Frank Ocean has evolved from an unknown ghostwriter to an internationally praised musician since the release of his critically acclaimed album channel ORANGE in 2012. An impressive vocal range combined with an ability to blend R&B, hip hop and soul with poetic lyrical elements have helped him garner respect amongst many in the music business. This two time Grammy-winning artist has collaborated with some of the most influential artists in entertainment today, including Kanye West, John Mayer, Beyonce, James Blake and Pharrell Williams to name a few. Enjoy some of the 5 best Frank ocean lyrics to date.
5. "Skyline To"
Off of the 2016 album, Blonde, comes "Skyline To", which has us wanting to stay young forever. Frank is playing off the idea that the older one gets, the quicker the days and years seem to go by. Ocean warns of this inevitability and preaches why we should take advantage of the good times and live in the moment while we still can.
"Sunrise in sight
In comes a morning, hunting us with the beams
Solstice ain't as far as it used to be
It begins to blur, we get older (Blur!)
Summer's not as long as it used to be
Everyday counts like crazy (Smoke, haze)"
4. "Sweet Life"
Most of us at one time or another have daydreamed of living in a mansion, owning a few exotic cars and essentially living the "Sweet Life", but in this smooth jazz/R&B track from 2012's channel ORANGE, we're given a realistic social commentary of the pitfalls of living lavishly. Ocean seems to resent this lifestyle, pledging to live his life a different way in this song that became one of the most successful from his debut album.
"The best song wasn't the single, but you weren't either
Livin' in Ladera Heights, the black Beverly Hills
Domesticated paradise, palm trees and pools
The water's blue, swallow the pill
Keepin' it surreal, whatever you like
Whatever feels good, whatever takes you mountain high
Keepin' it surreal, not sugar-free
My TV ain't HD, that's too real
Grapevine, mango, peaches, and limes, the sweet life"
This theological song from 2016's Blonde album seems to take on many topics including love and heartbreak as well as life and death. The philosophical nature of the lyrics are thought provoking on a meditative level while the serene melody perfectly contrasts the scattered emotional intensity in some verses. It's easy to imagine these lyrics being performed as a spoken word piece, but honestly with or without music, "Seigfried" is a lyrical gem.
"Speaking of Nirvana, it was there
Rare as the feathers on my dash from a phoenix
There with my crooked teeth and companion sleeping, yeah
Dreaming a thought that could dream about a thought
That could think of the dreamer that thought
That could think of dreaming and getting a glimmer of God"
Arguably the most popular hit off of 2012's channel ORANGE was this heartbreaking account of a relationship that seems to be just out of reach. Ocean's falsetto chorus on this amazing track is impressive and captivating while perfectly capturing the emotional turmoil he's describing. The song has received high critical acclaim and has become a true testament to Ocean's impeccable songwriting ability.
"A tornado flew around my room before you came
Excuse the mess it made, it usually doesn't rain in Southern California, much like Arizona
My eyes don't shed tears, but boy, they pour when
I'm thinkin' 'bout you (Ooh no, no, no)
I've been thinkin' bout you (You know, know, know)
I've been thinkin' bout you, do you think about me still?
Do ya, do ya?"
For one of the most celebrated songs off of his 2016 album Blonde, Frank received some help from a couple of pretty famous friends. Pharrell Williams produced "Pink + White," which featured backing vocals from Beyonce. These poetic lyrics help us appreciate our own lives and have us regretting the times we were ungrateful, with lyrics like"If you could die and come back to life/You'd kneel down to the dry land, Kiss the earth that birthed you."
"If you could die and come back to life
Up for air from the swimming pool
You'd kneel down to the dry land
Kiss the Earth that birthed you
Gave you tools just to stay alive
And make it out when the sun is ruined"
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