You remain, they mirage, they collapse, we collage

from Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Bruno Mars) – Nothin' On You Lyrics on Rap Genius


Building on his last line “locked up abroad”, “abroad” can mean “overseas” or “far away”. That being said, Lu is saying that his object of affection was seen from far away but unlike a mirage, when he got close, she/it did not disappear, like others. A reference to Titanic was also made when he says “they collapse”, here the word “abroad” means “overseas”, meaning unlike the Titanic, his relationship is a “collage”, pieces of relationship coming together, not “collapsing.”

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