As we march to rhythm on the palace floor
Chandeliers inside the pyramids, tremble from the force

from Frank Ocean – Pyramids Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This section marks the introduction of the pyramid, an image that will reoccur and shift meaning throughout the tune. Here, it is a nod to the fact that Cleopatra was the pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, whose pyramids are still world-famous

The imagery of masses of people marching also ties in with the eventful days of Cleopatra’s reign. She kicked her own brother off the throne so she could rule unchallenged and had a large part in the Roman Civil War

Alternately, these lines could describe a present-day dance floor, which would tie in to the contemporary second half of the song

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