TOKYO
BROCKHAMPTON Lyrics


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Too many things I'd rather do different
Woke up in a cold sweat, my emotions creepin'
Three o'clock on the weekend, might as well sleep in
Stay down for the count when
She hit me with the "what-ifs?", and the "what-whens?" and the "what-thens?"
Wonder where my life went, living in the moment
I been thinking 'bout my time spent, are the bills paid?
Is it make or break? Will I find a way?
Are my feelings changed? Will I be okay?
I don't know, but what I do know is, life don't make sense
If you can't pay rent, so I place my bet

What got you shook on this Saturday?
I take my L and I hold my place
I split my L and I go away
You left a spell on my Saturday
What got you shook on this Saturday?
I take my L and I hold my place
I split my L and I go away
(Yeah) you left a spell on my Saturday

I got cracks in my phone screen
The past fuck with my psyche
Smoke weed and get high, please
Went to school in The Woodlands
And that made niggas wanna fight me
So I don't take threats lightly
Tell them niggas come and find me
Gotta say it to my eye view
New house off iTunes
New money, my perfume
Big smile, in a good mood
I been running outta issues
I ain't trippin' when the rent due
I ain't runnin' with a pistol
I ain't locked in the system
Taking care of my kinfolk

Taking a book out the page of the graves
I'm only human and I make mistakes
Chisel my flows so they can't liberate
Talkin' the time as the pendulum sways
I gotta face what I didn't create
Just cause I can't relate, I don't debate, I educate
Illuminate or we can't duplicate, no more moving the plates
Second chances feeling overrated, unappreciated
So I bossed up
Missed the time when we could share space
But it'll all be straight the day we cross up
Nothing better than some time with you
Because it's time I never wanna toss up
Lose myself inside of you, you find yourself in me
I don't wanna be cautious

What got you shook on this Saturday?
I take my L and I hold my place
I split my L and I go away
You left a spell on my Saturday
What got you shook on this Saturday?
I take my L and I hold my place
I split my L and I go away
(Yeah) you left a spell on my Saturday

What got you shook?
What got you shook?




What got you shook?
What got you shook?

Overall Meaning

The song "TOKYO" by BROCKHAMPTON delves into the complex emotions of different individuals and their struggles with personal issues. The lyrics begin with the artist expressing a sense of dissatisfaction and uncertainty about his life choices, with the line "Too many things I'd rather do different." He then describes waking up in a cold sweat, filled with creeping emotions and wondering about his life decisions. The artist also contemplates the difficulties of navigating everyday life, with questions such as "are the bills paid" or "will I find a way?" and acknowledges how life can be unfair to those who can't afford to pay rent.


As the song progresses, the artist touches upon the pain of the past with the line "The past fucks with my psyche," reflecting on the external factors that have influenced his growth, like going to school in The Woodlands, which made people want to fight him. He also refers to having cracks in his phone's screen, reflecting inner turmoil as well as practical, everyday issues. The artist tries to find solace from his woes by spending time with others, particularly women, and smoking weed to ease his mind.


The chorus of the song serves as a refrain, with the question "What got you shook on this Saturday?" being repeated. It portrays a sense of uneasiness, ambiguity, and confusion that many people can relate to. The lyrics are introspective and thought-provoking, with an underlying message about the importance of reflection, improving oneself, and finding comfort in the moments spent with loved ones.


Interesting facts about the song "TOKYO":


Interesting Facts
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Line by Line Meaning

Too many things I'd rather do different
The singer wants to change many things, implying regret for past choices.


Woke up in a cold sweat, my emotions creepin'
The singer woke up feeling anxious and overwhelmed by their emotions.


Three o'clock on the weekend, might as well sleep in
It's the weekend and the singer plans on sleeping in, despite waking up in a cold sweat.


Stay down for the count when
The artist may have been knocked down or defeated in some way.


She hit me with the "what-ifs?", and the "what-whens?" and the "what-thens?"
Someone is asking the artist questions about the potential outcomes of their actions or decisions.


Wonder where my life went, living in the moment
The singer is reflecting on their past and questioning how they got to where they are while also trying to focus on enjoying their present.


I been thinking 'bout my time spent, are the bills paid?
The singer is concerned with their financial responsibilities and whether or not they are being properly taken care of.


Is it make or break? Will I find a way?
The artist is contemplating the magnitude of their current situation and if they will be able to overcome it.


Are my feelings changed? Will I be okay?
The artist is unsure about their emotions and whether or not they will be okay in the future.


