"Tomorrow Never Came" is a song by Lana Del Rey featuring Sean Lennon. It was written and produced with Lennon and Rick Nowels. It is featured on her fifth studio album and fourth major-label studio album, Lust for Life.
Del Rey's fans began speculating that Sean Lennon would be featured on Lust for Life during March, 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".
A snippet of a demo of the song with additional vocal harmonies and more sparse instrumentation leaked on March 13, 2018. An alternate version of the song with different lyrics, unmastered and different instrumental mix leaked on April 16, 2018. The studio a cappella of this version leaked the same day.
Writing and inspirationEdit
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 realised 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.
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. 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."
- "Pouring rain" is also mentioned in "Born to Die" and "Paradise".
- "Lay Lady Lay", a reference to the 1969 Bob Dylan song, is also featured in "Religion".
- Mention of a radio can be found in "Put the Radio On" and the song of the same name.
- Paradise is a phrase frequently mentioned in various songs, most notably in "Dark Paradise" and the song of the same name.
- Del Rey also opens the song by asking "what you doin'?" in the first line of "Making Out" and asks "what'cha doin'?" in "Breaking My Heart".
Official versions Edit
- Album version — 5:07
- Alternative version — 5:09
- Demo version (snippet) — 0:21
- Instrumental version — 5:09
- Alternative version a capella — 4:54
|Chart (2017)|| Peak|
|US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)||40|
- ↑ Dazed, "Lana Del Rey: wild at heart", (April 18, 2017)
- ↑ https://www.instagram.com/p/BgRtt7SFn_s/
- ↑ BBC Radio 1 on Twitter: "It was the perfect track for him..." (April 19, 2017)
- ↑ http://www.flaunt.com/content/people/lana-del-rey
- ↑ http://www.billboard.com/artist/306420/Lana%20Del%20Rey/chart?page=1&f=902