Sidewalks
The Weeknd feat. Kendrick Lamar Lyrics


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Uh-uh, uh, uh
Uh-uh, uh, yeah, ah

I ran out of tears when I was eighteen
So nobody made me but the main streets
'Cause too many people think they made me
Well if they really made me, then replace me
Homeless to Forbes list, these niggas bring no stress
I feel like Moses, I feel like I'm chosen
And if you ain't my nigga then your girl single to me
I don't give a damn if a nigga said he knew me
Grew up with no father so nobody ever "son" me
My flow too sick, Kevin Costner couldn't touch me
I know you wish that nobody ever loved me
I feel useless when I'm never making money
Well, this the life we always fantasized
Rich folk problem through a Queen Street nigga's eyes
Every time you see me pulling up in Aventadors
Just know we been grinding on them sidewalks

Sidewalks saved my life
They don't ever lie
Sidewalks saved my life
They showed me all the signs

They don't let me down
But they lead me on
And they don't let me down
But they lead me on
And they lead me on

Say, say say
I come from murder one, brung late night melee
Say, say, say
We hung all summer, sprung mattress with bae bae
Say, say, say
Trippin' off dyke, and my name strike with pay day
Say, say, say
Flippin' blue lighting, tightening, strapped with AK
Say, say, say
OG one, told me one, show me one, eight ways
How to segue
Pussy, power, profit and headache
I reminisce my life innocence
Or life innocent, or life intimate, with fame
Like limo tint with light women, dark women in it
Aw Kenny, good game
She wanna hang with a Starboy
The sun and the moon and star, boy
Astronomer, anonymous
I line 'em up, grind 'em up, these nine of us
And five of us have probably fucked
She mollied up, I tallied up all the parts, boy
Twenty legs, arms, head (head)
Head, head, more head (head)
Oh God bless the dead (yeah)
I'm livin' life, high off life
I wear my chokes off to bed
I'm the greatest nigga, why you so scared to say it?
I wanna rock, I wanna rock, I wanna cop more land
I never stop
I wanna quick advance on a bill if it ain't one
Break everything, I'm a hustler, came from

Sidewalks saved my life (sidewalks saved my life)
They don't ever lie
Sidewalks saved my life (sidewalks saved my life)
They showed me all the signs

They don't let me down
But they lead me on
They don't let me down




But they lead me on
And they lead me on

Overall Meaning

The Weeknd Kendrick Lamar's "Sidewalks" offers a unique perspective on the journey of a successful artist. The song begins with The Weeknd reflecting on his past and the sacrifices he made to become the successful artist he is today. He acknowledges the struggle he went through growing up without a father, and how it helped him become stronger. He also talks about how he had to make it on his own, as he wasn't given any help from those around him.


The lyrics "Homeless to Forbes list, these n*ggas bring no stress" are an indication of his hard work in getting to the top. Although he's successful now, he has seen the other side of life, and it's something he'll never forget. The line "I feel like Moses, I feel like I'm chosen" is symbolic of his power and influence. He feels like he is chosen to represent the people, and he's grateful for it.


The song then shifts to Kendrick Lamar's verse, where he talks about his journey to the top as well. He shows off his lyrical prowess as he raps about his life of crime and how he uses that experience to stay on top. The last few lines of the song are an indication of the ups and downs of The Weeknd's career. He acknowledges the role that his journey and the people around him have played in his success. The sidewalks serve as a metaphor for the rough path he has taken to get where he is now.


Line by Line Meaning

I ran out of tears when I was eighteen
I've been through a lot of hardships and emotional pain since I was young.


So nobody made me but the main streets
The only thing that has always been there for me through all of it is the streets.


'Cause too many people think they made me
People try to take credit for my success, but they didn't make me who I am.


Well if they really made me, then replace me
If they really think they did so much for me, then let them do it again with someone else.


Homeless to Forbes list, these niggas bring no stress
I've come a long way from being homeless to being a successful artist, and I don't let anyone bring me down because of it.


I feel like Moses, I feel like I'm chosen
I feel powerful and significant, like a leader or prophet.


And if you ain't my nigga then your girl single to me
If we're not friends then I see your girl as available to me.


I don't give a damn if a nigga said he knew me
I don't care if people claim to know me, it doesn't make a difference.


Grew up with no father so nobody ever "son" me
I didn't have a father figure growing up so no one treated me like a son.


My flow too sick, Kevin Costner couldn't touch me
My rap style is so unique and impressive that not even a famous actor like Kevin Costner could compete.


