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Purple Hearts
Kendrick Lamar Lyrics


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Mmm, tippy-toein' and I'm mud-walkin', hmm
Rollin' sevens, I ain't ready for no coffin
I know y'all love it when the drugs talkin', but
Shut the fuck up when you hear love talkin'
Shut the fuck up when you hear love talkin'
If God be the source then I am the plug talkin'
Yeah, baby
Yeah, baby
Yeah, baby
Yeah, baby

This my undisputed truth, uh-huh
My life is like forbidden fruit, my bitch know better than I do
A woman's worth, I barely went to church
I'd rather fast with you than fuck it up
Fuckin' with skirts 'cause I'm rational
A nigga still gon' be a nigga, emoji heart, my family pictures
Two-steppin' away from rappers, I don't trust their true intentions
I'm not in the music business, I been in the human business
Whole life been social distant, hoes like, "When you not trippin'?"
I duck the party, who said they saw me?
Crown on Bob Marley, wrist on Yo Gotti
They gon' judge your life for a couple likes on the double tap
Them hoes is sorry, they all get bodied
I bless it that you have an open heart, I bless that you forgive
I bless it that you can learn from a loss, I bless it that you heal
I bless one day that you attract somebody with your mind exact
A patient life, flaws, bless 'em twice and they'll bless you back

Tippy-toein' and I'm mud-walkin', hmm
Rollin' sevens, I ain't ready for no coffin
I know y'all love it when the drugs talkin', but
Shut the fuck up when you hear love talkin'
Shut the fuck up when you hear love talkin'
If God be the source, then I am the plug talkin'
Yeah, baby
Yeah, baby
Yeah, baby
Yeah

How's love (how's love) when it's heart to your soul?
But my nigga, left his ass on the road
Gossipin' 'bout some shit you don't know
Oh, you ho (yeah, yeah, yeah, fasho)
I hate it here, baby daddy still on my phone
I hate it here, askin' if I been on the pole
I hate it here
If you keep lurkin' on the low
If you a fan, just let me know
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah (yeah, yeah)
Now if it's love, I deserve to get some head on a balcony sometimes, sometimes
And if I feel where your heart can be, you'll still be a part of me
I love mine, love mine (love mine, love mine)
Summer in the storm, I cannot conform
(I cannot conform, I cannot conform)
I just might love you still, just think I love me more
It ain't love if you gon' judge me for my past
No, it ain't love if you ain't never eat my ass
It ain't love if you just only tie me down because you seen me in my bag
That's why I'm anti-everyone before this mask

Mmm, tippy-toein' and I'm mud-walkin', hmm
Rollin' sevens, I ain't ready for no coffin
I know y'all love it when the drugs talkin', but
Shut the fuck up when you hear love talkin'
Shut the fuck up when you hear love talkin'
If God be the source, then I am the plug talkin'
Yeah, baby
Yeah, baby
Yeah, baby
Yeah

Yo, yo
Telekinesis, I'm purifyin' these D speeches
While I'm cryin', I clean the feet of the sweet Jesus
Dreams, visions get blurry of the Elohim, it's light
It's known to tear retinas in a single gleam
Shut the fuck up when you hear His love talkin'
To the mind, it's God's cypher divine in a small portion, uh
Faded pictures, this global madness, the intervention
This world's in The Twilight Zone, this is the fifth dimension
God, please blow the whistle, we need a intermission
My good deeds in front of your door, I'm standin' by the entrance
With heavy baggage, my brother's ashes
I seen tragic, I did dirt, smacked death and held it to that nigga cabbage
Love, we killin' greed, we killin' homelessness
And I don't give a fuck about this land, I want ownership
Bow your head for just God's sake
Listen what the stars say when I say it's God's way

Tippy-toein' and I'm mud-walkin', hmm
Rollin' sevens, I ain't ready for no coffin
I know y'all love it when the drugs talkin', but
Shut the fuck up when you hear love talkin'
Shut the fuck up when you hear love talkin'
If God be the source, then I am the plug talkin'
Yeah, baby
Yeah, baby
Yeah, baby
Yeah, baby

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Kendrick Lamar's song Purple Hearts touch on a range of themes, including love, spirituality, personal growth, and social issues. Lamar's use of figurative language creates a multi-dimensional landscape that invites introspection. In the first verse, Lamar describes himself as "tippy-toein' and mud-walkin'" and "rolling sevens," two opposing ideas that represent the duality of life. The line "I know y'all love it when the drugs talkin', but shut the f*** up when you hear love talkin'" is a commentary on the prevalence of drug use in hip hop culture and urges listeners to prioritize love and meaningful connections over dangerous vices.


