"Yosemite" is a song by Lana Del Rey that is featured on her seventh studio album, Chemtrails Over the Country Club. It was written and recorded sometime between 2015 and 2016, and produced by Rick Nowels. The song was set to be featured on her fifth studio album and fourth major-label studio album, Lust for Life, but was ultimately cut from the final tracklist.
Background and release
Del Rey talked about the song during an interview via phone for BBC Radio 1 on April 19, 2017. She stated that it is a stripped-back love song and was done in a single take, similarly to "Pretty When You Cry":
- “I kinda want to dig into a little bit more of the acoustic side of the record… like I have a track called 'Yosemite' which I really like - which is just a little more laid back, kind of a love song that I did all in one take in the room.”
In an interview for V magazine during 2017, she stated that it was her favorite song from Lust for Life. Despite talking about the song in various interviews, it was ultimately cut from the final tracklist. According to Del Rey, "it was just too happy" for the record.
On July 26, 2017 at her Amoeba Hollywood show, Del Rey responded to a fan question asking if she would ever release any of her leaked or unreleased songs. She expressed her desire to potentially release "Yosemite" along with "The Next Best American Record" as "folk singles" because they would not "start the new record." She went on to add that she has thought about releasing a record of her 25 favorite "leaked songs," but wasn't sure if it would be a good idea.
On December 18, 2020, it appeared on Shazam alongside the rest of the tracklist for Chemtrails Over the Country Club. Ultimately, it was confirmed to be on the album on January 10, 2021, when Del Rey revealed the final tracklist on her social media.
Del Rey sang a brief a cappella snippet of the song at her Lust for Life listening party and performance hosted by Spotify at No Vacancy in Los Angeles, California, on July 20, 2017.
- A candle in the wind is mentioned in "Mariners Apartment Complex" and "Tulsa Jesus Freak".
- Direct reference to "For Free".
- The desire to change was explored on "Change" from Lust for Life.
- The melody of the pre-chorus is similar to the verses in the Max Martin demo of "Lust for Life".
- Lana Del Rey — vocals, producer.
- Rick Nowels — producer, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboards, bass.
- Kieron Menzies — engineer, mixer.
- Dean Reid — Engineer, Mixer.
- Aaron Sterling — drums, bongos, tambourine.
- Trevor Yasuda — synthesizer.
- Chris Gehringer — mastering engineer.