Ayo, fuck this
Are we dating? Are we fucking?
Are we best friends? Are we something? In between that?

from Childish Gambino – Heartbeat Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

He’s sick of what they’ve been doing, and he wants to know where they stand. If they’re nothing, then he doesn’t want anything to do with this girl. He’s not looking to be her BFF.

The contradictions are all over: them hooking up after she decided to move on, text messages, her going for the opposite type of guy but still coming back to him, all the misleading behavior. She doesn’t even see the paradox she created. Donald does see the paradox, and his own role within it, but he’s helpless to escape it. O, love/lust!

To help improve the meaning of these lyrics, visit “Heartbeat” by Childish Gambino Lyrics and leave a comment on the lyrics box