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"Terrence Loves You" is a song by Lana Del Rey and co-written by Rick Nowels that is featured as the third track on Del Rey's third major-label full-length album Honeymoon. The song was officially released worldwide on August 21, 2015, as the first promotional single from the record.
Background and releaseEdit
The title of the track was shared by Del Rey on August 18, 2015 in response to paparazzi asking about her favorite song off the album. Del Rey replied "Terrence Loves You" and when asked why she explained, "it's jazzy".
Del Rey also stated that this track and "God Knows I Tried" are very close to her heart.
The song was officially released worldwide on August 21, 2015 as the first promotional single from Honeymoon, the same day that the album went up for pre-order. The official single cover surfaced on Shazam on the 20th of August.
Critical reception and composition Edit
Rolling Stone praised the song for Del Rey's vocal performance, and called the track "hypnotic", with Del Rey singing over piano, strings, and a "moaning" saxophone. The song contains an interpolation of the song "Space Oddity" by English singer-songwriter David Bowie from his eponymous second studio album. The song opens with isolated guitar notes plucked and dropped, before moving into the distance as piano chords appear, followed by violins, and, Del Rey's vocals. The chorus is delivered in an operatic style and lyrically talks about strength in the face of abandonment. Throughout the chorus, there are brief saxophone sections inserted and David Bowie references with lyrics such as "Ground control to Major Tom, can you hear me all night long?".
Live performances Edit
Del Rey performed the song live on September 15, 2015 at Maida Vale Studios in London, United Kingdom, for a live BBC Radio 1 session and interview. The session was aired on September 22. On February 2, 2018, Del Rey briefly sang the song a cappella at a fan's request in Orlando, Florida at the LA to the Moon Tour. She performed a shortened version of the song, excluding the second verse and chorus, on the last two dates of the LA to the Moon Tour on April 19 and April 20, 2018 in Barcelona and Madrid respectively.
- "Ground control to Major Tom" and "can you hear me?" are references to artist David Bowie.
- "Can you hear me?" is a lyric also used in "Without You" and one that is partially referenced in "Hollywood".
- "Put the radio on" is a reference to the song of the same name and "Radio".
- Jazz is also a topic in "Brooklyn Baby", which refers to the Beat Generation, and Del Rey refers to herself as a jazz singer in "Ultraviolence". In "Shades of Cool", Del Rey sings about a problematic lover who lives in shades of blue, including jazz; she may be referencing that lyric in "Terrence Loves You" by saying she still has jazz when she gets the blues.
- Hollywood is referenced in various songs including "Hollywood's Dead" and the song of the same name; and these "legends" could include people such as "Marilyn Monroe".
- Having the "blues" is also mentioned in the title of "Pawn Shop Blues".
Official versions Edit
- Album version — 4:50
- Instrumental version — 4:52
Terrence Loves You CD by Polydor Ltd. (UK) in NetherlandsEdit
Terrence Loves You CD by Universal Music in PolandEdit
- Lana Del Rey – vocals, songwriting, production
- Rick Nowels – songwriting, production, piano, synth
- Kieron Menzies – production, effects, engineering, recording, mixing
- Patrick Warren – orchestration, strings, kantele
- Curt Bisquera – live drums
- Leon Michels – saxophone, synth pad
- Trevor Yasuda & Chris Garcia – engineering
- Adam Ayan – mastering
|Chart (2015)|| Peak|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||188|
- ↑ Caldwell, Kayla. (2015). Lana Del Rey Arrives at LAX Sporting a Wide Grin as Her New Single High By the Beach Continues to Climb the Charts. Mail Online. [Access date: August 19, 2015] <http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3203040/Lana-Del-Rey-arrives-LAX-sporting-wide-grin-new-single-High-Beach-continues-climb-charts.html#v-4431039987001>. (Video).
- ↑ http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-lana-del-reys-hypnotic-new-song-terrence-loves-you-20150821
- ↑ https://consequenceofsound.net/2015/09/album-review-lana-del-rey-honeymoon/
- ↑ http://www.lescharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Lana+Del+Rey&titel=Terrence+Loves+You&cat=s
- ↑ http://www.zobbel.de/cluk/150829cluk.txt