Jukai
Jhené Aiko Lyrics


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Oh I, oh I
Oh I, oh I
Oh I, oh I

If anyone should try and find me
Just know I'm where I wanna be
I left the house all clean and tidy
Don't come searchin', please

I've made my way down to the forest
Way down to the sea of trees (the sea of trees)
The eagle grows, it gets enormous
And then it has to bleed
All the way out
All the way out
On my way out
I found a way out
Up in a tree
Up in a tree
Could you believe it?

Wouldn't you believe
Hell is not a place
Hell is not a certain evil
Hell is other people
Or the lack thereof
And their lack of love
And their lack of love
I tried, but my feet kept touchin' the ground (touch the ground)
If I died, would it even make a sound in the sea of trees? (sea of trees)
No need to bother lookin' for me
Don't come, don't come, don't come searchin' for me
You don't get to die until you get it right, you said
I envy the dead, yeah

I'm way out, I'm way out
I'm way down in the sea of trees
I'm way out
What is that I see?
Starin' back at me
Okay now
I'm okay now
Alive, alive
Made it out alive
Made it out alive

Surprise, surprise, surprise
Surprise
I'm out alive
Made it out alive
Made it out alive
Away, away, away

"What are you doing out here?"
"I don't know"
"What's your name?"
"Penny"




"Are you okay?"
"I think you saved me"

Overall Meaning

Jhené Aiko's song "Jukai" is a melancholic piece that showcases the artist's emotional depth and musical prowess. The song deals with themes of loneliness, self-discovery, and finding oneself amidst the chaos of the world. The lyrics are wise and evocative, and Aiko's voice is hauntingly beautiful as she sings about her journey through the forest.


The opening verses of the song speak to the artist's desire for solitude and isolation. She says that she's left the house clean and tidy and has gone down to the forest and the sea of trees. The eagle is used as symbolism here, as it grows and eventually bleeds. This may refer to the idea that growth and change come with sacrifice and pain. As she tries to find her way "all the way out," she climbs up a tree and finds peace there.


The second part of the song shifts focus to the concept of hell. Aiko notes that it's not a place or a certain evil, but rather it's other people or the lack thereof, and their lack of love. She expresses her desire to escape this hell and makes her way further down to the sea of trees. Finally, she meets a stranger who helps her out and is grateful for their kindness.


Overall, "Jukai" is a powerful and poignant song that addresses issues of loneliness, self-discovery, and the human condition. Aiko's vocals are rich and emotive, and the lyrics are full of insight and meaning.


Line by Line Meaning

If anyone should try and find me
If someone tries to locate me


Just know I'm where I wanna be
I am in a place where I desire to be


I left the house all clean and tidy
I cleaned and arranged the house before leaving


Don't come searchin', please
Please avoid looking for me


I've made my way down to the forest
I moved towards the forest


Way down to the sea of trees (the sea of trees)
I went to the forest with an abundance of trees


The eagle grows, it gets enormous
The eagle develops and grows into an enormous size


And then it has to bleed
Eventually, the eagle starts bleeding


All the way out
The eagle bleeds to death


On my way out
While leaving


I found a way out
I discovered a route to exit


Up in a tree
In a tree


Could you believe it?
Do you find it believable?


Wouldn't you believe
Don't you find it believable?


Hell is not a place
Hell isn't a location


Hell is not a certain evil
Hell doesn't embody a specific evil


Hell is other people
People are hellish


Or the lack thereof
Alternatively, it's the absence of someone's love


And their lack of love
Their dearth of love


I tried, but my feet kept touchin' the ground (touch the ground)
I endeavored, but my feet would always touch the ground


If I died, would it even make a sound in the sea of trees? (sea of trees)
Would my death be unnoticed among these multiple trees?


No need to bother lookin' for me
You don't need to look for me


Don't come, don't come, don't come searchin' for me
Please refrain from looking for me


You don't get to die until you get it right, you said
You previously told me that one can't die until one fixes everything


I envy the dead, yeah
I'm envious of the deceased


I'm way out, I'm way out
I have left


What is that I see?
What do I observe?


