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Frank Ocean Explains Meaning Of The Lyrics On Calvin Harris’ – ‘Slide’

Frank Ocean was the lyricist for Calvin Harris' latest (soon to be) mega hit. The track also features a verse by Migo's member, Offset. The lyrics to ‘Slide' are one of the draws of the enigmatic pop masterpiece. Listen to it below…

Frank Ocean took to the incredible website Genius yesterday to reveal what some of the more mysterious in the song mean. Overall the track is about someone who wants to ‘slide' into the rich and famous lifestyle so they can live lavishly.

The section below actually refers to the Picasso painting “A Boy with a Pipe” which recently sold for an absorbent amount of money.

“I might
Empty my bank account
And buy that boy with a pipe
Buy that boy with a pipe
I might, I might
Empty my bank account
And buy that boy with a pipe
Buy that boy with a pipe
I might”

 

 

 

The chorus on the other hand explores more of a sexual theme. Which is expanded on below –

Do you slide on all your nights like this?
Do you try on all your nights like this? (I might)
Put some spotlight on the slide
Whatever comes, comes through clear
Do you slide on all your nights like this?
Do you try on all your nights like this? (I might)
Put some spotlight on the side
And whatever comes, comes through clear

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“‘Slide' is slang for consistently engaging in, and relishing, sexual acts without strings attached.Frank questions why this person takes part in meaningless sex. He fears that if they have one-night stands “on all nights like this,” they will be with a different person on different nights. If there is a “spotlight put on the slide,” i.e. if it’s examined more closely, it is clear that this person will cheat on Frank behind his back. Frank explored this theme of sexual deviancy on songs such as “Self Control” and “Good Guy,” both of which appear on his sophomore album ‘Blonde'.

There are many other incredible annotations on the Genius page for the site that are totally worth looking at. It is truly amazing the amount of effort Ocean puts into his lyrics and the way themes work across songs and even albums.

Recommended Reading: Best Kids Bed With Slide

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