Kick off my shoes
Ever tried to swim in shoes? Shit aint easy, Frank Ocean’s a smart man so he’s ditching his kicks before he swims
Also, people usually take off their shoes and most of their clothes when getting baptized… And he could be trying to cleanse his soul.
However this song seems to be more about getting rid of himself, rather than cleansing himself.
The music video for this song makes a lot of references to Japanese culture (past and present). In Japan, it is customary to take off your shoes before committing suicide, so as to enter the “afterlife” in an honourable way. This is a deliberate and thoughtful reference by Frank Ocean.
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