But fuck that "Sorry for your loss" shit
My sister died in vain, but what point are you trying to gain
If you can't fit the pumps I walk in?
I'll wait
Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst by Kendrick Lamar 2

She doesn’t need you to apologize for the life she was forced into. Her sister, Keisha, died, and her life seems to be in disorder. Why criticize her life if you couldn’t fit in her shoes, walk a mile in her shoes? She doesn’t want pity.

This line also marks a dramatic change in Keisha’s sister’s tone as she goes from sounding weak & vulnerable (as she recounts being abused & being failed by the system & not being : able to have kids) to sounding angry & “strong” — probably a defense mechanism that she’s picked up from years of tough living. Kendrick perfectly captures the duality of Keisha’s sister’s mindset (needing help, but not wanting pity) in his lyrics.

After this part a short pause is intentionally put in the verse to emphasize the “I’ll wait” phrase.

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See, my hormones just run away and if I can get 'em back
To where they used to be then I'll probably be in the denim
Of a family gene that show women how to be women
Or better yet, a leader,
Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst by Kendrick Lamar 2

Once “her hormones ran away”, meaning she was through puberty, she became a woman, but never actually knew how to be one. Connecting with the previous line, she literally runs away from foster homes and her hormones figuratively run away from her. Maybe Kendrick’s playing extra emphasis on how whole life has been spent running.

Play on a pair of homophones: “Hormones” transmit chemical messages from one cell to another. And genes are the chemical makeup of our cells. Jeans are made of “denim” and humans are made up of genes. If she was instead a girl cut from a cloth who had love and support to steer her away from this life, she would teach her daughters a better life. She’d show them to respect their bodies and (see next line) teach them that domestic violence is bad.

She can’t get pregnant, but if her period came back she would probably try to reverse the effects of her youth and instead teach her girls to have respect and to be leaders.

She longs for childhood, the days where she was just a kid and no one was interested in what she had to “offer” sexually, when her sexuality wasn’t a bargaining tool. She feels so far gone and so embroiled in a certain way of living that she feels like it would just be easier if she could re-start from childhood surrounded by people who wouldn’t place emphasis on her sexuality or take advantage of it. Then, perhaps, her identity as a woman wouldn’t be primarily defined by sex.

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March 10th, 2014

In the annotation, it has been mentioned that “Kendrick’s playing extra emphasis on how her whole life (Keisha’s sister) has been spent running."
This is particularly important, because the second part of the song is about being "tired of running”. So maybe Keisha’s sister is also tired of running.

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This is the life of another girl damaged by the system
These foster homes, I run away and never do miss 'em
Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst by Kendrick Lamar 2

The system is the struggle of a life forced upon the majority of minorities in the ghetto, specifically in this song. Girls are affected by having them become whores — both this girl AND her sister, Keisha, were affected by it the same way.

They grew up in foster homes with no guidance or support, so they end up hustling on the streets. They continually run away in this transient life because there’s no real sense of family or home.

This mention of “foster home” parallels the metaphor of the ghetto as an “orphanage” mentioned in verse 1.

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Gonzales Park, I'm followed by a married man, a father of three
My titties bounce on the cadence of his tingling keys
Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst by Kendrick Lamar 2

She happened to be whoring for a married man, and as he fucked her, his car/house keys bounced and jingled, in symphony with her tits as the car bounced.

Kendrick uses wordplay on ‘keys’ and ‘cadence’, meaning both car keys and musical keys. And ‘cadence’ meaning both the sound of the car keys and the melodic configuration that signals the end of a section of music.

Gonzalez Park is in Compton and this is where prostitutes are picked up.

Kendrick’s incredibly descriptive metaphor focuses the listener’s attention on the more minute aspects of the surroundings. This allows the listener to form an image of the scene in their heads that is as close as possible to what Kendrick sees in his own head.

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February 13th, 2014

Tiny extra note — Symbolism of his house keys tingling while she fucks him. She’s almost fucking him to the rhythm of his home life.

Kendrick’s mad poetic.

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I'm proud and well devoted Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst by Kendrick Lamar 2

His pride and devotion are his prognosis. He is supposed to live his whole life loyal to his Piru gang.

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And last night was just another distraction or a reaction
Of what we consider madness,
Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst by Kendrick Lamar 2

In the narrator’s story, his brother had been shot the previous night, and Kendrick was outside helping him as he died.
His brother’s death (a result of gang violence) is just another product of the corrupt nature of Compton and other ghettos; it is pure madness.

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I'm fortunate you believe in a dream Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst by Kendrick Lamar 2

The speaker is lucky Kendrick is following a dream, so that Kdot can tell his story when he pops off.

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March 12th, 2014

Could also be referencing Martin Luther King’s classic “I have a dream” speech implying that Kendrick is very fortunate that you(society) believes in a dream like everyone believed in MLK’s dream

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When thunder comes it rains cats and dogs Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst by Kendrick Lamar 2

When gunshots are fired (or the metaphorical thunder), cats and dogs, or his friends, die. It’s a reference to the old saying “It’s raining cats and dogs”, and also demonstrates some wordplay as the TV series ‘ThunderCats’ aired during Kendrick’s youth.

It’s also a metaphor of the saying, “when it rains it pours” (meaning that trouble for dave’s brother just seems to exponentially grow and never get better).

Notice how he distorts “When thunder comes” to sound like the previous “Dun-ta-duns”

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Part 1 - Sing About Me Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst by Kendrick Lamar 2

Half of the full track, the other half being “Dying of Thirst”. This half is about people Kendrick knew that died, who wanted to have their stories portrayed through his music.

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And I love you cause you love my brother like you did
Just promise me you'll tell this story when you make it big
Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst by Kendrick Lamar 2

The story teller of verse 1 loved Kdot because Kendrick loved the storytellers brother. He wanted Kdot to tell this story through his lyrics once he made it big. Nevertheless, Kdot made it, and lord knows he told the fuck out the dude’s story.

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