Diesel
Ol' Dirty Bastard Lyrics


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[Raekwon the Chef]

So yo yo all I want to do is just tell them cats

On the real, keep your game high man, keep it up

Word up, never stop your goals man, yaknowhatI'msayin?
(For real baby)

And, yo son, on the real I'ma get a sneaker just like y'all



[Ol Dirty Bastard]

I need help Because the black man is God

The government is after me And the worst is, black man is the Devil

I need help So this is to bring everything in the

Someone help me please universe within the light

Someone help me! Understanding

They already did 2Pac My children, all six billion humans

Biggie Smalls on the planet Earth

Someone help me! Regardless of who or what, I love you

Someone help me please! Word is bond, I love you



Ahh! I'ma groupie for life, about nine wife

All the babies are mine, save a child life

No more doctors deliverin my babies

Stick in pins killing me slowly

To the President you say I'm a welfare fraud

you motherfucking right! Let's burn this dark house white!

Insecure about my ding-dong, married to Babylon

My queen lookin at me like a pawn!



[Raekwon the Chef]

Splash the worst rehearse a verse Flashdance on the universe

Televise the work Network Shop til your neck hurt

Whattup Dirt, nine diagram phoenix on your sweatshirt

Thirty-thousand went bezerk, it's like clockwork

Rockport Mr. Raw God, hold the fort

Collect thoughts, elect sports, sideswipe, by the white horse

French cut, gleamin in the Benz truck, whattup

Tellin my mens what? Ten times platinum and we ends up

draped out, jumpin out a cake, now throw your tape out

Furniture style, holdin the mic we got it laid out

Mind iodine Einstein remind mine

People swam nine didn't know they own kind wrong time

Denim rap, competition quick, handle that

Suckin the jim hat, pervertin on my raps'll get you slidapped

Mix drink Cuban Link lizink, flip a to zinc

Plus, expensive like a roman mink, now think



[Ol Dirty Bastard]

An ugly thirty-six chamber degree, what, you want to rhyme?

Deep bring 600 ABC through the love white hate line

I'm telling you tornado, 42 billion thought travel

The year 90's parallel, controls to the wakes

I dig woman's stomach swell, my borough is dark

Many lights UFO kites, Benjamin Franklin got it right

Abraham I stuck your cherry tree

Your white head came out my black pussy

I ran Rip Van Winkle on all fours

Mountains twinkle twinkle star, Tarzan in a jar

And then came out Jane Flintstone in my gravel pit



[Method Man]

Kill the chatterin, niggaz bust shots, keep em scatterin

Blood splatterin, on point like a javelin

Fuck battlin, you cats is only good for babblin

Imaginin yourself, as the God space travellin

Round the seven rings of Saturn

Got my sword plus the Abbot in the chamber, nine in the clip

At the gatherin, we left you staggerin, yo it had to been

Hot Nickel, who broke bread, at the Vatican

Stick a pin, in a citizen, mental food, got us diggin in

My compliments to the chef

M-E-TH like amphatimens, yes stick it to the veteran

Blaow blaow! Blown to death, take your medicines

I put the sick in your mu-sick with Osirus

Bound to blow like a bad sinus



[Ol Dirty Bastard]

Stay up at night don't sleep on your morn

Rest in the day because it's sunlight

Reverse thought psychology



[Prince Rakeem]

Child wild adventures walk trillions of square inches

Ten percentage try to drain me of my mental strengthage

Heavy wattage knowledge cleans blood clottage, and retardage

I refine the garbage logic exterminate your cottage



[U-God]

Thirty-six anger, dirty language is the stranger

The mangler, the honor roll singer righteous finger

When we shine-a, we always find a never minor major

Hard to spot we dangerous with our behavior



[Prince Rakeem]

Australian Venezuelaen illegal aliens

Chameleons all catch the feelings we revealing

Killer bee keep your mind at ease, lay back like Adam fuckin Eve

Four thousand years in the garden, puffin trees



[U-God]

I aim slang I maintain, through the main vein

The answer came clever, when we do greatness through trial and error

Mile of terror motormouth, let the odor out

Fumin greater, the temper in my spine huminator

The super grass childish blast sleepy eye stash

The hashish masterpiece, Osirus is the virus

This split second splash, severe drop is near pop





There's fallin teardrops, now is it worth your career?

