"Crooked Smile" as written by Jermaine L. Cole, Rich Harrison, Anthony Parrino and Meleni Smith....
I'm on my way, on my way, on my way down
On my way, on my way, on my way down
You're the one that was trying to keep me way down
But like the sun know you know I found my way back round

They tell me I should fix my grill cause I got money now
I ain't gon' sit around and front like I ain't thought about it
A perfect smile is more appealing but it's funny how
My shit is crooked look at how far I done got without it
I keep my twisted grill, just to show them kids it's real
We ain't picture perfect but we worth the picture still
I got smart, I got rich, and I got bitches still
And they all look like my eyebrows: thick as hell
Love yourself, girl, or nobody will
Oh, you a woman? I don't know how you deal
With all the pressure to look impressive and go out in heels
I feel for you
Killing yourself to find a man that'll kill for you
You wake up, put makeup on
Stare in the mirror but its clear that you can't face what's wrong
No need to fix what God already put his paint brush on
Your roommate yelling, "Why you gotta take so long?"
What it's like to have a crooked smile

I'm on my way, on my way, on my way down
On my way, on my way, on my way down
You're the one that was trying to keep me way down
But like the sun know you know I found my way back round

To all the women with the flaws, know it's hard my darling
You wonder why you're lonely and your man's not calling
You keep falling victim cause you're insecure
And when I tell you that you're beautiful you can't be sure
'Cause he don't seem to want you back
And it got you asking
So all you see is what you lacking
Not what you packing
Take it from a man that loves what you got
And baby girl you're a star, don't let 'em tell you you're not
Now is it real? Eyebrows, fingernails, hair
Is it real? if it's not, girl you don't care
Cause what's real is something that the eyes can't see
That the hands can't touch
That them broads can't be, and that's you
Never let 'em see you frown
And if you need a friend to pick you up, I'll be around
And we can ride with the windows down, the music loud
I can tell you ain't laughed in a while
But I wanna see that crooked smile

I'm on my way, on my way, on my way down
On my way, on my way, on my way down
You're the one that was trying to keep me way down
But like the sun know you know I found my way back round

Crooked smile, we could style on 'em (back 'round)
Crooked smile, we could style on 'em (back 'round)
(You're the one that was trying to keep me way down
Like the sun, I know you know I found my way back round)

We don't look nothing like the people on the screen
You know them movie stars, picture perfect beauty queens
But we got dreams and we got the right to chase ‘em
Look at the nation, that's a crooked smile braces couldn't even straighten
Seem like half the race is either on probation, or in jail
Wonder why we inhale, cause we in hell already
I asked if my skin pale, would I then sell like Eminem or Adele?
Yo one more time for the 'Ville
And fuck all of that beef shit, nigga let's make a mil
Hey officer man, we don't want nobody getting killed
Just open up that cell, let my brother out of jail
I got money for the bail now, well now
If you asking will I tell now? Hell naw
I ain't snitching cause
Man, they get them niggas stitches now
If you was around, then you wouldn't need a witness now
How you like this crooked smile?

I'm on my way, on my way, on my way down
On my way, on my way, on my way down
You're the one that was trying to keep me way down
But like the sun know you know I found my way back round

Crooked smile, we could style on 'em (back 'round)
Crooked smile, we could style on 'em (back 'round)
(You're the one that was trying to keep me way down
Like the sun, I know you know I found my way back round)


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"Crooked Smile" as written by Meleni Smith Rich Harrison

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    General Comment"No need to fix what God put a paint brush on"
    This song, and all his lyrics, are just so awesome! Instead of using his rap skills to talk about drugs, and sluts and all the other crap, he uses it to talk about how beautiful you are and not to care about what other people are saying about you.
    songmaster12on August 12, 2013   Link
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    General Comment"Cause what's real is something that the eyes can't see
    That the hands can’t touch
    That them broads can’t be, and that’s you"


    Reminds me what i told this girl.. She didn't need any make up or anything with her outward appearance. She was beautiful but she couldn't see it.. And that's you
    4AmbitiousGirlon August 31, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song it rocks it is the best ever
    midnightzoneon July 19, 2013   Link
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    My Opinioni love this song it rocks wow i never get enough of that song i love it song much i play it over and over again i wish i could meet j.cole
    midnightzoneon July 19, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI think this is a beautiful song about appreciating who you are! I love how J.Cole expresses his own thoughts on his appearance/smile, etc.
    Kendolynon July 21, 2015   Link
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    General CommentIn this song J. Cole is trying to teach his female friend how to love herself. He explains how she has a boyfriend that just brings her down even more by showing her what she's missing instead of what she has ("So all you see is what you lacking not what you're packing").He also talks about coming to love himself.
    Born707sinneron July 07, 2017   Link

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