Father Time
Kendrick Lamar Lyrics


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You really need some therapy
Real nigga need no therapy, fuck you talkin' about?
Nah, nah, you sound stupid as fuck
Shit, everybody stupid
Yeah, well, you need to talk to someone
Reach out to Eckhart

I come from a generation of home invasions and I got daddy issues, that's on me
Everything them four walls had taught me, made habits bury deep
That man knew a lot, but not enough to keep me past them streets
My life is a plot, twisted from directions that I can't see
Daddy issues run across my head, told me, "Fuck a foul"
I'm teary-eyed, wanna throw my hands, I won't think out loud
A foolish pride, if I lose again, won't go in the house
I stayed outside, laughin' with my friends, they don't know my life
Daddy issues made me learn losses, I don't take those well
Mama said, "That boy is exhausted," he said, "Go fuck yourself
If he give up now, that's gon' cost him, life's a bitch
You could be a bitch or step out the margin", I got up quick
I'm chargin' baskets and falling backwards, tryna keep balance
Oh, this the part where mental stability meets talent
Oh, this the part, he breaks my humility just for practice
Tactics we learned together, sore losers forever, daddy issues

Early mornin' wake ups (ah) practicin' on day-offs (ah)
Tough love (ah), bottled up, no chaser (ah)
Neat, no chaser (ah), neat, no chaser (ah)
Neat, no chaser (ah), neat, no chase
Early mornin' wake ups (ah), practicin' on day-offs (ah, day-offs)
Tough love (ah), bottled up, no chaser (ah)
Neat, no chaser (ah), neat, no chaser (ah)
Neat, no chaser (ah), neat, no chaser

I got daddy issues, that's on me
Lookin' for, "I love you," rarely empathizin' for my relief
A child that grew accustomed, jumping up when I scraped my knee
'Cause if I cried about it, he'd surely tell me not to be weak
Daddy issues, hid my emotions, never expressed myself
Man should never show feelings, being sensitive never helped
His mama died, I asked him why he goin' back to work so soon?
His first reply was, "Son, that's life, and bills got no silver spoon"
Daddy issues, fuck everybody, go get your money, son
Protect yourself, trust nobody, only your mama'n'em
This made relationships seem cloudy, never attached to none
So if you took some likings around me, I might reject the love
Daddy issues kept me competitive, that's a fact, nigga
I don't give a fuck what's the narrative, I am that nigga
When Kanye got back with Drake, I was slightly confused
Guess I'm not mature as I think, got some healin' to do
Egotistic, zero-given fucks and to be specific (ah)
Need assistance with the way I was brought up (ah, ah)
What's the difference when your heart is made of stone
And your mind is made of gold
And your tongue is made of sword, but it may weaken your soul?
My niggas ain't got no daddy, grow up overcompensatin'
Learn shit 'bout bein' a man and disguise it as bein' gangsta
I love my father for tellin' me to take off the gloves
'Cause everything he didn't want was everything I was
And to my partners that figured it out without a father
I salute you, may your blessings be neutral to your toddlers
It's crucial, they can't stop us if we see the mistakes
'Til then, let's give the women a break, grown men with daddy issues

Early mornin' wake ups (ah), practicin' on day-offs (ah)
Tough love (ah), bottled up, no chaser (ah)




Neat, no chaser (ah), neat, no chaser (ah)
Neat, no chaser (ah), neat, no chaser

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Kendrick Lamar's "Father Time" discuss the artist's personal issues with his father and the impact it has had on his life. Lamar addresses the idea of "daddy issues," a term often used to describe the psychological effects that absentee or emotionally absent fathers can have on their children. The song explores Lamar's feelings of abandonment and confusion stemming from his father's absence throughout his life. He talks about how he had to rely on himself to learn and grow, and how his father's lack of direction led him to develop a certain level of resilience and self-reliance.


