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Frank Ocean Lyrics


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'Round your city, 'round the clock
Everybody needs you
No, you can't make everybody equal
Although you got beaucoup family
You don't even got nobody bein' honest with you
Breathe 'til I evaporated
My whole body see through
Transportation, handmade
And I know it better than most people
I don't trust 'em anyways
You can't break the law with them
Get some gushy, have a calm night
Shooters killin' left and right
Workin' through your worst night
If I get my money right
You know I won't need you
And I tell you (bitch)
I hope the sack is full up
I'm fuckin', no, I'm fucked up
Spend it when I get that
I ain't tryna keep you
Can't keep up a conversation
Can't nobody reach you
Why your eyes well up?
Did you call me from a seance?
You are from my past life
Hope you're doin' well, bruh
I been out here head first
Always like the head first
Signal comin' in and out
Hope you're doin' well, bruh
Everybody needs you
Everybody needs you
Ooh, nani nani
This feel like a Quaalude
No sleep in my body
Ain't no bitch in my body, ah

New beginnings, ah
New beginnings, wake up akh
The sun's goin' down
Time to start your day, bruh
Can't keep bein' laid off
Know you need the money if you gon' survive
Every night shit, every day shit

Droppin' baby off at home before my night shift
You know I can't hear none of that spend the night shit
That kumbaya shit
Wanna see nirvana, but don't wanna die yet
Wanna feel that na na though, could you come by?
Fuck with me after my shift
Know them boys wanna see me broke down and shit
Bummed out and shit, stressed out and shit
That's every day shit
Shut the fuck up, I don't want your conversation
Rollin' marijuana, that's a cheap vacation
My every day shit, every night shit, my every day shit
(Every night shit, night shit, night shit, night shit)

All my night, been ready for you all my night
Been waitin' on you all my night
I'll buzz you in, just let me know when you outside
All my night, you been missin' all my night
Still got some good nights memorized
And the look back's gettin' me right

Every night fucks every day up
Every day patches the night up
On God, you should match it, it's that KO
No white lighters 'til I fuck my 28th up
1998, my family had that Acura
Oh, the Legend
Kept at least six discs in the changer
Back when Boswell and Percy had it active
Couple bishops in the city buildin' mansions
All the reverends
Preachin' self made millionaire status
When we could only eat at Shoney's on occasion
After 'Trina hit I had to transfer campus
Your apartment out in Houston's where I waited
Stayin' with you when I didn't have a address
Fuckin' on you when I didn't own a mattress
Workin' on a way to make it outta Texas, every night

Droppin' baby off at home before my night shift, yeah
You know I can't hear none of that spend the night shit, kumbaya shit
Wanna see nirvana, but don't wanna die yet
Wanna feel that na na though, could you come by?
Fuck with me after my shift
You know them boys wanna see me broke down
See me bummed out, stressed out
That's just everyday shit
Shut the fuck up, I don't want your conversation
Rollin' marijuana, that's a cheap vacation
My every day shit, my every day shit
Every night shit, my every day shit
Every day shit, my every day shit
My every day shit, every night shit

Overall Meaning

The song Nights by Frank Ocean is a reflection of the artist's life experiences and emotions. The lyrics portray the struggle of being in the limelight and dealing with the expectations of others. The line "everybody needs you" highlights the burden of fame and how it can affect one's mental health. The phrase "transportation, handmade" could refer to Ocean's car which he has mentioned in earlier interviews that he built himself. He also mentions his distrust of others and how he can't break the law with them.


The chorus of the song talks about how every night affects every day, and how the cycle never stops. Ocean talks about his work as a night shift worker and how he drops his baby off at home before going to work. The line "wanna see nirvana, but don't wanna die yet" implies a desire to experience something transcendent, but not at the cost of death.


The song as a whole seems to be a reflection of Ocean's life journey, and how every night and every day has shaped him. The verses speak of moments from his past, while the chorus reminds us that the present is influenced by the past.


Line by Line Meaning

'Round your city, 'round the clock
People need you all the time, day and night.


Everybody needs you
You have a lot of people depending on you.


No, you can't make everybody equal
You cannot please everyone or make everyone the same.


Although you got beaucoup family
Even though you have a lot of family members,


You don't even got nobody bein' honest with you
You don't have anyone who is truthful with you.


Breathe 'til I evaporated
Breathing so much that it felt like I disappeared.


