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Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Rick Nowels
Producer(s) Lana Del Rey
Rick Nowels
Kieron Menzies
Released August 21, 2015
Length 4:50
(See official versions)
From
Honeymoon Logo
Single(s) "High by the Beach"
"Music to Watch Boys To"
Promotional single(s) "Terrence Loves You"
"Honeymoon"
Honeymoon track listing
"God Knows I Tried"
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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".[1]

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.[2] 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?".[3]

Live performances Edit

Del Rey has only performed the song live once, 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.

Cross-references Edit

  • "Ground control to Major Tom" and "Can you hear me?" are references to artist David Bowie.
  • "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.
  • "Can you hear me?" is a lyric also used in "Without You" and one that is partially referenced in "Hollywood".
  • 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

Lyrics Edit

You are what you are
I don't matter to anyone
But Hollywood legends will never grow old
And all of what's hidden, well, it will never grow cold

But I lost myself when I lost you
But I still got jazz when I've got those blues
And I lost myself when I lost you
And I still get trashed, darling, when I hear your tunes

But you are who you are
I won't change you for anything
For when you are crazy, I'll let you be bad
I'll never dare change thee to what you are not

But I lost myself when I lost you
But I still got jazz when I've got those blues
I lost myself and I lost you, too
And I still get trashed, baby, when I hear your tunes

I put the radio on; hold you tight in my mind
It isn't strange that you're not here with me
But I know the lights on in the television
Trying to transmit, can you hear me?
Ground control to Major Tom
Can you hear me all night long?
Ground control to Major Tom

Well, I lost myself when I lost you
But I still got jazz when I've got the blues
I lost myself and I lost you, too
And I still get trashed, honey, when I hear your tunes

Mhm...
Mhm...

Promotional releaseEdit

Terrence Loves You CD by Polydor Ltd. (UK) in NetherlandsEdit

Terrence Loves You CD by Universal Music in PolandEdit

Credits Edit

Personnel

  • 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

ChartsEdit

Chart (2015) Peak
position
France (SNEP)[4] 128
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 188

ReferencesEdit

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