Throughout the song, Lamar delves into his complicated emotions around his father, expressing pain and confusion while also acknowledging his father's influence on his own sense of masculinity. He details the ways in which he has been forced to confront his father's absence and how that has impacted his relationships with other people. Overall, "Father Time" is a raw and emotional exploration of the complicated relationship that Lamar has had with his father and the role it has played in shaping his identity as an artist.


Line by Line Meaning

You really need some therapy
The singer tells Kendrick Lamar that he needs therapy.


Real nigga need no therapy, fuck you talkin' about?
Kendrick Lamar responds that he is a real man and does not need therapy.


Nah, nah, you sound stupid as fuck
Kendrick Lamar thinks the idea of therapy is stupid.


Shit, everybody stupid
The artist believes everyone is stupid.


Yeah, well, you need to talk to someone
The artist believes Kendrick Lamar needs to talk to someone about his issues.


Reach out to Eckhart
The singer recommends Eckhart Tolle as a possible therapist for Kendrick Lamar.


I come from a generation of home invasions and I got daddy issues, that's on me
Kendrick Lamar acknowledges that he grew up in an environment full of crime and that he has personal issues with his father.


Everything them four walls had taught me, made habits bury deep
Kendrick Lamar has developed bad habits from living in his environment.


That man knew a lot, but not enough to keep me past them streets
Kendrick Lamar's father had knowledge, but not enough to help him escape his environment.


My life is a plot, twisted from directions that I can't see
Kendrick Lamar's life has taken many unexpected turns that he cannot predict.


Daddy issues run across my head, told me, "Fuck a foul"
Kendrick Lamar's issues with his father make him want to rebel against anyone who tries to control him.


I'm teary-eyed, wanna throw my hands, I won't think out loud
Kendrick Lamar is emotional and wants to fight, but he keeps his thoughts to himself.


A foolish pride, if I lose again, won't go in the house
Kendrick Lamar's pride prevents him from acknowledging his losses and going home to deal with them.


I stayed outside, laughin' with my friends, they don't know my life
Kendrick Lamar hides his struggles from his friends and puts up a facade of happiness.


Daddy issues made me learn losses, I don't take those well
Kendrick Lamar's issues with his father have caused him to struggle with handling losses.


Mama said, "That boy is exhausted," he said, "Go fuck yourself
Kendrick Lamar's mother recognizes that he is tired, but his father tells him to toughen up and keep going.


If he give up now, that's gon' cost him, life's a bitch
Kendrick Lamar's father believes that quitting will have severe consequences in life.


You could be a bitch or step out the margin", I got up quick
Kendrick Lamar realizes that he must push himself to succeed and not let his struggles make him a 'bitch.'


I'm chargin' baskets and falling backwards, tryna keep balance
Kendrick Lamar is struggling to maintain his balance in life while still making progress towards his goals.


Oh, this the part where mental stability meets talent
Kendrick Lamar is acknowledging that his mental health and talent are closely related.


Oh, this the part, he breaks my humility just for practice
Kendrick Lamar believes that his father deliberately tries to break his humility and self-esteem.


Tactics we learned together, sore losers forever, daddy issues
Kendrick Lamar and his father have used similar tactics to handle losses, but their issues have caused them to always feel like 'sore losers.'


Early mornin' wake ups (ah) practicin' on day-offs (ah)
Kendrick Lamar wakes up early and practices even on his days off.


Tough love (ah), bottled up, no chaser (ah)
The way Kendrick Lamar's father loves him is by being tough and not sugarcoating things.


Neat, no chaser (ah), neat, no chaser (ah)
Kendrick Lamar's father provides him with advice in a straightforward manner.


I got daddy issues, that's on me
Kendrick Lamar acknowledges that his issues with his father are his own responsibility.


Lookin' for, "I love you," rarely empathizin' for my relief
Kendrick Lamar seeks love and validation from his father, but instead struggles to empathize with his own feelings of pain and discomfort.


A child that grew accustomed, jumping up when I scraped my knee
Kendrick Lamar learned to be independent and take care of himself from a young age.


