Hiding like thieves in the night from life

from Black Star – Thieves in the Night Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

In Morrison’s novel, the full sentence remixed here reads:

“We courted death in order to call ourselves brave, and hid like thieves from life.”

For Black Star, as for Morrison, living life according to the “law of the bluest eye,” following white American standards of beauty and behavior, is a kind of “social death.”

A “thief in the night” is also a biblical reference for an unforeseeable and tragic event:

“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night.” (2 Peter 3:10)

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