Or blowing out your birthday candles just to make a death wish

from Lupe Fiasco – Around My Way Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Every birthday you get one “wish”, that can be used for anything. This is an oxymoron, as birthday’s are a celebration of life and getting older, but a death wish contrasts this.

This, like the nine previous lines are Lupe discussing his feelings about protesting with the intention of getting arrested. He thinks it is a crazy technique akin to using your birthday wish, which is a celebration of continued life, for your own death. He finds that comparable to protesting for freedom with the intention of going to jail.

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