"Pyramids" as written by and Christopher Breaux James Ryan Ho....
Set the cheetahs on the loose
There's a thief out on the move
Underneath our legion's view
They have taken Cleopatra

Run run run, come back for my glory
Bring her back to me
Run run run, the crown of our pharaoh
The throne of our queen is empty

We'll run to the future, shining like diamonds
In a rocky world, rocky rocky world
Our skin like bronze and our hair like cashmere
As we march to rhythm on the palace floor
Chandeliers inside the pyramid, tremble from the force
Cymbals crash inside the pyramid, voices fill up the halls

Set the cheetahs on the loose
There's a thief out on the move
Underneath our legion's view
They have taken Cleopatra, Cleopatra

The jewel of Africa
What good is a jewel that ain't still precious?
How could you run off on me? How could you run off on us?
You feel like God inside that gold
I found you laying down with Samson and his full head of hair
Found my black queen Cleopatra, bad dreams, Cleopatra

Remove her, send the cheetahs to the tomb
Our war is over, our queen has met her doom
No more she lives no more serpent in her room
No more it has killed Cleopatra, Cleopatra

Big sun coming strong through the motel blinds
Wake up to your girl for now, let's call her Cleopatra
I watch you fix your hair
Then put your panties on in the mirror, Cleopatra
Then your lipstick, Cleopatra
Then your six-inch heels
Catch her
She's headed to the pyramid
She's working at the pyramid tonight

Working at the pyramid
Working at the pyramid tonight
Working at the pyramid
Working at the pyramid tonight
Working at the pyramid
Working at the pyramid tonight
Working at the pyramid
Working at the pyramid tonight

Pimping in my convos
Bubbles in my champagne
Let it be some jazz playing
Top floor motel suite twisting my cigars
Floor model TV with the VCR
Got rubies in my damn chain
Whip ain't got no gas tank
But it still got wood grain
Got your girl working for me
Hit the strip and my bills paid
That keep my bills paid
Hit the strip and my bills paid
Keep a nigga bills paid
She's working at the pyramid tonight

She's working at the pyramid tonight
Working at the pyramid
Working at the pyramid tonight
Working at the pyramid
Working at the pyramid tonight
Working at the pyramid
Working at the pyramid tonight
Working at the pyramid
Working at the pyramid tonight

You showed up after work I'm bathing your body
Touch you in places only I know
You're wet and you're warm just like our bathwater
Can we make love before you go
The way you say my name makes me feel like
I'm that nigga
But I'm still unemployed
You say it's big but you take it
Ride cowgirl
But your love ain't free no more
But your love ain't free no more

She's working at the pyramid tonight
Working at the pyramid
Working at the pyramid tonight
Working at the pyramid
Working at the pyramid tonight
Working at the pyramid
Working at the pyramid tonight
Working at the pyramid
Working at the pyramid tonight


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"Pyramids" as written by Christopher Breaux James Ryan Ho

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  • +4
    My InterpretationThere is quite clearly 2 parts to this song, story and beat-wise.

    First half depicts Cleopatra, an ancient figure in egyptian history, the 2nd part cleverly starts with a prostitute waking up in las vegas and the narrator has given her the name "Cleopatra" and how he falls in love with her etc, just a real brief overview
    TomHa93on July 17, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"What good is a jewel that ain't still precious?"

    "It has killed Cleopatra"

    "But your love ain't free no more"

    I feel it is the loss of sacredness, perhaps the sacredness of the "feminine" (not to be confused with women, but the feminine symbolically);

    mystery, sacredness itself, creation, beauty, wisdom, love...
    susurationon November 20, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe second half is pretty self-explanatory: a man who has fallen in love with a dancer/prostitute and they had a falling out.

    But the first half, which I find much more interesting, seems to be about a loss of essence. When he sings "the jewel of Africa - what good is a jewel that ain't still precious?", it reminds me of losing what makes this woman beautiful. She's been tainted, perhaps by the profession or the world she lives in, and has lost her sparkle and her essence. "Sending the cheetahs to the tomb" would be trying to find her in her "final resting place" aka a strip club/some motel/etc.

