"No Church in the Wild" as written by Kanye Omari West, Shawn Carter, Mike Dean, Charles Njapa, Gary Wright, Phil Manzanera, James Brown, Joseph Roach, Terius Nash and Christopher Francis Ocean....
Human beings in a mob
What's a mob to a king?
What's a king to a god?
What's a god to a non-believer?
Who don't believe in anything?

We make it out alive
All right, all right
No church in the wild

Tears on the mausoleum floor
Blood stains the Coliseum doors
Lies on the lips of a priest
Thanksgiving disguised as a feast
Rollin' in the Rolls-Royce Corniche
Only the doctors got this, I'm hidin' from police
Cocaine seats
All white like I got the whole thing bleached
Drug dealer chic
I'm wonderin' if a thug's prayers reach
Is Pious pious 'cause God loves pious?
Socrates asks, "whose bias do y'all seek?"
All for Plato, screech
I'm out chere' ballin', I know y'all hear my sneaks
Jesus was a carpenter, Yeezy, laid beats
Hova flow the Holy Ghost, get the hell up out your seats, preach

Human beings in a mob
What's a mob to a king?
What's a king to a god?
What's a god to a non-believer?
Who don't believe in anything?

We make it out alive
All right, all right
No church in the wild

I live by you, desire
I stand by you, walk through the fire
Your love, is my scripture
Let me into your encryption, yeah yeah

Coke on her black skin made a stripe like a zebra
I call that jungle fever
You will not control the threesome
Just roll the weed up until I get me some
We formed a new religion
No sins as long as there's permission'
And deception is the only felony
So never fuck nobody without tellin' me
Sunglasses and Advil
Last night was mad real
Sun comin' up 5 a.m.
I wonder if they got cabs still
Thinkin' 'bout the girl in all-leopard
Who was rubbin' the wood like Kiki Shepard
Two tattoos, one read "no apologies"
The other said "love is cursed by monogamy"
That's somethin' that the pastor don't preach
That's somethin' that a teacher can't teach
When we die, the money we can't keep
But we prolly spend it all 'cause the pain ain't cheap, preach

Human beings in a mob
What's a mob to a king?
What's a king to a god?
What's a god to a non-believer?
Who don't believe in anything?

We make it out alive
All right, all right
No church in the wild
No church in the wild
No church in the wild
No church in the wild


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"No Church in the Wild" as written by Christopher Ocean Charles Njapa

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  • +6
    General CommentFrank Oceans chorus is about perspective, power is an illusion humans create. God is an illusion humans create to keep humanity in check.
    "Love Is Cursed by Monogamy" Like we could give so much love to all our neighbors but society tells us to give it to one. Religion tells us to give all our respect to One, so humanity doesn't respect each others opinions, the pious cling blindly to faith.
    Socrates and Plato were great thinkers, all western philosophy is but a footnote of Plato, yet they were pagans. They understood the gods as more of a story, a lesson to be learned and remembered, but not to live by.
    johnnyblueyeon July 16, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThe chorus is obviously alluding to the French Revolution. The French king's wars in American Revolution bankrupted him so much that the poor starved. They revolted and formed mobs. The church was above the king hence "what's a king to a god". Many priests were slaughtered because of the new government banning Christianity, hence what's "a god to a non believer". "Will he survive, alright alright, no church in the wild" probably alludes to the famous executions and the anarchy and godlessness of the revolution.
    severianon April 21, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove this song, def. one of my favourite on this albumn. There are some lyrics missing from Ye's part though, it should be;
    Sunglasses and Advil
    Last night was mad real
    Sun coming up 5am
    I wonder if they got cabs still
    Thinking about the girl in all leopard
    lewyofgron September 01, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentverse turned to scriptures
    words affect the listeners.
    viewers get an eyeful
    don't you look twice at your bibles
    truth
    where your faith at
    funny how you can let another man take that
    your religion, the right one
    they all say that
    how can i believe them if I cant believe how they act
    just a beast in a human being
    no church in the wild isn't what it seems
    crucifixes start to grown green
    holy water flowing right through the streams
    they think the picture gettin clearer and its almost done
    they shoot picasso every time they be finished one
    you can live just as long as you pay the reap off

    These lyrics are at the very beginning of the song... Right before Frankie Ocean.

    GODS I love this song.

    I don't know what I think about the rest of this song, but i think that the beginning here is just their way of saying how Religion has gone to shit. every body telling every body that their faith is wrong. people getting killed for what God they believe in. its bullshit.