'Cause if I cried about it, he'd surely tell me not to be weak
Kendrick Lamar's father taught him that showing emotion or crying is a sign of weakness.


Daddy issues, hid my emotions, never expressed myself
Kendrick Lamar has a hard time expressing his emotions due to his issues with his father.


Man should never show feelings, being sensitive never helped
Kendrick Lamar's father believes that men should not show their emotions as it will not help them succeed in life.


His mama died, I asked him why he goin' back to work so soon?
Kendrick Lamar asks his father why he went back to work shortly after his wife's death.


His first reply was, "Son, that's life, and bills got no silver spoon"
Kendrick Lamar's father tells him that life is not fair and that he must work to pay the bills.


Daddy issues, fuck everybody, go get your money, son
Kendrick Lamar's father teaches him to focus on making money and not caring about anyone else.


Protect yourself, trust nobody, only your mama'n'em
Kendrick Lamar's father teaches him to only trust his family and to protect himself always.


This made relationships seem cloudy, never attached to none
Kendrick Lamar struggles with forming meaningful relationships due to his lack of trust in others.


So if you took some likings around me, I might reject the love
Kendrick Lamar may reject someone's love if he feels like they are trying to get too close to him.


Daddy issues kept me competitive, that's a fact, nigga
Kendrick Lamar's issues with his father have made him competitive in life.


I don't give a fuck what's the narrative, I am that nigga
Kendrick Lamar is confident in himself and does not care about what others say about him.


When Kanye got back with Drake, I was slightly confused
Kendrick Lamar was confused when he heard that Kanye West and Drake were working together again.


Guess I'm not mature as I think, got some healin' to do
Kendrick Lamar realizes that he needs to work on himself and his own issues before judging others.


Egotistic, zero-given fucks and to be specific (ah)
Kendrick Lamar has a large amount of confidence and does not care about what others think.


Need assistance with the way I was brought up (ah, ah)
Kendrick Lamar recognizes that he needs help coping with the way he was raised.


What's the difference when your heart is made of stone
Kendrick Lamar's heart has become hardened due to his experiences growing up and his issues with his father.


And your mind is made of gold
Kendrick Lamar's mind is valuable and is one of his greatest assets.


And your tongue is made of sword, but it may weaken your soul?
Kendrick Lamar's words may be powerful, but they may also have negative effects on his well-being.


My niggas ain't got no daddy, grow up overcompensatin'
Kendrick Lamar's friends who also did not have fathers growing up may try to overcompensate for their lack of guidance.


Learn shit 'bout bein' a man and disguise it as bein' gangsta
Kendrick Lamar's friends may try to act tough and gangster to make up for their lack of knowledge in what it means to be a man.


I love my father for tellin' me to take off the gloves
Despite his issues with his father, Kendrick Lamar still loves and appreciates him for teaching him to be tough and fight for himself.


'Cause everything he didn't want was everything I was
Kendrick Lamar feels like he embodied everything his father did not want in a son.


And to my partners that figured it out without a father
Kendrick Lamar acknowledges his friends who were able to overcome their lack of a father figure.


I salute you, may your blessings be neutral to your toddlers
Kendrick Lamar wishes the best for his friends and their children.


It's crucial, they can't stop us if we see the mistakes
Kendrick Lamar believes that it is important to learn from past mistakes and not allow them to hold them back.


'Til then, let's give the women a break, grown men with daddy issues
Kendrick Lamar acknowledges that many grown men have daddy issues and that it is important to take a break and focus on healing.


Early mornin' wake ups (ah), practicin' on day-offs (ah)
Kendrick Lamar wakes up early and practices even on his days off.


Tough love (ah), bottled up, no chaser (ah)
The way Kendrick Lamar's father loves him is by being tough and not sugarcoating things.


Neat, no chaser (ah), neat, no chaser (ah)
Kendrick Lamar's father provides him with advice in a straightforward manner.


