I mean, I had a dream that, God gave me flight
Too fly for my own good so, God gave me plight

from Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Sarah Green) – Real Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Lu wants to be successful like every rapper’s, or every sane person’s, dream. But sometimes, in an attempt to achieve that dream, we become too caught up in our selves. Notice the bird imagery here, as per Isaiah 40:28-31, and the play on words with “too fly for my own good” (as in “excessively flashy to the point it’s detrimental to my image”) and “to fly for my own good” (as in “wings of eagles”).

It’s a common belief that God allows evils to befall us (“plight”) so that we become stronger and that we also learn how to rely on our Creator and don’t become too egotistical of ourselves.

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