Solo
Frank Ocean Lyrics


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Hand me a towel, I'm dirty dancing by myself
Gone off tabs of that acid
Form me a circle, watch my Jagger
Might lose my jacket and hit a solo
One time
We too loud in public then police turned down the function
Now we outside and the timing's perfect
Forgot to tell you, gotta tell you how much I vibe with you
And we don't gotta be solo
Now stay away from highways
My eyes like them red lights
Right now I prefer yellow
Redbone, so mellow
Fuck 'round, be cutting you
Think we were better off solo
I got that act right in the Windy city that night
No trees to blow through
But blow me and I owe you
Two grams when the sun rise
Smoking good, rolling solo

Solo (solo)
Solo (solo)
S-solo (solo)
S-solo (solo)

It's hell on Earth and the city's on fire
Inhale, in hell there's heaven
There's a bull and a matador dueling in the sky
Inhale, in hell there's heaven
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Solo, solo
Solo, solo

I'm skipping showers and switching socks, sleeping good and long
Bones feeling dense as fuck, wish a nigga would cross
And catch a solo, on time
White leaf on my boxers, green leaf turn to vapors for the low
And that mean cheap, cause ain't shit free and I know it
Even love ain't, 'cause this nut cost, that clinic killed my soul
But you gotta hit the pussy raw though
Now your baby momma ain't so vicious, all she want is her picket fence
And you protest and you picket sign, but them courts won't side with you
Won't let you fly solo
I wanted that act right in Colorado that night
I brought trees to blow through, but it's just me and no you
Stayed up 'til my phone died
Smoking big, rolling solo

It's hell on Earth and the city's on fire
Inhale, in hell there's heaven
There's a bull and a matador dueling in the sky
Inhale, in hell there's heaven
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Ah (solo, solo)
(Solo)
By myself
(Solo)




(Solo, solo)
(Solo, solo)

Overall Meaning

In "Solo," Frank Ocean opens with the line, "Hand me a towel, I'm dirty dancing by myself," which is a metaphor that suggests he is engaging in a hedonistic activity all alone. He admits that he's "gone off tabs of that acid" and is now in his own world of dancing. Frank creates a vivid picture of himself on the dance floor, surrounded by a circle of people admiring his moves. He confesses that he's likely to lose his jacket and hit a solo, meaning he's going to get lost in the music and dance all by himself. The line, "We too loud in public then police turned down the function," suggests that they were probably engaging in some kind of bad behavior or illegal activity. The police come, and they are forced to leave the venue to continue their fun elsewhere.


Frank acknowledges the fact that he's enjoying his own company, but also admits that he's happy to be with someone else, saying "And we don't gotta be solo." He advises himself and his companion to "Stay away from highways," probably a reference to the fact that they are under the influence of a substance, and driving is not a good idea. Frank continues the drug references, stating that his eyes are red, and he prefers them to be yellow. He also mentions "Redbone" in the lyrics, which means a person of mixed-race with red undertones. The stanza, "I got that act right in the Windy city that night, No trees to blow through, But blow me, and I owe you, Two grams when the sun rises, Smoking good, rolling solo," is continually drawn for interpretation by fans. It may suggest that he engaged in a fling or a drug deal in Chicago.


Line by Line Meaning

Hand me a towel, I'm dirty dancing by myself
I want to dance alone, sweating too much and needing to clean up.


Gone off tabs of that acid
I have taken LSD and am now feeling its effects.


Form me a circle, watch my Jagger
Gather around me and watch my cool moves.


Might lose my jacket and hit a solo
I might get so into dancing that I take off my jacket and dance alone.


One time
Just this once.


We too loud in public then police turned down the function
We were making too much noise in public, and the police forced us to stop our activity.


Now we outside and the timing's perfect
We are now outside where it's safe to be loud, and the timing is right for us to do what we were doing before.


Forgot to tell you, gotta tell you how much I vibe with you
I didn't say it earlier, but I need to tell you how much I feel a connection with you.


And we don't gotta be solo
We don't have to be alone, we can do things together.


Now stay away from highways
It's not safe to drive on highways right now, so avoid them.


My eyes like them red lights
My eyes are bloodshot and tired, like red traffic lights.


Right now I prefer yellow
I am feeling a bit more energized, like the yellow traffic light.


Redbone, so mellow
I am relaxed and calm, like a person with light brown skin.


Fuck 'round, be cutting you
Don't mess with me or I'll hurt you.


Think we were better off solo
Maybe it's better if we do things alone instead of together.


I got that act right in the Windy city that night
I behaved well that night when I was in Chicago.


No trees to blow through
I don't have any marijuana to smoke.


But blow me and I owe you
If you perform oral sex on me, I will owe you a favor in return.


Two grams when the sun rise
I will have two grams of marijuana in the morning.


Smoking good, rolling solo
I am smoking high-quality marijuana and doing it alone.


It's hell on Earth and the city's on fire
The world is a terrible place right now, and the city is experiencing turmoil.


Inhale, in hell there's heaven
Even in terrible times, there is still good to be found if you know where to look.


