Tide stole my youth
These creases in my brow ain't tan lines
Saltwater swole my eyes (Beachlife)

from Frank Ocean – Summer Remains Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The beach is strongly associated with the person Frank is talking about and also their experience together, they swooped in and took his innocence and then they left which made him upset and stressed leading to worry lines (which also show that he’s grown since they broke up) and his own tears made his eyes red and puffy.

Beaches and islands are a re-occuring image in Frank’s music, as can be seen in Sweet Life and Golden Girl, as well as his verse on Sunday and Blue Whale, among others.

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