The only out is smoking out
Get lean, get wet, get meth, get tore down
Cause who the hell would want to stick around?
Put me in a haze, I ain't never coming out

from Brother Ali – Only Life I Know Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The only way to leave this vicious circle, at least for a moment, is getting high/drunk or doing other drugs. That’s what a lot of people think, so they get poisened and even worsen their condition…Most who use drugs try to escape the hell around us. Interestingly, these chemicals (whether legal or illegal, prescribed or bought on the street) are being used by rich and poor alike — so perhaps that’s the start of seeing we are all in this taxi together — or as Ali would say so much better: So if humanity is one, we all get burned when it is hell we are traveling through (see The Travelers on his album, Us)

The only escape from the impoverished cycle described throughout the rest of the song is to get high or drunk. Why would you want to be yourself in a world that is falling down around you? Instead, people choose to get fucked up all day long to escape the painful reality that is life.

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