In the lean time don't come crying for the thin man

from Childish Gambino (Ft. DC Pierson) – 49ers (Orange Shirt) Lyrics on Rap Genius


“Lean time” is just a play on words off of “mean time.” DC is saying that this girl shouldn’t come look for him and cry over him because he’s too busy for her.

Also, “Thin Man” is a play off of “Tin Man” from the previous line.

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