I had a dream I could buy my way to heaven
When I woke, I spent that on a necklace
While Kanye is referencing himself in this song, he is also making a generalization about the mindset of people that come from poorer backgrounds. They are too focused on expensive clothes and jewelry that they give up their basic beliefs and end up hurting themselves in the long run.
You must know that feel, during the night, alone, you are making yourself promises, and in the morning you eventually forget them and go on being addicted to trivial pleasures of life.
A microcosmic version of this effect can be seen in the differing interpretations of this line. While we can get all deep and over-think Ye’s lyrical genius, we can always just kick back and vibe to Yeezy stating simply that he don’t give a fuck and is about to launch a full on swag attack. This song is, after all, the de facto beginning of Ye’s freak baller period and the end of his more readily topical era.
To help improve the meaning of these lyrics, visit “Can't Tell Me Nothing” by Kanye West Lyrics and leave a comment on the lyrics box