Nobody
Jhené Aiko Lyrics


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Attention is expensive to pay
I can't get by on minimum wage (no)
Been dealing with this venomous rage
Since I was under the age
I've been under the influence of pain

And I never needed nobody
Never needed no one
No, I don't need nobody, nobody, nobody
I don't need no one, shit, I don't need no one

Fucking up my chakras again
My father is a doctor, I've been talking to him
All the shit I'm taking, coulda got it from him
I don't have no patience, prolly got it from him
Just a product of him
Pop one, pop two, pop three, four pills
These pains tell me how life should feel
Fuck yeah, fuck you, it's my free will
So please don't tell me to chill

'Cause I don't need nobody
I don't need no one, I don't need no one
No, I don't need nobody, nobody, nobody
I don't need no one, I don't need no one

No one ever listened, no one called me pretty
Everybody called me Penny, I think I am worthless
I don't have a purpose
Who am I enough for?
Why we always lose what we work for?
Why we hurt more?
Why we never see my mother cry?
She's so tough for us, poor her

She don't need nobody, nobody, nobody
She don't need no one, she don't need no one
So I don't need nobody, nobody, nobody
I don't need no one, I don't need no one
I don't need

(Take this) grab my purse with my prescriptions in it
(Take this) tiny bursts of optimism in them
(Take this) I'm reversing my decision to win
(Take this) take this, take this, take
(Take this) back to '88 when everything was great
Then life had just begun
(Take this) it is '89 now, everything is fine now
I am only one
(Take this) wait for the 2000 and summer
I'ma be a mother, wow
(Take this) 2000 'til summer, it just got tougher
I don't have my brother now
Take this, take six, take pics, faces, famous
Face it, fake shit, pain is faithless
Yes, I am aware I am tripping
I'm here in this hell that I don't wanna live in
I smoke on my own, I drink on my own
I know it's wrong
The people I know, they just wanna know what's going on
I can't tell a soul, no, I can't tell no one
Don't need nothing from no one
No, I don't need nobody

But you're not alone, you got me




Look, I know what'll make you feel better
Here, try this

Overall Meaning

The opening lines of "Nobody" by Jhené Aiko highlight the struggle to earn attention in society. She describes how attention is expensive, and she cannot afford to pay it because minimum wage is insufficient, and she has been dealing with pain and anger since she was young. She then asserts that she has never needed anyone, and she does not need anyone now. She believes that the pills she takes reflect the pains she experiences in life, and she exercises her free will to take them. At the same time, she wonders why she feels so worthless and finds no purpose and calls on the wonders of the world that make everything great, but she struggles with living in hellish circumstances.


Furthermore, Jhené Aiko explains how her mother is tough, and despite her being a pillar of support, she does not need anyone. The narrative here is to discover the reasons behind her mother's strength, which allows her to be so sturdy and not require anyone. Even though Jhené Aiko feels all alone in her pain, she acknowledges that she has a confidante in the form of someone who cares for her. In the end, she offers a solution to the pain she feels, with the offer of a pill, she wants the person to try, believing that it will make them feel better.


Line by Line Meaning

Attention is expensive to pay
It takes a lot of effort to focus on something.


I can't get by on minimum wage (no)
I cannot survive on the minimum amount of money I earn from my job.


Been dealing with this venomous rage
I have been struggling with intense feelings of anger.


Since I was under the age
I have been experiencing this rage since I was young.


I've been under the influence of pain
Pain has had a significant impact on my life.


And I never needed nobody
I never needed anyone's help or support.


Never needed no one
I never needed anyone's help or support (double negative for emphasis).


No, I don't need nobody, nobody, nobody
No, I don't need anyone's help or support (repeated for emphasis).


I don't need no one, shit, I don't need no one
I don't need anyone's help or support (double negative for emphasis).


Fucking up my chakras again
My energy centers are disrupted and imbalanced again.


My father is a doctor, I've been talking to him
I have been discussing my problems with my father who is a doctor.


All the shit I'm taking, coulda got it from him
The medication I am taking could have been prescribed by my father.


I don't have no patience, prolly got it from him
I am not very patient and I might have inherited this trait from my father.


Just a product of him
I am a result of my father's genetics and upbringing.


Pop one, pop two, pop three, four pills
I am taking multiple pills, possibly for pain relief or to alter my mood.


These pains tell me how life should feel
The pain I feel is shaping my outlook on life.


Fuck yeah, fuck you, it's my free will
I am defiant and will not let anyone control me, it is my choice.


So please don't tell me to chill
Please don't tell me to relax or calm down.


No one ever listened, no one called me pretty
No one paid attention to me or gave me compliments.


Everybody called me Penny, I think I am worthless
Everyone referred to me by a nickname and I feel that I am not valued.


I don't have a purpose
I don't have a clear reason or direction in life.


Who am I enough for?
I am unsure who I am trying to please in life.


Why we always lose what we work for?
Why do we seem to always lose what we have worked hard for in life?


Why we hurt more?
Why do we experience more pain than joy in life?


Why we never see my mother cry?
Why don't we see our mother express her emotions or vulnerabilities?


She's so tough for us, poor her
Our mother is trying to be strong for us, but we feel sorry for her.


She don't need nobody, nobody, nobody
Our mother doesn't need anyone's help or support.


She don't need no one, she don't need no one
Our mother doesn't need anyone's help or support (double negative for emphasis).


