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Honeymoon
Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Rick Nowels
Producer(s) Lana Del Rey
Rick Nowels
Kieron Menzies
Length 6:05
From
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Single(s) "High By the Beach"
"Music to Watch Boys To"
Promotional single(s) "Terrence Loves You"
"Honeymoon"
Honeymoon track listing
"24"

"The Blackest Day" is a song written by Lana Del Rey that is featured on Del Rey's third major-label full-length album Honeymoon.

Background

"The Blackest Day" was announced with the release of the track listing for Honeymoon on August 20, 2015. The song was written by Del Rey and Rick Nowels, and produced by Del Rey, Nowels and Kieron Menzies.

Composition

A ballad, the song is influenced by jazz, rock and trap genres with references to American jazz singer Billie Holiday, electric guitars and rolling snares from a drum machine. The verses are stripped back, featuring guitar playing over a bass synth as drums slowly build towards a more heavily produced chorus. The chorus includes layered background vocals to add to the instrumentation as well as synth strings and a harp. After the final chorus, the song crescendos into an outro that ends with Del Rey repeating "I'm on my own again".

Lyrically, the song is about the heartbreak of a lover leaving. The track runs at 6 minutes and 5 seconds, making it the longest track on the record, with approximately 108 beats per minute in the key of F♯ minor.

Cross-references

Official versions

  • Album version – 6:05
  • Instrumental version – 6:08

Credits

Personnel

  • Written by Lana Del Rey and Rick Nowels.
  • Vocals by Lana Del Rey.
  • Produced by Lana Del Rey, Rick Nowels, & Kieron Menzies.
  • Engineered by by Kieron Menzies, Trevor Yasuda & Chris Garcia.
  • Recorded & mixed by Kieron Menzies.
  • Organ & pads by Rick Nowels.
  • Drums, bass, synth, & samples by Kieron Menzies.
  • Strings by Patrick Warren.
  • Additional effects by Trevor Yasuda.
  • Electric guitar by David Levita.
  • Mastered by Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering, Portland, Maine.

Lyrics

Carry me home, got my blue nail polish on,
It's my favorite color and my favorite tone of song.
I don't really wanna break up, we got it goin' on,
It's what you gathered from our talk but you were wrong.

It's not easy for me to talk about,
I have heavy heartstrings.
I'm not simple, it's trigonometry.
It's hard to express, I can't explain.

Ever since my baby went away,
It's been the blackest day,
It's been the blackest day.
All I hear is Billie Holiday,
It's all that I play,
It's all that I play.

Because I'm going deeper and deeper,
Harder and harder,
Getting darker and darker.
Looking for love,
In all the wrong places,
Oh my God.
In all the wrong places,
Oh my God.

Carry me home, got my new car and my gun,
Wind in my hair, holding your hand, listening to our song
Carry me home, don't wanna talk about the things to come,
Just put your hands up in the air, the radio on.

'Cause there's nothing for us to talk about,
Like the future and those things.
'Cause there's nothing for me to think about,
Now that he's gone I can't feel nothing.

Ever since my baby went away,
It's been the blackest day,
It's been the blackest day.
All I hear is Billie Holiday,
It's all that I play,
It's all that I play.

Because I'm going deeper and deeper,
Harder and harder,
Getting darker and darker.
Looking for love,
In all the wrong places,
Oh my God.
In all the wrong places,
Oh my God.

You should've known better,
Than to have, to let her get you under,
The spell of her weather.
I got you where I want you,
You're deader than ever,
I'm falling for forever.
I'm playing their game,
Since you got you where I want you,
I got you, I got you,
I got you where I want you now.

Ever since my baby went away,
It's been the blackest day,
It's been the blackest day.
All I hear is Billie Holiday,
It's all that I play,
It's all that I play.

It's not one of those phases I'm going through,
Or just a song, it's not one of them.
I'm on my own, on my own,
On my own again.

I'm on my own again,
I'm on my own again,
I'm on my own again,
I'm on my own again.


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