Close to You
Frank Ocean Lyrics


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I'll be honest, I wasn't devastated
But you could've held my hands through this, baby
Let my mind run underneath warm jets
I run my hands through what's left
But we're getting older, baby
Don't have much longer, baby
Why am I preaching
To this choir, to this atheist?
Just like mine, versions of these belong to you
After a while
They're keeping me close to you





(Just like me, they long to be)
(Close to you)

Overall Meaning

In Frank Ocean's song "Close to You," the artist sings about a relationship that has come to an end. The lyrics in the opening lines suggest that the breakup wasn't earth-shattering for him, but he wishes that his former lover had offered him some comfort during this transitional period. The artist then goes on to describe sitting in a shower, allowing his thoughts to drift away as he physically washes over his emotions.


As the song continues, Frank Ocean's tone turns more introspective. He recognizes that he and his lover are growing older and don't have much time left to spend together. His question of "why am I preaching to this choir, to this atheist" highlights his frustration with trying to communicate his feelings to someone who doesn't believe or see things the same way he does. However, just as the opening lines suggest, he realizes that he can't control how his lover perceives things, and so he finds comfort in the idea that they both have versions of each other that will always remain. In the end, he is left with a longing to be close to his partner, no matter how things have ended or how different their perspectives may be.


Line by Line Meaning

I'll be honest, I wasn't devastated
Being frank, the singer was not completely devastated by the recent event


But you could've held my hands through this, baby
The singer wished that his partner was there for him to comfort and support him


Let my mind run underneath warm jets
The singer is seeking solace through a warm shower that helps his mind to relax and wander


I run my hands through what's left
The singer is feeling the remains of what was once a close relationship with his partner


But we're getting older, baby
As time passes, both the singer and his partner are aging


Don't have much longer, baby
The singer realizes that the time they have left together is limited


Why am I preaching to this choir, to this atheist?
The singer is questioning why he is speaking to someone who either already agrees with him or someone who does not believe in his beliefs


Just like mine, versions of these belong to you
Similar thoughts and feelings also belong to his partner


After a while, they're keeping me close to you
Over time, these shared experiences and emotions are making him feel closer to his partner


(Just like me, they long to be)
These shared experiences and emotions are similar to what his partner feels


(Close to you)
The singer wants to be close to his partner




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Burt F. Bacharach, Christopher Breaux, Hal David, Josiah Sherman

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@justsharing7268

[Verse]
I'll be honest, I wasn't devastated
But you could've held my hands through this, baby
Let my mind run underneath warm jets
I run my hands through what's left
But we're getting older, baby
Don’t have much longer baby
Why am I preaching?
To this choir, to this atheist
Just like mine, versions of these belong to you
After a while, they're keeping me close to you
(Just like me, they long to be close to you)



@szarocks

I 'll be honest, I wasn't devastated
But you could've held my hand through this, baby
Let my mind run underneath warm jets
I run my hands through what's left
But we're getting older, baby
Don't have much longer, baby
Why am I preaching
To this choir, to this atheist?
Just like mine, versions of these belong to you
After a while, they're keeping me close to you



@hosgeldibabayev2805

[Verse: Frank Ocean]
I'll be honest, I wasn't devastated
But you could've held my hands through this, baby
Let my mind run underneath warm jets
I run my hands through what's left
But we're getting older, baby
Don't have much longer, baby
Why am I preaching
To this choir, to this atheist?
Just like mine, versions of these belong to you
After a while, they're keeping me close to you

[Outro: Stevie Wonder]
Just like mine, they long to be close to you



@amanichowdhury7249

I will be honest, I wasn't devastated
But you could've held my hand through this, baby
Let my mind run underneath warm jets

I run my hands through what's left
But we're getting older, baby
Don't have much longer baby
Why am I preaching?
To this choir, to this atheist
Just like mine versions of these belong to you
After a while
They're keeping me close to you

(Just like me, they long to be
Close to you)



All comments from YouTube:

@trentgreymtn1820

I truly wish this song was longer, it's so good

@jordinstephens9355

Trent Greymtn Stevie wonder - Close To You

@slyskyspysty

It is, it's called close to you. It's the actual song he slaughtered.

@christianneds1646

Sly I like both versions. I’ll be honest I wasn’t devastated when I heard this version. Both are good.

@peloponeso8468

Trent Greymtn no

@nickhorn8296

Jordin Stephens carpenters - close to you

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@nootnoot9810

I'll be honest, I wasn't devastated
But you could've held my hands through this, baby
Let my mind run underneath warm jets

I run my hands through what's left
But we're getting older, baby
Don’t have much longer baby
Why am I preaching?
To this choir, to this atheist
Just like mine, versions of these belong to you

After a while
They're keeping me close to you

(Just like me, they long to be
Close to you)

@callmegoofyduck3742

Thank you so much noot noot

@tainonaiboa8289

noot noot love the Melodrama profile pic

@morgboat744

noot noot nice profile pic

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