I told God I'd be back in a second

from Kanye West – Can't Tell Me Nothing Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Kanye’s first album established him as a hardcore Christian, with songs like “Jesus Walks”, “Never let me down”, etc. This album is not quite so Christian, it is more a reflective album

This line could have several meanings

  1. Kanye is telling God he intends to enjoy his material wealth, i.e. sin, thus he’s parting ways for the time being.

  2. He’ll eventually return to writing songs about his faith

  3. Although he nearly died in a car crash, he wasn’t ready to go quite yet.

This is a surprisingly complex inside view of Ye’s own fabled ego play. Few Christians, however hardcore, would deign to tell God himself to wait. The line therefore reads like a strange contradiction of humility and outright gall.

But then I guess if anyone in hip-hop could get away with putting God on hold, it’s our Evel Kanyevel. He is, after all, “a real soulful dude”. His music has yet to lack it. God understands this.

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