And ever since I've been tryna get it back, pick it up and put it back

from Frank Ocean – Novacane Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Frank always seem to fall back into his state of self-dissatisfaction, and is thus scrambling to recreate the feelings he had while hanging with Novacane girl: as a method of escape.

Frank seems to have easily fallen in love, despite being with her less than a day; he’s the definition of a “serial monogamist”. Given the recurring theme of addiction in this song, it’s fitting that Frank is addicted to love (or perhaps lust).

He wants to escape again and experience the thrill he once felt.

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