Chemical
By: Beck Hansen, Pharrell Williams

Written by: Beck Hansen, Pharrell Williams

Versions:
  1. Chemical
    Available on Hyperspace.
    Credits
    Pharrell Williams: Drums, keyboards, Producer
    Brent Paschke: Guitar
    Randy Merrill: Mastering
    David Greenbaum: Mix
    Beck Hansen: Producer, Vocals
    Roger Joseph Manning Jr.: Vocals (Background)
 
Lyrics:
Chemical [Version (a)]:

They say love is a chemical
Anodyne to the soul
What I really really want to know
Is if a mind's in control

I'm so high
And love is a chemical
I'm so high
And love is a chemical
Start it
Start it again

A random thought, a memory
A tidal wave of energy
I'm on my knees
A sudden change in everything
Don't know what I would even feel when I'm free
Found love, just a fantasy
Beautiful and ugly as a night could be
I don't lose any sleep honestly

I'm so high
And love is a chemical
I'm so high
And love is a chemical
Start it
Start it again

I can feel it minute by minute by day
I don't want to get it all night this way
Finally gonna get it on my mind this way

Saying what I feel
What can I tell you don't know?
Why you have to be like that?
Alligator teardrops fall
Love is a... love is a chemical
Love, it wears off like a chemical
I don't need anyone to turn me on
I don't need anyone, no

And when the feeling is over
There's no explanation
Shock to the system
Infatuation
Shake like a flower
Strange revelation
Cruel love illusion
Start it
Start it again

I'm so high
Saying what I feel
What can I tell you don't know?
Why you have to be like that?
Alligator teardrops fall
Love is a... love is a chemical
Love, it wears off like a chemical
I don't need anyone to turn me on
I don't need anyone no
Start it again
 
The Song:

This is a song on Beck's 2019 album, Hyperspace. It was one of the one of the songs done as a collaboration with Pharrell.

Beck has explained on another of the songs, "Uneventful Days," that basically Pharrell had the track and gave it to Beck to figure out what and how to sing over it. And looking at the credits for "Chemical," my guess is it was a similar deal. The only musicians credited on it are Pharrell (keys and drums) and Pharrell's guitarist, Brent Paschke. Then Beck and Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. sing vocals on top of it.

Beck did describe the evolution of the song, noting on Sirius FM how it went from a "Duran Duran/trap" song to something a little more psychedelic. He also called it his favorite song on the record.