Smoke & Retribution
Flume Lyrics


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You ain't got no money, I ain't got no time
All these faces lookin' funny when I'm drivin' by
Had to tint my whip, my name is buzzin'
Know they plan on killin' mine
Aimin' at your temple, we was taught to kill a nigga mind
Genocide buried in the tide, cleanse it in the sand
Blood is sittin' in my hands, I'll never be the bigger man
I know they'll never understand, but they don't give a fuck
Lift your hands up high before I stick you up

I held you to the ground 'cause you were floating
Told me you're afraid of disappointing
Pushing on your physical existence
Pushing only 'cause you felt resistance
Can't help but think about the situation
Tryna get to see but my mind's racing
Only got each other we can turn to
Lying here, I know they'll never break you free

You and me nobody else
If it can't be that way then I'll just be all by myself
I love the way you stay away from me, you make me melt
Those nights you used to come and stay with me
Replaying in my memory, it's no such thing as meant to be
That's fine 'cause you so fine, the way you walk, you talk
The way you leave your mark, just can't break you from my thoughts
Walkin' through Ramona Park like they wasn't tryna shoot me up
Doing all we did, we still ain't do enough

Leaving through the night and starting fires
Going through society's desires
Smoke and retribution, keep it burning
Only 'cause of sorrow I'll be learning
Can't help but think about the situation
Tryna get to see but my mind's racing
Only got each other we can turn to
Lying here, I know they'll never break you free

I ain't scared of six feet
'Cause I ain't scared to be free
All I seen while on this earth
Know that hearse can't be too worse
Tell the woman that I hurt
That I apologize for all my lies
And tell my mama blame my karma
Hate she had to see me die
I just wanna see the sky
Shinin' from the other side
Lookin' down on all my friends
Makin' sure they're walkin' right
'Cause ain't nobody watch our back
And this life way too hard for that




I made it out with my heart intact
Might harm me, still can't harvest that

Overall Meaning

Flume feat. Vince Staples Kucka's song "Smoke & Retribution" is a powerful commentary on the frustration and anger felt by young black men in the face of systemic discrimination and violence. The lyrics paint a vivid picture of a world in which money and power are scarce, and the only way to survive is to be tough and ruthless. The first verse is especially hard-hitting, with its references to gun violence and genocide. The idea of "aimin' at your temple" is a metaphor for the way in which young men feel they must always be on the lookout for danger, and be ready to defend themselves at any cost. The chorus, sung by Kucka, is an emotional plea for connection and understanding - a reminder that even in the most dire circumstances, there is always hope for love and compassion.


Line by Line Meaning

You ain't got no money, I ain't got no time
I don't have the time to waste on your financial problems


All these faces lookin' funny when I'm drivin' by
People stare at me when I drive by, wondering who I am


Had to tint my whip, my name is buzzin'
I'm gaining fame and attention, so I need to alter my car's appearance for privacy


Know they plan on killin' mine
I am aware that there are people who want to hurt and harm me and my loved ones


Aimin' at your temple, we was taught to kill a nigga mind
Violence and aggression were normalized and taught to us as a way to gain power and control over others


Genocide buried in the tide, cleanse it in the sand
The mass killing and oppression of a particular group of people is a deep-rooted issue that needs to be acknowledged and dealt with properly


Blood is sittin' in my hands, I'll never be the bigger man
I feel guilty and responsible for the harm I may have caused, and I know that nothing can justify or make up for it


I know they'll never understand, but they don't give a fuck
It's frustrating that people refuse to acknowledge or care about the issues that plague the affected communities


Lift your hands up high before I stick you up
Raise your hands in surrender before I take your belongings by force


I held you to the ground 'cause you were floating
I grounded you because you seemed like you were floating away or losing touch with reality


Told me you're afraid of disappointing
You confided in me that you were anxious or scared of letting someone down


Pushing on your physical existence
I am exerting pressure on your physical being, either through physical contact or emotional pressure


Pushing only 'cause you felt resistance
I am pushing you because you are pushing back, and we have a power struggle


Can't help but think about the situation
I am unable to stop thinking about the current circumstances or predicament


Tryna get to see but my mind's racing
I am trying to find clarity or a solution, but my thoughts are scattered and unorganized


Only got each other we can turn to
We are alone in this, and we have only each other for support


Lying here, I know they'll never break you free
I am aware that you are trapped or stuck in a situation that is outside of your control


You and me nobody else
We only have each other, and we don't need anyone else in our lives to be happy


If it can't be that way then I'll just be all by myself
If we cannot be together, then I am willing to be on my own and not compromise my values or needs


I love the way you stay away from me, you make me melt
I love how you give me space and independence, and that makes me feel warm and happy


Those nights you used to come and stay with me
I have fond memories of the times when you used to visit and spend the night


Replaying in my memory, it's no such thing as meant to be
I keep going over the past in my head, but I know that sometimes things don't work out as we want them to


