Songs for Women
Frank Ocean Lyrics


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When I was younger I used to wonder like

If I was singing songs, just to sing the songs
Or if was singing cause that's what the bitches wanted
I couldn't play guitar like Van Halen
Had no secret chords like Saint David
But you still came around, ate your lunch with me
Used to park your car to try to bus with me
But I would say girl don't be dumb, I'm riding shotgun
We could go to my house after school after school, after school
Cause my dad don't clock off 'til late, off 'til late, off 'til late
We could kick it in the living room
Looking through my whole vinyl collection
And you could teach me how to slow dance or something
And I'mma give you chills harmonizing to Otis, Isley, Marvin

And everytime somebody asked me
If I sing songs to get at women, I say yeah
They say no fair no fair that's cheating
I say shit, oh well, oh well
And everytime a nigga asks me
If I sing songs to get at women, I say yeah
They say no fair, no fair that's cheating
I say boy don't judge cause hell if you were me
You'd be singin' to her, like lah dah dah dah

Now I'm in the lab, always working late
Always sleeping past, the breakfast she makes
She used to stop by, come and holla at me
Put her purse down and try to battle rap me
She don't do that no more, no more, no more
Don't even listen to the songs I record
But she be banging that Drake in my car
I'm so far gone, she stay blasting Trey and his songs
All damn day long, it's like she never heard of me

Now everytime somebody asks me
If I sing songs to get at women
I say naw they say okay I don't believe it
I say nope I swear I never do it
And everytime a nigga asks me
If I sing songs to get at women, I say naw
They say who do you think you're kidding
I know you, you stole my girlfriend, fair enough
You see I just don't play fair, but it's fair enough
Cause yo girl broke my heart in half




Now I'm singing 'bout heartbreak
And now I'm singing 'bout love lost

Overall Meaning

Frank Ocean's "Songs for Women" tells a story of a young man who is attracted to a girl and is unsure whether his desire to sing is genuine or simply a means of impressing her. The opening lines indicate a boy who might have questioned his motives in singing, wondering whether he is using music to get women or it's something he does for the love of it. He goes on to describe his inability to play guitar as skillfully as Van Halen, highlighting his insecurities. Despite not being able to impress her with his musical ability, the girl still spends time with him, parking her car to meet him after school. The singer acknowledges his father's absence due to work, providing them with space in his living room to bond over his vinyl collection. The singer is attentive, taking a keen interest in the girl's tastes and allowing her to introduce him to new music.


The second verse sees the singer as an adult now, working hard in the studio and unable to give his former crush the attention he once did. She stops coming around, no longer challenging him with her rhymes, and he feels regretful. However, the singer tries to deny any intentions of using his music to attract women if confronted, even though he admitted earlier to the contrary. He goes so far as to accuse the questioner of doing the same thing he does, making his responses decidedly ambiguous.


Line by Line Meaning

When I was younger I used to wonder like
As a young person, I often thought deeply about...


If I was singing songs, just to sing the songs
Whether I sang songs for the sake of singing, without any real purpose...


Or if was singing cause that's what the bitches wanted
...or if I sang only to impress women, which seemed shallow.


I couldn't play guitar like Van Halen
I lacked the virtuoso skills of guitar greats such as Van Halen...


Had no secret chords like Saint David
...nor did I possess the musical genius of Saint David, with his unique chord progressions.


But you still came around, ate your lunch with me
Despite my lack of impressiveness, you came by to eat lunch with me.


Used to park your car to try to bus with me
You even went so far as to park your car and join me on the bus.


But I would say girl don't be dumb, I'm riding shotgun
I wasn't oblivious to your advances, but I had to let you know I was already taken.


We could go to my house after school after school, after school
I suggested that we hang out at my house after school... a lot.


Cause my dad don't clock off 'til late, off 'til late, off 'til late
My dad worked long hours, so we had time to ourselves in the evenings.


We could kick it in the living room
We could just relax in the living room,


Looking through my whole vinyl collection
And flip through my collection of vinyl records.


And you could teach me how to slow dance or something
You could show me how to dance slowly or any other cool moves you knew.


And I'mma give you chills harmonizing to Otis, Isley, Marvin
I would sing along with you to the soulful music of Otis Redding, The Isley Brothers, and Marvin Gaye.


And everytime somebody asked me
Whenever anyone inquired...


If I sing songs to get at women, I say yeah
...if I sang specifically to attract women, I would admit to it.


They say no fair no fair that's cheating
People would accuse me of being dishonest and manipulative.


I say shit, oh well, oh well
I would respond by saying 'oh well' to their criticisms.


And everytime a nigga asks me
Whenever a guy asked me...


If I sing songs to get at women, I say yeah
...if I sang only to woo women, I would admit to it again.


They say no fair, no fair that's cheating
They would echo the sentiment that it was unfair game.


I say boy don't judge cause hell if you were me
I would tell them not to be so hasty to judge because they wouldn't know what it's like to be in my shoes.


You'd be singin' to her, like lah dah dah dah
I would point out that they too would try their best to impress her through singing or some other way.


