Bad Trip
Jhené Aiko Lyrics


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I'm having an awful time
You said you would get me high
But you took me out of my mind
Way down to the other side
Bad trip
On a bad trip
On a bad trip
On a bad trip

Like a child in a womb, with no room to grow
In a world I didn't know, I'm confused and cold
Oh no
Now you show me all the things I could never see
In a new reality I cannot believe, not believe
Bad trip

(I thought you loved me)
(Someone get me some help)
(You told me you loved me)
(You're a liar, you're a liar, I hate you, I hate you)
(Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God)
(Where am I?)




(Just calm down)
(Don't touch me)

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Jhené Aiko’s “Bad Trip” speak to the disorienting and frightening experience of a hallucinogenic drug trip. The opening lines of the song—“I'm having an awful time / You said you would get me high / But you took me out of my mind / Way down to the other side”—set the tone for the rest of the track. The singer is clearly struggling to keep their grip on reality and stay in control of their thoughts and emotions. As the song progresses, the lyrics become more and more disjointed, reflecting the singer’s sense of confusion and alienation.


One particularly evocative image in the song comes in the second verse: “Like a child in a womb, with no room to grow / In a world I didn't know, I'm confused and cold”. This image perfectly captures the sense of helplessness and disorientation that characterizes a bad trip. The singer feels trapped and powerless, unable to make sense of their surroundings or regain their equilibrium.


One of the most interesting aspects of “Bad Trip” is the way that it uses lyrical and musical dissonance to reflect the experience of being high. The song starts off with a dreamy, almost lullaby-like melody, but as it progresses, the instrumentation becomes more abrasive and dissonant. This musical progression perfectly mirrors the singer’s emotional state as they slip further and further into a bad trip.


Overall, “Bad Trip” is a powerful and unsettling exploration of the psychological effects of hallucinogenic drugs. By using emotionally charged lyrics and disorienting musical elements, Jhené Aiko captures the sensory overload and dislocation of a truly bad trip.


Line by Line Meaning

I'm having an awful time
I am not feeling good, something is amiss


You said you would get me high
You promised to take me to a better place


But you took me out of my mind
But you have brought me to a place of confusion


Way down to the other side
Deep down, beyond the familiar


Bad trip
This is not how I expected things to go


On a bad trip
This experience is not turning out well


On a bad trip
My mind is in a dark place


On a bad trip
This is a really unpleasant journey


Like a child in a womb, with no room to grow
I feel stifled, trapped and unable to move forward


In a world I didn't know, I'm confused and cold
I'm unsure where I am and emotionally disconnected


Oh no
This is bad, my intuition is telling me to get out


Now you show me all the things I could never see
You're taking me to a place of new insights and experiences


In a new reality I cannot believe, not believe
But the experience is overwhelming, unbelievable


Bad trip
This is not turning out well


(I thought you loved me)
I had faith in you and our relationship


(Someone get me some help)
I need support and assistance


(You told me you loved me)
You said you cared for me


(You're a liar, you're a liar, I hate you, I hate you)
But I feel betrayed and angry, I can't trust you anymore


(Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God)
I'm scared and overwhelmed


(Where am I?)
I'm disoriented and lost


(Just calm down)
You need to relax and breathe


(Don't touch me)
I need my space and boundaries respected




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Jhene Aiko Efuru Chilombo, Amaire Johnson, Oladipo Omishore

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@bads5780

I'm having an awful time
You said you would get me high
But you took me out of my mind
Way down to the other side
Bad trip
On a bad trip
On a bad trip
On a bad trip

Like a child in a womb, with no room to grow
In a world I didn't know, I'm confused and cold
Oh no
Now you show me all the things I could never see
In a new reality I cannot believe, not believe
Bad trip



@bando-kun842

I THOUGHT YOU LOVED ME!?
(Someone get her some help!)
YOU TOLD ME YOU LOVED ME, YOU LIAR!
(Help!) LIAR!
I HATE YOU!
(Help!)
I HATE YOU!
OH MY GOD!
OH MY GOD!
OHH MY GOD, WHERE AM I!?
(Just calm down...)
DON’T TOUCH ME!



All comments from YouTube:

@damariestrada7550

You can feel the hurt and the anger she has in her screaming. We all felt that. Jhené really knows how to make us connect with her and feel her music. I fucking love her. This is a masterpiece.

@cyerawilliams5456

That ending literally sends chills up my spine, like this song is so beautiful and emotional. SHE KNOWS how to make you connect to the song and everything. Love, love, love!

@packofmilk7408

where is it from

@nadingonda2374

i agree!! it’s a masterpiece

@kayy888

This one hits hard once you been put thru bullshit by the person who was supposed to love and protect you...
I hope we are all able to heal someday from the damage that was done.

@laland209

I got high and listened to this album and just cried. It's beautiful.

@juliaspilabotte2008

laland209 relatable

@aechamarie3946

👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼

@avawilliams5827

laland209 a life goal

@timberland215

cant imagine hearing this high, sober is enough...

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