But you must believe in something, something, something
You gotta believe in something, something, something

from Frank Ocean – We All Try Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

It’s pretty obvious by this point that the overriding dichotomy in the song is between optimism and cynicism.

Frank affirms the optimistic approach. Whether his belief is rooted in secular humanism or a particular religious tradition is unclear, but he gives several hints that allow either interpretation.

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