There's a bull and a matador dueling in the sky
There is a conflict happening in the world above us, like in a bullfight.


I'm skipping showers and switching socks, sleeping good and long
I haven't been taking care of myself hygiene-wise, but I am sleeping well.


Bones feeling dense as fuck, wish a nigga would cross
I am feeling strong and ready to take on anyone who challenges me.


And catch a solo, on time
I am ready and willing to fight alone if necessary.


White leaf on my boxers, green leaf turn to vapors for the low
I have cocaine residue on my underwear, and I can make marijuana smoke inexpensively.


And that mean cheap, cause ain't shit free and I know it
I know that things are not free and that's why I am looking for ways to cut down costs.


Even love ain't, 'cause this nut cost, that clinic killed my soul
Even sex isn't free because I need to pay for contraception or face consequences like contracting an STD.


But you gotta hit the pussy raw though
Sometimes I like to have sex without a condom.


Now your baby momma ain't so vicious, all she want is her picket fence
Now that you are a father, your child's mother is no longer causing problems and just wants a peaceful life.


And you protest and you picket sign, but them courts won't side with you
You can demonstrate your beliefs, but the legal system may not rule in your favor.


Won't let you fly solo
The system doesn't allow you to act alone, you need to follow the rules.


I wanted that act right in Colorado that night
I wanted to be well-behaved in Colorado that night.


I brought trees to blow through, but it's just me and no you
I brought marijuana to smoke, but I'll be doing it alone.


Stayed up 'til my phone died
I stayed up very late until my phone battery died.


Smoking big, rolling solo
I am smoking a lot of marijuana by myself.


Ah (solo, solo)
A vocalization to emphasize the idea of being alone.


(Solo)
Alone.


By myself
Alone.


(Solo)
Alone.


(Solo, solo)
Being alone.


(Solo, solo)
Being alone.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Anthem Entertainment
Written by: Ommas Keith-Graham, Charles M. Njapa, Todd Harry Rundgren, Charles Christopher Breaux, Mikey Alfred, Dave Allen, Hugo Burnham, Sage Elsesser, Andy Gill, Jon King, James Ryan Wuihun Ho

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@yairasevilla7456

“White leaf on my boxers, green leaf turn to vapors for the low”
He’s rolling a joint in his boxers

“And that mean cheap, 'cause ain't shit free and I know it”
I might sound crazy but I think he’s talking about a joint costing less than child support and you’ll see why

“Even love ain't, 'cause this nut cost, that clinic killed my soul
But you gotta hit the pussy raw though”
He came inside the girl he met in Colorado raw, and went to a pregnancy clinic and said she was pregnant which killed his soul.

“Now your baby momma ain't so vicious
All she want is her picket fence
And you protest and you picket sign
But them courts won't side with you
Won't let you fly solo”
He wants to be left alone. He doesn’t want to keep fighting with his baby momma, but she’s making it hard for him cause she wants to have her all perfect family but he doesn’t.


“I wanted that act right in Colorado that night
I brought trees to blow through, but it's just me and no you
Stayed up 'til my phone died, smoking big, rolling solo”
Instead now he wanted to act right (no acid) in Colorado that night, blowing trees without her, enjoying his time solo.

Thats from the second verse. The first verse talks about that night he connected with her.



@bengusimsek3457

Hand me a towel, I'm dirty dancing by myself
Gone off tabs of that acid
Form me a circle, watch my Jagger
Might lose my jacket and hit a solo
One time
We too loud in public then police turned down the function
Now we outside and the timing's perfect
Forgot to tell you, gotta tell you how much I vibe with you
And we don't gotta be solo
Now stay away from highways
My eyes like them red lights
Right now I prefer yellow
Redbone, so mellow
Fuck 'round, be cutting you
Think we were better off solo
I got that act right in the Windy city that night
No trees to blow through
But blow me and I owe you
Two grams when the sun rise
Smoking good, rolling solo
Solo (solo)
Solo (solo)
S-solo (solo)
S-solo (solo)
It's hell on Earth and the city's on fire
Inhale, in hell there's heaven
There's a bull and a matador dueling in the sky
Inhale, in hell there's heaven
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Solo, solo
Solo, solo
I'm skipping showers and switching socks, sleeping good and long
Bones feeling dense as fuck, wish a nigga would cross
And catch a solo, on time
White leaf on my boxers, green leaf turn to vapors for the low
And that mean cheap, cause ain't shit free and I know it
Even love ain't, 'cause this nut cost, that clinic killed my soul
But you gotta hit the pussy raw though
Now your baby momma ain't so vicious, all she want is her picket fence
And you protest and you picket sign, but them courts won't side with you
Won't let you fly solo
I wanted that act right in Colorado that night
I brought trees to blow through, but it's just me and no you
Stayed up 'til my phone died
Smoking big, rolling solo
It's hell on Earth and the city's on fire
Inhale, in hell there's heaven
There's a bull and a matador dueling in the sky
Inhale, in hell there's heaven
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Ah (solo, solo)
(Solo)
By myself
(Solo)
(Solo, solo)
(Solo, solo)



