Chain Smoker – Decoding the Depths of Dependency and Dreaming


You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Chance the Rapper's Chain Smoker at Lyrics.org.
Article Contents:
  1. Music Video
  2. Lyrics
  3. Song Meaning
  4. Smoking Through the Stanzas – The Addictive Hook
  5. The Symphony of Substance – A Dive into Vice and Virtue
  6. Beyond the Smoke – The Song’s Hidden Meaning
  7. Memorable Lines that Echo in Eternity
  8. Ride the Highs and Find Your Light

Lyrics

Still a chain smoking
Name dropping
Good looking
Muh’ fucking
Motha, shut your mouth
Still a chain smoking
Name dropping
Good looking
Muh’ fucking
Motha, shut your mouth
Brain broken
Frank Ocean listening
Stain hitting, satin woodgrain gripping
Paint dripping
Motha, shut your mouth

Somebody pray for the god, oh lord
I wonder what Michael’s on
Son jammin’ to his shit
Rappin’ trappin’ trippin’ ‘cid
And sniffing glue and chewing Vicodin
Shoulda died- yelling YOLO was a lie
And you a liar wonder why you wanna die so young
You and I look just alike
And I’m afraid that this one right here
Might be last time that I write a song
Lot of niggas wanna go out with a bang
But I ain’t tryna go out at all
So I ain’t tryna go out at all
Got a lot of ideas still to throw out the door
Last chance joint gotta be a dance joint
From an introspective drugged out standpoint
Throw bands joint, wanna hold hands joint
Old school for my own old man joint

Still a chain smoking
Name dropping
Good looking
Muh’ fucking
Motha, shut your mouth
Brain broken
Frank Ocean listening
Stain hitting, satin woodgrain gripping
Paint dripping
Motha, shut your mouth

This part right here, right now
Right here, this part my shit
I play this so loud in the car
I forget to park my whip
I lean back, then spark my shit
I turn up, I talk my shit
Hope you love all of my shit
I hope you love all of my shit (Igh)

Why toss my filter when she saved my life?
The same shit that kills us, always taste so right
That’s why I pray to the dear lord
God know who he be
Truth be told he juiced me
Introduced me to the lucy leaf
Oh oh oh, I seen the light, I lost my lighter
Bic flick, kick the habit and the bucket, fuck your supplier
Lies, Levis on fire
Flyer on the wall I’m brighter
In the darkness of the night
In the sky I get higher, higher

Still a chain smoking
Name dropping
Good looking
Muh’ fucking
Motha, shut your mouth
Brain broken
Frank Ocean listening
Stain hitting, satin woodgrain gripping
Paint dripping
Motha, shut your mouth

This part right here, right now
Right here, this part my shit
I play this so loud in the car
I forget to park my whip
I lean back, then spark my shit
I turn up, I talk my shit
Hope you love all of my shit
I hope you love all of my shit (Igh)

Still a chain smoking
Name dropping
Good looking
Muh’ fucking
Motha, shut your mouth
Brain broken
Frank Ocean listening
Stain hitting, satin woodgrain gripping
Paint dripping
Motha, shut your mouth

Full Lyrics

Chance the Rapper’s ‘Chain Smoker’ strikes as an enigmatic masterpiece, painting raw emotions with a brush dipped in reality and fantasy alike. It oscillates between the haunting grips of vice and the vibrancy of visceral daydreams. A track from his critically-acclaimed mixtape ‘Acid Rap’, it encapsulates the quintessential battle of indulgence versus introspection.

Peeling back the layers of ‘Chain Smoker’ reveals a complex narrative, where Chance confronts personal demons, muses on mortality, and celebrates the cathartic power of his art. It is as much an anthem for the youth as it is a philosophical musing, reflecting the spirit of a generation caught in the throes of self-discovery and excess.

Smoking Through the Stanzas – The Addictive Hook

The hook of ‘Chain Smoker’ serves as both a literal and figurative motif. Chance the Rapper repeatedly describes himself as a chain smoker, name dropper, and someone with obvious swagger. But within that self-assured proclamation lies an acknowledgment of vices that are inescapable, habits that both define and confine.

The repetition is hypnotic, illustrating the cyclical nature of addiction and fame. It’s a tightrope walk between pride and insecurity, where the exhilaration of recognition and the ‘good looks’ are mentioned with the same breath as the need to ‘shut your mouth,’ hinting at internal conflict and the external pressures of celebrity.

The Symphony of Substance – A Dive into Vice and Virtue

In an ode to excess and decay, Chance’s lyrics detail a spectrum of substance use, from the casual (”cid’ and Vicodin) to the fatalistic (‘YOLO was a lie’). These lines strike a chord with current societal issues, narrating the all-too-common tale of glorified hedonism and its potential for self-destruction.

Chance doesn’t shy away from acknowledging the lure of these substances, nor does he ignore the cost. The mention of ‘YOLO’ ties in with the zeitgeist of recklessness cloaked in the guise of living to the fullest, but he counters this by exposing the hollow reality behind the acronym, underlining the risks of such a careless mantra.

Beyond the Smoke – The Song’s Hidden Meaning

Upon deeper inspection, ‘Chain Smoker’ is more than a track about smoking and name-dropping; it’s a canvas where Chance paints his visions of impermanence and legacy. He delineates a clear line between living fast, dying young, and his preference to ‘throw out’ ideas rather than life itself.

Embedded within the verses is a promise of productivity and the pursuit of longevity—not with fear of the inevitable, but with an ambition to create impactful art. It’s Chance’s acknowledgment that while his life could end at any moment, his true dread lies in his music’s mortality.

Memorable Lines that Echo in Eternity

The stark reflection on dependency (‘Why toss my filter when she saved my life?’) shows Chance understanding the paradox of his behaviors. He finds solace in the very thing that endangers him, raising questions about the nature of dependency, be it emotional, substance-related, or even musical.

‘Chain Smoker’ is riddled with lines that resonate long after the music fades, but perhaps none more poignant than Chance’s plea for love directed at his work (‘Hope you love all of my shit’). This line transcends the personal; it speaks of the vulnerability of the creator and the intimate relationship with the audience.

Ride the Highs and Find Your Light

Illustrative of the track’s overarching themes is the encapsulating lyric that speaks of losing light and soaring in darkness (‘I seen the light, I lost my lighter’). Chance juxtaposes transcendence with loss, possibly hinting at the fragility of fame—and the high it brings—against the authenticity of his identity and music.

In the same breath, he speaks of rebellion and renewal. By ditching the lighter, he symbolizes a desire to ‘kick the habit’, to push against the destructive forces that bind him. Even as he ascends, he remains aware of his own humanity, anchoring his aspirations in the grittiness of life lived true to oneself.

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