced by jazz, rock and trap genres with references to American jazz singer Billie Holiday, electric guitars and rolling snares from a drum machine. The verses are stripped back, featuring guitar playing over a bass synth as drums slowly build towards a more heavily produced chorus. The chorus includes layered background vocals to add to the instrumentation as well as synth strings and a harp. After the final chorus, the song crescendos into an outro that ends with Del Rey repeating "I'm on my own again". The bridge of the song subtly samples the melody of "I Will Follow Him" by Peggy March.

The first demo of the song produced by STINT was leaked on October 14, 2020. It features a different instrumental. A second demo is rumored to exist, but, as the full version hasn't leaked, this remains speculation.

Lyrically, the song is about the heartbreak of a lover leaving. The track runs at 6 minutes and 5 seconds, making it the longest track on Honeymoon, with approximately 108 beats per minute in the key of F♯ minor.

Critical reception[edit | edit source]

Chelsea Smile of PopMatters called "The Blackest Day" the most powerful song on the record, saying that it "recounts the excruciating break up of a relationship, and the tone to Del Rey's voice is so emotive, it's as if she's nearly crying at points."[1]

Live performance[edit | edit source]

"The Blackest Day" has never been performed live in its entirety. On August 10, 2018 in Budapest, Hungary, Del Rey performed a snippet of the song a cappella per audience request during the LA to the Moon Tour.

Cross-references[edit | edit source]

Official versions[edit | edit source]

  • Album version — 6:05
  • Instrumental version — 6:08
  • Demo version — 6:19

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

Carry me home, got my blue nail polish on
It's my favorite color and my favorite tone of song
"I don't really wanna break up, we got it goin' on."
It's what you gathered from our talk, but you were wrong

It's not easy for me to talk about
I have heavy heartstrings
I'm not simple, it's trigonometry
It's hard to express, I can't explain

Ever since my baby went away
It's been the blackest day, it's been the blackest day
All I hear is Billie Holiday
It's all that I play, it's all that I play

Because I'm going deeper and deeper (deeper)
Harder and harder (harder), gettin' darker and darker
Lookin' for love in all the wrong places, oh, my God
In all the wrong places, oh, my God

Carry me home, got my new car and my gun
Wind in my hair, holdin' your hand, listenin' to our song
Carry me home, don't wanna talk about the things to come
Just put your hands up in the air, the radio on

'Cause there's nothin' for us to talk about
Like the future and those things
'Cause there's nothing for me to think about
Now that he's gone, I can't feel nothing

Ever since my baby went away
It's been the blackest day, it's been the blackest day
All I hear is Billie Holiday
It's all that I play, it's all that I play

Because I'm going deeper and deeper (deeper)
Harder and harder (harder), gettin' darker and darker
Lookin' for love in all the wrong places, oh, my God
In all the wrong places, oh, my God

You should've known better than to have
To let her get you under the spell of her weather
I got you where I want you, you're deader than ever
I'm falling for forever, I'm playing head games with you
I got you where I want you
I got you, I got you, I got you where I want you now

Ever since my baby went away
It's been the blackest day, it's been the blackest day
All I hear is Billie Holiday
It's all that I play, it's all that I play

It's not one of those phases I'm going through
Or just a song, it's not one of them
I'm on my own, on my own
On my own again

I'm on my own again
I'm on my own again
I'm on my own again
I'm on my own again

Credits[edit | edit source]

Personnel

  • Lana Del Rey — vocals, songwriting, production
  • Rick Nowels — songwriting, production, organ, pads
  • Kieron Menzies — production, engineering, recording, mixing, drums, bass, synth, samples
  • Trevor Yasuda & Chris Garcia — engineering
  • Patrick Warren — strings
  • Trevor Yasuda — additional effects
  • David Levita — electric guitar
  • Adam Ayan — mastering

Technical

  • Mastered at Gateway Mastering, Portland, Maine

References[edit | edit source]

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