Lucifer – Delving Into the Darkness of Redemption


You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Jay-Z's Lucifer at Lyrics.org.
Article Contents:
  1. Music Video
  2. Lyrics
  3. Song Meaning
  4. A Symphony of Sin and Salvation: The Battle Within
  5. The Chilling Echoes of a Murder Capital
  6. Unveiling the Hidden Gospel According to Hova
  7. Memorable Lines that Haunt and Heal: The Poet’s Power
  8. In Pursuit of the Divine, In the Clutches of Demons

Lyrics

(“Lucifer, son of the morning! I’m gonna, chase you out of earth”)
(“Lucifer, Lucifer, son of the morning”)
I’m from the murder capital, where we murder for capital
(“Lucifer, Lucifer, son of the morning! I’m gonna, chase you out of, earth”)
Kanyeezy you did it again, you a genius nigga!
(“Lucifer, Lucifer, son of the morning)
So you niggas change your attitude
Before they asking what happened to you (Lucifer, Lucifer )

Lord forgive him, he got them dark forces in him
But he also got a righteous cause for sinning
Them a murder me, so I gotta murder, them
First emergency, doctors performing procedures
Jesus, I ain’t trying to be facetious, but
“Vengeance is mine” said the Lord
You said it better than all
Leave niggas on death’s door, breathing off
Respirators for killing my best boy, haters
On permanent, hiatus as I skate
In the Maybach Benz, flier than Sanaa Lathan
Pumping “Brown Sugar” by D’Angelo
In Los Angele’s, like an Evangelist
I can introduce you to your maker
Bring you closer to nature
Ashes after they cremate you bastards
Hope you been reading your Psalms and chapters
Paying your tithes, being good Catholics, I’m coming

(“Lucifer Lucifer, son of the morning! I’m gonna, chase you out of, earth”)
(“Lucifer Lucifer, son of the morning”)
I’m from the murder capital, where we murder for capital
(“Lucifer Lucifer, son of the morning! I’m gonna, chase you out of , earth”)
(“Lucifer Lucifer, son of the morning”)
So you niggas change your attitude
Before they asking what happened to you (Lucifer, Lucifer)

Yes, this is holy war
I wet y’all all with the holy water
Spray from Heckler-Koch automatic
All the static shall cease to exist
Like a sabbatical, I throw couple at you, take six!
Spread love, to all of my dead thugs
I pour out a little Louis, til I head above
Yes sir, and when I perish, the meek shall inherit the earth
Til that time, it’s on and popping, church
Like Don Bishop, the fifth upon cock either
Lift up your soul or give you the holy ghost
Please I leave you in somebody’s cathedral
For stunting like Evel Knievel
I let you see where that bright light lead you
The more you talk, the more you irking us
The more you gonna need memorial services
“The Black Album”‘s second verse, is like
Devil’s pie, save some dessert for us

Man, I gotta get my soul right
I gotta get these devils out my life
These cowards gonna make a nigga ride
They won’t be happy ’til somebody dies
Oh man, I gotta get my soul right
‘Fore I’m locked up for my whole life
Every time it seems it’s alright
Somebody want they soul to rise
I’ll chase you off of this earth

I got dreams, of holdin’ a Nine milla, to Bob’s killer
Askin him why as my eyes fill up
These days I can’t wake up with a dry pillow
Gone but not forgotten, homes I still feel you
So, curse the day that birthed the bastard
Who caused your church mass, reverse the crash
reverse the blast and reverse the car
Reverse the day and there you are, Bobalob
Lord forgive him, we all have sinned
But Bob’s a good dude, please let him in
And if you feel in my heart that I long for revenge
Please blame it on the son of the mornin’, thanks again

Full Lyrics

The world of hip-hop has always been a prolific space for storytellers to unfold their truths, often cloaked in the multifaceted nature of lyricism. Jay-Z’s ‘Lucifer,’ off his acclaimed ‘The Black Album,’ serves as a testament to this artistic expression. The song is not only a lyrical masterpiece but also a tapestry of personal battles, spiritual references, and a quest for salvation amidst the chaos of urban life.

