Del Rey has said that this song and "Terrence Loves You" are incredibly close to her.
- "Red, blue, and yellow skies" is similar to "Red, white, blue is in the sky" from "National Anthem".
- Dancing crazy or insane is a theme throughout "Cruel World".
- Fame is a recurring theme in "Gods & Monsters", "Architecture" and "Noir".
- "Light up my life" is a similar lyric to "light of my life" from "Off to the Races".
- "Hotel California" is a famous song by the band The Eagles.
- God is mentioned in "God Bless America - and All the Beautiful Women in It" and "Gods & Monsters".
- Lana Del Rey – vocals, songwriting, production
- Rick Nowels – songwriting, production, electric guitar, organ, pads, electric piano, mellotron
- Kieron Menzies – production, drums, bass, samples, engineering, mixing, recording
- Patrick Warren – orchestrations
- Trevor Yasuda & Chris Garcia – engineering
- Adam Ayan – mastering