PRIDE.
Kendrick Lamar Lyrics


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Love's gonna get you killed
But pride's gonna be the death of you, and you and me
And you and you
And you and me
(And you and you)
(And you and me)
(And you and you)
(And you and me and)

Me, I wasn't taught to share, but care
In another life, I surely was there
Me, I wasn't taught to share, but care
I care, I care

Hell-raising, wheel-chasing, new worldy possessions
Flesh-making, spirit-breaking
Which one would you lessen?
The better part, the human heart
You love 'em or dissect 'em
Happiness or flashiness?
How do you serve the question?
See, in the perfect world, I would be perfect, world
I don't trust people enough beyond they surface, world
I don't love people enough to put my faith in man
I put my faith in these lyrics hoping I make amend
I understand I ain't perfect I probably won't come around
This time, I might put you down
Last time, I ain't give a fuck, I still feel the same now
My feelings might go numb, you're dealing with cold thumb
I'm willing to give up a leg and arm to show empathy from
Pity parties and functions and you and yours
A perfect world, you probably live another twenty-four
I can't fake humble just 'cause your ass is insecure
I can't fake humble just 'cause your ass is insecure

Me, I wasn't taught to share, but care
In another life, I surely was there
Me, I wasn't taught to share, but care
I care, I care

Maybe I wasn't there
Maybe I wasn't there
Maybe I wasn't there
Maybe I wasn't there

Now, in a perfect world, I probably won't be insensitive
Cold as December, but never remember what winter did
I wouldn't blame you for mistakes I made or the bed I laid
Seems like I point the finger just to make a point, nowadays
Smiles and cold stares
The temperature goes there (goes there)
Indigenous disposition
Feel like we belong here
I know the walls, they can listen
I wish they could talk back
The hurt becomes repetition
The love almost lost that

Sick venom in men and women overcome with pride
A perfect world is never perfect, only filled with lies
Promises are broken and more resentment come alive
Race barriers make inferior of you and I
See, in a perfect world, I'll choose faith over riches
I'll choose work over bitches, I'll make schools out of prison
I'll take all the religions and put 'em all in one service
Just to tell 'em we ain't shit, but He's been perfect, world

Me, I wasn't taught to share, but care
In another life, I surely was there
Me, I wasn't taught to share, but care
I care, I care

Maybe I wasn't there
Maybe I wasn't there




Maybe I wasn't there
Maybe I wasn't there

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Kendrick Lamar's song PRIDE. explore the tension between love and pride and how they can both lead to one's downfall. The chorus suggests that while love can be dangerous, pride can ultimately be the death of us all. The repetition of the phrase “and you and me” emphasizes the universality of this theme; we are all susceptible to the dangers of pride.


The verses delve deeper into the personal struggles that Kendrick Lamar faces with pride. He admits that he was not taught to share, but rather to care. He acknowledges that he struggles with connecting with people on a deeper level and putting his faith in others. He turns to his music as a way to express himself and make amends. He recognizes that he is not perfect, but hopes that his music can help him connect with others and show empathy.


Kendrick also touches on larger societal issues in the song. He critiques our obsession with material possessions, arguing that they distract from what really matters: the human heart. He speaks out against the racial barriers that exist in our society and emphasizes the importance of unity and faith over individual wealth.


Overall, PRIDE. is a thoughtful exploration of the dangers of pride and the importance of empathy and care. It is a call to action for individuals to look beyond their own egos and connect with others on a deeper level.


Line by Line Meaning

Love's gonna get you killed
It's risky to love others since it can lead to heartbreak and even death


But pride's gonna be the death of you, and you and me
Pride is a dangerous emotion that can ultimately cause destruction in relationships, not just for yourself, but for others too


Me, I wasn't taught to share, but care
I wasn't taught how to share things, but I was taught to care about others


In another life, I surely was there
Maybe in a past life, I was a more giving person


Hell-raising, wheel-chasing, new worldy possessions
Material possessions are superficial and don't bring real happiness


Flesh-making, spirit-breaking
Focusing on physical desires can harm your mental and emotional wellbeing


Which one would you lessen?
Which of these negative qualities would you prefer to have less of?


