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Lust for Life
Lana Del Rey
featuring Sean Ono Lennon
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Sean Lennon
Rick Nowels
Producer(s) Lana Del Rey
Sean Lennon
Rick Nowels
Length 5:07
From Lfllogo
Single(s) "Love"
"Lust for Life"
"Summer Bummer"
"Groupie Love"
Promotional single(s) "Coachella - Woodstock in My Mind"
Lust for Life track listing
"Heroin"

"Tomorrow Never Came" is a song by Lana Del Rey featuring Sean Lennon. It was written and produced by Del Rey, Lennon and Rick Nowels. It is featured on her fifth studio album and fourth major-label studio album, Lust for Life.

BackgroundEdit

Del Rey's fans began speculating that Sean Lennon would be featured on Lust for Life during March of 2017, when they noticed that the Lust for Life album trailer featured the 'Chimera Music' logo, Sean Lennon's record label. During an interview with Courtney Love for Dazed magazine, Del Rey confirmed that he would be featured on the album on a song called "Tomorrow Never Came".[1]

WritingEdit

In an interview with Courtney Love for Dazed magazine, Del Rey talked about writing the song and stated:

“When I wrote it I felt like it wasn’t really for me. I kept on thinking about who this song was for or who could do it with me, and then I realized that he would be a good person. I didn’t know if I should ask him because I actually have a line in it where I say, ‘I wish we could go back to your country house and put on the radio and listen to our favourite song by Lennon and Yoko.’ I didn’t want him to think I was asking him because I was namechecking them. Actually, I had listened to his records over the years and I did think it was his vibe, so I played it for him and he liked it. He rewrote his verse and had extensive notes, down to the mix. And that was the last thing I did, decision-wise. I haven’t mixed the record, but the fact that "Love" just came out and Sean kind of finished up the record, it felt very meant-to-be. Because that whole concept of peace and love really is in his veins and in his family”.
In an interview with BBC Radio 1 on April 19, 2017, Del Rey mentioned the song again and called it an acoustic song that is one of her personal top three favorite tracks from the album.[2]

In an interview for Flaunt magazine, Del Rey stated that the track explores John Lennon and Yoko Ono. She talked to Sean Lennon via phone and sent him a very simple version of the song consisting of her vocals, a guitar and an organ. However, she felt that the song belonged to someone else and not to her.[3] Flaunt also asked Sean Lennon about the making of the song and he said: "I’ll never forget when she called me after I sent her [Del Rey] what I did and her first words were ‘It’s perfect!’ I almost cried with joy because I honestly don’t think anyone has ever said that to me about anything I’ve ever done. It was a very good feeling".

Live performancesEdit

Del Rey performed the song live for the first time at her Lust for Life listening party and performance hosted by Spotify at No Vacancy in Los Angeles, California, on July 20, 2017.

Cross-references Edit

  • "Pouring rain" is also mentioned in "Born to Die".
  • "Lay Lady Lay", a reference to the 1969 Bob Dylan song, is also featured in "Religion".
  • Radios are heavily featured in "Put the Radio On" and "Radio".
  • Paradise is mentioned in "Paradise", "Dark Paradise", and more.
  • Del Rey also opens the song by asking "what you doing?" in the first line of "Making Out".

LyricsEdit

[Lana Del Rey]:
Hey, what you doing?
Not a lot, shaking and moving
At my local spot
Baby, don't ask me why

Don't ask me why
Why, why, why
Why, why, why, why

Lay lady lay
On the side of paradise
In the tropic of cancer
'Cause if I had my way
You would always stay
And I be your tiny dancer, honey

I waited for you
In the spot you said to wait
In the city, on the park bench
In the middle of the pouring rain
'Cause I adored you
I just wanted things to be the same
You said to meet me up there tomorrow
But tomorrow never came
Tomorrow never came

[Sean Ono Lennon]:
Hey, what you thinkin'?
Penny for your thoughts
Those lights are blinkin'
On that old jukebox

But don't ask me why
Just swallow some wine
Wine, wine, wine
Wine, wine, wine, wine

Stay, baby, stay
On the side of paradise
In the tropic of cancer
'Cause if I had my way
You would always stay
And you'd be my tiny dancer, baby

[Lana Del Rey & Sean Ono Lennon]:
I waited for you
In the spot you said to wait
In the city, on the park bench
In the middle of the pouring rain
'Cause I adored you
I just wanted things to be the same
You said to meet me up there tomorrow
But tomorrow never came
Tomorrow never came

Roses out in your country house
We played guitar in your home
And every day felt like Sunday
And I, I wish we could stay home

[Lana Del Rey]:
I could put on the radio
To our favorite song
Lennon and Yoko
We would play all day long

Isn't life crazy? I said
Now that I'm singing with Sean, oh

[Lana Del Rey & Sean Ono Lennon]:
I could keep waiting for you
In that spot we'd always wait
In the city, on the park bench
In the summer or the pouring rain
Honey, don't ignore me
I just wanted it to be the same
You said you'd love me like no tomorrow
I guess tomorrow never came
Tomorrow never came

Tomorrow never came
Tomorrow never came

ChartsEdit

Chart (2017) Peak
position
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[4] 40

ReferencesEdit


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