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Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Daniel Johnston
Jad Fair
Producer(s) Barrie-James O'Neill
Recorded 1989 (Daniel Johnston version)
Length 4:54 (Daniel Johnston version)
4:15 (Lana Del Rey version)

"Some Things Last a Long Time" is a song recorded by Daniel Johnston for his eleventh studio album titled 1990, it was written by Johnston and Jad Fair. Lana Del Rey covered the song for the song for the 2015 short film titled Hi, How Are You Daniel Johnston.

Background Edit

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 and rap artist Mac Miller who donated the same amount. Del Rey's boyfriend at the time, Barrie-James O'Neill, was also credited as an executive producer of the film, and he produced and plays guitar on her version of "Some Things Last a Long Time". 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] The first snippet of the cover was released with the trailer on November 5, 2015. On November 10, 2015, the full audio was released to SoundCloud, but Del Rey's cover was never officially released commercially.

Critical reception Edit

The cover by Del Rey was received positively among critics. 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 Edit

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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