The better part, the human heart
Ultimately, the most important thing is recognizing the value of and being kind to other human beings


You love 'em or dissect 'em
When it comes to relationships, you either love and appreciate others for who they are or criticize and judge them excessively


Happiness or flashiness?
Is true happiness found in superficial displays of wealth and status, or something deeper?


How do you serve the question?
What do you believe is the best way to answer this question?


See, in the perfect world, I would be perfect, world
In an ideal world, I would be my best self


I don't trust people enough beyond they surface, world
I struggle to connect with others and often only see people for what they show on the surface


I don't love people enough to put my faith in man
I have difficulty believing in others and relying on them for support and care


I put my faith in these lyrics hoping I make amend
Instead, I find comfort and solace in art, such as music, to try and work through my feelings and make amends


I understand I ain't perfect I probably won't come around
I acknowledge that I'm not perfect and may struggle to change my ways


This time, I might put you down
I might let someone down or hurt them this time around


Last time, I ain't give a fuck, I still feel the same now
Even though I didn't care or take responsibility for my actions before, I still feel similarly now


My feelings might go numb, you're dealing with cold thumb
My emotions might shut down and I might become distant and unfeeling


I'm willing to give up a leg and arm to show empathy from
Despite this, I am willing to go to great lengths to show empathy and compassion for others


Pity parties and functions and you and yours
Social gatherings where people wallow in self-pity and sadness and focus on their own issues can be unproductive and unhealthy


A perfect world, you probably live another twenty-four
In a perfect world, people would be able to live longer and healthier lives


I can't fake humble just 'cause your ass is insecure
I refuse to downplay my worth or accomplishments to make someone else feel more secure about themselves


Maybe I wasn't there
Perhaps I wasn't present or there for someone who needed me in the past


Now, in a perfect world, I probably won't be insensitive
If everything was ideal, I would not be as uncaring or unfeeling as I may come across now


Cold as December, but never remember what winter did
Even though I may act cold or distant, I try to forget the past hurt and pain that may cause me to act that way


I wouldn't blame you for mistakes I made or the bed I laid
I take ownership for my own mistakes and don't blame others for the problems I've caused


Seems like I point the finger just to make a point, nowadays
I may sometimes blame others not because they're at fault, but just to emphasize my own viewpoint and make my argument stronger


The temperature goes there (goes there)
The intensity of emotions and tension can escalate beyond control


Indigenous disposition
An inherent or natural tendency towards certain behaviors or attitudes


Feel like we belong here
Despite differences or past struggles, we feel connected and part of this community


I know the walls, they can listen
I am aware that even in private settings, our conversations and feelings can be overheard and exposed


I wish they could talk back
I desire a deeper connection and understanding with my surroundings and environment


The hurt becomes repetition
Pain or trauma can become cyclical and repeat itself, causing ongoing suffering


The love almost lost that
The pain or trauma caused a strain on or almost ended a relationship built on love and affection


Sick venom in men and women overcome with pride
When people become overly proud, their actions and words can be toxic and harmful to others


A perfect world is never perfect, only filled with lies
Even in an idealistic world, there will always be flaws, deception, and dishonesty


Promises are broken and more resentment come alive
People often fail to fulfill their promises, which can cause frustration and anger in others


Race barriers make inferior of you and I
Structural and societal barriers based on race and ethnicity can make certain individuals and groups feel inferior or disadvantaged


In a perfect world, I'll choose faith over riches
If everything was ideal, I would prioritize my faith and spirituality over material wealth


I'll choose work over bitches
Instead of prioritizing fleeting romantic relationships, I would focus on meaningful and fulfilling work and accomplishments


I'll make schools out of prison
In a better world, I would transform prison systems into environments for education and rehabilitation


I'll take all the religions and put 'em all in one service
In the ideal world, I would unify different faiths and beliefs into one shared ceremony or tradition


Just to tell 'em we ain't shit, but He's been perfect, world
Even with all these changes, I recognize that humans are imperfect and flawed, but I believe there is a greater force of perfection guiding us




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Songtrust Ave, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Anna Christine Wise, Anthony Tiffith, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Steve Thomas Lacy Moya

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