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Ol' Dirty Bastard's song "Diesel" are a mix of stream-of-consciousness rambling, social commentary, and some references to the Wu-Tang Clan. In the first verse, Raekwon provides some words of encouragement and tells the listener to keep going toward their goals. ODB's verse is more personal and deals with his perceived persecution by the government as a black man. He also reveals insecurities about his manhood and worries about his relationship with his partner. In the second verse, Raekwon again spits some braggadocio raps, while ODB's verse is a jumble of references to mythology, history, and pop culture. Method Man's verse is a show of force, with a focus on battle rap, while Prince Rakeem and U-God provide more lyrics about their unique styles and personal philosophies.


The overall message of this song seems to be one of self-empowerment, with the various rappers asserting their individuality and rejecting societal norms. ODB's verse, in particular, stands out for its paranoid rantings and references to conspiracy theories. However, the raw and unpolished nature of these lyrics is an important aspect of the Wu-Tang Clan's style, which often focused on gritty street life and unvarnished emotions.


Line by Line Meaning

I need help Because the black man is God
ODB is feeling overwhelmed and lost, but he also believes that Black men are divine and powerful.


The government is after me And the worst is, black man is the Devil
ODB believes that the government is out to get him and that they are framing Black men as evil.


I need help So this is to bring everything in the
ODB is feeling overwhelmed and is reaching out for help.


Someone help me please universe within the light
He is asking for someone to help him find clarity and understanding in the universe.


Understanding
He values understanding and believes that everyone can benefit from it.


They already did 2Pac My children, all six billion humans
ODB is acknowledging that the government has targeted and silenced other influential Black men in the past.


Biggie Smalls on the planet Earth
ODB is acknowledging the death of another prominent rapper and the loss of talent it represents.


Regardless of who or what, I love you
He believes that everyone deserves love and that this sentiment is universal.


Word is bond, I love you
He reiterates that these feelings are genuine and should be believed.


Ahh! I'ma groupie for life, about nine wife
He has a large family and expresses his love for them.


All the babies are mine, save a child life
He places a lot of value on babies and believes that they are worth saving.


No more doctors deliverin my babies
He doesn't trust the medical system and prefers to handle things himself.


Stick in pins killing me slowly
He believes that the system is slowly killing him through medical treatments.


To the President you say I'm a welfare fraud
He feels that he has been unfairly accused of fraud and is frustrated by the system.


you motherfucking right! Let's burn this dark house white!
He feels so strongly against the system that he is willing to burn it down.


Insecure about my ding-dong, married to Babylon
He has a lot of insecurities and doesn't feel like he fits into society.


My queen lookin at me like a pawn!
He feels like he is being used by those around him.


Splash the worst rehearse a verse Flashdance on the universe
He feels like he has a lot to offer the world and wants to make a big impact.


Televise the work Network Shop til your neck hurt
He believes that hard work pays off, but also recognizes the problematic consumerism that is encouraged in modern society.


Whattup Dirt, nine diagram phoenix on your sweatshirt
He takes pride in his style and the symbolism that it represents.


Thirty-thousand went bezerk, it's like clockwork
He feels like chaos is inevitable and that it is just something that repeats itself.


Rockport Mr. Raw God, hold the fort
He pays homage to his godliness and wants to cement his legacy.


Collect thoughts, elect sports, sideswipe, by the white horse
He recognizes the importance of mental health and physical activity. He also acknowledges systemic racism in society.


French cut, gleamin in the Benz truck, whattup
He takes pride in his appearance and the car he drives.


Tellin my mens what? Ten times platinum and we ends up
He is ambitious and believes that he and his friends will be wildly successful.


draped out, jumpin out a cake, now throw your tape out
He is fully embracing his fame and success.


Furniture style, holdin the mic we got it laid out
He is literally laying down the foundation for his career.


Mind iodine Einstein remind mine
He values intelligence and wants to remind everyone that it's important.


People swam nine didn't know they own kind wrong time
He observes that people don't always understand each other and can be disconnected.


Denim rap, competition quick, handle that
He is confident in his skills as a rapper and is ready to handle any competition.


Suckin the jim hat, pervertin on my raps'll get you slidapped
He doesn't tolerate perverted behavior and will take actions to stop it.


Mix drink Cuban Link lizink, flip a to zinc
He enjoys luxury experiences and expensive drinks.


Plus, expensive like a roman mink, now think
He keeps reiterating his love of luxury and expensive items.


An ugly thirty-six chamber degree, what, you want to rhyme?
He challenges other rappers to compete with him.


Deep bring 600 ABC through the love white hate line
He is promoting peace and love and wants to eliminate hate.


I'm telling you tornado, 42 billion thought travel
He is emphasizing the power of thought and how quickly it can spread.


The year 90's parallel, controls to the wakes
He believes that society is undergoing a lot of changes and the 90s is reflective of that.


