Laugh Now Cry Later
Drake Lyrics


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Whoa, whoa
Yeah

Sometimes we laugh and sometimes we cry, but I guess you know now, baby
I took a half and she took the whole thing, slow down, baby
We took a trip, now we on your block and it's like a ghost town, baby
Where do these niggas be at when they say they doin' all this and all that?
Tired of beefin' you bums, you can't even pay me enough to react
Been wakin' up in the crib and sometimes I don't even know where I'm at
Please don't play that niggas songs in this party, I can't even listen to that
Anytime that I ran into somebody, it must be a victory lap, ayy
Shawty come sit on my lap, ayy
They sayin' Drizzy just snapped
Distance between us is not like a store, this isn't a closeable gap, ayy
I seen some niggas attack
And don't end up makin' it back

I know that they at the crib goin' crazy, down bad
What they had didn't last, damn, baby

Sometimes we laugh and sometimes we cry, but I guess you know now, baby
I took a half and she took the whole thing, slow down, baby
We took a trip, now we on your block and it's like a ghost town, baby
Where do these niggas be at when they say they doin' all this and all that?

I'm in the trenches, relax
Can you not play that lil' boy in the club? 'Cause we do not listen to rats
We in Atlanta, I buy her a wig, she tellin' me Tae is the best
Point at the nigga who act like a killer
But you only one from the 'net
I'm like DaBaby, I'm not just a rapper
You play with me, you gon' get stretched
Ooh-oh
Bring Drake to the hood
Surround Drake around Dracs
Even though I got a case
I'ma do what it take

And I never been embraced
And the money's hard to make
So I bet they on they face right now

I know that they at the crib goin' crazy, down bad
What they had didn't last, damn, baby

Sometimes we laugh and sometimes we cry, but I guess you know now, baby
I took a half and she took the whole thing, slow down, baby
We took a trip, now we on your block and it's like a ghost town, baby
Where do these niggas be at when they say they doin' all this and all that?

When he tell the story, that's not how it went
Know they be lyin', a hundred percent
Moved out the Ritz and forgot 'bout the Bent'
Valet just called me to tell me come get it
Knocked that boy off and I don't want no credit
If it was me, they wouldn't regret it
Left me for dead and now they wan' dead it, yeah
Heart is still beatin'
My niggas still eatin'
Backyard, it look like the Garden of Eden
Pillow talk with 'em, she spillin' the tea
And then shawty came back and said she didn't mean it
It's hard to believe it

I know that they at the crib goin' crazy, down bad
What they had didn't last, damn, baby

Sometimes we laugh and sometimes we cry, but I guess you know now, baby
I took a half and she took the whole thing, slow down, baby




We took a trip, now we on your block and it's like a ghost town, baby
Where do these niggas be at when they say they doin' all this and all that?

Overall Meaning

In "Laugh Now Cry Later," Drake explores the dichotomy between laughing and crying, emphasizing the contradictions of his lifestyle. He nods in the first verse to taking drugs and alcohol, saying, "I took a half and she took the whole thing, slow down, baby." In the second verse, he acknowledges the dangerous life he lives, saying, "I'm in the trenches, relax / Can you not play that lil' boy in the club? 'Cause we do not listen to rats," a reference to Tekashi 6ix9ine's cooperation with the police. The final verse shows Drake's vulnerability and the betrayal he may have experienced from former friends and associates. He claims that he "left me for dead and now they wan' dead it" and expresses disbelief in his pillow talk partner's words, saying "It's hard to believe it."


Line by Line Meaning

Sometimes we laugh and sometimes we cry, but I guess you know now, baby
Life has its ups and downs, but I think you understand that by now.


I took a half and she took the whole thing, slow down, baby
I only took a little bit of drugs, while she took a dangerous amount. Calm down.


We took a trip, now we on your block and it's like a ghost town, baby
After our journey, we arrived at your neighborhood, but it's deserted.


Where do these niggas be at when they say they doin' all this and all that?
These people claim to do impressive things, but where are they really?


Tired of beefin' you bums, you can't even pay me enough to react
I am done with pointless arguments with lowlifes who aren't worth my time or energy.


Been wakin' up in the crib and sometimes I don't even know where I'm at
I wake up at home confused and disoriented, not even sure where I am.


Please don't play that niggas songs in this party, I can't even listen to that
I can't stand hearing music from that person at this party, please don't play it.


Anytime that I ran into somebody, it must be a victory lap, ayy
Whenever I see someone, it means I've already won.


Shawty come sit on my lap, ayy
Hey girl, come sit on my lap.


They sayin' Drizzy just snapped
People are saying that I've just delivered an awesome performance or rap verse.


Distance between us is not like a store, this isn't a closeable gap, ayy
The distance between us can't be closed like a store, there's too much between us.


I seen some niggas attack and don't end up makin' it back
I've seen some people try to start something and never make it back safely.


I know that they at the crib goin' crazy, down bad
I know they are at home going crazy and in a bad place.


What they had didn't last, damn, baby
Their success was short lived, that's too bad.


I'm in the trenches, relax
I'm in a difficult situation or environment, but I am handling it.


Can you not play that lil' boy in the club? 'Cause we do not listen to rats
Please don't play music from a snitch or informant, we don't support that.


We in Atlanta, I buy her a wig, she tellin' me Tae is the best
We are in Atlanta, and I bought her a wig. She is telling me that the hairstylist Tae is the best.


Point at the nigga who act like a killer, but you only one from the 'net
You may act like a tough guy online, but in person, you are nothing.


I'm like DaBaby, I'm not just a rapper, you play with me, you gon' get stretched
I am like DaBaby, I am not just a rapper. If you mess with me, you will get hurt.


Ooh-oh, bring Drake to the hood, surround Drake around Dracs
Bring Drake to my neighborhood, where I am surrounded by gang members and weapons.


Even though I got a case, I'ma do what it take
Even though I am in legal trouble, I will do whatever it takes to succeed.


And I never been embraced and the money's hard to make, so I bet they on they face right now
I have never been fully accepted or supported, and making money is difficult. So, I am sure they are struggling right now.


When he tell the story, that's not how it went, know they be lyin', a hundred percent
When he tells a story, it is not true at all. I know they are lying completely.


Moved out the Ritz and forgot 'bout the Bent', valet just called me to tell me come get it
I moved out of the fancy Ritz hotel and forgot about my expensive car. The valet just called me to come get it.


Knocked that boy off and I don't want no credit, if it was me, they wouldn't regret it
I took care of someone and don't want any recognition for it. If it was done to me, they wouldn't want to mess with me.


Left me for dead and now they wan' dead it, yeah
They left me to die, and now they want me dead.


Heart is still beatin', my niggas still eatin'
My heart is still beating, and my friends are still succeeding.


Backyard, it look like the Garden of Eden, pillow talk with 'em, she spillin' the tea
My backyard looks like paradise, and my partner is telling me secrets.


And then shawty came back and said she didn't mean it, it's hard to believe it
She came back and said she didn't mean what she said, but it's hard to believe her.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Aubrey Drake Graham, Durk Banks, Roget Lutfi Chahayed, Ronald N. La Tour, Ryan Alex Martinez

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