    Anyway. Love this song.
    mallepaon February 13, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI feel that this song is very archetypal, especially the use of alluding to Egyptian and African female "goddesses".. almost like it's alluding to the loss of life in all of us, that comes with the destruction of the sacred...
    susurationon November 20, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like how whoever wrote this specifically wrote John Mayer guitar solo.
    cwaltzon February 19, 2013   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis song seems to be about how his former "Queen", Cleopatra, has been ruined. She was his idol, but then he found her "laying down with Sampson." He says "The jewel of Africa
    What good is a jewel that ain't still precious?" And then his view of women has changed forever. Until now, his Cleopatra works at a strip club, he pimps her for money. He is unemployed and she pays his bills. She has sex with him, but she doesn't love him anymore, because he doesn't pay her. What a conundrum...
    noirlingon May 24, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI see at least two possible double meanings and interpretations, both seem to have been touched on.

    One is a lament and call to action about the fall of Africans from being the pharaohs and queens of the ancient world to being little more than slaves and strippers and pimps in the modern world. This meaning is really well explored in rap genius so I'll leave it at that.

    The second is a sense of trying to regain a sense of the sacred and mystical in the modern world. I don't think the video throws all those odd spiritual and surreal images into the song by accident.

    We're all trying to drown ourselves in absinthe (known to cause hallucinations, but it's a myth) and sex and violence and fancy motorcycles and champagne and fancy jazz music and money but we're all still longing for more. We long to have crazy meaningful experiences like when the guitar solo comes on and Ocean sees the major symbol of Kabbalah, which has different meanings, but is almost always a type of Jewish mystical map of humanity's path up to the divine. Usually this includes some sort of trying to reunite the male and female aspects of God and oneself, again connecting with the evident male/female dichotomy of the song. Also see the alternately beautiful and disfigured faces of the strippers at the club. Ocean also looks to be alternately horrified at the scene and laughing with glee at the strippers shakin it.

    It also sounds sometimes like the chorus is saying 'working up the pyramid tonight', possibly referencing Kabbalah again, i.e. working one's way up to the divine, the top of the pyramid. Pyramids in ancient Egypt were pointing skyward to the heavens, the divine, the sun. Of course this would be ironic since he's in a strip club most of the time and the pyramid could mean a cock, but maybe he's simply saying that the modern age is too materialistic and that its God is merely sex and possessions, or maybe he's saying that the divine can even be found in strip clubs and broke rundown pimps. Maybe he's saying both.

    Interestingly, this song could also be about the divine's relation to itself. It was united and glorious at one point, and now it's in this weird state of limbo, separated from its self. "Your love ain't free no more." Again, I think the video didn't accidentally just throw these last words into the song: "All we've got is each other. The truth is obsolete. Our sons and daughters are just candles in the sun, let them see the light..."

    Again, this is a common mystical theme: sparks trying to reunite with their source, the sun, etc. We're all workin at the pyramid tonight until we can leave...
    starvingpoeton February 09, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"But your love ain't free no more"

    It's about falling in love with a woman who sells her love in one form or another.

    Could be turning a trick, stripping, or hustling to get tips and all that comes with that. She's beautiful and he loves her but he knows she's paid to show love to others.

    Great music video too.
    danceyrselfcleanon December 20, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"But your love ain't free no more"

    It's about falling in love with a woman who sells her love in one form or another.

    Could be turning a trick, stripping, or hustling to get tips and all that comes with that. She's beautiful and he loves her but he knows she's paid to show love to others.

    Great music video too.
    danceyrselfcleanon December 20, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThought provoking as hell.

    IIRC Frank Ocean actually had (er, has?) a relative who's also a pimp. I imagine the 2nd half of this is about the sex industry from the point of view of the man selling, and presumably living with, a woman whose 'love ain't free no more' (and so does that mean that the woman is no longer free herself?)
    Tsuppion April 16, 2013   Link

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