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Ivy
Frank Ocean Lyrics


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I thought that I was dreamin' when you said you love me
The start of nothin'
I had no chance to prepare
I couldn't see you comin'
The start of nothin'
Ooh, I could hate you now
It's quite alright to hate me now
When we both know that deep down
The feelin' still deep down is good

If I could see through walls, I could see you're fakin'
If you could see my thoughts you would see our faces
Safe in my rental like an armored truck back then
We didn't give a fuck back then
I ain't a kid no more
We'll never be those kids again
We'd drive to Syd's, had the X6 back then
Back then
No matter what I did
My waves wouldn't dip back then
Everythin' sucked back then
We were friends

I thought that I was dreamin' when you said you love me
The start of nothin'
I had no chance to prepare
I couldn't see you comin'
The start of nothin'
Ooh, I could hate you now
It's quite alright to hate me now
But we both know that deep down
The feelin' still deep down is good

In the halls of your hotel
Arm around my shoulder so I could tell
How much I meant to, meant it sincere back then
We had time to kill back then
You ain't a kid no more
We'll never be those kids again
It's not the same, ivory's illegal
Don't you remember?
I broke your heart last week
You'll probably feel better by the weekend
Still remember, had you goin' crazy
Screamin' my name
The feelin' deep down is good

I thought that I was dreamin' when you said you love me
The start of nothin'
Had no chance to prepare
Couldn't see you comin'
And we started from nothin', ooh
I could hate you now
It's alright to hate me now
We both know that deep down
The feelin' still deep down is good

All the things I didn't mean to say
I didn't mean to do
There were things you didn't need to say
Did you need to? Need to?
I could dream all night
Dream all night
I could dream all night
Dream all night
I've been dreamin', dreamin'

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Frank Ocean's song "Ivy" address themes of love, loss, and regret. The opening lines speak to the initial shock of falling in love unexpectedly and without preparation. The lyrics suggest that the relationship between the two individuals began quickly and without either party being fully aware of it. However, as time moves on, the relationship evolves, and the singer becomes more disillusioned. The line "We'll never be those kids again" speaks to the idea that the relationship has changed and can never be the same as it once was.


The second verse of the song highlights the singer's current state of mind. They suggest that they can see through the other person's facade and that they are no longer the carefree individuals they were in the past. The lyrics suggest that the singer has grown up and moved on, while the other person has not. The final lines of the song are cryptic, with the singer stating that they have been "dreaming" and that they could "dream all night." It's unclear exactly what this means, but it highlights the complex emotions of the singer and their struggle to let go of the past.


Overall, "Ivy" is a powerful song that addresses themes of love, loss, and change. The lyrics suggest that relationships can change quickly and unexpectedly, and that we never know what's coming next. It's a poignant and moving meditation on the nature of love and the human experience.


Line by Line Meaning

I thought that I was dreamin' when you said you love me
I couldn't believe it when you expressed your love to me


The start of nothin'
Our relationship started off with nothing, no expectations or history


I had no chance to prepare
I wasn't ready for the expression of your love


I couldn't see you comin'
Your emotions and love caught me off guard


Knew I could hate you now
I could react negatively to your expression of love


It's quite alright to hate me now
It's okay if you have negative feelings towards me


When we both know that deep down The feelin' still deep down is good
Despite any negative feelings, we both know we have positive emotions for each other


If I could see through walls, I could see you're fakin'
I know you're not being completely honest or genuine with me


If you could see my thoughts you would see our faces
If you could read my mind, you would see that I'm constantly thinking about us


Safe in my rental, like an armored truck back then
I felt protected and secure in my rented car


We didn't give a fuck back then
We were carefree and didn't worry about anything


I ain't a kid no more We'll never be those kids again
I'm not as naive or innocent as I used to be, and we can't go back to our past selves


We'd drive to Syd's, had the X6 back then Back then
We used to drive to Syd's place and had a BMW X6


No matter what I did My waves wouldn't dip back then Everythin' sucked back then We were friends
Despite any difficulties or challenges, we remained friends and held onto our positive emotions for each other


In the halls of your hotel Arm around my shoulder so I could tell How much I meant to meant it sincere back then
In the hallway of your hotel, you expressed your genuine affection for me


We had time to kill back then You ain't a kid no more We'll never be those kids again
We had a lot of free time back then, but we can never go back to our youthful state


It's not the same, ivory's illegal Don't you remember?
Things have changed and certain things that were once okay are now illegal


I broke your heart last week You'll probably feel better by the weekend
I hurt you recently, but you'll likely recover from it soon


Still remember, had you goin' crazy Screamin' my name The feelin' deep down is good
I still remember the times we were extremely passionate about each other, and our positive emotions still exist


All the things I didn't mean to say I didn't mean to do There were things you didn't need to say Did you need to? Need to?
We both regret certain things we said and did, and wonder if they were necessary


I could dream all night Dream all night I could dream all night Dream all night I've been dreamin', dreamin'
I have thoughts and dreams about our relationship constantly




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: James Ryan Wuihun Ho, Ommas Keith-Graham, Rostam Batamaglij, Charles Christopher Breaux, Jamie Smith

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@StephanieMoreno-gg4mb

For anyone who doesn't understand, "ivy" is a song by Frank Ocean and at the timestamp 0:51 the lyrics say "we'll never be those kids again", so that's basically her quote, thanks.

@MIAAAAA1223

NAH HOW DID YOU KNOW I CAME FOR THAT 💀💀💀💀

@Auiixiz

U read my mind 💀😭

@StephanieMoreno-gg4mb

Y'all I posted it on the wrong video lollll

@StephanieMoreno-gg4mb

Guess we all came from that vid 😅

@lemoncandy8875

UHM HOWD YK WHY I WAS HERE

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@maddier9045

i love this song.

@jellyfishinthewater

0:51

@ericfurtah8285

That’s actually so sad

@ILUVSANRIOSM

2:37 ‼️‼️ 2:26 so real bro😢💔💔

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