@hosgeldibabayev2805

[Verse 1]
Hand me a towel, I'm dirty dancing by myself
Gone off tabs of that acid
Form me a circle, watch my Jagger
Might lose my jacket and hit a solo, one time
We too loud in public, them police turned down the function
Now we outside and the timing's perfect
Forgot to tell you, gotta tell you how much I vibe with you
And we don't gotta be solo
Now stay away from highways
My eyes like them red lights
Right now I prefer yellow
Redbone, so mellow
Fuck 'round, be cutting you
Think we were better off solo
I got that act right in the Windy City that night
No trees to blow through but blow me and I owe you
Two grams when the sun rise
Smoking good, rolling solo
Solo (solo), solo (solo)
S-solo (solo), s-solo, (solo)

[Chorus]
It's hell on Earth and the city's on fire
Inhale, in hell there's heaven
There's a bull and a matador dueling in the sky
Inhale, in hell there's heaven
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Solo, solo, solo, solo

[Verse 2]
I'm skipping showers and switching socks, sleeping good and long
Bones feeling dense as fuck, wish a nigga would cross
And catch a solo, on time
White leaf on my boxers, green leaf turn to vapors for the low
And that mean cheap, 'cause ain't shit free and I know it
Even love ain't, 'cause this nut cost, that clinic killed my soul
But you gotta hit the pussy raw though
Now your baby momma ain't so vicious
All she want is her picket fence
And you protest and you picket sign
But them courts won't side with you
Won't let you fly solo
I wanted that act right in Colorado that night
I brought trees to blow through, but it's just me and no you
Stayed up 'til my phone died, smoking big, rolling solo

[Chorus]
It's hell on Earth and the city's on fire
Inhale, in hell there's heaven
There's a bull and a matador dueling in the sky
Inhale, in hell there's heaven
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Solo, solo, solo, solo

[Outro]
By myself
Solo, solo, solo, solo
(By myself, by myself)
(Solo)



@jenesis1277

Here's the lyrics y'all :)

Hand me a towel I'm dirty dancing by myself
Gone off tabs of that acid
Form me a circle, watch my jagger
Might lose my jacket and hit a solo
One time
We too loud in public then police turned down the function
Now we outside and the timing's perfect
Forgot to tell you, gotta tell you how much I vibe with you
And we don't gotta be solo
Now stay away from highways
My eyes like them red lights
Right now I prefer yellow
Red-bone, so mellow
Fuck 'round, be cutting you
Think we were better off solo
I got that act right in the Windy city that night
No trees to blow through
But blow me and I owe you
Two grams when the sunrise
Smoking good, rolling solo

Solo, solo
Solo, solo
S-solo, solo
S-solo, solo
It's hell on Earth and the city's on fire
Inhale, in hell there's heaven
There's a bull and a matador dueling in the sky
Inhale, in hell there's heaven
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Solo, solo
Solo, solo

I'm skipping showers and switching socks, sleeping good and long
Bones feeling dense as fuck, wish a nigga would cross
And catch a solo, on time
White leaf on my boxers, green leaf turn to vapors for the low
And that mean cheap, cause ain't shit free and I know it
Even love ain't, cause it's enough cost, that clinic kill my soul
But you gotta hit the pussy raw though
Now your baby momma ain't so vicious, all she want is her Pickett fence
And you protest and you picket sign, but them courts won't side with you
Won't let you fly solo
I wanted that act right in Colorado that night
I brought trees to blow through, but it's just me and no you
Stayed up 'til my phone died, smoking big, rolling solo

It's hell on Earth and the city's on fire
Inhale, in hell there's heaven
There's a bull and a matador dueling in the sky
Inhale, in hell there's heaven
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Solo, solo
Solo, solo
By myself
Solo, solo
Solo, solo



All comments from YouTube:

@alvarothemoneyteam6937

It’s beautiful, at one point he’s talking about how he’s solo, then next he speaks about how he feels so low

@rdiclst6908

Solo

So low

Genius asf

@utm0st

That's some low standards for 'genius'

@kabeperry4702

@@utm0st its the music its self not just the lyrics

@labibwajdi3169

how about
"inhale, inhale, there's heaven"
"in hell, in hell, there's heaven"
this guy's so good when it comes to lyricism oml

@kaIistro

@@labibwajdi3169 heard eminem?

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@oliversoto7046

The more I listen to this album, the angrier I get that it didn’t get one grammy nomination.

@albertofava865

Oliver Soto he didn't subscribe the album to the grammy

@rdiclst6908

Kanye said he would boycott the Grammys if this album didn't get one nomination

@theextraordinaryordinary8112

He didn't submit the album for Grammy nomination, as the year prior he felt Kendrick should have gotten album of the year and there's a lot of politics when it comes to the Grammys. I agree and disagree w/ those sentiments, but I also recall Outkast winning album of the year w/ 'Speakerboxx / The Love Below'. ::Shrugs::

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