You feel like God inside that gold
Cleopatra, like many pharaohs, claimed divinity. She declared herself the reincarnation of the goddess Isis. Isis began life as a minor goddess, but by Cleopatra’s time was “the central goddess in the popular religion of the Egyptian people”
Thus at this time Cleopatra’s sees herself as a wonderful, beautiful goddess and has forgotten the narrator. She’s hidden herself behind both a symbolic gold of pride, and a literal one of riches and jewels.
“Pyramids” is a song that informs listeners about the ancient history of the black woman, and her gradual decline from a Queen/Goddess in her home land to her now degrading role as a piece of meat in the Western Hemisphere. She is no longer revered, but used and abused by men who would have died to protect her honor many centuries ago. The song makes reference to the historical Cleoptara, because she brought dishonor to her country by becoming Marc Antony’s mistress. Marc Antony was a conqueror who wanted Egypt as Roman territory, which is how they crossed paths. In Ocean’s song he narrates the same story happening between him and his woman. Now that she had become a traitor and left him for the enemy, her decision has backfired on her, because she is not an entity of glory and honor anymore, but of dishonor. The man she left her king for had no plans to honor her the way her husband would. This cycle has repeated itself hundreds of times over in the last few centuries and she is now the common whore, not knowing about any of the glory of her history. She is reduced to a common stripper who is now taking care of her man who has no job. It is almost as if “the king” is paying her back for what she did, because the narrator speaks of his woman stripping to “keep a nigga bills paid”. But there is still some kind of unhealthy love and devotion to one another because they still stay together, and are a couple. This song is literally an historical account of the black man and woman in America and their slow fall from grace. From gods to dogs, symbolically.
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