Peeling back the layers of ‘Lucifer,’ listeners find themselves plunged into the depths of Jay-Z’s internal conflict, where the line between sin and survival blurs. The title itself, invoking the name of a fallen angel, becomes an anchor for the song’s exploration of morality, retribution, and human complexity.

A Symphony of Sin and Salvation: The Battle Within

At its core, ‘Lucifer’ is an introspection of Jay-Z’s own experiences—in particular, the moral dilemmas faced by those living in environments where the currency is not only capital but also violence. The repeated refrain ‘Lucifer, son of the morning’ is sampled from Max Romeo’s ‘Chase the Devil,’ which in itself suggests a desire to purge evil. What Jay-Z does with remarkable skill is anchor this purging not in the external, but within the soul, entwining it with the rhythm of his life’s narrative.

The invocation of religious imagery confers a deeper meaning to Jay-Z’s words. Duality runs rampant in the track as he juxtaposes ‘dark forces’ with a ‘righteous cause for sinning,’ illustrating the inner turmoil of pursuing morality while being cornered into actions that might demand divine vengeance. This balance—or conflict—between the spiritual and the secular, righteousness and wrongdoing, positions ‘Lucifer’ as not just a song, but a modern-day psalm of the streets.

The Chilling Echoes of a Murder Capital

‘I’m from the murder capital, where we murder for capital.’ This stark line encases the harsh reality of Jay-Z’s environment. The artist pinpoints not only his origin but also the socio-economic forces that shape the morality within these spaces. The capital, a double entendre, represents both the financial pinnacle sought after by many and the capital crimes that become a survival strategy.

In a sense, ‘Lucifer’ becomes an anthem of the streets, where the fight for capital—by any means necessary—leads to a societal damnation. There’s an undercurrent of social critique here, touching on systemic issues that breed a culture where life’s value is equated to financial gain, and where salvation is a luxury many cannot afford.

Unveiling the Hidden Gospel According to Hova

‘Lucifer, son of the morning!’ isn’t just a declaration; it’s a motif interwoven to act as an allegory for the struggle against one’s own demons. Jay-Z channels his narrative through a biblical lens, the sampled chorus trapping us in a Genesis of the Ghetto. The song’s hidden meaning crystallizes in the juxtaposition of the profane and the sacred, offering a secular scripture for those whose lives are caught in the crossfire of moral ambiguity.

Through ‘Lucifer,’ Jay-Z doesn’t just chase the devil out of earth; he’s exorcising his own demons, finding redemption in beats and bars. The song stands as a confessional, where the ‘holy war’ isn’t against external adversaries but the internal conflict that gnaws at the soul of a man carving his destiny with a mic and a message.

Memorable Lines that Haunt and Heal: The Poet’s Power

‘Leave niggas on death’s door, breathing off respirators for killing my best boy, haters. On permanent hiatus as I skate in the Maybach Benz, flier than Sanaa Lathan,’ Jay-Z exclaims. These lines aren’t just memorable; they are drenched with the blood of vengeance and the swag of triumph. The imagery is cinematic, the lyrical prowess uncontestable, the pain palpable.

Every bar in ‘Lucifer’ serves a purpose, conveying Jay-Z’s mastery over language. From invoking the spirits of the streets to name-dropping cultural icons, each line lands with the weight of reality and the lightness of artistry. It’s these lines that make ‘Lucifer’ an enduring narrative, one that resonates with anyone who has ever wrestled with their angels and demons alike.

In Pursuit of the Divine, In the Clutches of Demons

‘Man I gotta get my soul right, I gotta get these devils out my life’—the cry for spiritual cleansing rings loudly in ‘Lucifer.’ It’s this honest admission of the need to confront and overcome personal evils that gives the song an existential quality. In the murder capital, survival may necessitate sinful acts, but Jay-Z does not shy away from the pursuit of righteousness amid ruin.

As we advance through the song, it becomes clear that ‘Lucifer’ is not just a narrative of street life; it is an odyssey of a soul seeking light in the darkness, deliverance in despair. And as the song fades, we are left to ponder our own reckonings, our search for meaning in a world where light and dark dance in the shadows of our choices.

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