"We All Try" as written by Nathan Perez and Christopher Francis Ocean....
I believe Jehovah Jireh
I believe there's heaven, I believe in war
I believe a woman's temple
Gives her the right to choose but baby don't abort
I believe that marriage isn't
Between a man and woman but between love and love
And I believe you when you say that you've lost all faith
But you must believe in something, something, something
You gotta believe in something, something, something

I still believe in man
A wise one asked me why
Cause I just don't believe we're wicked
I know that we sin but I do believe we try
We all try, the girls try, the boys try
Women try, men try, you and I try, try, we all try

I don't believe in time travel
I don't believe our nation's flag is on the moon
I don't believe our lives are simple
And I don't believe they're short, this is interlude
I don't believe my hands are cleanly
Can't believe that you would let me touch your heart
She didn't believe me when I said that I lost my faith
You must believe in something, something, something
You gotta believe in something, something, something

I still believe in man
A wise one asked me why
Cause I just don't believe we're wicked
I know that we sin but I do believe we try
We all try, the girls try, the boys try
Women try, men try, you and I try, try, we all try

Try to believe (just try)
I do believe I do believe


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"We All Try" as written by Nathan Perez Christopher Francis Ocean

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  • +3
    My InterpretationI love this song because I feel like its so rich in intellect.

    for me it symbolizes the tension a lot of people have with faith...there's so many parts of Christianity (and other religions) that deprive or devalue a lot of the world we live in today, hence the reference to gay marriage. At the same time, if you don't believe in anything then you really have little to hope for in this life. Everyone, well mostly everyone, tries to live according to some moral standard...so we all try, and we all have to try and believe in the greater good even though we can't see it around us.

    Best song on a great album.
    AngelicaRoxon November 21, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfav song on the album
    stevensteven327on March 12, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUgh so goddamn good.
    morethanworldoveron June 27, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf he didn't take a poke at the moon landing, I would have to agree with this song more than any other song ever.
    SoundogBabylonon November 02, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPretty self explanatory. Great Song
    pytiffany210on November 14, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentReminds me of Don Williams, "I believe in Love" (the words, anyways). My guess is he had early country influences and is more along the lines of folk? Hmm. Will have to take a listen now...(not a proper smilie face for the look of Oh, crap! along with a significant amount of shame).
    driftingdreameron July 16, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correction"I believe a woman's temple gives her the right to choose. But, baby, don't applaud."
    mwanteroon September 15, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionOnly criticism is that ITS JUST TOO DAMN SHORT K Now, so in the first verse, at least on the album track, he sings the verses with so much feeling and then all cool during the chorus. Love love love his vocals, gotta wonder if the difference in tone lends itself to suggesting the song is a dialogue between a fighting couple.
    Tsuppion April 14, 2013   Link
  • -3
    General CommentOk, this song pisses me off. I think Rolling Stone magazine says that Frank Ocean writes lyrics that are subtly intellectual, separating him from the pack. This is supposed to be subtle? Come on. This isn't even a social statement. It's a string of unrelated moral mumbo jumbo which is brought together by a chorus that attempts to salvage the song by claiming that it is about the importance of faith, be it in something spiritual or in something secular (which I think is a very good message). The verse, however, has nothing to do with that message. It's stubborn, pointed, and self-righteous. Example 1: "I believe a woman's temple gives her the right to chose, but baby don't abort." Translation: "I suppose I can't argue with a woman's natural right, but let it be known that if you do decide to exercise that right, I'm going to be an ass about it and judge you as morally inferior."

    The other lines, although not as appalling to me as the one above, are merely isolated opinions, aimed perhaps at attracting a wide fan-base of people who agree with most, or at least some, of the statements he makes. To "I believe in heaven," "I don't believe in time travel," "I don't believe our nation's flag is on the moon," etc all I can think of in response is "cool story bro." Enough of this self-centered movement in rap lyrics.

    Then there are lines like "I believe in war." Well then, Mr. Ocean, start disbelieving in Heaven, cause those two are not compatible. To say that you believe in war is... beyond abominable. Sadistic. Perhaps you believe that war is inevitable, but that is different. I sincerely hope that this was a mis-worded line.
    TDelon March 11, 2012   Link

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