And I'm nervous, truth be told
I never saw me growing old
In Oakland, in Oakland
As referenced in a subsequent line, Bino (‘83) recently turned 30. While not necessarily old, he’s becoming increasingly aware of growing old. As he drives through the night to this girl’s house, all these feelings of mortality and unrealized ambition swell to an anxious roar.
Also, Gambino has put several references in this song, that this girl could get him to stay in Oakland if she wanted him to. He’s scared that she might ask him to stay with her permanently, and he would.
The line “truth be told, I never saw me growing old in Oakland” could alternatively be interpreted as CG confessing that, though he made plans with Nyla to have a family, he never honestly believed in that particular dream, thus never actually seeing himself growing old with her in Oakland.
“We were planning on having a kid together. She offered and we had a whole plan. Like adults or something. Then I backed out. So…”
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