First one is follow the rules and stay in school
Be the square dude, that society approves
The first option is to go to school and get an education in hopes of finding success. To follow the rules is both literal and metaphorical:
- Teachers give us guidelines to follow in the classroom
- Our parents and society tell us this is the route we need to take. To not earn a high school and/or college degree will lead to failure. Tell that to Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin and other high school dropouts who still made it big.
To help improve the meaning of these lyrics, visit “Only Life I Know” by Brother Ali Lyrics and leave a comment on the lyrics box