"Sincerely, Jane" as written by and Charles Joseph Janelle Monae Robinson....
Left the city, my momma she said don't come back home
These kids round' killin' each other, they lost they minds, they gone
They quittin' school, making babies and can barely read
Some gone off to their fall, lord have mercy on them
One, two, three, four, your cousins is round' here sellin' dope
While they're daddies, your uncle is walking round' strung out
Babies with babies, and their tears keep burning, while their dreams go down the drain now

[Chorus]
Are we really living or just walking dead now?
Or dreaming of a hope riding the wings of angels
The way we live
The way we die
What a tragedy, I'm so terrified
Day dreamers please wake up, we can't sleep no more

Love don't make no sense, ask your neighbor
The winds have changed; it seems they have abandoned us
The truth hurts, and so does yesterday
What good is love if it burns bright, and explodes in flames
(I thought every little thing had love but uh)

[Chorus]

I've seen them shootin' up funerals in they Sunday clothes
Spending money on spinners but won't pay college loans
And all you gangsters and bangers rollin' dice and taking lives, in a Smokey dark
Lord have mercy on you
Teacher, teacher please reach those girls in them videos
The little girls just broken Queen, confusing bling for soul
Danger, there's danger when you take off your clothes, all your dreams go down the drain girl

[Chorus]

We live and then we die, and we never know the right
So now, now were gone now, on your mark
We live and then we die, and we never touch the sky
So now, now were gone now, on your mark

Five, seven, eight, two, one
It is now time, for you to come home my dear
You've been gone long enough
You must come, you must go


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"Sincerely, Jane" as written by Janelle Monae Robinson Charles L Joseph

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  • +4
    My OpinionAlso, I don't believe that it's a parody. I think she's just giving her opinion of the society that she's from -- "The way we live / The way we die / What a tragedy, I'm so terrified". Her tone is a bit theatrical, but not sarcastic.
    igotthison May 16, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningListen more carefully to the way she sings "what a tragedy, I'm so terrified", and note the "ya"s at the end of each line of the verse beginning with "I've seen them shootin' up funerals in they Sunday clothes". It's a parody. She's making fun of the people who say these things. This is made even clearer by videos of her performing it live.
    spockfaceon July 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentWhat does she mean when she sings "the little girls just broken Queen"?
    igotthison May 16, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis is a concept album, and first line of the song is "Left the city, my momma she said...." and then she goes on. So this is purely the person recounting what their mom said. The chorus (meaning her backing vocals) are echoing her thoughts, perhaps the subjects thoughts or that of the community her mother lives in, or even her moms'.

    So, with that in mind, it's the reaction of an older woman viewing how her community and culture has changed because of what's happening within it. With this being a concept album using androids/robots as metaphor for "other" or "new", and what society does with such, the audience can fill in the blank and see parallels with real life if you choose.
    v.11364051on October 06, 2016   Link
  • -1
    General CommentLove this song, it's pretty clear what this is about, waking up and changing your life and waking up and seeing the suffering that is going on around you and doing something about it.
    dejavulaon September 10, 2008   Link

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