But your love ain't free no more, baby
But your love ain't free no more

from Frank Ocean – Pyramids Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

A final and brilliant twist. It is revealed that present day, prostitute Cleopatra’s client is one who didn’t always have to pay her for love. Our cuckolded man, represented in Ancient times by a Pharaoh whose queen betrayed him, and in this present-day scenario by a man whose girl was “turned out” by a pimp, has now sunk to the level of paying his former love for sex, a complete crushing of his dignity and pride

This completes the thematic circle of the story: once powerful leaders of a powerful and dignified race have been reduced through time, history, exploitation, self-hate, etc. to sad pimps, sullied prostitutes, and pathetic johns.

… or he could just be saying her ‘love ain’t free’ because he has to pay the price of giving her up to other men to earn money for the both of them.

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