Cruel World (song)

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"Cruel World"
Song by Lana Del Rey
from the album Ultraviolence
Genre Psychedelic rock
Length 6:39
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Blake Stranathan
Producer(s) Dan Auerbach

"Cruel World" is a song by American recording artist Lana Del Rey, taken from her third studio album, Ultraviolence (2014).[1][2] The song serves as the album's opening track, it is a "melancholy love song that depicts a self-professed crazy girl who's just ditched her drug addict loser of a boyfriend."[3] The song was met with critical acclaim from most reviewers, who praised Del Rey's strong vocal performance and the lyrics.


"Cruel World" is six minutes and 39 seconds long (6:39). It was written and composed by Del Rey and Blake Stranathan, and produced by Dan Auerbach, the song features "apocalyptic" lyrics, and opens with Del Rey singing "I shared my body and my mind with you / But that's all over now / Did what I had to do / Cause its so far past me now."[4] "Cruel World," is of what feels like a sad, reverb-drenched daydream. The song sets the stage for the rest of the album, which simmers with a haunted, yearning feeling but never boils over. Even the most pop-friendly moments here are steeped in patient, jazz-inflected moodiness. Del Rey had an idea for the song without using or mentioning the phase. When Del Rey was asked about the opening track, she explained: "I went down to the beach and I was thinking about everything, personally, The verse is thoughtful and laid back, but then the chorus falls into this world of chaotic and heavy sub-bass." "The juxtaposition of those two worlds, the peaceful beginning and the chaotic chorus, it summed up my personal circumstances of everything going easily and then everything being f---ed up." "It felt like me." [5] Del Rey told Clash magazine that the song is her favorite track on Ultraviolence.


Credits adapted from the liner notes of Ultraviolence[6]

Performance credits

Live performances[edit]

Del Rey premiered "Cruel World" at the ACL Music Festival, on October 11, 2014,[7] the song was also the opening song for The Endless Summer Tour.


  1. ^ "New: Lana Del Rey, "Cruel World"". Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  2. ^ "Ultraviolence by Lana Del Rey on iTunes". 2014-01-01. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  3. ^ "Cruel World, Lana Del Rey | Blog | Dots & Dashes". Archived from the original on 2015-07-21. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  4. ^ "Cruel World [Explicit]: Lana Del Rey: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  5. ^ "Cruel World by Lana Del Rey Songfacts". Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  6. ^ Ultraviolence (booklet). Lana Del Rey. London, United Kingdom; Santa Monica, California: Polydor Records, Interscope Records. 2014. 
  7. ^ "Lana Del Rey - Cruel World // ACL Festival". YouTube. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 

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