Tables turn, bridges burn, you live and learn
Drake utilizes two famous idioms to make his point:
“The tables have turned”
There are numerous variations of this idiom but it mainly deals with reversed positions between adversaries, a turn of events that has reversed one’s plans for better or worse. This idiom is mainly used to refer to adversaries.
This idiom is usually phrased in a way such as “don’t burn bridges”, usually to warn against ruining relationships between friends or loved ones. Falling out with a loved one can burn a bridge connecting the two and makes it impossible to go back to how things were before. Unlike the first idiom, this one deals with those who are close.
Using those two phrases, Drake uses their contrasting moods and tones to emphasize a important life lesson:
You learn as much from your dark moments (falling out with friends and family) as you do from your highs (victories against obstacles, enemies, adversaries, etc). Either way, experiences are just part of life.
This probably has a real-life corollary in the infamous nightclub incident between Drake and Chris Brown. Tables in the club were turned there, burning all bridges between the pair.
Drake back in the day — see for yourself how the tables have turned https://vimeo.com/68754435
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