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Pink + White
Frank Ocean Lyrics


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Yeah, yeah, um (woo)
Yeah, yeah, yeah

That's the way every day goes
Every time we've no control
If the sky is pink and white
If the ground is black and yellow
It's the same way you showed me
Nod my head, don't close my eyes
Halfway on a slow move
It's the same way you showed me
If you could fly then you'd feel south
Up north's getting cold soon
The way it is, we're on land
So I'm someone to hold true
Keep you cool when it's still alive
Won't let you down when it's all ruin

Just the same way you showed me
Showed me
You showed me love
Glory from above
Regard, my dear
It's all downhill from here

In the wake of a hurricane
Dark skin of a summer shade
Nosedive in the flood lines
Tall tower of milk crates
It's the same way you showed me
Cannonball off the porch side
Older kids tryin' off the rooves
Just the same way you showed me (you showed)
If you could die and come back to life
Up for air from the swimming pool
You kneel down to the dry land
Kiss the Earth that birthed you
Gave you tools just to stay alive
And make it out when the sun is ruined

That's the same way you showed me
Showed me
You showed me love
Glory from above
Regard, my dear
It's all downhill from here

Remember life, remember how it was
Climb trees, Michael Jackson, all ends here
Say what up to Matthew, to Shoob
Say what up to Danny
Say what up to life immortality
Bending up my Nikes
Running out of melpomene, nicotine
Stealing granny cigs (take it easy)
Gimme something sweet
Bitch, I might like immortality
This is life, life immortality

Overall Meaning

Frank Ocean's song Pink + White reflects on memories and experiences that the singer has shared with someone special who has taught him about life and love. The opening lines "That's the way every day goes, every time we've no control" highlights the sense of uncertainty and unpredictability in life, which is further emphasized in the contrasting imagery of the "pink and white" sky with the "black and yellow" ground. Ocean suggests that we can only try to navigate life as best we can, grateful for the people who help guide us.


Ocean then explores the idea of youth and the past, with references to Michael Jackson, climbing trees, and stealing cigarettes from his grandmother. These memories, although seemingly simple, are significant as they remind him of a time when life was effortless and carefree. Whoever this special person is, they have been with him through it all, showing him "love, glory from above," and teaching him to be someone who can be depended on in difficult times. The last lines of the song, "This is life, life immortality," may suggest that the memories and experiences we share with others are the closest thing we have to immortality.


Line by Line Meaning

Yeah, yeah, um (woo)
Introductory line, no real meaning behind it.


That's the way every day goes
Every day is unpredictable, and we have no control over it.


Every time we've no control
No matter how hard we try, the future is always uncertain and out of our control.


If the sky is pink and white
The environment is always changing, and we can only adapt to the changes.


If the ground is black and yellow
No matter the circumstances, life will always be what it is.


It's the same way you showed me
Our experiences in life shape us and influence how we react to certain situations.


Nod my head, don't close my eyes
Stay alert, be aware of your surroundings, and face your adversity head-on.


Halfway on a slow move
Life can be slow and monotonous, but it's important to keep moving forward.


If you could fly then you'd feel south
Sometimes we wish things were different, but we have to work with what we have.


Up north's getting cold soon
Change is constant and inevitable, and we must adapt accordingly.


The way it is, we're on land
We are confined to our natural surroundings and must find ways to thrive within them.


So I'm someone to hold true
I will be there for you and remain reliable through thick and thin.


Keep you cool when it's alive
Stay calm and composed when things are going well.


Won't let you down when it's all ruin
I will not abandon you when things fall apart.


Just the same way you showed me
I learned how to remain dependable and support others from your example.


You showed me love
My upbringing and past taught me how to love and connect with others.


Glory from above
There is a power or higher force that we cannot control but can find solace in.


Regard, my dear
I have respect and admiration for the person who has influenced me so deeply.


It's all downhill from here
Things will become easier once we've overcome certain obstacles.


In the wake of a hurricane
In the aftermath of a disaster or tragedy.


Dark skin of a summer shade
Referring to the black community and the beauty of darker skin tones.


Nosedive in the flood lines
Going underwater.


Tall tower of milk crates
Represents makeshift arrangements that still offer a sense of stability.


Cannonball off the porch side
Taking risks and enjoying life, despite the danger.


Older kids tryin' off the rooves
The inspiration and influence of those older and more experienced than us.


If you could die and come back to life
An allusion to reincarnation, a second chance starting over.


Up for air from the swimming pool
Coming back to the surface after experiencing hardship.


You kneel down to the dry land
Showing gratitude for the world that has allowed us to survive and thrive.


Kiss the Earth that birthed you
Being thankful for everything that we have and acknowledging our place in the universe.


Gave you tools just to stay alive
Our environment and experiences offer an opportunity to learn and grow in order to survive.


And make it out when the sun is ruined
We must persevere even when things get tough.


Remember life, remember how it was
Reflecting on our lives and past experiences.


Climb trees, Michael Jackson, all ends here
Referring to the end of childhood and the beginning of adulthood.


Say what up to Matthew, to Shoob
Giving a shout-out to friends or individuals who have impacted their life.