Starin' back at me
Staring back at me


Okay now
I'm okay now


I'm okay now
I'm in a good state now


Alive, alive
I'm alive


Made it out alive
I traversed the situation unscathed


Surprise, surprise, surprise
Expressing astonishment


Away, away, away
Leaving


"What are you doing out here?"
Someone inquires what I'm doing out here


"I don't know"
I'm uncertain


"What's your name?"
The person asked for identifying information


"Penny"
My name is Penny


"Are you okay?"
The person asks if I'm alright


"I think you saved me"
I believe you may have saved me




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Mclean Robinson, Brian Warfield, Jhene Aiko Chilombo

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@RiaHeartsThis

This is what Jhene said about the song Jukai;

"One night I was in [the studio] with the Fisticuffs and we were partaking in marijuana and we were watching a documentary about Aokigahara, the suicide forest in Japan. My great-grandmother was born in Hawaii, but she's actually Japanese. My grandfather is Japanese, too. So I've always wanted to go. After my brother passed — actually, my whole life — I've been very interested in death. Not afraid of it, but interested and intrigued. I was watching that [documentary] and it was such a beautiful forest. Maybe people go there and they just feel at peace. Of course, everyone has different reasons for making that decision.

"It's definitely a place I've been in my mind: 'Hmm, if I were to decide to do that, how would I do it?' So we started with a guitar and I wanted to write a song about that place and go there in my mind. I know that sounds morbid, but it was true. It was a fantasy of me going there. It's not super obvious in the song, but I say how my feet keep touching the ground [and] it's not working for me. Then I'm saved by a guy. But in real life I was on a hike in Big Sur and I was getting emotional. Then I looked up through the trees and I saw the sun. It felt like the sun saved me, which, in itself, is [symbolic]: the Son of God or the sun in our solar system. It just felt like a love story.

"It's a double/triple entendre: The male voice that you hear throughout the album is the love interest or my conscience. He also represents the devil disguised as an angel, because he keeps offering me these drugs. It's like, 'Who are you, really?' He appears at first to be an angel, but then he turns into someone that is not."

<3 <3 <3 Lots of love & light though, so happy to see you angels being so kind and caring to Jhene. She definitely deserves all the kindness in the world. xx
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@sophiemoon6604

Lyrics:

Oh I, oh I
Oh I, oh I
Oh I, oh I

If anyone should try and find me
Just know I'm where I wanna be
I left the house all clean and tidy
Don't come searchin', please

I've made my way down to the forest
Way down to the sea of trees (the sea of trees)
The eagle grows, it gets enormous
And then it has to bleed
All the way out
All the way out
On my way out
I found a way out
Up in a tree
Up in a tree
Could you believe it?

Wouldn't you believe
Hell is not a place
Hell is not a certain evil
Hell is other people
Or the lack thereof
And their lack of love
And their lack of love
I tried, but my feet kept touchin' the ground (touch the ground)
If I died, would it even make a sound in the sea of trees? (sea of trees)
No need to bother lookin' for me
Don't come, don't come, don't come searchin' for me
You don't get to die until you get it right, you said
I envy the dead, yeah

I'm way out, I'm way out
I'm way down in the sea of trees
I'm way out
What is that I see?
Starin' back at me
Okay now
I'm okay now
Alive, alive
Made it out alive
Made it out alive

Surprise, surprise, surprise
Surprise
I'm out alive
Made it out alive
Made it out alive
Away, away, away

What are you doing out here?
I don't know
What's your name?
Penny
Are you okay?
I think you saved me



All comments from YouTube:

@rodneywarner6466

She isn't suicidal, she's just so content with Life she isn't afraid to face the darkness anymore. 🌻🦄

@lovealwaysheartful

Thanks. only the real understand this

@IMarie-xs5dg

Rodney Warner 👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾✌🏽

@asiamckinnie5997

Exactly!! Simplicity is life just let it flow freely. Ase . Ase . Ase

@flowerrchilddxchase

you have to be aware of and acknowledge the darkness to love and appreciate the light 🥰🌝🌱🦋

@celestedayrider6040

Very true, but the only reason she isn't afraid of the darkness anymore is because she lived through it by experiencing suicidal ideations and possible attempts; can't get any darker by hitting that form of rock bottom.

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@mmampemahlane5851

hell is not a place, hell is not a certain evil. hell is other people. or the lack thereof and their lack of love. truth in these lyrics!!!

@genevieveroberson2465

Mmampe Mahlane especially after yesterday. This is my favorite quote 😍😍

@NickiFlawlessMinaj

Favourite part

@keashiadantzler9801

Mmampe Mahlane truth 100%

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