I know you wish that nobody ever loved me
There are people who are jealous of my success and wish that I never had a strong support system.


I feel useless when I'm never making money
When I'm not making money, I feel worthless.


Well, this the life we always fantasized
This is the lifestyle that we always dreamed of having.


Rich folk problem through a Queen Street nigga's eyes
I see and experience the problems that rich people have from a different perspective.


Every time you see me pulling up in Aventadors
When you see me driving my fancy car, know that it's the result of my hard work.


Just know we been grinding on them sidewalks
The streets are where I really hustled and worked hard to get to where I am now.


Sidewalks saved my life
The streets were where I found my purpose and drive.


They don't ever lie
The streets always showed me the truth.


They showed me all the signs
The streets guided me and helped me navigate my way through life.


But they lead me on
The streets keep pushing me forward.


And they lead me on
The streets continue to motivate me to succeed.


I come from murder one, brung late night melee
I come from a place where violence and chaos were common.


We hung all summer, sprung mattress with bae bae
I spent time with my lovers all summer, relaxing and enjoying each other's company.


Trippin' off dyke, and my name strike with pay day
I'm high off drugs and my fame earns me a lot of money.


Flippin' blue lighting, tightening, strapped with AK
I'm involved in illegal activities, with intense lighting and weapons for protection.


OG one, told me one, show me one, eight ways
An experienced person taught me eight different ways to hustle and make money.


How to segue
How to move from one thing to another seamlessly.


Pussy, power, profit and headache
The things that drive me are sex, power, money, and the stress that comes with success.


I reminisce my life innocence
I miss the time in my life when I was still pure and innocent.


Or life innocent, or life intimate, with fame
I long for a time when my life was simpler and not complicated by my fame.


Like limo tint with light women, dark women in it
I remember a time when I could have light-skinned and dark-skinned women in my car without it being a big deal.


Aw Kenny, good game
A shoutout to collaborator Kendrick Lamar for doing a great job.


She wanna hang with a Starboy
Women are attracted to me because of my fame.


The sun and the moon and star, boy
I'm so popular that even celestial objects are used to describe me.


Astronomer, anonymous
I'm so successful that everyone knows me but they can't fully understand me.


I line 'em up, grind 'em up, these nine of us
I have a group of people who work with me and help me succeed.


And five of us have probably fucked
Some of us have had sexual relations with each other.


She mollied up, I tallied up all the parts, boy
She took the drug MDMA and I counted up all the parts of my success.


Twenty legs, arms, head (head)
A reference to the multiple women or people that The Weeknd has slept with or has come into contact with.


Head, head, more head (head)
I receive a lot of oral sex.


Oh God bless the dead (yeah)
Paying respects to those who have passed away.


I'm livin' life, high off life
I'm enjoying life and the high of success and accomplishment.


I wear my chokes off to bed
I keep my expensive jewelry on even when I sleep.


I'm the greatest nigga, why you so scared to say it?
I know I'm the best, and it's okay to acknowledge it.


I wanna rock, I wanna rock, I wanna cop more land
I want to continue to succeed and acquire more wealth and success.


I never stop
I never give up and always push myself to be the best.


I wanna quick advance on a bill if it ain't one
I want to pay off my bills as fast as possible and continue to make money.


Break everything, I'm a hustler, came from
I'll do whatever it takes to succeed and make money, because I come from a place where that's necessary.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Songtrust Ave, Anthem Entertainment, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Abel Tesfaye, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Martin McKinney, Robert Richardson, Dan Wilson, Ali Muhammad

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Comments from YouTube:

@ClaireTucker884

this whole song so good, the beat alone is incredible
Weeknd is so dope. I can't stop watching this track again and again. I am sure he will be #1 soon due to 💖 a u t h e n t I c v i e w s 💖

@yllifetahaj8844

Sidewalks was always a criminally underated song from Abel. The story behind this song is just crazy but many ppl dont know

@Hanna66665

What history?

@Zilla-xx9es

“Cause too many ppl think they made me” i remeber back then that was clear shot at Drizzy

@jpearson997

@@Zilla-xx9es i agree

@ThefirstandtheendUltrapowerful

Stop stating that it’s underrated and enjoy the freakin song bro !!

@blakestaredwards

​@@athenango8713 shut up

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@thole_me

this album has like 5 of the best songs ever, howwww

@Apeezy5

He has 4 albums with 7 songs each above 500+ million , 8-10 hits with a Billion, he's blessed.

@lilymena8034

Currently homeless in a shelter and this song helps me so much ..

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