Lamar also touches on his personal journey and beliefs. He acknowledges his flaws but asserts his authenticity, stating that his life is his "undisputed truth." He recognizes the importance of women and their worth, and expresses a desire to connect on a deeper level. He also touches on social issues, including the judgment people face for their past mistakes and the desire for ownership and empowerment. The song concludes with a verse that emphasizes the importance of faith and love.


Overall, "Purple Hearts" is a poignant commentary on a range of topics with deep personal and societal implications. Lamar's use of language, imagery, and storytelling creates a powerful and introspective experience for the listener.


Line by Line Meaning

Mmm, tippy-toein' and I'm mud-walkin', hmm
I'm living in opposing worlds, trying not to get lost in either


Rollin' sevens, I ain't ready for no coffin
I'm not ready to die yet, I'm still taking chances


I know y'all love it when the drugs talkin', but
People enjoy when I talk about drugs, but


Shut the fuck up when you hear love talkin'
Love is something that should be taken seriously and not disrespected


If God be the source then I am the plug talkin'
If God is the source of power, then I am the medium communicating that power to people


This my undisputed truth, uh-huh
This is the reality I cannot deny, it is an indisputable truth


My life is like forbidden fruit, my bitch know better than I do
My life is like a temptation, even my partner knows I need guidance


A woman's worth, I barely went to church
I didn't value women the way I should have because of my lack of religious upbringing


I'd rather fast with you than fuck it up
I'd rather abstain and be pure than give in to temptation


Fuckin' with skirts 'cause I'm rational
I'm attracted to women but I approach it rationally, not impulsively


A nigga still gon' be a nigga, emoji heart, my family pictures
No matter what I do, I'll always have a part of me that represents my upbringing and family


Two-steppin' away from rappers, I don't trust their true intentions
I'm distancing myself from other rappers because I don't trust their motives


I'm not in the music business, I been in the human business
I'm not in the music industry to make money, I'm here to serve people


Whole life been social distant, hoes like, 'When you not trippin'?'
I've always kept a distance from people, and some women find that intriguing


I duck the party, who said they saw me?
I avoid going to parties, so whoever claims to have seen me there is lying


Crown on Bob Marley, wrist on Yo Gotti
I'm a mix of reggae and rap influences


They gon' judge your life for a couple likes on the double tap
People are shallow and will only like you for superficial reasons even though it's not worth much


Them hoes is sorry, they all get bodied
Those women who are superficial will not last long in my life


I bless it that you have an open heart, I bless that you forgive
I'm grateful that you are a compassionate person who can forgive


I bless it that you can learn from a loss, I bless it that you heal
I'm glad that you can learn and grow as a person and move forward from difficult situations


I bless one day that you attract somebody with your mind exact
I hope that one day you find someone who appreciates you for who you are


A patient life, flaws, bless 'em twice and they'll bless you back
If you live a patient life and accept your flaws, you will be blessed many times over


How's love (how's love) when it's heart to your soul?
What kind of love is it when it hurts you deep within?


