Pink Matter
Frank Ocean Lyrics


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And the peaches and the mangos
That you could sell for me

What do you think my brain is made for
Is it just a container for the mind?
This great grey matter
Sensei replied, "What is your woman?
Is she just a container for the child?"
That soft pink matter
Cotton candy, Majin Buu, oh, oh, oh
Close my eyes and fall into you, you, you
My God, she's giving me pleasure

Oh, no, no
What if the sky and the stars are for show
And the aliens are watching live
From the purple matter?
Sensei went quiet then violent
We sparred until we both grew tired
Nothing mattered
Cotton candy, Majin Buu, oh, oh, oh, oh
Dim the lights and fall into you, you, you, ooh
My God, giving me pleasure
Pleasure, pleasure, pleasure
Pleasure over matter

(Hey, hey)
Since you been gone, I been having withdrawals
You were such a habit to call
I ain't myself at all, had to tell myself, "Naw
She better with some fella with a regular job"
I didn't wanna get her involved
By dinner Mr. Benjamin was sitting in awe
Hopped into my car, drove far
Far's too close and I remember my memory's no sharp
Butter knife, what a life, anyway
I'm building y'all a clock, stop, what am I, Hemingway?
She had the kind of body that would probably intimidate
Any of 'em that were un-southern, not me, cousin
If models are made for modelin'
Thick girls are made for cuddlin'
Switch worlds and we can huddle then
Who needs another friend? I need to hold your hand
You'd need no other man, we'd flee to other lands

Grey matter
Blue used to be my favorite color
Now I ain't got no choice
Blue matter

You're good at being bad
You're bad at being good
For heaven's sakes, go to hell
Nah, knock on wood, hey
You're good at being bad (you're bad at being good)
You're bad at being good (for heaven's sakes, go to hell, knock on wood)
For heaven's sakes, go to hell
Knock, knock, knock, knock on wood
Well, frankly, when that ocean so muhfucking good
Make her swab the muhfucking wood
Make her walk the muhfucking plank




Make her rob a muhfucking bank
With no mask on and a rusty revolver

Overall Meaning

"Pink Matter" by Frank Ocean features the seemingly random yet poetically rich metaphor of "pink matter," which Frank Ocean uses to describe his carnal desires and the body of the woman he loves. In the first verse, Frank wonders if women are just containers for the child and if his brain is solely for intelligence. He then introduces the metaphor of "pink matter" and compares it to cotton candy and the Dragon Ball Z character Majin Buu. Through the metaphor, Frank examines the pleasure and connection he feels with the woman he loves. In the second verse, Frank contemplates the meaning of life and the possibility that everything we see is for show, including the sky and the stars. He then alludes to a past relationship where he relied too heavily on the woman's presence, causing him to feel lost without her. The song concludes with Frank acknowledging the contradictions and complexity within himself and his relationship.


Line by Line Meaning

And the peaches and the mangos That you could sell for me
The singer is offering his partner's fruit to sell while hinting at a possible sexual reference.


What do you think my brain is made for Is it just a container for the mind? This great grey matter
The singer questions the purpose of the brain and wonders if it's simply a container for the mind, referring to it as grey matter.


Sensei replied, "What is your woman? Is she just a container for the child?" That soft pink matter
The singer's Sensei questions the singer about the true value of his partner by asking if she's just a vessel to bear children, referring to her as soft pink matter.


Cotton candy, Majin Buu, oh, oh, oh Close my eyes and fall into you, you, you My God, she's giving me pleasure
The artist compares the pleasure his partner gives him to sweet things like cotton candy and Majin Buu, closing his eyes to fully experience it.


Oh, no, no What if the sky and the stars are for show And the aliens are watching live From the purple matter?
The artist questions the authenticity of the sky and stars and suggests that they may be for entertainment purposes while aliens observe from a different perspective, referring to purple matter.


Sensei went quiet then violent We sparred until we both grew tired Nothing mattered
The singer's Sensei becomes quiet then agitated and they fight until exhausted, realizing that nothing truly mattered in their conflict.


Cotton candy, Majin Buu, oh, oh, oh, oh Dim the lights and fall into you, you, you, ooh My God, giving me pleasure Pleasure, pleasure, pleasure Pleasure over matter
The singer continues to describe the immense pleasure his partner brings him, emphasizing its importance over anything else.


(Hey, hey) Since you been gone, I been having withdrawals You were such a habit to call I ain't myself at all, had to tell myself, "Naw She better with some fella with a regular job"
The artist admits to struggling without his partner and tries to detach from their relationship, believing she's better off with someone who has a stable job.


I didn't wanna get her involved By dinner Mr. Benjamin was sitting in awe Hopped into my car, drove far Far's too close and I remember my memory's no sharp Butter knife, what a life, anyway I'm building y'all a clock, stop, what am I, Hemingway?
The artist avoids involving his partner in a situation and drives away, realizing his memory isn't as sharp as it used to be, questioning his own purpose.


She had the kind of body that would probably intimidate Any of 'em that were un-southern, not me, cousin If models are made for modelin' Thick girls are made for cuddlin'
The artist describes his attraction to his partner's curvaceous body and suggests that while models may be ideal for modeling, thick girls are better suited for affectionate companionship.


Switch worlds and we can huddle then Who needs another friend? I need to hold your hand You'd need no other man, we'd flee to other lands
The singer fantasizes about escaping with his partner, suggesting that he only needs her and no one else to be content.


Grey matter Blue used to be my favorite color Now I ain't got no choice Blue matter
The artist refers back to grey matter and mentions that blue used to be his favorite color, but now he has no choices left - this is labeled as blue matter.


You're good at being bad You're bad at being good For heaven's sakes, go to hell Nah, knock on wood, hey
The singer describes his partner as being good at being bad and bad at being good, and jokingly suggests that she go to hell but then knocks on wood to avoid tempting fate.


Well, frankly, when that ocean so muhfucking good Make her swab the muhfucking wood Make her walk the muhfucking plank Make her rob a muhfucking bank With no mask on and a rusty revolver
The singer describes his own exploits with a partner, suggesting that the ocean is so good that she would willingly join him on dangerous adventures like swabbing decks or robbing banks.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management
Written by: Andre Benjamin, James Ryan Wuihun Ho, Christopher Breaux

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Introductory line, no real meaning behind it.


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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.

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