My whole body see through
My entire body was transparent.


Transportation, handmade
The form of transportation he uses is created by hand.


And I know it better than most people
He knows how to use the handmade transportation better than most people.


I don't trust 'em anyways
He doesn't trust people in general.


You can't break the law with them
He cannot do anything illegal with them.


Get some gushy, have a calm night
Have sex and relax for the night.


Shooters killin' left and right
People are getting killed all around him by gunmen.


Workin' through your worst night
Working through the hardest night of his life.


If I get my money right
If he gets his finances in order,


You know I won't need you
He won't need anyone if he has enough money.


And I tell you (bitch)
He is addressing someone as 'bitch' as he speaks.


I hope the sack is full up
He hopes his money bag is full.


I'm fuckin', no, I'm fucked up
He is either having sex or high or both.


Spend it when I get that
He spends his money as soon as he gets it.


I ain't tryna keep you
He has no intention of keeping someone around.


Can't keep up a conversation
He struggles to maintain a conversation.


Can't nobody reach you
No one can get through to him, mentally or emotionally.


Why your eyes well up?
He asks why someone is getting emotional.


Did you call me from a seance?
He wonders if the person reached out to him from a spiritual gathering or a medium.


You are from my past life
The person represents a part of his past.


Hope you're doin' well, bruh
He wishes the person well.


I been out here head first
He's been going through life without thinking things through.


Always like the head first
He prefers to act on impulse.


Signal comin' in and out
Communication is unreliable and unstable.


Everybody needs you
People rely on him heavily.


Ooh, nani nani
This line has no meaning but adds flavor to the song.


This feel like a Quaalude
The feeling is similar to the effects of the drug Quaalude.


No sleep in my body
He cannot sleep.


Ain't no bitch in my body, ah
There isn't any fear or weakness in him.


New beginnings, ah
Starting anew.


New beginnings, wake up akh
Waking up and starting a new chapter.


The sun's goin' down
The day is ending.


Time to start your day, bruh
It's time to begin a new day.


Can't keep bein' laid off
He can't keep losing his job and being unemployed.


Know you need the money if you gon' survive
He knows he needs money to survive.


Droppin' baby off at home before my night shift
He dropped his baby off before starting work.


That kumbaya shit
He doesn't want to deal with fake or exaggerated friendliness.


Wanna see nirvana, but don't wanna die yet
He wishes to reach a state of enlightenment but isn't ready to die yet.


Wanna feel that na na though, could you come by?
He wants to feel a certain feeling and asks someone to come over.


Fuck with me after my shift
He wants the person to hang out with him after he gets off work.


Know them boys wanna see me broke down and shit
He knows that people want to see him fail and struggle.


Bummed out and shit, stressed out and shit
He's feeling down, overwhelmed, and stressed.


Shut the fuck up, I don't want your conversation
He doesn't want to talk to someone or hear what they have to say.


Rollin' marijuana, that's a cheap vacation
Smoking weed is a cheap way to escape reality.


All my night, been ready for you all my night
He's been waiting for someone all night.


Been waitin' on you all my night
He's been waiting for someone to arrive all night.


I'll buzz you in, just let me know when you outside
He'll let someone in when they arrive and signal when they are there.


Still got some good nights memorized
He remembers some good times in the past.


And the look back's gettin' me right
Thinking about those times is helping him feel better.


Every night fucks every day up
The night has a negative impact on the next day.


Every day patches the night up
The day fixes the mistakes of the night before.


On God, you should match it, it's that KO
He's referencing the drink KO and saying it's great.


No white lighters 'til I fuck my 28th up
He believes white lighters bring bad luck until he turns 28 years old or messes up.


1998, my family had that Acura
His family had an Acura car in 1998.


Oh, the Legend
The car model was called 'Legend.'


Kept at least six discs in the changer
They always had at least six CDs in the car's CD changer.


Back when Boswell and Percy had it active
These names refer to streets in his neighborhood.


Couple bishops in the city buildin' mansions
Some people are getting wealthy and building mansions in the city.


All the reverends
This might refer to religious leaders in the community.


Preachin' self made millionaire status
These leaders promote the idea of becoming a millionaire through hard work and determination.


When we could only eat at Shoney's on occasion
They used to only eat at Shoney's sometimes when they couldn't afford more expensive meals.


