Jail
Kanye West Lyrics


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Take what you want
Take everything
Take what you want
Take what you want

Better that I change my number so you can't explain
Violence in the night, violence in the night
Priors, priors, do you have any priors?
Well, that one time, I'll be honest
I'll be honest, we all liars
Let it go

I'll be honest, we all liars
I'll be honest, we all liars
I'm pulled over and I got priors
Guess we goin' down, guess who's goin' to jail?

Guess who's goin' to jail tonight?
Guess who's goin' to jail tonight?
Guess who's goin' to jail tonight?
God gon' post my bail tonight

Don't you curse at me on text, why you try to hit the flex?
I hold up, like, "What?" I scroll, I scroll up like, "Next"
Guess who's gettin' exed? Like, next
Guess who's gettin' exed?
You made a choice, that's your bad
Single life ain't so bad, but we ain't finna go there
Something's off, I'll tell you why
Guess who's goin' to jail tonight?
What a grand plan to sell you out
I could scream and shout, let it out

I'll be honest, we all liars
I'll be honest, we all liars
I'm pulled over and I got priors
Guess we goin' down, guess who's goin' to jail?

Guess who's goin' to jail tonight?
Guess who's goin' to jail tonight?
Guess who's goin' to jail tonight?
God gon' post my bail tonight

God in my cells, that's my celly
Made in the image of God, that's a selfie
Pray five times a day, so many felonies
Who gon' post my bail? Lord, help me
Hol' up, Donda, I'm with your baby when I touch back road
Told him, "Stop all of that red cap, we goin' home"
Not me with all of these sins, casting stones
This might be the return of The Throne, Throne
Hova and Yeezus, like Moses and Jesus
You are not in control of my thesis
You already know what I think 'bout thinkpieces
'Fore you ask, he already told you who he think he is
Don't try to jail my thoughts and think precincts
I can't be controlled with program and presets
Reset
On my cell, in my cell tonight
Don't have to see you to touch you
This is what braille look like, it's on sight, huh, huh, huh
If they take me to jail, call my girl, tell her send my mail
We know what Hell look like, still, it's a hell of a life, yikes

Guess who's goin' to jail tonight?
Guess who's goin' to jail tonight?




Guess who's goin' to jail tonight?
God gon' post my bail tonight

Overall Meaning

In Kanye West's song Jail, he addresses his relationships and a possible run-in with the law. The chorus repeats the phrase "guess who's going to jail tonight?" which highlights the uncertainty and fear that Kanye may be experiencing. He mentions changing his number to avoid communication with someone who has caused him violence, which adds to the theme of fear and tension. He also mentions having "priors," suggesting that he has a criminal record, which could be the reason for his fear of going to jail. Throughout the song, Kanye mentions his faith and his belief that God will help him.


The verse where Kanye says "I'll be honest, we all liars" highlights the internal conflict that he may be facing. He acknowledges that he and others may not always tell the truth, but he also seems to be grappling with his own sense of morality. The second verse switches gears and focuses on Kanye's relationship, with him calling out his partner for choosing to end things. The phrase "guess who's getting exed" refers to the abrupt end to their relationship, and he suggests that she is to blame for the breakup.


Overall, the song Jail explores themes of fear, uncertainty, faith, and morality. Kanye's lyrics paint a picture of a man struggling to make sense of the world around him and to come to terms with his own actions and choices.


Line by Line Meaning

Take what you want
This line reflects the feeling of emptiness one feels after something traumatic or life-changing happens, leading them to not care about anything anymore.


Take everything
This line shows the importance of letting go of attachments that only lead to pain and suffering, urging one to let go of their material possessions and focus on themselves.


Better that I change my number so you can't explain
This line expresses the need to protect oneself from the negative influence of others by cutting off communication and severing ties with them.


Violence in the night, violence in the night
This line is a repetition of the same words, emphasizing the fear and chaos that can come at night and cause violence and destruction in one's life.


Priors, priors, do you have any priors?
This line refers to the past mistakes and wrongdoings that one has committed, highlighting how one's past can influence their present and future.


Well, that one time, I'll be honest
This line shows how everyone has moments of imperfection and makes mistakes they may regret later, making it important to acknowledge these moments and move forward from them.


I'll be honest, we all liars
This line is a reflection of how everyone tells white lies and keeps secrets from others, leading to an overall lack of sincerity and trust in society.


Guess we goin' down, guess who's goin' to jail?
This line shows how one's choices and actions have consequences, leading to a sense of impending doom and fear of the repercussions of one's behavior.