But my nigga, left his ass on the road
My friend was left behind, abandoned, and forgotten


Gossipin' 'bout some shit you don't know
People are spreading rumors and lies that they have no idea are true


Oh, you ho (yeah, yeah, yeah, fasho)
You are a promiscuous person who hops from one relationship to another


I hate it here, baby daddy still on my phone
I'm frustrated about my baby's father who won't stop contacting me


I hate it here, askin' if I been on the pole
I'm upset because he's asking me if I've resorted to stripping


If you keep lurkin' on the low
If you keep stalking me secretly


If you a fan, just let me know
If you admire me, please show it openly instead of creeping around


Now if it's love, I deserve to get some head on a balcony sometimes, sometimes
If you truly love me, you should give me oral sex on a balcony occasionally


And if I feel where your heart can be, you'll still be a part of me
I will always have a connection with you if I know you truly care


Summer in the storm, I cannot conform
I stand out and cannot blend in during chaotic times


I just might love you still, just think I love me more
I may still love you, but at the end of the day, I have to look out for myself more


It ain't love if you gon' judge me for my past
If you'll judge me for what I did in the past, that's not really love


No, it ain't love if you ain't never eat my ass
If you haven't shown me physical love, then it's not really love


It ain't love if you just only tie me down because you seen me in my bag
If you're only trying to be with me for my success, then it's not really love


That's why I'm anti-everyone before this mask
Because of people's shallow intentions, I'm guarded against everyone before they can get to know the real me


Telekinesis, I'm purifyin' these D speeches
I'm using my words to motivate and purify people's minds


While I'm cryin', I clean the feet of the sweet Jesus
Even when I'm burdened with sadness, I still serve a higher power


Dreams, visions get blurry of the Elohim, it's light
My thoughts and beliefs about God become hazy at times, but it's always enlightening


It's known to tear retinas in a single gleam
The light of God is so powerful that it can affect your vision


To the mind, it's God's cypher divine in a small portion, uh
To our minds, God is a significant but limited part of an immense universe


Faded pictures, this global madness, the intervention
We are living in a time of great confusion and chaos, requiring divine intervention


This world's in The Twilight Zone, this is the fifth dimension
The world feels like it's in a state of eerie uncertainty, beyond what we can understand


God, please blow the whistle, we need a intermission
We need a pause or break, and we call on God to intervene


My good deeds in front of your door, I'm standin' by the entrance
I'm doing good deeds outside your door, waiting to be let in


With heavy baggage, my brother's ashes
I'm carrying the weight of my brother's death and loss


I seen tragic, I did dirt, smacked death and held it to that nigga cabbage
I've experienced terrible things and made bad choices, but I've also faced death and danger head-on


Love, we killin' greed, we killin' homelessness
Love can eradicate negative things like greed and homelessness


And I don't give a fuck about this land, I want ownership
I want independence and control over my life, not just ownership of property


Bow your head for just God's sake
Show reverence and humility for God


Listen what the stars say when I say it's God's way
Pay attention to the signs and messages that come from a higher power who guides us




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Spirit Music Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Anthony Tremaine Dixson, Dennis Coles, Jake Kosich, Jason Pounds, Johnny Kosich, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Khalil Abdul-Rahman, Mark Spears, Matt Schaeffer, Samuel Dew, Summer Marjani Walker

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@raphae571

[Chorus: Kendrick Lamar]
Mmm, tippy-toeing and I'm mud-walkin', hmm
Rollin' sevens, I ain't ready for no coffin
I know y'all love it when the drugs talkin', but
Shut the fuck up when you hear love talkin'
Shut the fuck up when you hear love talkin'
If God be the source then I am the plug talkin'
Yeah, baby, yeah, baby
Yeah, baby, yeah, baby

[Verse 1: Kendrick Lamar]
This my undisputed truth, uh-huh
My life is like forbidden fruit, my bitch know better than I do
A woman's worth, I barely went to church, I'd rather fast with you
Than fuck it up, fucking with skirts 'cause I'm rational
A nigga still gon' be a nigga, emoji heart, my family pictures
Two-steppin' away from rappers, I don't trust their true intentions
I'm not in the music business, I been in the human business
Whole life been social distant, hoes like, "When you not trippin'?"
I duck the party, who said they saw me?
Crown on Bob Marley, wrist on Yo Gotti
They gon' judge your life for a couple likes on the double tap
Them hoes is sorry, they all get bodied
I bless it that you have an open heart, I bless that you forgive
I bless it that you can learn from a loss, I bless it that you heal
I bless one day that you attract somebody with your mind exact
A patient life, flaws, bless 'em twice, and they'll bless you back