Now I'm in the lab, always working late
Nowadays, I'm holed up in the studio, working hard and long hours.


Always sleeping past, the breakfast she makes
So much so, that I sleep past the breakfast she makes for me.


She used to stop by, come and holla at me
Back when we were closer, she'd drop by to chat with me.


Put her purse down and try to battle rap me
During those visits, she even took the time to put down her purse and take me on in a battle rap.


She don't do that no more, no more, no more
Unfortunately, she doesn't come around anymore.


Don't even listen to the songs I record
She also stopped listening to the music I produced or sang.


But she be banging that Drake in my car
Ironically, she bumps to Drake's music in my car instead.


I'm so far gone, she stay blasting Trey and his songs
It's as if she's oblivious to me because she's stuck on Trey Songz.


All damn day long, it's like she never heard of me
She plays Trey's music all day as if she forgot about me completely.


Now everytime somebody asks me
Nowadays, when people ask me...


If I sing songs to get at women
...if I sing to get women...


I say naw they say okay I don't believe it
I deny it, but they don't seem convinced.


I say nope I swear I never do it
I double down and swear I don't do it.


And everytime a nigga asks me
And every time some guy asks me...


If I sing songs to get at women, I say naw
...if I sing to woo women, I once again deny it.


They say who do you think you're kidding
They retort, calling me out on my bluff.


I know you, you stole my girlfriend, fair enough
One person even accused me of stealing their girlfriend, an allegation I found fair enough to entertain.


You see I just don't play fair, but it's fair enough
I concede that I don't play by the rules sometimes, but that's fair enough.


Cause yo girl broke my heart in half
I explain that his girlfriend broke my heart into pieces.


Now I'm singing 'bout heartbreak
That's why I started singing about heartbreak.


And now I'm singing 'bout love lost
I'm going through the pain of losing someone I love and it's coming out in my music.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Nathan Perez, Christopher Breaux

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@gustavolinhares682

[Intro]
When I was younger I used to wonder like

[Verse 1]
If I was singing songs just to sing the songs
Or if I was singing 'cause that's what the bitches wanted
I couldn't play guitar like Van Halen
Had no secret chords like Saint David
But you still came around, ate your lunch with me
Used to park your car to try the bus with me
But I would say, "Girl, don't be dumb, I'm riding shotgun"
We could go to my house after school, after school, after school
'Cause my dad don't clock off 'til late, off 'til late, off 'til late
We could kick it in the living room
Looking through my whole vinyl collection
And you could teach me how to slow dance or something
And I'mma give you chills harmonizing to Otis,Isley, Marvin

[Chorus]
And every time somebody asked me
If I sing songs to get at women, I say, "Yeah"
They say, "No fair, no fair, that's cheating"
I say, "Shit, oh well, oh well"
And every time a nigga asks me
If I sing songs to get at women, I say, "Yeah"
They say, "No fair, no fair, that's cheating"
I say, "Boy, don't judge 'cause, hell, if you were me
You'd be singin' to her, like lah dah-dah, dah-dah
Lah dah-dah, dah-dah, lah dah-dah, dah-dah

[Verse 2]
Now I'm in the lab, always working late
Always sleeping past the breakfast she makes
She used to stop by, come and holla at me
Put her purse down and try to battle rap me
She don't do that no more, no more, no more
Don't even listen to the songs I record
But she be banging that Drake in my car
I'm So Far Gone, she stay blasting Trey and his songs
All damn day long, it's like she never heard of me, heard of me

[Chorus]
Now every time somebody asks me
If I sing songs to get my women
I say, "Naw", they say, "Okay, I don't believe it"
I say "Nope, I swear I never do it"
And every time a nigga asks me
If I sing songs to get at women, I say, "Naw"
They say, "Who do you think you're kidding?
I know you, you stole my girlfriend"
Fair enough, you see I just don't play fair, but it's fair enough
'Cause your girl broke my heart in half
Now I'm singing lah dah, dah-dah ‘bout heartbreak
And now I'm singing lah dah, dah-dah 'bout love lost

[Outro]
(Harmonizing)
Damn [laughs]
I'm saying though, like all I write is love songs
I mean I try, I come to the studio I-, you know what I do
What do you think I do it for? Huh?
Yeah, uh-huh
But you ain't listening, ever
But if you were, you might fuck with it
Yeah, all these songs for women
Songs for women
Songs for you, baby
For you



All comments from YouTube:

@KelvinFarmer-qj2cw

2023 and this song is still a vibe. Needs to be put on Apple Music

@mauhuff

That’ll be really chill day

@kamyrah3948

2024 still praying it gets added to apple music

@boofpacksupreme

I hope it does but I don’t think it will because of all the copyright issues

@lazagabel

@@kamyrah3948i have a podcast with music and this song is there!!

@jamediz

Apple Music be really upsetn me with all the missing stuff. Like why is wiseman by frank not on there too?

@Dutchmaster412

2024 and this song still hits

@caspervanhelvoirt9460

this is such an underrated masterpiece

@DjDesim

Casper van Helvoirt it’s not REAL ones know!

@robertholt932

Instant classic!

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