So I don't need nobody, nobody, nobody
So I also don't need anyone's help or support (repeated for emphasis).


I don't need no one, I don't need no one
I don't need anyone's help or support (double negative for emphasis).


Take this, grab my purse with my prescriptions in it
Take my purse and the medication inside it.


Take this, tiny bursts of optimism in them
Take these pills that contain small moments of hope and positivity.


Take this, I'm reversing my decision to win
Take these pills that will help me change my mindset and make better choices.


Take this, take this, take
Take these pills.


Take this, back to '88 when everything was great
Take these pills that will help me remember a time when things were good.


Then life had just begun
This was a time when my life was just starting to take shape.


Take this, it is '89 now, everything is fine now
Take these pills to help me see that everything is okay now.


I am only one
I am just one person trying to navigate life.


Take this, wait for the 2000 and summer
Take these pills and wait for the year 2000 and the summer season.


I'ma be a mother, wow
I will become a mother soon, which is surprising and exciting.


Take this, 2000 'til summer, it just got tougher
Take these pills to help me cope with the challenges that arose between 2000 and the summer season.


I don't have my brother now
My brother is no longer with me.


Take this, take six, take pics, faces, famous
Take these pills, take six of them, and take pictures of people who are famous or familiar to me.


Face it, fake shit, pain is faithless
Acknowledge the reality of fake behavior and that pain can make it difficult to believe in anything.


Yes, I am aware I am tripping
I am aware that I am not thinking clearly or logically.


I'm here in this hell that I don't wanna live in
I am currently living in a difficult or painful situation that I wish to escape.


I smoke on my own, I drink on my own
I smoke and drink alone, possibly as a way to cope with my problems.


I know it's wrong
I understand that my smoking and drinking habits are harmful and not healthy.


The people I know, they just wanna know what's going on
The people in my life are curious about my situation and problems.


I can't tell a soul, no, I can't tell no one
I cannot confide in anyone or share my feelings.


Don't need nothing from no one
I don't need anything from anyone (double negative for emphasis).


No, I don't need nobody
No, I don't need anyone's help or support.


But you're not alone, you got me
Even though you feel alone, you do have me for support and care.


Look, I know what'll make you feel better
I have a solution that can help improve your mood or situation.


Here, try this
Here, try this pill or solution.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Jhene Aiko Chilombo, Brian Warfield, Maclean Robinson, Oladipo Omishore

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@amelianwuzor3823

Attention is expensive to pay
I can't get by on minimum wage
Been dealing with this venomous rage
Since I was under the age
I've been under the influence of pain

[Chorus]
And I never needed nobody
Never needed no one
No, I don't need nobody, nobody, nobody
I don't need no one, shit, I don't need no one

[Verse 2]
Fucking up my chakras again
My father is a doctor, I've been talking to him
All the shit I'm taking, could've got it from him
I don't have no patience, prolly got it from him
Just a product of him
Pop one, pop two, pop three, four pills
These things tell me how life should feel
Fuck yeah, fuck you, it's my free will
Please don't tell me to chill

[Chorus]
'Cause I don't need nobody
I don't need no one, I don't need no one
No, I don't need nobody, nobody, nobody
I don't need no one, I don't need no one

[Verse 3]
No one ever listened, no one called me pretty
Grampy called me Penny, I think I am worthless
I don't have a purpose
Who am I enough for?
Why we always lose what we work for?
Why we hurt more?
Why we never see my mother cry?
She's so tough for us, poor her

[Chorus]
She don't need nobody, nobody, nobody
She don't need no one, she don't need no one
So I don't need nobody, nobody, nobody
I don't need no one, I don't need no one
I don't need

[Verse 4]
(Take this) grab my purse with my prescriptions in it
(Take this) tiny bursts of optimism in them
(Take this) I'm reversing my decision to win
(Take this) take this, take this, take
(Take this) back to '88 when everything was great
Then life had just begun
(Take this) it is '89 now, everything is fine now
I am only one
(Take this) wait for the 2008 summer
I'ma be a mother, wow
(Take this) 2012 summer, it just got tougher
I don't have my brother now
Take this, take six, take pics, faces, famous
Face it, fake shit, pain is faithless
Yes, I am aware I am tripping
I'm here in this hell that I don't wanna live in
I smoke on my own, I drink on my own
I know it's wrong
To people I know, they just wanna know what's going on
I can't tell a soul, no, I can't tell no one
Don't need nothing from no one
No, I don't need nobody

Outro]
But you're not alone, you got me
Look, I know what'll make you feel better
Here, try this



All comments from YouTube:

@domi680

shoutout to all my hyper-independents in the comment. ik its hard being the person everyone runs to... but wen its u ... u have no one

@ambo9569

Growing up as a child with depression… eventually I always end up at rock bottom with no recollection of the good times… a cycle of pain, when does it ever end

@majayahbattle

Same

@jayro792

This song is the perfect example of being in a place where you do need help but people have let you down so much or dont really give a shit that you learn to rely on yourself because depending on someone else means problems and hurt

@ivanperez1853

i’m there right now , feel like im stuck in limbo with no where to go.

@1natalie_

100

@jayro792

@@ivanperez1853 i feel your pain. Im still there. Hope you were able to come out of that space

@sweetpeabeme

Great point

@ABitOf_Everything

Man .


Stuck

In this rut.


Probably time to see a therapist.

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@lorainemzizi9661

"since I was under the age...I been under the influence of pain..." this line gets me every time

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