Neat, no chaser (ah), neat, no chaser
Kendrick Lamar's father's advice is direct and to the point, without any fluff.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Daniel Tannenbaum, Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Spears, Sampha Sisay, Victor Ekpo

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@Ivan-ow5xc

I just broke in tears with this song.

I am the son of a soldier. An hour ago, I just spoke about this with my psychologist. I have been taught to suppress my feelings, not to be a bitch. To focus, fight, disconnect, and move on. As Kendrick says, it makes you incredibly competitive. I've reached the goals I wanted to achieve. But at what price?

Apathy takes over you as the bag, full of compressed emotions, has no room for more.

I am tired. I won't pretend I have no right to feel anymore.

Thank you K.L



@huh5950

Lyrics
[Intro: Kendrick Lamar]
You really need some therapy
Real nigga don't need no therapy, fuck you talkin' about?
Nah, nah, you sound stupid as fuck
Shit, everybody stupid
Yeah, well, you need to talk to someone
You talk to everyone

[Verse 1: Kendrick Lamar]
I come from a generation of home invasions
And I got daddy issues, that's on me
Everything them four words done taught me
Made Heaven's bury deep
That man knew a lot
But not enough to keep me past them streets
My life is a plot, twisted from directions that I can't see
Daddy issues run across my head, told me, "Fuck a foul"
I'm teary-eyed, wanna throw my hands, I won't think out loud
A foolish pride, if I lose again, won't go in thе house
I stand outside, laughin' was my friends, thеy don't know my life
Daddy issues made me learn losses, I don't take those well
Momma said that boy is exhausted, he said, "Go fuck yourself"
If he give up now, that's gon' cost him, life's a bitch
You could be a bitch or step out the margin, I got up quick
I'm chargin' baskets and fallen' backwards, tryna keep balance
Oh, this the part where mental stability meets talent
Oh, this the part, he breaks my humility just for practice
Tactics we learned together, sore losers forever, daddy issues




[Chorus: Sampha]
Early mornin' wake ups (Ah) practicin' on day-ups (Ah)
Tough love (Ah), but hold up, no chaser (Ah)
Need no chaser (Ah), need no chaser (Ah)
Need no chaser (Ah), need no chase
Early mornin' wake ups (Ah), practicin' on day-ups (Ah, day ups)
Tough love (Ah), but hold up, no chaser (Ah)
Need no chaser (Ah), need no chaser (Ah)
Need no chaser (Ah), need no chaser

[Verse 2: Kendrick Lamar & Sampha]
I got daddy issues, that's on me
Lookin' for, "I love you," rarely emphasizin' for my relief
A child that grew accustomed, jumping' up when I scraped my knee
'Cause if I cried about it, he'd surely tell me to not be weak
Daddy issues, hear my emotions, never express myself
Man should never show feelings, bein' sensitive never helped
His momma died, I asked him why he goin' back to work so soon
His first reply was on this life, the pills got no silver spoon
Daddy issues, fuck everybody, go get your money, son
Protect yourself, trust nobody, only your momma'nem
This made relationships seem cloudy, never attached to none
So if you took some likings around me, I might reject the love
Daddy issues kept me competitive, that's a fact, nigga
I don't give a fuck what's the narrative, I am that nigga
When Kanye got back with Drake, I was slightly confused
Guess I'm not mature as I think, got some healin' to do
Egotistic, zero-given fucks and to be specific (Ah)
Need assistance with the way I was brought up (Ah, ah)
What's the difference when your heart is made of stone
And your mind is made of gold and your tongue has made its word
But it may weaken your soul
My niggas ain’t got no daddy, grew up overcompensatin’
Learn shit ‘bout bein' a man and disguise it as bein' a gangsta
I love my father for tellin' me take off the gloves
‘Cause everything he didn’t want was everything I was
And to my partners that figured it out without a father
I salute you, may your blessings be neutral to your toddlers
It’s crucial, they can’t stop us if we see the mistakes
'Til then, let's give the women a break, grown men with daddy issues