Guess who's goin' to jail tonight?
This line is a repetition of the previous one, emphasizing the certainty and inevitability of one's actions leading to negative consequences.


God gon' post my bail tonight
This line is a reflection of one's faith, showing how they believe in a higher power and that everything will work out in the end, even in the face of adversity.


Don't you curse at me on text, why you try to hit the flex?
This line references how people can be confrontational and aggressive through technology, using it as a medium to show off and assert their dominance over others.


Something's off, I'll tell you why
This line shows how one's intuition can tell them when something is wrong, leading them to investigate and uncover the truth behind a situation.


What a grand plan to sell you out
This line reflects how people can deceive and manipulate others for their own gain, leading to a sense of betrayal and mistrust in the person who was sold out.


Hova and Yeezus, like Moses and Jesus
This line references two popular rappers, Jay-Z and Kanye West, and compares them to two popular biblical figures, showing how they hold immense power and influence over their listeners like these figures did.


You are not in control of my thesis
This line shows how one is in control of their own life and the direction it takes, stating that no one else can dictate their path or plans for the future.


Don't try to jail my thoughts and think precincts
This line is a metaphor for how others can try to restrict one's thoughts and ideas, limiting their creativity and potential, leading to stagnation and lack of growth.


If they take me to jail, call my girl, tell her send my mail
This line shows how one values their relationships, even in the face of adversity, leading them to prioritize communicating with their loved ones while away from them.


We know what Hell look like, still, it's a hell of a life, yikes
This line reflects how even though one has been through tough times and struggles, they still find value in life and appreciate the ups and downs that come with it.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Charles M. Njapa, Dwayne Jr. Abernathy, John Peter Moylett, Kanye Omari West, Malik Yusef, Mark Williams, Michael Dean, Raul Ignacio Cubina, Sean Solymar, Shawn Carter, Warryn Jr. Campbell

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[Intro: Kanye West]
Take what you want
Take everything
Take what you want
Take what you want

[Verse 1: Kanye West]
Better that I change my number so you can't explain
Violence in the night, violence in the night
Priors, priors, do you have any priors?
Well, that one time
I'll be honest, I'll be honest
We all liars
Let it go

[Pre-Chorus: Kanye West]
I'll be honest, we all liars
I'll be honest, we all liars
I'm pulled over and I got priors
Guess we goin' down, guess who's goin' to jail?

[Chorus: Kanye West]
Guess who's goin' to jail tonight?
Guess who's goin' to jail tonight?
Guess who's goin' to jail tonight?
God gon' post my bail tonight

Verse 2: Kanye West & Dem Jointz]
Don't you curse at mе on text, why you try to hit the flex?
I hold up, likе, "What?"
I scroll, I scroll up like, "Next"
Guess who's getting 'exed?
Like, next
Guess who's getting 'exed?
You made a choice that's your bad, single life ain't so bad
But we ain't finna go there
Something's off, I'll tell you why
Guess who's goin' to jail tonight?
What a grand plan to sell you out
I could scream and shout, let it out

[Pre-Chorus: Kanye West]
I'll be honest, we all liars
I'll be honest, we all liars
I'm pulled over and I got priors
Guess we goin' down, guess who's goin' to jail?

Chorus: Kanye West]
Guess who's goin' to jail tonight?
Guess who's goin' to jail tonight?
Guess who's goin' to jail tonight?
God gon' post my bail tonight

[Verse 3: JAY-Z]
God in my cells, that's my celly
Made in the image of God, that's a selfie
Pray five times a day, so many felonies
Who gon' post my bail? Lord, help me
Hol' up, Donda, I'm with your baby when I touch back road
Told him, "Stop all of that red cap, we goin' home"
Not me with all of these sins, castin' stones
This might be the return of The Throne (Throne)
Hova and Yeezus, like Moses and Jesus
You are not in control of my thesis
You already know what I think 'bout think pieces
Before you ask, he already told you who he think he is
Don't try to jail my thoughts and think precincts
I can't be controlled with programs and presets
Reset
On my cell, in my cell tonight
Don't have to see you to touch you
This is what braille look like, it's on sight
If they take me to jail, call my girl, tell her send my mail
We know what Hell look like
Still, it's a hell of a life, yikes

Chorus: Kanye West]
Guess who's goin' to jail tonight?
Guess who's goin' to jail tonight?
Guess who's goin' to jail tonight?
God gon' post my bail tonight



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