Terrifying. It feels, taken in a present context, as if Frank is making a bid to relive old memories. You look around and realize, in an instant, nothing is familiar. Who you share your life with evolves. A visual spinning loader indicating that the page is performing an action. “In comes the morning (smoke) / In comes the morning (haze),” Frank warns to close “Skyline To.” Be careful; he seems to say, this, too, will pass. Everything boils down to the final line of the first verse, where Frank lambasts timing with a timid delivery. It felt like each night was our bid at infinity. Frank also reveals their growing apart was circumstantial since his lover had to exercise restraint to keep himself away from Frank. by Frank Ocean. There’s something so heartbreaking about the closing note of encouragement as Frank says, “Know you got it,” as if to suggest he knows his former lover is irresistible. By this point in Blonde, “Self Control” is the saddest and most desperate moment of the album, because the more you sit with the song, the more you realize Frank Ocean is bleeding all over wax. This record is one of somber reflection; on the year that flew by and last night’s pretty fu*king, to be more specific. Sometimes I realize everything is different and cry my eyes out, thinking about all the sweet memories that are nothing but. When we left my buddy’s house, I played the rest of “Self Control” for my girlfriend. Frank Ocean Explains Why He Uses Multiple Voices Throughout ‘Blonde’ And ‘Endless’ About “Ivy” On “Ivy,” Frank reflects on his mistakes and explores a failed relationship. Where morning is meant to represent new beginnings, Frank chooses to ascribe it as “haunting,” with “beams,” reminding us of the lights on police cars. Skyline To est une chanson de Frank Ocean, . SpirDark is a credible source because he has tons of unreleased music from TDE artists including Kendrick, so he definitely has connections in that area. We go from summer memories to “gliding” down the highway, to “pretty fucking, underneath moonlight” all within the first verse. Based on the allusions to “Solo” in the second verse (“Now and then you miss it, sounds make you cry / Some nights you dance with tears in your eyes”), we can assume Frank is talking directly to the listener, having dissociated from the poolside scene altogether. In the summers during undergrad, my buddy would come to see me after his time working in the factory. Because you’re their old lover. Frank Ocean’s “Skyline To” & the Passing of Time There is so much to miss in this life. Because it just could not work out. Skyline To Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar Buy This Song. âFutura Free,â the final song on Frank Oceanâs masterpiece âBlonde,â feels like a grand unveiling. In conjunction with the writing, the gentle swells of the guitar sell the emotion of “Skyline To.” How the production is so simple, yet the emotion is so vast. âGood Guyâ presents a Frank Ocean bereft of peace. “Skyline To” deals with the passing of time as an eventuality, sure, but it also reminds us to live for the present. We don’t expect “Self Control” to turn on us, but Frank is an otherworldly songwriter. 6. There’s terror in change—which all of Blonde posits—how it is so silent and all-consuming. This terror is why “Skyline To” reads like a purposefully incomplete title. He sings: “It begins to blur, we get older (Blur!) Everything will change. Frank makes as much clear from the opening lines about poolside conversations. Hopefully this clears up all the questions about this from the last two years! Was sampled in 1 song. This is joy, this is summer Keep alive, stay alive Got your metal on, we're alone Making sweet love, takin' time 'Til god strikes us That's a pretty f*cking fast year flew by That's a pretty long third gear in this car. It feels like the moment of clarity after bad news breaks when you come to terms with the tragedy and realize everything will eventually fall into place. Finally, we have these two ideas combined into the notion of Frank finding peace in his lonely life. ), highly anticipated, and long awaited album Blonde.Still seems surreal we are able to discuss Frank's new album, but here we are! Got your medal on, we're alone. âEvery night fucks every day up / Every day patches the night up.â. His fine detailing and how he manages to make the incredibly specific broad enough for someone like myself to fall into his world and experience it as my own is inspiring. ‘Til our arms give out, ‘til our hearts burst, we have to keep our happiness alive. And—this is the real rub—we start to remember things we’d rather forget. Would they pick up if they saw your name flash on their screens? Where are they now? I speak so obtusely because, four years on, itâs still hard for me to wrap my mind around what âNikesâ means to me. Produced by Malay, Tyler, The Creator, Om’Mas Keith, and Frank Ocean, “Skyline To” is but two verses, one far shorter than the other, musing on the passing of time. If we’re not careful, it feels like we could spend entire days pining after what was. Root Farm by Armand Hammer (2018) Discussion. Original material is licensed under a Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution. If we’re not careful, it feels like we could spend entire days pining after what was. She looked at me, admittedly not knowing what to say, and we let the weight muscle between us in the car. If we’re not careful, it feels like we could spend entire days pining after what was. What a pity. Night had fallen. The scene was crisp and perfect. Main genre: Hip-Hop / Rap / R&B. Then, finally, finally, Frank reveals the reason the relationship fell through. We’re treated to more backstory here, as Frank reveals the pair grew apart for lack of time together. Frank Ocean—the multi-talented singer, songwriter, and rapper—eschews the R&B label his music is traditionally given and references genres as varied as electronica, psychedelic rock, and hip-hop. Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on Amazon.com. Instead, the fallen romance of “Self Control” mimics the feeling of watching the inevitable tide wash away a sandcastle built too close to the shoreline. By the second verse, Frank has begun speaking for—not exactly his former lover—an enigmatic you. While there’s no clear answer on the song, we can infer based on Frank admitting to losing his self-control on the following lines. A bit about me: I seem to always get dumped in August because the timing just wasn’t right for us. These lines, pulling back for a second, are what makes Frank such a force. Of course, that means this outro makes me cry—what doesn’t? How we infer Frank is no one’s boyfriend, how he cannot shake their first memories of doing coke together, how coke stands in for the rush of new love, how the timing could not have been worse. Best: Self Control, Ivy, Pink + White, Seigfried, Pretty Sweet, Nights, Skyline To, Solo, Nikes. I’ve got a buddy—a different buddy; the one I always write about—who says there are two types of people. By the end of “Skyline To,” the past is so far gone, these things must be “worth twice than a friend” simply so Frank can cope and not waste away missing his past. It climbs higher, higher, until we sound as if we are floating in outer space, looking down on the Earth we just left, and all the life we’ve done our best to live. To ask for someone to hold space for you is equivalent to saying, “Please, don’t let me leave your thoughts.”. During the 15-minute drive, I decided to play some choice selects from Blonde, so I put on “Self Control” and immediately grabbed the wheel tighter. The production feels choral and precious, feels like a constant unfolding. Vocals / Lyrics Hip-Hop / Rap / R&B. Frank Ocean - Skyline To Lyrics. We get the sense Frank is comfortable being kept on the sidelines, as long as he is kept at all. on Amazon Music Unlimited (ad) "Skyline To". We’d speed down to the shore and lose track of time. Was Frank’s partner merely scared of commitment? There is so much to miss in this life. If weâre not careful, it feels like we could spend entire days pining after what was. âWithin Frankâs fresh hell, he finds his heaven.â. It mimics how distant things can become, how out of sight they can be. We run through a chorus and a warbling, distorted bridge, and things feel familiar, and the story of “Self Control” feels evident. Frank Ocean’s “Skyline To” & the Passing of Time. She watched me with heavy eyes. If we’re not careful, it feels like we could spend entire days pining after what was. I do not claim any right over any of the graphics, images, songs used in this video. It’s the final line of the verse that stings the most, though: “Can you come when I call again?” The implication here is Frank has called before to no answer. You’re expecting more, and it’s just not there, the time has passed. [Verse 1: Frank Ocean (Kendrick Lamar)] This is joy, this is summer Keep alive, stay alive Got your metal on, we're alone Making sweet l Good Guy Lyrics: Here's to the good guy, he hooked it up / Said if I was in NY I should look you up / First time I'd ever saw you / And you text nothing like you look / Here's to the gay bar you Except it was the fall-turning-winter, and we had made it through the summer together. Firstly, it takes us to Frank’s meeting this man, how he was slick in his approach. Everything is different now. In The Before, a few months back, I was in the car with my girlfriend, driving through South Jersey to my buddy’s house. © 2020 The DJ Booth LLC. We can start to remove ourselves from the narrative, thinking we’ll walk away from this one unscathed. Everything about “Skyline To” is urging us to save time, to cherish memories, to realize things are moving so quickly. Frank Ocean (born October 28, 1987) is an American singer/songwriter and member of the gleefully-hedonistic hip-hop collective OFWGKTA.He was born Christopher Edwin Cooksey (later legally changed to Breaux) in Long Beach, California, and moved to New Orleans with his family as a young child. Remember all the people we used to call at the strike of any news? Oceanâs poetry grows wilder as âWhite Ferrariâ progresses, and yet the final message is so accessible: âWeâre free to roam.â. Be the first to comment on this track! Additional Programming: Frank Ocean. 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