Oh, eh, oh
Lost all of our woe
We lost all of our whoa-oh, sad love songs

from Childish Gambino – Centipede Lyrics on Rap Genius


Paul McCartney posed the question, “Some people wanna fill the world with silly love songs… what’s wrong with that?” Gambino could be asking a similar question about sad love songs, which we’ve “lost”: why have we lost them?

Here there’s a play on “woe” and “whoa.” “Whoa” is the more accessible interpretation: “whoa” means oomph, bigness, the spark, so losing your whoa is to lose those things. At the same time, losing “woe,” melancholy or sadness, might indicate a loss of emotion or of the ability to emote in a relationship.

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