Songfacts reports that Lana Del Rey wrote the song with songwriter Justin Parker after he played her the piano chords that would become its backbone. Lana Del Rey’s lyrics were inspired by two broken relationships in her past.
In an interview for British online magazine The Quietus, Del Rey stated that the inspiration for the song came from her ex-boyfriend, commenting, "I think we came together because we were both outsiders. It was perfect. But I think with that contentment also comes sadness. .