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1990
Daniel Johnston
Writer(s) Jad Fair
Daniel Johnston
Producer(s) Daniel Johnston
Recorded 1989
Length 4:54
4:15 (Cover version)
Lana Del Rey
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"Some Things Last a Long Time" is a song recorded by Daniel Johnston for his eleventh album 1990. The song was written by Johnston and Jad Fair and featured as the fifth track on the record.

Cover version

Lana Del Rey covered the song for the 2015 short film titled Hi, How Are You Daniel Johnston. The first snippet of the cover was released with the trailer on November 5, 2015. The full official audio leaked on November 10, 2015.

Background

In 2013, Del Rey contributed $10,000 to a kickstarter fund to help produce a short documentary on acclaimed folk singer Daniel Johnston. As part of her donation, Del Rey became an executive producer alongside rap artist Mac Miller who donated the same amount. Del Rey's cover of the song plays over the end credits of the film. On November 7, 2015, Del Rey posted a clip of the trailer on Instagram and added "Dan, you changed my life a long time ago and you're still a big inspiration. Thanks to you and to Gabe and everyone for letting my a part of the film."[1]

Reception

The cover by Del Rey was received positively. Rolling Stone described the cover as "subdued" and "aching", going on to say "Del Rey gives a restrained performance that diverges from her typically more sultry, semi-campy noir approach. Her version also replaces the original piano backing with guitars and drums, giving the tune an even fuller sound."[2]

Lyrics

Your picture is still on my wall, on my wall
The colors are bright, bright as ever
Red is strong, the blue is true.
Some things last a long time
Some things last a long time

Your picture is still on my wall, on my wall
I think about you often, often
I can't forget all the things we did
Some things last a long time
Some things last a long time

It's funny but it's true,
And it's true but it's not funny,
Time comes and goes,
All the while I still think about you,
Some things last a long time.

Your picture is still on my wall, on my wall,
The colors are bright, bright as ever
Things that we did, all we forget,
Some things last a long time
Some things last a long time.

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