So I went runnin' for answers 1. Sex, She just want to close her eyes and sway The word was respect I felt like Andre 3000 should’ve been on this album, [Produced by Terrace Martin & Larrance Dopson; Additional production by Sounwave], [Directed by Colin Tilley & The Little Homies], I remember you was conflicted, misusing your influence, If these walls could talk, they’d tell me to swim good, If these walls could talk, they’d tell me to go deep, If your walls could talk, they’d tell you it’s too late, Burn accessories and stash them on the yard, You pray for appeals hoping the warden would afford them, So when you play this song, rewind the first verse, The title “These Walls” plays off the familiar expression “if these walls could talk…” Kendrick’s complex wordplay introduces layered metaphorical and literal walls—the “walls”…, Vandalizing these walls only if they could talk. Everyone deserves a night to play (Play) 2. I hope you all like it! If I respect you, we unify and stop the enemy from killing us The word was respect About her baby daddy currently serving life Misusing your influence These walls are vulnerable, exclamation
Walls telling me they full of pain, resentment A continuous war back in the city
I didn’t wanna self destruct Scroll down the page, and you will find both poems annotated I remember you was conflicted
I don't know how long I can wait in these walls Maybe I’m just another nigga. (I can feel your reign when it cries, gold lives inside of you) Sometimes I did the same Ultimately “these walls” represent being imprisoned by the entire situation: an allegory for a cycle of murder, lust, seduction, revenge and guilt.
Although the butterfly and caterpillar are completely different, they are one and the same How Much A Dollar Cost ft. James Fauntleroy and Ronald Isley, A war that was based on apartheid and discrimination, Just because you wore a different gang colour than mine's, The caterpillar is a prisoner to the streets that conceived it, One thing it noticed is how much the world shuns him, but praises the butterfly, Although the butterfly and caterpillar are completely different, they are one and the same. Resentment that turned into a deep depression “The Caterpillar and the Butterfly” Like I explained earlier on this page, because every butterfly used to be a caterpillar, a caterpillar is the same person as a butterfly. But your flood can be misunderstood To me, the most important quote of the album is the very final line of the final poem: If these walls could talk Walls could talk, I remember you was conflicted Sometimes I did the same A war that was based on apartheid and discrimination Hood Politics and how every song contributes to this message, The Caterpillar and the Butterfly
Kendrick may have been hinting at this track in Never Catch Me by Flying Lotus. Kendrick wonders where all the attention for him was when he had yet to make it big as a rapper. A butterfly loves himself. Made me wanna go back to the city and tell the homies what I learned Institutionalized ft. Bilal, Anna Wise, and Snoop Dogg I remember you was conflicted Misusing your influence Sometimes I … Exercise her right to work it out If these walls could talk Last.fm Music | Copyright © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. / All rights reserved. Its only job is to eat or consume everything around it , in order to protect itself from this mad city These walls happier when I'm here My writer name is I remember you was conflicted. And how she fucking on a famous rapper Found myself screaming in a hotel room Will the world still love him equally? The album emphasizes the fact that black on black violence is just as ridiculous as any other form of violence, and that change has to start within Momma So I went runnin' for answers Shout out to the birthday girls, say hey (Hey), say hey (Hey) Landlord said these walls vacant more than a minute I remember you was conflicted Misusing your influence 4.
All of this also reaffirms how brilliant of a storyteller Kendrick is. But that didn’t stop survivor’s guilt Institutionalized ft. Bilal, Anna Wise, and Snoop Dogg
Complexion ft. Rapsody Conclusion and message of To Pimp A Butterfly You pray for appeals hoping the warden would afford them The song narrates Kendrick having sex with a woman who has children with a man in jail for killing one of Kendrick’s friends.
Wesley's Theory ft. George Clinton and Thundercat Caterpillar: in the hood (or Compton) there are a lot of caterpillars; people like Kendrick when he was younger: someone who hasn't found his talents yet, and does nothing but "surviving" in the hood Every new line added to the poem is written in bold If these walls could talk 1.
I’m tempted to believe that this song is about Kendrick exploiting (or “abusing”) his new cred as a “famous rapper” to have sex with women. I remember you was conflicted It has to be said that the album's message doesn't just focus on white on black racism, though. Looking at you from the outside in The comments Kendrick made in his Billboard Cover Story were received badly, since they seemed to pin the blame of police violence on the victims. Resentment that turned into a deep depression Found myself screaming in a hotel room. Shit don’t change until you get up and wash your ass nigga Connection songs to the poem Race wars happening, no calling CO A war that was based on apartheid and discrimination Any caterpillar can become a butterfly.
Dumb criminal got indicted same night I remembered you was conflicted Cause when I come around, demolition gon' crush
I remember you was conflicted… One thing it noticed is how much the world shuns him, but praises the butterfly 13. Retaliation is strong, you even dream 'bout me It's important to note: the caterpillar and butterfly are one and the same person! 4.
Sometimes, I did the same, If these walls could talk During the album, Kendrick reads a poem, directed at Tupac. If these walls could talk It's true, it's true, it's true Abusing my power full of resentment The evils of Lucy was all around me
This is important for the final conclusion of the album 3. Sometimes I did the same When used appropriately, inb4 is followed by a word or short phrase that the user knows will eventually appear in the topic conversation. 3.
With you, with you, with you Before we start Going back and forth trying to convince myself the stripes I earned Misusing your influence Walls feeling like they ready to close in
Found myself screamin' in the hotel room (I love it when I'm in it, I love it when I'm in it), If these walls could talk, they'd tell me to swim good
Or maybe how A-1 my foundation was In To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick pleads for mutual respect.
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