[Chorus: Sampha]
Early mornin' wake ups (Ah), practicin' on day-ups (Ah, day ups)
Tough love (Ah), but hold up, no chaser (Ah)
Need no chaser (Ah), need no chaser (Ah)
Need no chaser (Ah), need no chaser



@sweetest-of-memes

I wish I could personally thank Kendrick for this song. I cried my eyes out when I heard this for the first time. I’ve never felt so seen by an album before, and this song solidified it for me. Every word is so raw, like a confession. Kendrick has a way of completely revolutionizing the way we feel about music and the concepts he speaks on. When he says that women deserve a break and that there are grown men with daddy issues, I felt so vindicated.

I’m a woman who came from an abusive home. My mom was too naive, exhausted, and depressed to protect me and my younger siblings from our father. He could be kind, funny, brilliant, and so supportive. He taught me things I will be grateful for all my life. But he also came from a broken abusive home, hard drugs, and unspeakable traumas like being set on fire in an empty field in a farm town when he was a kid and nearly dying.

As an adult my father was an alcoholic and a malignant narcissist with bipolar I. He refused to admit there was anything wrong with him and lied about his mental illness. The things he put me through, the burdens he placed on me, were unforgivable. I tried as a young adult to forgive and make it work. After his mom died, he even apologized for things I never thought he’d apologize for. But he just kept getting sicker and more bigoted and extreme as he got older. My younger sister and I cut ties with him when we were in our early twenties. My younger brother wasn’t strong enough to survive the abuse and is a hateful bigoted man now himself.

A few years after I cut off contact with my father and brother, I had my first manic episode which is when I learned that bipolar has run in my father’s family all this time and he refused to warn me. I was able to learn from my estranged aunt that my uncle who died when I was young, his older brother, was suspected to have bipolar with schizophrenic features before he drank himself to death.

It was especially devastating to learn I have bipolar so late in life as I already have BPD, probably because of my upbringing. I’ve been in therapy for years and have been making amazing improvements, but learning I have bipolar II means I will always be on medication and have to reconsider children of my own.

I’ve decided it’s my mission in life to heal and try to be happy, and that’s it. I love who I am now, I know I’m kind, and I know that I will always love the parts of my dad that were once kind, but I’m proud to be at peace with knowing that man is long gone. My father wasn’t strong enough to stop his generational curse, and the curse will unfortunately be carried on by my brother, but it dies with me.

Kendrick expresses that raw pain of being everything your father doesn’t want and raising you to be angry and competing with the world. He talks a lot about being a father himself on this album, there’s even the line “he broke the generational curse, say thank you.” He understands what generations of cold fathers can do to the men they leave behind, and by acknowledging that there are GROWN MEN with daddy issues just like us women, and in fact this is an epidemic we all deserve compassion for.

If you bothered to read this, thank you. I know it’s weird to bare my soul like this but it just feels so good to hear a song like this and get it off my chest.



All comments from YouTube:

@mellyrara3465

"When Kanye got back with Drake, I was slightly confused,guess I'm not mature as I think, got some healin' to do"
BRO DID NOT HEAL😂😂

@shahanahsan05

Bro went from Mr Morale to the Big Stepper outta knowhere 😭😭

@pxndaa

"Fuck the big three, it's just big me" 😂

@ritakelly9402

lol sometimes you get triggered and it takes you two steps back.. 😂

@nathan.6299

FR LOL

@isaiahbaptiste-wolfe5300

Well he's only human 🤷‍♂️

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@LaylaJay-od1nn

Drake don’t got songs like this ..

@leultrainstinct406

you and the 6 clears this. talks about his mom and dad
get off Kendrick’s meat

@cold485

​@@leultrainstinct406Swear I saw you somewhere else 😂. Hating hard huh

@alexthievery7834

Drake my boy, but this isn’t replicable

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