I dig woman's stomach swell, my borough is dark
He has a strong attraction to pregnant women and is proud of his hometown.


Many lights UFO kites, Benjamin Franklin got it right
He is a fan of extraterrestrial concepts and aliens.


Abraham I stuck your cherry tree
He is referencing the fable of George Washington cutting down a cherry tree.


Your white head came out my black pussy
He is embracing his Blackness and sees it as central to his identity.


I ran Rip Van Winkle on all fours
He is channeling the character of Rip Van Winkle, a man who fell asleep for 20 years.


Mountains twinkle twinkle star, Tarzan in a jar
He is making strange and nonsensical connections.


And then came out Jane Flintstone in my gravel pit
He is creating a surreal image that mixes characters from different pop culture sources.


Kill the chatterin, niggaz bust shots, keep em scatterin
Method Man believes that sometimes it's important to cut through the noise and take action.


Blood splatterin, on point like a javelin
He is a skilled fighter and is not afraid to use violence when necessary.


Fuck battlin, you cats is only good for babblin
He believes that some rappers aren't actually that talented and just yap at the mouth.


Imaginin yourself, as the God space travellin
He wants people to realize their own potential and imagine themselves as godly figures.


Round the seven rings of Saturn
He creates a fanciful image of traveling through space.


Got my sword plus the Abbot in the chamber, nine in the clip
He's armed and dangerous, with people by his side that he trusts.


At the gatherin, we left you staggerin, yo it had to been
He and his crew took over a joint and left other people reeling.


Hot Nickel, who broke bread, at the Vatican
He references a high profile heist in which someone stole money from the Vatican.


Stick a pin, in a citizen, mental food, got us diggin in
He is promoting self-reflection and the power of ideas.


My compliments to the chef
He wants to acknowledge the skill of the other rapper.


M-E-TH like amphatimens, yes stick it to the veteran
He is referencing his name and promoting drug use.


Blaow blaow! Blown to death, take your medicines
He is creating a violent image of someone dying and also promoting medication.


I put the sick in your mu-sick with Osirus
He is a talented rapper and producer that is respected.


Bound to blow like a bad sinus
He is confident in his ability to become famous.


Stay up at night don't sleep on your morn
He promotes productivity and hard work, as opposed to sleeping in.


Rest in the day because it's sunlight
He believes that people should rest when the sun is out.


Reverse thought psychology
He wants people to think creatively and outside of the box.


Child wild adventures walk trillions of square inches
He is acknowledging the wonder and imagination of being a child.


Ten percentage try to drain me of my mental strengthage
He feels like some people are trying to bring him down mentally.


Heavy wattage knowledge cleans blood clottage, and retardage
He believes that knowledge is valuable and helps to keep people healthy both figuratively and literally.


I refine the garbage logic exterminate your cottage
He is the kind of person who can turn trash into treasure.


Thirty-six anger, dirty language is the stranger
U-God is angry and uses crude language to express himself.


The mangler, the honor roll singer righteous finger
He sees himself as both aggressive and righteous.


When we shine-a, we always find a never minor major
He feels like when he and his crew do something, it is a big deal.


Hard to spot we dangerous with our behavior
They are troublemakers and it's hard to catch them.


Australian Venezuelaen illegal aliens
They make fun of the way people label and categorize each other.


Chameleons all catch the feelings we revealing
They are good at adapting and picking up things from their surroundings.


Killer bee keep your mind at ease, lay back like Adam fuckin Eve
He wants people to relax and not worry about things too much.


Four thousand years in the garden, puffin trees
He reflects on the long history of human existence and enjoys smoking weed.


I aim slang I maintain, through the main vein
He is skilled at using slang and always stays true to himself.


The answer came clever, when we do greatness through trial and error
He believes that mistakes can lead to greatness if you learn from them.


Mile of terror motormouth, let the odor out
He is creating a playful image of himself as a terrifying yet comedic figure.


Fumin greater, the temper in my spine huminator
He struggles with anger and sometimes finds it hard to control.


The super grass childish blast sleepy eye stash
He's a big fan of weed and likes to keep some near him as he sleeps.


The hashish masterpiece, Osirus is the virus
He's considered a master of weed and smoking.


This split second splash, severe drop is near pop
He's making an existential statement about the fleeting nature of life.


There's fallin teardrops, now is it worth your career?
He is warning that people may regret some of the choices they make for the sake of fame.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Downtown Music Publishing
Written by: CLIFFORD SMITH, COREY WOODS, DENNIS DAVID COLES, GARY E. GRICE, JASON HUNTER, LAMONT HAWKINS, ROBERT F. DIGGS, RUSSELL T. JONES

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