[Chorus: Kendrick Lamar & Summer Walker, Summer Walker]
Tippy-toeing and I'm mud-walkin', hmm
Rollin' sevens, I ain't ready for no coffin
I know y'all love it when the drugs talkin', but
Shut the fuck up when you hear love talkin'
Shut the fuck up when you hear love talkin'
If God be the source, then I am the plug talkin'
Yeah, baby, yeah, baby
Yeah, baby, yeah

[Verse 2: Summer Walker & Kendrick Lamar]
(How's love) How's love when it's heart to your soul?
But my nigga left, his ass on the road
Gossiping 'bout some shit you don't know
Oh, you ho (Yeah, yeah, yeah, fasho)
I hate it here, baby daddy still on my phone
I hate it here, asking if I been on the pole
I hate it here, if you keep lurking on the low
If you a fan, just let me know
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah (Yeah, yeah)
Now if it's love, I deserve to get some head on a balcony sometimes, sometimes
And if I feel where your heart can be, you'll still be a part of me
I love mine, love mine (Love mine, love mine)
Summer in the storm, I cannot conform
(I cannot conform, I cannot conform)
I just might love you still, just think I love me more
It ain't love if you gon' judge me for my past
No, it ain't love if you ain't never eat my ass
It ain't love if you just only tie me down because you seen me in my bag
That's why I'm anti-everyone before this mask

[Chorus: Kendrick Lamar & Summer Walker, Summer Walker]
Mmm, tippy-toeing and I'm mud-walkin', hmm
Rollin' sevens, I ain't ready for no coffin
I know y'all love it when the drugs talkin', but
Shut the fuck up when you hear love talkin'
Shut the fuck up when you hear love talkin'
If God be the source, then I am the plug talkin'
Yeah, baby, yeah, baby
Yeah, baby, yeah

[Verse 3: Ghostface Killah]
Yo, yo
Telekinesis, I'm purifying these D speeches
While I'm crying, I clean the feet of the sweet Jesus
Dreams, visions get blurry of the Elohim, it's light
It's known to tear retinas in a single gleam
Shut the fuck up when you hear His love talkin'
To the mind, it's God's cypher divine in a small portion, uh
Faded pictures, this global madness, the intervention
This world's in The Twilight Zone, this is the fifth dimension
God, please blow the whistle, we need an intermission
My good deeds in front of your door, I'm standing by the entrance
With heavy baggage, my brother's ashes
I seen tragic, I did dirt, smacked death and held it to that nigga cabbage
Love, we killin' greed, we killin' homelessness
And I don't give a fuck about this land, I want ownership
Bow your head for just God's sake
Listen what the stars say when I say it's God's way

[Chorus: Kendrick Lamar]
Tippy-toeing and I'm mud-walkin', hmm
Rollin' sevens, I ain't ready for no coffin
I know y'all love it when the drugs talkin', but
Shut the fuck up when you hear love talkin'
Shut the fuck up when you hear love talkin'
If God be the source, then I am the plug talkin'
Yeah, baby, yeah, baby
Yeah, baby, yeah, baby



@huh5950

Lyrics
[Chorus: Kendrick Lamar]
Mm, tippy toeing and I'm up walking, mm
Rolling sevens, I ain't not ready for no coffin
I know y'all love it when the drugs talking, but
Shut the fuck up when you hear love talking
Shut the fuck up when you hear love talking
If the God be the source then I am the plug talking
Yeah, baby
Yeah, baby
Yeah, baby
Yeah, baby

[Verse 1: Kendrick Lamar]
This my undisputed truth, uh-huh
My life is like forbidden fruit, my bitch know better than I do
A woman's worth, I barely went to church
I'd rather fast with you than fuck it up
Fucking with skirts 'cause I'm rational
A nigga still gon' be a nigga, emoji heart, my family pictures
Two-stepping away from rappers, I don't trust their truе intentions
I'm not in the music business, I been in thе human business
Whole life been social distant, hoes like when you not trippin'
I duck the party, who said they saw me?
Crown on Bob Marley, wrist on Yo Gotti
They gon' judge your life for a couple likes on the double tap
Them hoes is sorry, they all get bodied
I bless it that you have an open heart, I bless that you forgive
I bless it that you can learn from a loss, I bless it that you heal
I bless one day that you attract somebody with your mind exact
A patient life, flaws, bless 'em twice and they'll bless you back




