"Da Art of Storytellin' (Part 2)" as written by and Y Pickens David A Sheats....
"Baby, did you hear that?" "Yeah, baby, I heard it too"
Look out the window, golly, the sky is electric blue
Mama Earth is dying and crying because of you
Raining cats and jackals, all shackles disintegrate to residue
Silly mortals haven't a clue as to what the funk is going on
I'm on the telephone dialing the Dungeon ("Hello?")
This Dre, bring the MP and the SP
Meet me at the center of the Earth and travel carefully
Baby, grab the baby, cause baby, it ain't much time
Mama Earth is tossing and turning and that's a sign
Omega nigga I.F.O.s are landing in Decatur
Hope I'm not over your head, but if so you will catch on later
Played the track, guess she could not take it anymo'
Raping her heavenly body like a ho, coochie so'
From niggas constantly fucking her, never loving her
Never showing appreciation, busting nuts in her face when they done

Who says good folks ain't supposed to die?

The sky is falling, nobody balling, they done gave back they guns
For some tickets to the playoffs, but the Hornets, they won
Nigga, we slum, kept all the guns, I gotta protect my family
I drove the biggest thing in the house cause I knew they'd try to ram me
But I'm stabbing, making my way on expressway the best way I know how
Look up in the sky, east, west, no clouds
Him coming now, fuck that money now
I ask my honey how she feeling and is Jordan okay? "Yeah, yeah, she chillin'"
We should be at the dungeon shortly, ain't nobody on they porch, see?
Approaching the final exit, I'm thinking I see four horsies
But I don't though, nigga you won't know until it's on ya
I put that on my dope boys from A-Town to California
All the weed smell like ammonia but at the Dungeon I know they're smoking
Writing the raps and doing the beats to make this last recording
Fuck abortion, I got in the booth to run the final portion
The beat was very dirty and the vocals had distortion

Who says good folks ain't supposed to die?
All's well, nothing's well


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"Da Art of Storytellin' (Part 2)" as written by Y Pickens David A Sheats

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    General CommentAt first glance this song is about the apocalypse ("Mamma Earth is dyin", "thinkin I see four horsies", etc.), but I think its actually just about being really high and paranoid. Like for example "the sky is electric blue" is not exactly cause for alarm. The "All's well, nothing's well" part makes sense in this context too.
    swheeleron January 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWell, I'd like to think that Outkast would not name a song "Art of storytelling" simply to have the story be about getting high. I think they are a more intellectual group than that.

    I do think your first suggestion, Apocalypse, is right. I think the line "The Sky is electric blue" Is referring to lightning lighting up the sky.
    donniev86on June 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree that they are intellectual, and this is a very intelectual song, but I also think they definitely have a sense of humor.
    swheeleron August 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commentpart 2 kicks part 1's ass. They both good though. AND for once, i prefer big's verse to dre.
    hadiahmedon April 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAnd it is about earths destruction
    hadiahmedon April 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commenteven if this song is just about getting high thats fine, getting high can be a story. Getting high can also be a very intellectual experience
    waldo0788on January 27, 2008   Link
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    General Commentdre's verse is the hardest thing anyone ever spit, ever.
    iamsoupcombuston May 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe final 5 lines in 3k's verse are referring to his story in DAOST part 1. This whole apacolyptic scene seems to all tie in to a greater story. What I hear from his emotion, is that he's finally had enough with all the mistreatment of women and it's pushed him beyond his limits.
    c4m3r0non November 18, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI definitely think its about the state of the Earth, not about getting high: "Mamma Earth is dyin and cryin because of you. Rainin cats and jackles all shackles disintegrate, to residue. Silly mortals haven't a clueas to what the fuck is goin on." Pretty straight forward. Saying the "sky is electric blue" shouldn't be taken as a drug reference, if you look at the surrounding lines and what the song is trying to say a drug reference would be out of context. I think its Dre giving us the visuals of terrible weather.

    "I'm on the telephone, dialin the Dungeon." I think the "dungeon" is their studio. Dre's callin Big and tellin him to bring the MP and SP, which are samplers, to the center of the earth. They're gonna save the Earth with their songs.

    "Omega Nigga IFO's are landin in Decatur". IFO = Identified Flying Object. I think what Dre is saying is we know whats wrong with the world/environment, so lets fix it. "Rapin her heavenly body like a hoe, coochie so..." this and the next lines are saying how much we take from the earth and we don't give it respect in return.


    On to Big Boi's lines...
    "The sky is fallin nobody ballin they done gave back they guns for some tickets to the playoffs but the Hornets they won". The earth is in bad shape and no one cares. We arent fighting to fix things ("they gave back their guns) instead we're occupied with material things (for some tickets to the playoffs).

    "Nigga we SLUM, kept all the guns, I gotta protect my family": Big isn't saying he literally has guns and he'll shoot someone etc., hes saying he's in the fight to save the planet.

    "Him comin now, fuck that money now, I ask my honey how she feeling and is Jordan okay, yeah yeah she's chillin". God (Him) returned to earth, fuck material shit, is his girl and Jordan (Big's daughter) okay.

    "I'm thinkin I see four horses but I don't though". Definitely a reference to the four horsemen of the apocalypse (google it). "Nigga you WON'T know, until it's on ya"
    cteddyon July 26, 2011   Link
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    General CommentAlso, "I'm thinkin I see four horses but I don't though... All the weed smell like ammonia". One of the four horses represents Famine and one of the byproducts of plant decay is ammonia.
    cteddyon July 26, 2011   Link

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