I don't know, but what I do know is, life don't make sense
The artist acknowledges that they do not have all the answers but recognizes that life can be confusing and difficult.


If you can't pay rent, so I place my bet
The singer is willing to take risks to ensure that they can take care of their financial responsibilities.


What got you shook on this Saturday?
The artist is asking someone what is troubling them on this particular day.


I take my L and I hold my place
The singer takes a loss but still maintains their position/stance.


I split my L and I go away
The singer is choosing to cut their losses and move on from a situation.


You left a spell on my Saturday
Someone or something has had a lasting impact on the singer's Saturday that they can't shake.


I got cracks in my phone screen
The artist's phone is damaged, possibly symbolizing their own emotional or psychological struggles.


The past fuck with my psyche
The artist is struggling with the emotional effects of their past experiences and traumas.


Smoke weed and get high, please
The singer may be using drugs to cope with their emotional struggles.


Went to school in The Woodlands
The singer went to school in a specific location (The Woodlands).


And that made niggas wanna fight me
The artist experienced conflict or hostility from others because of where they went to school.


So I don't take threats lightly
The artist is cautious and aware of potential danger or violence around them.


Tell them niggas come and find me
The artist is willing to confront those who threaten or challenge them.


Gotta say it to my eye view
The singer wants to hear things directly from the source or see things for themselves, rather than relying on information or gossip from others.


New house off iTunes
The artist acquired a new house through digital means (iTunes) or possibly refers to a music career bringing financial success.


New money, my perfume
The singer is flaunting the wealth they've recently acquired.


Big smile, in a good mood
The singer is happy and content at the moment.


I been running outta issues
The singer seems to be running out of problems to worry about, possibly implying that they have addressed and resolved many of their previous issues.


I ain't trippin' when the rent due
The artist doesn't stress when it comes time to pay their rent.


I ain't runnin' with a pistol
The artist chooses not to carry a gun, possibly indicating a rejection of violence or a peaceful nature.


I ain't locked in the system
The singer is not trapped or confined by the systems in place that restrict personal freedom or growth.


Taking care of my kinfolk
The singer prioritizes taking care of their family and loved ones.


Taking a book out the page of the graves
The artist is learning from those who have died or passed on, possibly their ancestors or people they admire.


I'm only human and I make mistakes
The artist recognizes their own fallibility and ability to make errors.


Chisel my flows so they can't liberate
The artist crafts their music or lyrics carefully to ensure that people do not necessarily take them as literal representations of themselves or their experiences.


Talkin' the time as the pendulum sways
The singer is reflecting on the passage of time and how it affects people's lives, using the metaphor of a pendulum swinging back and forth.


I gotta face what I didn't create
The artist has to deal with the implications and consequences of things they did not directly cause or create.


Just cause I can't relate, I don't debate, I educate
The singer would rather teach others about their experiences and perspectives than argue with them, even if they don't fully understand each other.


Illuminate or we can't duplicate, no more moving the plates
The singer recognizes the importance of teaching and sharing information, so that others can learn from them and create something new, rather than simply replicating what has already been done.


Second chances feeling overrated, unappreciated
The singer is skeptical of the idea of giving people second chances, as they feel it is not always appreciated or effective.


So I bossed up
The artist took charge and asserted themselves more confidently or assertively.


Missed the time when we could share space
The artist is reminiscing about a time when they were able to be physically close to someone or something they cared about.


But it'll all be straight the day we cross up
The singer has faith that things will be resolved and better in the future, when they can work together or find common ground with someone who currently troubles them.


Nothing better than some time with you
The singer values the time they spend with someone else above anything else.


Because it's time I never wanna toss up
The artist wants to cherish and hold onto the moments they share with this person, never taking them for granted.


Lose myself inside of you, you find yourself in me
The artist feels a deep connection with someone else, to the point where they feel lost in them, but also feel that this person can help them better understand themselves.


I don't wanna be cautious
The artist is willing to take risks and be vulnerable with someone they care about, rather than being too careful or guarded.


What got you shook?
The singer wants to know what is causing someone to feel nervous, scared, or upset.


What got you shook?
Repetition of the previous question, emphasizing the artist's concern for the other person's well-being.


What got you shook?
Another repetition of the same question, emphasizing the singer's desire to understand what is troubling the other person and help them if possible.


What got you shook?
Final repetition of the question, indicating the singer's persistence and ongoing concern for the other person's emotional state.




Lyrics © CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Ameer Vann, Clifford F. Simpson, Dominique Simpson, Jabari Manwarring, Romil Hemnani, Russell Boring

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