Walk On By
Thundercat Lyrics


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At the end of it all (end of it all)
No one wants to drink alone
Baby that's how it goes
Don't walk away from me

Fragmented memories
Sentences incomplete
That's when she said


"Don't wanna put up a fight anymore
I'm down to the end of my rope
And I'm freefalling
I'll search inside myself
I need to know why I act this way"
A whisper turns to her scream
I can't ignore it no more

At the end of it all (end of it all)
No one wants to drink alone
Baby that's how it goes

From my eyewitness binoculars
To Argentina and Africa
We mastered the pressure
Hazardous, harassing us
You laugh at us
More accurate at bagging dimes, now we bagging rhymes
Bodybags, price tags on your fo'head
Nine times out of ten, young niggas are nine or ten
When the line becomes thin: be a killer or fireman
Fill up the lavish pen if I needed to right my wrongs
I can't deny sin, condolences through these palms
I remember when your cousin was coming home
My bitch, when we plotted to kill him 'cause we ain't know him
Unfamiliar faces make niggas nervous
Convicted court cases might hit the surface
Restricted territories might come through lurkin'
We ain't want none of that urgent call
Well, I'ma add terpene, fall on my identity, percocets
For all the headaches, I'm 'bout to bring confetti
Tumble out this barrel soon as it ring, you ready?
That was the word for we moved on 'em
Treat him like Joe the plumber
I wonder if someone come and can see this tool on him
Immature and retarded is what you call me
Yo' cousin wa'n't comin' home from the pen but from the army
If I can right my wrongs and pen this verse I read
Even though a bullet hit him in the leg, still walk on by

At the end of it all (end of it all)
No one wants to drink alone

Baby that's how it goes
Don't walk away from me

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "Walk On By" by Thundercat display a feeling of instability and uncertainty. The chorus indicates a fear of loneliness that is experienced at the end of a relationship. The line, "No one wants to drink alone" highlights this feeling of loneliness and the unwillingness to face it. The first verse presents a picture of a broken relationship, with fragmented memories and incomplete sentences. The second verse speaks to the desperation that comes with this loss, and the need to understand why things fell apart. The third verse seems to be a stream of consciousness, providing a picture of a community that lives in constant fear, with restrictions and consequences lurking at every turn. Despite this, there is a sense of resilience and determination to move past the mistakes and walk on by.


The lyrics of "Walk on By" speak to themes of heartbreak, desperation, and perseverance. It is a song that explores both personal and societal struggles, highlighting the importance of resilience in the face of uncertainty.


Line by Line Meaning

At the end of it all (end of it all)
When everything is said and done


No one wants to drink alone
People don't want to be alone and without companionship


Baby that's how it goes
That's just the way life is, unfortunately


Don't walk away from me
Please don't leave me, I need you


Fragmented memories
Memories that are broken and incomplete


Sentences incomplete
Speech that is not fully formed or lacking in clarity


That's when she said
This is the moment when she spoke


"Don't wanna put up a fight anymore
I'm tired of struggling and resisting


I'm down to the end of my rope
I'm at my breaking point and can't go on


And I'm freefalling
I'm plummeting and losing control


I'll search inside myself
I need to explore my own thoughts and feelings


I need to know why I act this way"
I'm trying to understand my own behavior


A whisper turns to her scream
A small sound becomes a loud, agonized cry


I can't ignore it no more
I can't pretend not to hear or feel it anymore


From my eyewitness binoculars
Viewing the world from my own perspective


To Argentina and Africa
Traveling far and wide across the globe


We mastered the pressure
We have become skilled at handling difficult situations


Hazardous, harassing us
Dangerous and troubling things are making our lives difficult


You laugh at us
You belittle and mock us


More accurate at bagging dimes, now we bagging rhymes
We used to be better at making money through illegal means, but now we are focusing on making music


Bodybags, price tags on your fo'head
People are getting killed and valued like products


Nine times out of ten, young niggas are nine or ten
Young black men are often forced to grow up quickly due to the challenges they face


When the line becomes thin: be a killer or fireman
When the situation is dire, you either have to be tough and aggressive or brave and helpful


Fill up the lavish pen if I needed to right my wrongs
I would use writing as a way to correct my mistakes and atone for my sins


I can't deny sin, condolences through these palms
I can't pretend that I haven't committed sins, and I feel regret


I remember when your cousin was coming home
I recall a time when someone you knew was returning home


My bitch, when we plotted to kill him 'cause we ain't know him
I and others were planning to harm this person simply because we didn't know who he was


