And the water, is exactly what I wanted
It's everything I thought it would be (Thought it would be)

from Frank Ocean – Sweet Life Lyrics on Rap Genius


Consider the verse holistically: the water is calm and stays the same while the neighborhood goes nuts. Literally the Pacific Ocean is constant and calm — always what everyone expects, while LA neighborhoods constantly change and undergo dynamic and very real stresses.

On a less literal level, one’s sweet life is the water — pure, stressless, and unaware of the world. Meanwhile the neighborhood (the rest of the world) is alive, real, and suffering.

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