I watch you fix your hair
Then put your panties on in the mirror, Cleopatra
Then your lipstick, Cleopatra
Then your six-inch heels, catch her
She's headed to the pyramid

from Frank Ocean – Pyramids Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This Cleopatra’s costume (high heels, scanty costume, etc.), setting (a presumably seedy motel), and the fact that, as is soon revealed, she’s heading to work, sets up the expectation that she is a prostitute.

There are many theories to what the pyramid is:

  1. The “pyramid” in this setting is not some exotic ancient ruin, but likely a strip club called “The Pyramid” or some area of sin called “the pyramid” by the narrator. Perhaps it’s the Luxor Las Vegas hotel, which is named after an Egyptian city and is in the shape of a 30-story-tall pyramid

  2. It could also refer to a certain pyramid shown in the single art, suggesting her occupation as a prostitute

  3. The pyramid means the corner…. the tip of the pyramid is where two lines meet to form the perpendicular 90 degree angle. So when he says she’s working at the pyramid tonight. basically interchangeable with she’s working on the corner tonight

  4. When a male has a erection under the covers in bed, it makes the shape of a pyramid

  5. The “pyramid” is being used interchangeably. Or should I say you can interpret it two ways; based on what you know about history and what you believe. Some people believe that the pyramids were built from the top down to the bottom. If that is so, the girl in this song, which is obviously a prostitute, is working herself right out of her glory by sleeping with guys to take care of man that is supposed to care and provide for her. The first part of the song talks about a queen losing her honor; the modern day prostitute that started on top and has slept her way to the bottom. If you believe the pyramids were built from the bottom up then the woman is sleeping her way to the top; a reverse of what is going on in the first part of the story. She is looking to sleep with whomever she can to make it out on top (rich, flashy things, fame). This is clear a symbol of what women were back then and what the modern day women of today will stoop as low as sleeping around to get to a place to where she started at and then fell from.

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