Bad Religion

Album: Channel Orange (2012)
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Songfacts®:

  • This song finds Ocean pouring his heart to a cab driver over a plaintive organ. As they travel the city at dawn he sings of an unrequited love, with the twist of the love being a "him" and not a "her." The use of the masculine pronoun caused early listeners to question whether the singer was in fact detailing a relationship with a guy. As a result Ocean took to his Tumblr page to address the speculation and shared details of falling in love with a man. "4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old," he wrote. "He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Every day almost, and on the day we were together, time would glide. Most of the day I'd see him, and his smile. By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless."

    Ocean went on to explain that he shared his feelings with the man, who was in a relationship with a girl at the time. Though his pal didn't reciprocate his attraction, they maintained their friendship.
  • Ocean performed the song on television for the first time during the July 10, 2012 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon show.

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