[Chorus: Kendrick Lamar & Summer Walker, Summer Walker]
Tippy toeing and I'm up walking, mm
Rolling sevens, I ain't not ready for no coffin
I know y'all love it when the drugs talking, but
Shut the fuck up when you hear love talking
Shut the fuck up when you hear love talking
If the God be the source then I am the plug talking
Yeah, baby
Yeah, baby
Yeah, baby
Yeah, baby

[Verse 2: Summer Walker & Kendrick Lamar]
(How's love) How's love when it's heart to your soul?
But my nigga, left his ass on the road
Gossiping 'bout some shit you don't know
Oh, you hoe (Yeah, yeah, yeah, fasho)
I hate it here, bay daddy still on my phone
I hate it here, asking if I been on the pole
I hate it here, if you keep lurking on the low
If you a fan, just let me know
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Now if it's love, I deserve to get some head on a balcony sometimes, sometimes
And if I feel where your heart can be, you still gon' be a part of me, I love my, love my (Love my, love my)
Summer in the storm, I cannot conform (I cannot conform, I cannot conform)
I just might love you still, just think I love me more
It ain't love if you gon' judge me for my past
No, it ain't love if you ain't never eat my ass
It ain't love if you just only tie me down because you seen me in my bag
That's why I'm anti everyone before this mask


[Chorus: Kendrick Lamar & Summer Walker, Summer Walker]
Mm, tippy toeing and I'm up walking, mm
Rolling sevens, I ain't not ready for no coffin
I know y'all love it when the drugs talking, but
Shut the fuck up when you hear love talking
Shut the fuck up when you hear love talking
If the God be the source then I am the plug talking
Yeah, baby
Yeah, baby
Yeah, baby
Yeah

[Verse 3: Ghostface Killah]
Yo, yo
Telekinesis, I'm purifying these D speeches
While I'm crying, I clean the feet of the sweet Jesus
Dreams, visions get blurry of the Elohim is light
It's known to tear retinas in a single gleam
Shut the fuck up when you hear His love talking
To the mind, it's God Cypher Divine in a small portion, uh
Faded pictures, this global madness, the intervention
This world's in the Twilight Zone
This is the fifth dimension
God, please blow the whistle, we need an intermission
My good deeds in front of your door
I'm standing by the entrance
With heavy baggage, my brother's ashes
I seen tragic, I did dirt, smacked death and held it to that nigga cabbage
Love, we killin' greed, we killin' homelessness
And I don't give a fuck about this land, I want ownership
Bow your head just for God's sake
Listen what the stars say when I say it's God's way


[Chorus: Kendrick Lamar]
Tippy toeing and I'm up walking, mm
Rolling sevens, I ain't not ready for no coffin
I know y'all love it when the drugs talking, but
Shut the fuck up when you hear love talking
Shut the fuck up when you hear love talking
If the God be the source then I am the plug talking
Yeah, baby
Yeah, baby
Yeah, baby
Yeah, baby



@Jojo-li1bw

[Chorus: Kendrick Lamar]
Mm, tippy toeing and I'm up walking, mm
Rolling sevens, I ain't not ready for no coffin
I know y'all love it when the drugs talking, but
Shut the fuck up when you hear love talking
Shut the fuck up when you hear love talking
If the God be the source then I am the plug talking
Yeah, baby
Yeah, baby
Yeah, baby
Yeah, baby

[Verse 1: Kendrick Lamar]
This my undisputed truth, uh-huh
My life is like forbidden fruit, my bitch know better than I do
A woman's worth, I barely went to church
I'd rather fast with you than fuck it up
Fucking with skirts 'cause I'm rational
A nigga still gon' be a nigga, emoji heart, my family pictures
Two-stepping away from rappers, I don't trust their truе intentions
I'm not in the music business, I been in thе human business
Whole life been social distant, hoes like when you not trippin'
I duck the party, who said they saw me?
Crown on Bob Marley, wrist on Yo Gotti
They gon' judge your life for a couple likes on the double tap
Them hoes is sorry, they all get bodied
I bless it that you have an open heart, I bless that you forgive
I bless it that you can learn from a loss, I bless it that you heal
I bless one day that you attract somebody with your mind exact
A patient life, flaws, bless 'em twice and they'll bless you back


