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Ultraviolence
Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Blake Stranathan
Producer(s) Dan Auerbach
Length 6:39
From Ultraviolence logo
Single(s) "West Coast"
"Ultraviolence"
"Black Beauty"
Promotional single(s) "Shades of Cool"
"Ultraviolence"
"Brooklyn Baby"
Ultraviolence track listing
"Ultraviolence"

"Cruel World" is a song by Lana Del Rey. It was written by Del Rey and Blake Stranathan, and serves as the opening track from Del Rey's second major-label album, Ultraviolence.

BackgroundEdit

On April 18, 2014, during a show at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, Del Rey revealed the name of the song, calling it her favorite from the album. In an interview with radio station 96.5TIC, Del Rey revealed how she wrote the song with her guitarist Blake Stranathan.

Composition and writingEdit

"Cruel World" is a rock song in 4/4 performed at approximately 117 beats per minute in the key of F major. It runs at 6 minutes and 39 seconds long, making it Del Rey's longest running track released to date. Lyrically, the song describes a violent and drug-fueled relationship that has ended. On writing the song, Del Rey explained:

“I went down to the beach and I was thinking about everything, personally. The verse is thoughtful and laid back, but then the chorus falls into this world of chaotic and heavy sub-bass. The juxtaposition of those two worlds, the peaceful beginning and the chaotic chorus, it summed up my personal circumstances of everything going easily and then everything being fucked up. It felt like me.”[1]

Live performances Edit

Since late 2014, "Cruel World" is often the first song Del Rey sings at her concerts. She performed it live for the first time on October 6, 2014, in Mexico City, Mexico, as the opening song for that concert, and was performed as the opening song for the last six dates on the Paradise Tour (October 6 to 18, 2014), in favor of "Cola", which had been performed as the opening song for all of the previous dates on the tour. "Cruel World" has since been performed as the opening song for every show on Del Rey's 2015 Endless Summer Tour as well as her 2016 Festival Tour.

Cross referencesEdit

LyricsEdit

Shared my body and my mind with you, that's all over now
Did what I had to do 'cause you're so far past me now
Shared my body and my life with you, that's way over now
There's not more I can do, you're so famous now

Got your bible, got your gun
And you like to party and have fun
And I like my candy and your women
I'm finally happy now that you're gone

Put my little red party dress on
Everybody knows that I'm the best, I'm crazy
Get a little bit of Bourbon in ya
Get a little bit suburban and go crazy

Because you're young, you're wild, you're free
You're dancin' circles around me, you're fuckin' crazy
Oh, you're crazy for me

I shared my body and my mind with you, that's all over now
I did what I had to do, I found another anyhow
Share my body and my mind with you, that's all over now
I did what I had to do, I could see you leaving now

I got your bible and your gun
And you love to party and have fun
And I love your women and all of your heroin
And I'm so happy now that you're gone

Put my little red party dress on
Everybody knows that I'm a mess, I'm crazy, hell yeah
Get a little bit of Bourbon in ya
Go a little bit suburban and go crazy

Because you're young, you're wild, you're free
You're dancin' circles around me, you're fuckin' crazy
Oh, you're crazy for me

Got your bible and your gun
You like your women and you like fun
I like my candy and your heroin
And I'm so happy, so happy now you're gone

Put my little red party dress on
Everybody knows that I'm a mess, I'm crazy, hell yeah
Get a little bit of Bourbon in ya
Get a little bit suburban and go crazy

Because you're young, you're wild, you're free
You're dancin' circles around me, you're fuckin' crazy
Oh, you're crazy for me

Oh, oh, you're crazy for me

CreditsEdit

Personnel
  • Lana Del Rey — vocals, songwriting
  • Blake Stranathan — songwriting, electric guitar, claps
  • Dan Auerbach — production
  • Collin Dupuis — engineering
  • Robert Orton — mixing
  • Nick Movshon — electric bass, claps
  • Leon Michaels — synthesizers, mellotron, claps
  • Kenny Vaughan — electric guitar
  • Seth Kaufman — synthesizer, claps
  • Russ Pahl — pedal steel
  • Maximilian Weissenfeldt — drums, claps
  • John Davis — mastering
Technical
  • Published by Copyright Control/Sony/ATV Music Publishing
  • Recorded at Easy Eye Sound, Nashville, United States
  • Mastered at Metropolis Studios, London, United Kingdom
  • Mixed at Hot Rocks Studios, Santa Monica, United States

ReferencesEdit


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