That's fine 'cause you so fine, the way you walk, you talk
Even if we cannot be together, I still find you attractive and admire your personality and mannerisms


The way you leave your mark, just can't break you from my thoughts
You have an impact on me that is hard to forget or ignore, no matter how hard I try


Walkin' through Ramona Park like they wasn't tryna shoot me up
I am walking through a dangerous area, but I am trying to act calm and avoid attracting any unwanted attention


Doing all we did, we still ain't do enough
Despite our efforts and hard work, we feel like we have not accomplished what we set out to do


Leaving through the night and starting fires
I am sneaking away in the dark and causing trouble, possibly as a form of rebellion or release


Going through society's desires
I am conforming to or following society's expectations, but I don't necessarily agree with them


Smoke and retribution, keep it burning
I am seeking justice or revenge, and I am willing to do whatever it takes to achieve it


Only 'cause of sorrow I'll be learning
The pain and sadness I experience will help me grow and develop on a personal level


I ain't scared of six feet
I am not afraid to die or face death, even if it seems like a grim outcome


'Cause I ain't scared to be free
I value my freedom and independence more than my own life


All I seen while on this earth
I have witnessed many things during my time alive


Know that hearse can't be too worse
No matter how bad I die, I know it cannot be worse than what I have seen or been through


Tell the woman that I hurt
Let the woman I caused pain to know that I am sorry and regret my actions


That I apologize for all my lies
I am apologizing for deceiving or misleading someone, and I take responsibility for my actions


And tell my mama blame my karma
Tell my mother that any misfortunes or hardships I am facing are a result of my own actions and choices


Hate she had to see me die
I feel remorseful that my mother had to witness my death


I just wanna see the sky
All I want is a chance to look up at the sky and appreciate the beauty of nature


Shinin' from the other side
I want to see the sun or stars from a different perspective, possibly from the afterlife


Lookin' down on all my friends
I want to watch over my loved ones from above, even in death


Makin' sure they're walkin' right
I want to make sure that my friends and family are living their lives in a positive and productive manner


'Cause ain't nobody watch our back
Because no one else is looking out for us or helping us, it is up to me to be my own protector


And this life way too hard for that
I am struggling to get by in life, and it is exhausting to have to do it on my own


I made it out with my heart intact
Despite the hardships I have faced, I am proud of myself for remaining true to who I am and not losing my values or morals


Might harm me, still can't harvest that
Although certain things or people may hurt me, I am unable to let go of them or move on completely




Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: LAURA JANE LOWTHER, VINCENT STAPLES, HARLEY EDWARD STRETEN

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LYRICS:

[Verse 1: Vince Staples]
You ain't got no money, I ain't got no time
All these faces lookin' funny when I'm drivin' by
Headed to my whip, my name is buzzin'
Know they plan on killin' mine
Aim it at your temple, we were taught to kill a nigga mind
Genocide buried in the tide, cleanse it in the sand
Blood is sittin' in my hands, I'll never be the bigger man
I know they'll never understand, but I don't give a fuck
Lift your hands up high before I stick you up, yeah

[Chorus 1: KUČKA]
I held you to the ground 'cause you were floating
Told me you're afraid of disappointing
Pushing on your physical existence
Pushing only 'cause you felt resistance
Can't help but think about the situation
Tryna get to sleep but my mind's racing
Only got each other we can turn to
Lying here, I know they'll never break you free

[Verse 2: Vince Staples]
You and me nobody else
If it can't be that way then I'll just be all by myself
I love the way you stay away from me, you make me melt
Those nights you used to come and stay with me
Replaying in my memory, it's no such thing as "meant to be"
That's fine 'cause you so fine, the way you walk, you talk
The way you leave your mark
Just can't break you from my thoughts
Walkin' through Ramona Park like they wasn't tryna shoot me up
Doing all we did, we still ain't do enough

[Chorus 2: KUČKA]
Leaving through the night and starting fires
Going through society's desires
Smoke and retribution, keep it burning
Only 'cause of sorrow I'll be learning
Can't help but think about the situation
Tryna get to sleep but my mind's racing
Only got each other we can turn to
Lying here, I know they'll never break you free

[Verse 3: Vince Staples]
Nah, I ain't scared of six feet
'Cause I ain't scared to be free
All I seen while on this earth
Know that hearse can't be too worse
Tell the woman that I hurt
That I apologize for all my lies
And tell my mama blame my karma
Hate she had to see me die
I just wanna see the sky
Shinin' from the other side
Lookin' down on all my friends
Makin' sure they're walkin' right
'Cause ain't nobody watch our back
And this life way too hard for that
I made it out with my heart intact
Might harm me, still can't harvest that



@Nobody-hc2bo

I ain’t scared of 6 feet
Cause I ain’t afraid to be free
All ive seen on all this earth
Know that hearse can’t be to worse
Tell the woman that I hurt
I apologize for my lies
An tell my momma I played my karma
Hate she had to see me die
I just wanna see the sky
Shinin from the other side

Damn.



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