[Chorus: Kendrick Lamar & Summer Walker, Summer Walker]
Tippy toeing and I'm up walking, mm
Rolling sevens, I ain't not ready for no coffin
I know y'all love it when the drugs talking, but
Shut the fuck up when you hear love talking
Shut the fuck up when you hear love talking
If the God be the source then I am the plug talking
Yeah, baby
Yeah, baby
Yeah, baby
Yeah, baby

[Verse 2: Summer Walker & Kendrick Lamar]
(How's love) How's love when it's heart to your soul?
But my nigga, left his ass on the road
Gossiping 'bout some shit you don't know
Oh, you hoe (Yeah, yeah, yeah, fasho)
I hate it here, bay daddy still on my phone
I hate it here, asking if I been on the pole
I hate it here, if you keep lurkin gon the low
If you a fan, just let me know
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Now if it's love, I deserve to get some head on a balcony sometimes, sometimes
And if I feel where your heart can be, you still gon' be a part of me, I love my, love my (Love my, love my)
Summer in the storm, I cannot conform (I cannot conform, I cannot conform)
I just might love you still, just think I love me more
It ain't love if you gon' judge me for my past
No, it ain't love if you ain't never eat my ass
It ain't love if you just only tie me down because you seen me in my bag
That's why I'm anti everyone before this mask


[Chorus: Kendrick Lamar & Summer Walker, Summer Walker]
Mm, tippy toeing and I'm up walking, mm
Rolling sevens, I ain't not ready for no coffin
I know y'all love it when the drugs talking, but
Shut the fuck up when you hear love talking
Shut the fuck up when you hear love talking
If the God be the source then I am the plug talking
Yeah, baby
Yeah, baby
Yeah, baby
Yeah

[Verse 3: Ghostface Killah]
Yo, yo
Telekinesis, I'm purifying these D speeches
While I'm crying, I clean the feet of the sweet Jesus
Dreams, visions get blurry of the Elohim is light
It's known to tear retinas in a single gleam
Shut the fuck up when you hear His love talking
To the mind, it's God Cypher Divine in a small portion, uh
Faded pictures, this global madness, the intervention
This world's in the Twilight Zone
This is the fifth dimension
God, please blow the whistle, we need an intermission
My good deeds in front of your door
I'm standing by the entrance
With heavy baggage, my brother's ashes
I seen tragic, I did dirt, smacked death and held it to that nigga cabbage
Love, we killin' greed, we killin' homelessness
And I don't give a fuck about this land, I want ownership
Blow your head just for God's sake
Listen what the stars say when I say it's God's way


[Chorus: Kendrick Lamar]
Tippy toeing and I'm up walking, mm
Rolling sevens, I ain't not ready for no coffin
I know y'all love it when the drugs talking, but
Shut the fuck up when you hear love talking
Shut the fuck up when you hear love talking
If the God be the source then I am the plug talking
Yeah, baby
Yeah, baby
Yeah, baby
Yeah, baby



All comments from YouTube:

@jaysencumigad4128

"I know ya'll love it when the drugs talkin, but shut the fuck up when you hear love talkin, If God be the source then I'm the plug talkin" -KENDRICK LAMAR 🐐

@Noble_83

I'm dead!!! LOL as I read that whole verse I felt it all over again.

@4namolly

Yeah babeee

@AMAZIAH

Yeah baby..(x3) 🙄

@munt368

Can someone explain what he means by “if god is the source then I am the plug talking”

@steezy0076

@@munt368 basically meaning God is peaking through him.

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@mohnishrana7108

summer walker, kendrick, and ghostface killah is an INSANE combo and i'm so happy it happened this song is amazing

@queenfatima2050

@Kenrdick Iamar 🅥 you’re in the comments??!!!! The realest!

@robynchabot

That isn't him lmao💀💀💀💀

@see664

This vibe ass album is in history today 😂

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