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Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Rick Nowels
Producer(s) Rick Nowels
Recorded 2013
Length 3:44
From Ultraviolence logo
Single(s) "West Coast"
"Ultraviolence"
"Black Beauty"
Promotional single(s) "Shades of Cool"
"Ultraviolence"
"Brooklyn Baby"
Ultraviolence track listing
"Flipside"

"Is This Happiness" is a song by American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey. It was co-written and produced by Rick Nowels, and was released on her second major-label studio album Ultraviolence. It is a bonus track only available for purchase on the iTunes deluxe edition of the album.

BackgroundEdit

The song was recorded in December 2013 along with "Shades of Cool", "Sad Girl", "Fine China", "I Can Fly", "Yes to Heaven" and "Your Girl", during the same session.

Composition and critical receptionEdit

"Is This Happiness" is a stripped-back piano ballad with soft vocals and production. Kevin Rutherford of Radio.com referred to it as the "lighest and perhaps prettiest" song from Ultraviolence. Lyrically, the song is about weighing the good and bad that comes from a relationship.

Cross-references Edit

LyricsEdit

Up in the Hollywood hills takin' violet pills
Writin' all of my songs about my cheap thrills
You're a hard man to love and I'm
A hard woman to keep track of

You like to rage, don't do that
You want your way, you make me so mad
Got your gun, I've got my dad
Mmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm

Is this happiness?
Is this happiness?
Is this happiness?
Is this happiness?

Up in the Hollywood hills crushin' violet pills
You've been tryin' to write a novel 'bout your cheap thrills

You think you're Hunter S. Thompson
I think you're fuckin' crazy as the day's long

Man to man, heart to heart
I love you but you drive me so far
Wish you were on that star
Mmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm

Is this happiness?
Is this happiness?
Is this happiness?
Is this happiness?

Witch hazel, witch hazel
Betrayal, betrayal
One gun on the table
Headshot if you're able

Is this happiness?
Is this happiness?
Is this happiness?
Is this happiness?


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