Frank Ocean’s “Lost” Lyrics Meaning

Frank Ocean’s “Lost” is a love song, if you will, based on an unconventional storyline. In this case Frank Ocean is portraying the role of a drug dealer. And the subject of the song, as in the lady he is singing about, reads as if it is a romantic interest. But more to the point is that he has her engaged in the illicit drug trade. So she’s basically involved in “cooking” and smuggling “weight” globally. And in that regard he says she has been to places as diverse as Asia and Europe in order to move his product.

Now the reason we can vaguely classify this as a love song is because the primary sentiment being expressed throughout is Frank’s concern for this lady. In other words, she has gotten so deep into the game that now, as the title implies, he has come to notice that she is “lost” in it. Indeed the situation has gotten to the point where he is convinced that one day she will be selling drugs more along the lines of being a boss than an employee. So in a way, it can be said that he wants to take her out of the game. But at the same, himself being her employer, he has developed a financial dependency on her criminal skills. 

So conclusively, it can even be argued that part of the reason that she is “lost” is because the singer himself does not have the wherewithal to release her from this lifestyle.

Lyrics of "Lost"

Facts about “Lost”

“Lost” was written by Frank Ocean and two other persons, namely Micah Otano and the track’s producer, Malay.

Def Jam Records released this track in conjunction with Odd Future on 17 December 2012. And it was originally featured on Frank’s debut album, “Channel Orange”. On “Channel Orange” also appears one of Ocean’s most famous songs, “Forrest Gump“.

This tune went on to get a gold certification in the United States.

6 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you, whomever has made this. You have opened my eyes to such a beautiful song, and have broken it all down for all of the people reading this explanation. Thank you.

  2. Will potter says:

    He also quotes two lines from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – a movie where a reporter and his assistant become spiritually ‘lost’ after a drug-fuelled weekend in Vegas.

    “There he goes, one of gods own prototype’s” and
    “Too weird to live, too rare to die”

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thanks you so much I finally understand what I’m singing about 😹😹

  4. Caetano says:

    Also, I realized that the girl’s breasts was in reality hiding the drugs.
    Makes sense here: “I don’t wish the titties would show, nor have I ever, have I ever let you get caught?”

  5. Anonymous says:

    The song lyrics sound like the theme to the Netflix series Good Girls 👩‍🦰

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