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Frank Ocean - Sierra Leone

We're spending too much time alone
& I just ran out of trojans
Horses gallop to her throne
We're behaving like teenagers
Making less than minimum wage
Still inside our parents' homerone
No I don't live in denver
I grew up in sierra leone
& her pink skies will keep me warm sierra leone
Sierra leone

Tid bits of intuition that I been gettin abandon mission abandon mission
You must be kidding
This shit feelin different

Shit feelin too good
To me glistenin
Shimmerin underneath the sunlight
& a new day
Will bring about the dawn
& a newd ay
Will bring another crying babe into the world

(Girl now)
Our daughters reaching for your nipple cause it's time for her to eat
Tonight I'll lay her in the cradle
If it's time for go to sleep
I'll sing a lennon lullaby
She can have a pretty dream
Baby girl if you knew what I know knew what I know

In “Sierra Leone,” Frank talks to a (fictional) younger version of himself who fooled around and got a girl pregnant. He uses the extended metaphor of Sierra Leone’s “pink skies” to refer to his the girl’s vagina and womb, all the while discussing maturing in the face of impending parenthood. Whilst he’s an aloof and irresponsible “teenager” at the start of the track, he’s a seemingly responsible father figure by the close. Though the story is fictional, this kind of emotional maturity holds special weight for Frank – his own father left his family when he was five years old, leaving him without this kind of upbringing. The spoken and sung call-and-response may be a homage to Marvin Gaye’s 1971 track “Save the Children.”

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