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Chemtrails over the Country Club (front cover).jpg
Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Rick Nowels
Producer(s) Rick Nowels
Recorded 2015–2016
Length 5:04
From
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Single(s) "Let Me Love You like a Woman"
"Chemtrails Over the Country Club"
"White Dress"
"Tulsa Jesus Freak"
Chemtrails Over the Country Club track listing
"Not All Who Wander Are Lost" "Breaking Up Slowly"

"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,[1] 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.

Live performances

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.

Cross-references

Lyrics

Seasons may change, but we won't change
Isn't it sweet how we know that already?
Winter to spring, spring back to fall
Isn't it cool how nothing here changes at all?

You make me feel I'm invincible
Just like I wanted, no more candle in the wind
It's not like I'm invisible
Not like before when I was burning at both ends

We did it for fun, we did it for free
I did it for you, you did it for me
We did it for the right reasons
We did it for the right reasons

Seasons may change, but we won't change
Isn't it strange how different we are from all of our friends?
Seasons will turn, the world it will turn
The only thing we'll turn is the pages of all of the poems we burn

Honey, you make me feel I'm invincible
It's just like I wanted, no more candle in the wind
It's not like I'm invisible
Like I was before, no more burning at both ends

Now I do it for fun, I do it for free
I do it for you, you did it for me
We did it for the right reasons
We did it for the right reasons

I remember watching How Green Was My Valley
Then I was thinking, how deep was the canyon that you came from?
Television static was quite overwhelming
Was it because of the cabin and the candles in the wind?

We've done it for fun, we've done it for free
I showed up for you, you showed up for me
We did it for the right reasons
We did it for fun, we did it for free
When I was young till eternity
I'll do it for the right reasons
Withstanding all the time, changes, and seasons

The right reasons

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