Say what up to Danny
Acknowledging people they love or admire.


Say what up to life immortality
Showing appreciation for the promise of eternal life or a legacy that will live on after death.


Bending up my Nikes
Preparing to take action, possibly to run or escape.


Running out of melpomene, nicotine
Trying to escape the pain and hardship of life through various vices or addictions.


Stealing granny cigs (take it easy)
Engaging in reckless behavior or coping through unhealthy means.


Gimme something sweet
Looking for comfort or pleasure in the face of adversity.


Bitch, I might like immortality
Jokingly considering the benefits of eternal life or a lasting legacy.


This is life, life immortality
Accepting that life, with all its joys and hardships, is finite and will eventually end.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Ommas Keith-Graham, Tyler Gregory Okonma, Charles Christopher Breaux, Pharrell L. Williams

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Introductory line, no real meaning behind it.


Every day is unpredictable, and we have no control over it.


No matter how hard we try, the future is always uncertain and out of our control.


The environment is always changing, and we can only adapt to the changes.


No matter the circumstances, life will always be what it is.


Our experiences in life shape us and influence how we react to certain situations.


Stay alert, be aware of your surroundings, and face your adversity head-on.


Life can be slow and monotonous, but it's important to keep moving forward.


Sometimes we wish things were different, but we have to work with what we have.


Change is constant and inevitable, and we must adapt accordingly.


We are confined to our natural surroundings and must find ways to thrive within them.


I will be there for you and remain reliable through thick and thin.


Stay calm and composed when things are going well.


I will not abandon you when things fall apart.


I learned how to remain dependable and support others from your example.


My upbringing and past taught me how to love and connect with others.


There is a power or higher force that we cannot control but can find solace in.


I have respect and admiration for the person who has influenced me so deeply.


Things will become easier once we've overcome certain obstacles.


In the aftermath of a disaster or tragedy.


Referring to the black community and the beauty of darker skin tones.


Going underwater.


Represents makeshift arrangements that still offer a sense of stability.


Taking risks and enjoying life, despite the danger.


The inspiration and influence of those older and more experienced than us.


An allusion to reincarnation, a second chance starting over.


Coming back to the surface after experiencing hardship.


Showing gratitude for the world that has allowed us to survive and thrive.


Being thankful for everything that we have and acknowledging our place in the universe.


Our environment and experiences offer an opportunity to learn and grow in order to survive.


We must persevere even when things get tough.


Reflecting on our lives and past experiences.


Referring to the end of childhood and the beginning of adulthood.


Giving a shout-out to friends or individuals who have impacted their life.


Acknowledging people they love or admire.


Showing appreciation for the promise of eternal life or a legacy that will live on after death.


Preparing to take action, possibly to run or escape.


Trying to escape the pain and hardship of life through various vices or addictions.


Engaging in reckless behavior or coping through unhealthy means.


Looking for comfort or pleasure in the face of adversity.


Jokingly considering the benefits of eternal life or a lasting legacy.


Accepting that life, with all its joys and hardships, is finite and will eventually end.

Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@PashaDolenko

Yeah, yeah oh
Yeah, yeah yeah
That's the way everyday goes
Every time we've no control
If the sky is pink and white
If the ground is black and yellow
It's the same way you showed me
Nod my head, don't close my eyes
Halfway on a slow move
It's the same way you showed me
If you could fly then you'd feel south
Up north's getting cold soon
The way it is, we're on land
So I'm someone to hold true
Keep you cool when it's still alive
Won't let you down when it's all ruin
Just the same way you showed me, showed me
You showed me love
Glory from above
Regard my dear
It's all downhill from here
In the wake of a hurricane
Dark skin of a summer shade
Nosedive in the flood lines
Tall tower of milk crates
It's the same way you showed me
Cannonball off the porch side
Older kids trying off the roof
Just the same way you showed me (You showed)
If you could die and come back to life
Up for air from the swimming pool
You'd kneel down to the dry land
Kiss the Earth that birthed you
Gave you tools just to stay alive
And make it out when the sun is ruined
That's the same way you showed me, showed me
You showed me love
Glory from above
Regard my dear
It's all downhill from here
Remember life
Remember how it was
Climb trees, Michael Jackson, it all ends here
Say what up to Matthew, to Shoob
Say what up to Danny
Say what up to life immortality
Bending up my Nikes
Running out the melpomene, nicotine
Stealing granny cigs (Take it easy)
Gimme something sweet
Bitch, I might like immortality
This is life, life immortality



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@thegoodvibeMusic

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@babytea7986

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@michaeltanori6982

I'm stuck at work... Overtime

@pistachiogelatin

I was broken up with, right after spending time with them. It was a sweet day with a bad aftertaste.
Stay safe, y'all ✌️

@michaeltanori6982

@@pistachiogelatin sorry you had to go through today.

@pistachiogelatin

@michaeltanori6982  oh..thank you, I appreciate it.

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@gewright48

I first came across this song approximately a week ago, and shaking it from my mind is impossible. The music possesses a mesmerizing quality that's truly captivating.

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