    Where your faith at? Funny how you can let another man take that.
    Aztridon April 25, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General Commenteverybody ZZZzzzz on this song
    airkid1298on November 06, 2011   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationA lot of people are casually
    quoting "No Church in the Wild",
    without really understanding
    what the song is talking about.
    The song can best be looked at
    as a continuation of "Power" in
    which Kanye West talks about The
    New World Order and invokes the
    spirit of the Antichrist. This song
    differs from "Power" in that
    "Power" was a song about the
    condition of the African-American
    race when the Antichrist spirit
    takes over America. "No Church
    in the Wild" talks about the
    spiritual condition of Blacks
    whose gods are money and sex.
    The "Wild" is a spiritual
    condition, a state of mind, more
    of an existential condition. It has
    nothing at all to do with the
    streets.
    Look at the hook:
    Human beings in a mob
    What's a mob to a king? What's a
    king to a God?
    What's a God to a non-believer
    who don't believe in anything?
    Will he make it out alive? Alright,
    alright, no church in the wild
    It is clear that the human beings
    in a mob are those that seek
    their own path; rebellious,
    turning away from the
    establishment, in search of a new
    order. The second line of the
    hook talks about the idea that
    one of those in the mob has
    either proclaimed himself as the
    king, or was promoted as a king
    among the mob. Yet the king
    refuses God, because he was
    proclaimed to be a king here on
    Earth. The king may not make it
    out alive, either because God
    may take him off of his throne, or
    the mob may engage in anarchy,
    and take him off of his throne.
    The connection between this
    song, and "Power", is clearly
    established.
    In Jay-Z's verse he invokes the
    idea that Kanye West is Jesus by
    stating
    Jesus was a carpenter, Yeezy he
    laid beats
    Hova flow the Holy Ghost, get the
    hell up out your seats, preach
    He says that his flow is the Holy
    Ghost, and that it should get up
    out of its seat and preach. He is
    talking about his gift laying
    dormant. Followers do not know,
    may not know, or might not care,
    that by casually invoking the
    lyrics of this song, that they are
    subconsciously invoking the
    lyrical authority that Jay-Z has, in
    this World, to be exhalted by
    giving him spiritual authority
    over their own lives. Yet he feels
    that he needs Kanye West, who
    he just called Jesus, to carry out
    this plan.
    Remember, Kanye West already
    aligned himself as Jesus back on
    "Jesus Walks", in plain sight,
    without anyone knowing. That
    song was about a desperate need
    to talk to God, but suggests that
    he feels the need to do so to get
    away from his own struggle, and
    the thoughts that are tormenting
    him. It says nothing about doing
    the work of God; remember, the
    only thing that he prays for is
    that he has the strength to talk
    to God in confidence.
    The only thing that that I pray is
    that my feet don't fail me now
    His entire career has been a
    continuation of that same
    doctrine. Most of us get caught
    up in the existentialist appeal of
    Kanye West's music, without
    looking at what is taking place.
    Then I hope this take away from
    my sins
    And bring the day that I'm
    dreaming about
    Next time I'm in the club
    everybody screaming out
    This is classic example of the
    doublespeak that occurs in hip-
    hop, in which Kanye could be
    talking about people in the club
    screaming out the hook because
    he has gotten through to them,
    or he is talking about people in
    the club screaming out the hook
    because he already knows that he
    has penned the next radio
    single. Does the song itself take
    away from his sins, or does the
    success of the record takes away
    from his shortcomings as an
    artist?
    Kanye West then confirms this,
    for anyone that still does not
    know what is going on.
    You will not control the
    threesome
    Just roll the weed up until I get
    me some
    We formed a new religion
    No sins as long as there's
    permission
    The "threesome", is the Trinity!
    It has nothing to do with sex.
    The rest of the song is just
    hyperbole, to throw you off
    course. So when you are
    chanting the lyrics to "No Church
    in the Wild", because it has a
    tight beat, and you got your
    groove on the dance floor, realize
    what it is you are taking part of.
    You aren't asserting your own
    hedonistic lifestyle, and your own
    rebellion towards God, but you
    are in fact, giving whatever spirit
    is controlling Kanye West and
    Jay-Z, to be lord over your own
    life! Sort of funny isn't it; then
    again, when you threw up the
    Illuminati, many eons ago, and
    freely called Jay-Z, Hova, it was
    already a wrap.
    Every single artist that is signed
    to Jay-Z, associated with him, or
    promoted by him, is carrying out
    the same agenda. It is not about
    being a "real artist". Jay-Z is a
    true artist, everyone he is around
    are true artists. It is about the
    agenda. Why is it that all of
    these guys, true lyricists, in fact,
    some of the best we have ever
    seen, are following in the path
    that Jay-Z and Kanye West have
    conveniently set for them.
    Rap fans, bloggers, writers, and
    pseudo-intellectuals have been
    stating for years that they
    wanted something conscientious
    to think about and chew on from
    mainstream artists. Now they are
    finally getting what they asked
    for. So it is obvious that they are
    going to say that artists are
    brilliant, which they are. But look
    at the real meaning of the word
    conscientious. It doesn't have to
    be positive, it doesn't have to be
    spiritual, it doesn't have to be
    Christian, or Muslim, or atheist,
    to be conscientious. All it has to
    do, is to get you to think. So be
    careful what you ask for. The old
    guard, which is the negativity
    promoted by artists like Lil'
    Wayne and Young Money, that we
    complained about and loathed is
    history. This is a new era, with
    new artists, asking new
    questions. Know where you
    stand, so that you'll know what
    to listen to and who to follow, if
    anyone. You can either accept
    that hip-hop is a religion and
    follow it and allow it to become
    the spiritual force in your life or
    you can seek your own path, and
    find your own way.
    Why are there so many followers?
    Why isn't anyone thinking with
    their own mind? Why is everyone
    just conveniently following the
    mob wherever it goes, so freely,
    so carelessly? Why would you
    want to be part of a mob, if there
    is no god, then why are you
    following theirs? Or has the mob
    become a god until itself.
    Kritik254on July 25, 2013   Link

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