Unfamiliar faces make niggas nervous
Encountering people you don't know makes you uneasy


Convicted court cases might hit the surface
Criminal trials and verdicts may be brought to light


Restricted territories might come through lurkin'
Dangerous people and situations may suddenly arise in certain areas


We ain't want none of that urgent call
We didn't want to be involved in any emergency situations


Well, I'ma add terpene, fall on my identity, percocets
I will enhance my attributes and hide my true self, using drugs as a crutch


For all the headaches, I'm 'bout to bring confetti
Despite all the problems and stress, I am determined to celebrate and have a good time


Tumble out this barrel soon as it ring, you ready?
As soon as the danger presents itself, we will be ready to react


That was the word for we moved on 'em
That was the signal that we were going to take action against our enemies


Treat him like Joe the plumber
We will treat him with the same disregard and lack of respect as an average person


I wonder if someone come and can see this tool on him
I wonder if anyone else can identify that he is carrying a weapon


Immature and retarded is what you call me
You insult me by calling me childish and stupid


Yo' cousin wa'n't comin' home from the pen but from the army
Your relative is not being released from prison, but rather coming home from military service


If I can right my wrongs and pen this verse I read
If I can rectify my mistakes and express myself through writing


Even though a bullet hit him in the leg, still walk on by
Despite being wounded, he continues to persevere and move forward




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Stephen Bruner, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

el rye de laòdjs laels mentes oprimida

"Ya no quiero pelear más
"Don't wanna put up a fight anymore

Estoy hasta el final de mi cuerda
I'm down to the end of my rope

Y estoy en caída libre
And I'm freefalling

Buscaré dentro de mí
I'll search inside myself

Necesito saber por qué actúo de esta manera"
I need to know why I act this way"



Brendan Music Meilleur

At the end of it all
No one wants to drink alone
Baby that's how it goes
Don't walk away from me

Fragmented memories
Sentences incomplete
That's when she said
"Don't wanna put up a fight anymore
I'm down to the end of my rope
And I'm freefalling
I'll search inside myself
I need to know why I act this way"
I whispered tunes to her scream
I can't ignore it no more

At the end of it all
No one wants to drink alone
Baby that's how it goes

[Kendrick Lamar:]
From my eyewitness binoculars
To Argentina and Africa
We mastered the pressure
Hazardous, harassing us
You laugh at us
More accurate at bagging dimes, now we bagging rhymes
Bodybags, price tags on your fo'head
Nine times out of ten, young niggas are nine or ten
When the line becomes thin: be a killer or fireman
Fill up the lavish pen if I needed to right my wrongs
I can't deny sin, condolences through these palms
I remember when your cousin was coming home
My bitch, why we plotted to kill him 'cause we ain't know him
Unfamiliar faces make niggas nervous
Convicted court cases might hit the surface
Restricted territories might come through lurkin'
We ain't want none of that urgent call
Well, I'm a act Turk and fall on my identity, Percocets
For all the headaches, I'm 'bout to bring confetti
Tumble out this barrel soon as it ring, you ready?
That was the word 'for we moved on 'em
Treat him like Joe the Plumber
I wonder if someone come and can see this tool on him
Immature and retarded is what you call me
Yo' cousin wa'n't comin' home from the pen but from the army
If I can right my wrongs and pen this verse I read
Even though a bullet hit him in the leg, still walk on by

[Thundercat:]
At the end of it all
No one wants to drink alone
Baby that's how it goes
Don't walk away from me



All comments from YouTube:

Jordan Ayebare

Im from Uganda and literally no one listens to this kind of music ..so I’ve been slowly discovering these hidden talented people like thundercat..steve lacy..the internet..kaytranada..tyler the creator ..the list goes on...and I have to say life’s not been the same!

Zenkai Shogun

Enjoy exploring the rabbit hole brother check out Earthgang and Anderson .Paak

Jordan Ayebare

Zenkai Shogun i listen to anderson paak too😁...amma start on earth gang

WaldoIsDead

Broo, am from uganda too and I listen to these songs. Although my friends think it's weird when I play them thundercat😂😂

Jordan Ayebare

WaldoIsDead first pass your number quickly 😂

kinduvabigdeal

@WaldoIsDead everyone thinks they're different

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la miki minach

Kendrick, Thundercat, and all the other collaborators from TPAB need form a band, they would be the next earth wind and 🔥

Cole Emmerson Hallman

Fire?

Sunowi

Cole Emmerson Hallman No, lit.

Ophis

N I K E lmao

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