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Ultraviolence
Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Blake Stranathan
Producer(s) Lana Del Rey
Blake Stranathan
Lee Foster
Length 3:54
From Ultraviolence logo
Single(s) "West Coast"
"Ultraviolence"
"Black Beauty"
Promotional single(s) "Shades of Cool"
"Ultraviolence"
"Brooklyn Baby"
Ultraviolence track listing
"Money Power Glory"

"Pretty When You Cry" is a song by Lana Del Rey. It was written by Del Rey and co-written by her guitarist Blake Stranathan. It was released on Del Rey's second major-label studio album Ultraviolence.

Background

The song was written by Del Rey and guitarist Stranathan. In the thank you message at the end of the Ultraviolence booklet, Del Rey thanks Stranathan and explains he “set the tone for the whole album with "Cruel World" and "Pretty When You Cry".” The recording of the song was improvised, Stranathan played chords while Del Rey sang the lyrics spontaneously. On the production of the track, Del Rey went on to say “I didn’t even think to go back and fix it because if you know the story behind it, then you can tell why it was sung that way.”[1]

Composition

"Pretty When You Cry" is a rock ballad in 4/4 performed at approximately 110 beats per minute in B♭ minor and runs for 3 minutes and 35 seconds. The track opens with Del Rey accompanied by an electric guitar. In the pre-chorus vocal samples and drums join the track. In the final chorus Del Rey sings in a higher register than in the rest of the song. The song is simple structurally. Lyrically, the song is about a Del Rey's relationship with an unreliable man. Despite the title, Del Rey only sings "pretty when I cry".

Music video

On June 16, 2014, Del Rey posted a short preview of a music video for "Pretty When You Cry" to Instagram, but the full video was never released or leaked.[2]

Cross references

Official versions

  • Album version – 3:54
  • Instrumental version – 3:52

Lyrics

All the pretty stars,
Shine for you, my love.
Am I that girl that you dream of?

All those little times,
You said that I'm your girl,
You make me feel like your whole world.

I'll wait for you, babe,
It's all I do, babe,
Don't come through, babe,
You never do.

'Cause I'm pretty when I cry.
I'm pretty when I cry.
I'm pretty when I cry.
I'm pretty when I cry.

All those special times,
I spent with you, my love,
It don't mean shit compared to all your drugs.

But I don't really mind;
I've got much more than that.
Like my memories, I don't need that.

I'll wait for you, babe,
Don't come though, babe,
You never do, babe,
That's just what you do.

'Cause I'm pretty when I cry.
I'm pretty when I cry.
I'm pretty when I cry.
I'm pretty when I cry.

Don't say you need me when,
You leave and you leave again.
I'm stronger than all my men,
Except for you.

Don't say you need me if,
You leave us, you're leaving,
And I can't do it, I can't do it,
But you do it well.

'Cause I'm pretty when I cry.
I'm pretty when I cry.
Pretty when I cry.
I'm pretty when I cry.

Pretty when I cry.
I'm pretty when I cry.
I'm pretty when I cry.
I'm pretty when I cry.

Credits

Personnel

  • Written by Lana Del Rey & Blake Stranathan.
  • Vocals by Lana Del Rey.
  • Produced by Lana Del Rey, Blake Stranathan & Lee Foster.
  • Engineered by Phil Joly.
  • Guitar by Blake Stranathan.
  • Drums by Brian Griffin.
  • Mixed by Robert Orton at Hot Rock Studios.
  • Mastered by John Davis at Metropolis Studios, London.

References


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