May 1, 2012 11:47 AM | By Emma Jones
Let’s get lyrical: Can you decipher these cryptic song lyrics?

Song lyrics that have us scratching our heads

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Nicki Minaj's ballyhooed sophomore effort, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, has been out for just under a month now. That's more than enough time for Minaj to accumulate trashings and bashings over her desperate bid for hit singles, her increasingly-tiresome alter ego Roman Zolanski, and her lyrics. Oh, the lyrics.

"I am the ultimate Svengali / You b------ can't even spell that," she fires in "Roman Holiday." Err, can you spell "Svengali" Nicki? Or are you more comfortable reeling off farm animal noises? "Quack quack to a duck and a chicken too / Put the hyena in a freakin' zoo!"

Either way, we're at a loss trying to understand the preschool rhymes ("Dance your whole life there's no end inside / Twinkle twinkle little star") and schizophrenic lines ("I'm barely a man, yet I had some killers under me") scattered throughout this incomprehensible album.

As expected, Nicki's lyrics are total headscratchers but compared to some artists, her jibberish songs are like poetry to our ears. Whether cryptically pretentious, a lame excuse for a rhyme or just plain tripped out, here are some of the most baffling lines that leave us lost for words. Let's get lyrical!


May 4, 2012 2:59PM

"...he really likes donkeys."


Really? You don't know Donkey Kong? While I don't get the point of those words, I literally facepalmed when you started talking about donkeys.

May 25, 2012 2:28PM

Well I am just gonna go ahead and guess that Chris Brown's lady friend has an STD, and them suicide doors are her legs opening up, and her she waxed it all of trying to lure men into her death chamber. Now that is Japanese ritual suicide, go life, and you go chris brown! Enter that death chamber, enter.

May 12, 2012 11:52AM

"Seein' right through you like you're bathin' in Windex" ... Haven't you guys ever heard of similies before? Windex, in case you don't know, makes windows clean 'without the streaks' so that you can see through them. Here she's saying that he's completely seethrough, without even smudges or streaks to cover up what's going on inside his life.


As for Chris Brown's song, how could you miss Mr. Miyagi? Obviously he's referenceing the Karate Kid where Mr M teaches Karate by having the kid he teaches to wax his car, ("Wax on, Wax off"), or more specifically the next Karate Kid, because that's when his apprentice is a girl.

May 2, 2012 6:36AM
are you serious msn? it means. here we are now entertain us (the crowd) and then hes stating all the different people from the crowd, at least thats what i get from it, makes alot more sense then you think.
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