After 'Trina hit I had to transfer campus
He had to transfer schools after Hurricane Katrina hit and devastated his hometown.


Your apartment out in Houston's where I waited
He waited at someone's apartment in Houston.


Stayin' with you when I didn't have a address
He stayed with someone when he didn't have anywhere to live.


Fuckin' on you when I didn't own a mattress
They had sex when he didn't have a bed to sleep on.


Workin' on a way to make it outta Texas, every night
He was constantly thinking about how to leave Texas and make a better life for himself.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Buddy Ross, Charles Christopher Breaux, Joseph Thornally, Michael Uzowuru

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@valtontony826

When he said




"Round your city, round the clock
Everybody needs you
No, you can't make everybody equal
Although you got beaucoup family
You don't even got nobody being honest with you
Breathe 'til I evaporated
My whole body see through
Transportation, handmade (G)
And I know it better than most people
I don't trust 'em anyways
You can't break the law with them
Get some gushy, have a calm night
Shooters killing left and right
Working through your worst night
If I get my money right
You know I won't need you
And I tell you, (bitch)
I hope the sack is full up
I'm fuckin', no I'm fucked up
Spend it when I get that
I ain't tryna keep you
Can't keep up a conversation
Can't nobody reach you
Why your eyes well up?
Did you call me from a séance?
You are from my past life
Hope you're doing well bruh
I been out here head first
Always like the head first
Signal coming in and out
Hope you're doing well bruh
Everybody needs you, everybody needs you
Oooh nani nani
This feel like a quaalude
No sleep in my body
Ain't no bitch in my body
New beginnings, ahh
New beginnings, wake up akh
The sun's going down
Time to start your day bruh
Can't keep being laid off
Know you need the money if you gon' survive
The every night shit, every day shit
Dropping baby off at home before my night shift
You know I can't hear none of that spend the night shit
That kumbaya shit
Wanna see nirvana, but don't want to die yet
Wanna feel that na na though, could you come by?
Fuck with me after my shift
Know them boys wanna see me broke down and shit
Bummed out and shit, stressed out and shit
That's every day shit
Shut the fuck up I don’t want your conversation
Rolling marijuana that's a cheap vacation
My every day shit, every night shit, my every day shit
(Every night shit, night shit, night shit, night shit)
All my night, been ready for you all my night
Been waiting on you all my night
I'll buzz you in just let me know when you outside
All my night, you been missing all my night
Still got some good nights memorized
And the look back's getting me right
wet wet
Every night fucks every day up
Every day patches the night up
On God you should match it, it's that KO
No white lighters 'til I fuck my 28th up
1998 my family had that Acura
Oh, the Legend
Kept at least six discs in the changer
Back when Boswell and Percy had it active
Couple bishops in the city building mansions
All the reverends
Preaching self made millionaire status
When we could only eat at Shoney's on occasion
After 'trina hit I had to transfer campus
Your apartment out in Houston's where I waited
Stayin' with you when I didn't have a address
Fuckin' on you when I didn't own a mattress
Working on a way to make it outta Texas, every
Droppin' baby off at home before my night shift, yeah
You know I can't hear none of that spend the night shit
That kumbaya shit
Want to see nirvana, but don't want to die yet
Wanna feel that na na though, could you come by
Fuck with me after my shift
Know them boys wanna see me broke down
See me bummed out, stressed out
That's just everyday shit
Shut the fuck up, I don't want your conversation
Rolling marijuana, that's a cheap vacation
My every day shit, my every day shit
My every day shit, my every day shit
My every day shit, my every day shit
My every day shit, my every night shit"

I felt that



All comments from YouTube:

@takecare3852

“STFU I don’t want your conversation” my favorite line

@texrex2848

Same

@Vamp0utParty

https://youtu.be/St_MDrqUuV0

@cyrah8891

Same

@leaha9289

Was scrolling thru the comments and read this right as he sang it. Was p ethereal

@TogetherAtLast

Facts

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@Winterboii

I be driving home on gta and this banger come on then and I take the long way home

@VarTheVenerator

i always have blonded on 24/7, when nights comes on i always cruise around downtown LS jamming to the amazingness

@MyChristi123

Winterboii 1524 this happened to me yesterday during a police chase after running over a bunch of ppl in a stolen van <3

@verycutetaco

Until you get obliterated by a broomstick

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