When we die the money we can’t keep
But we probably spend it all cause the pain ain’t cheap: preach
It’s true that when we die we can’t bring all this outside material excess bullshit that we all lie, cheat, steal, and hustle for but we only do it to cover up the expensive pain (e.g. Kanye’s mother dying, stress, anxiety about continued creativity, mad haters) we feel on the inside…
Also a double entendre: pain could also mean Champagne, something that isn’t cheap
Pain also happens to be the french word for bread. As we all know, bread and dough are used to denote money. In this context, this reference to pain becomes a triple entendre.
This line holds a juxtaposition to the ENTIRE song. The pain ain’t cheap, and religion is designed to set us free. Clearly, this new religion is not working, and since it can’t dub the pain. Kanye know he can’t take the money with him, and it a sense this a a for of repent for his life style.
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