The Most Sensitive Drake Lyrics

We list the most sensitive Drake lyrics.

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Drake isn’t overly emotional, hypersensitive, or uniquely fragile. Aubrey Graham is merely an average man blessed with an extraordinary gift. For the last decade, the Toronto rapper has simplified the intricacies of the human condition in a world constantly shifting with the ebbs and flow of new technologies. The best Drake songs have a unique brand of narcissism, jealousy, and emotive longing. He raps the way we tweet, curating his image as if it’s a second language he’s been fluid in since birth. Every move has a machine-like precision and intent. Listeners don’t come to Drizzy for emotional maturity and promises of blissful marriage; they want Drake to make their shortcomings seem mundane. Within the OVO head honcho, humanity sees its modern reflection.

Drake albums are time capsules of failed relationships that were never our fault. Starting with 2009’s So Far Gone, Drake built a world of a consistent heartbreak cut by momentary bliss. On Take Care, he’d hone the melancholy into a sharper, petty edge. By the time If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and Views came along, the emoting became colder; Drizzy’s heart was shielded by inches of muscle fiber and creatine. Finally, Scorpion presented a new question and narrative arc. What happens when rap’s resident man-child is thrust into fatherhood—and can the absence of one type of love ever be filled by another?

Over the last ten years, the Degrassi alum has transformed hip-hop and R&B into a Toronto-sized soap opera. Wheelchair spokes gave way to barbells; the walking meme became the best rapper alive through sheer force of will and internet savvy. Through it all, the 6 God let his heart lead the way. Below, find our picks for the most sensitive Drake lyrics.

“Jaded” (2018)


Lyric: “That's why I'm not with nobody (ooh yeah)/ 'Cause I don't wanna hurt nobody (ooh yeah)/ Did it over text, didn't call me (ooh yeah)/ Still got love for you, mami”

There is a sizeable contingent of the internet that believes “Jaded” is about an alleged romance between Drake and Jorja Smith. In four minutes, the Scorpion rapper spins a tale of falling in love, being dragged two hours to meet a girl’s family, and still getting broken up with over text. Although, when Drake starts calling the unnamed woman “lowdown, dirty, shameful, crazy” it isn’t difficult to see why the relationship ended via text.

“Is There More” (2018)


Lyric: “Am I missin' somethin' that's more important to find?/ Like healin' my soul, like family time”

Drake asks many absurd questions on “Is There More”—a man in his early thirties should not be debating the merits of healing emotional wounds or spending quality time with family. Arguably more troubling is Aubrey wondering if there’s more to life than “asses that never come in proportionate size?” (The answer is no.) If there is one thing the man who popularized (and proceeded to beat to death) the phrase “You Only Live Once” should know, it’s that there’s no need for a gorgeous butt to cause an existential crisis.

“After Dark” (2018)


Lyric: “Late night like Left Eye, I'm creepin'/ Assuming the worst 'cause I haven't heard from you all weekend/ Your silence is drivin' me up the wall, up the wall/ I cannot tell if you're duckin' calls or missin' calls”

An entire subplot of Insecure’s third season concerned the ethics of being “ghosted,” creeping social media accounts for answers, and checking your phone every few minutes waiting for a reprieve that seldom comes. It wouldn’t be a surprise to learn “After Dark” inspired the later episodes of HBO’s best romantic comedy. However, it is surprising that Drake is used to being Issa in this situation—albeit with far better rapping skills.

"Emotionless" (2018)

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Lyric: “I know a girl whose one goal was to visit Rome/ Then she finally got to Rome/ And all she did was post pictures for people at home/ 'Cause all that mattered was impressin' everybody she's known”

Somewhere between More Life and Scorpion, Drake developed a disdain for the Instagram habits of the women around him. The second verse of “Emotionless” is as baffling as it is ironic. The majority of the Toronto rapper’s music is tailor made to leverage Instagram consumption habits; his hits soundtrack IG stories, and many bars seem constructed to fit within the confines of captions.

This makes us wonder why Drake feels the need to attack unnamed women for the how they choose to post their vacation photos (“I know a girl that saves pictures from places she's flown/ To post later and make it look like she still on the go”), or for finding brief relief from the stresses of a relationship within a platform built for social interaction (“I know a girl happily married 'til she puts down her phone”). It’s hard to discern what type of listener would find these bars deep or meaningful, or why Drake cares what women on Instagram share.

“Summer Games” (2018)


Lyric: “Yeah, you say I led you on, but you followed me/ I follow one of your friends, you unfollow me/ Then you block them so they can't see you likin' someone just like me”

See what we mean about Drake's intense hatred for Instagram? Celebrities are just like us, emotionally stunted and working through complex feelings from behind a glass screen.

"God’s Plan" (2018)

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Lyric: “She said, "Do you love me?" I tell her, ‘Only partly’/ I only love my bed and my mama, I'm sorry”

Are moms and beds the only two things worth loving in this world? On a good day, one could throw in offspring or puppies. Regardless, the greatest Drake punchlines work like sonic diary entries, but contain the profound simplicity and beauty of a haiku. The only person who probably doesn’t like this line is the partially loved partner it’s dedicated to, and maybe Adonis.

“No Stylist” (2018)

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Lyric: “Yeah, keepin' it G, I told her "don't wear no 350s 'round me"

Drake has a history of struggling to maintain friendships—word to 2013 Instagram caption of the year contender, “No new friends, no new friends, no new friends, no, no new.” Drizzy and Kanye no longer see eye-to-eye, thanks to G.O.O.D. Music President Pusha T revealing Graham’s baby to the world earlier this year. Unsurprisingly, Drake doesn’t want his significant other wearing Yeezy 350s around him. It’s supposed to come off as a flex and a subtle jab, but given the lack of real shots fired by Drake in the aftermath of babygate, it reads more like something you thought of in the shower hours after the conclusion of an argument.

“Child’s Play” (2016)

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Lyric: “Why you gotta fight with me at Cheesecake?/ You know I love to go there/ Say I'm actin' light-skin, I can't take you nowhere”

If there is anywhere in the world where it is appropriate to act lightskin, it is the Cheesecake Factory. In this case, Drake isn’t in the wrong. It takes years to build up the type of rapport where you can bypass the commoners waiting outside for their red buzzer to beep. Relationships are fleeting, but connections to overpriced chain restaurants with delicious cream cheese pastries are forever.

"Houstatlantavegas" (2009)

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Lyric: “I never had you, although I would be glad to/ I'd probably go and tattoo, your name on my heart.”

Jimmy Buffet once said tattoos are “a permanent reminder of a temporary feeling.” This lyric is more so true about relationships, than tattoos, but regardless the point is valid. Don’t listen to Drake, because getting a tattoo of a significant other will forever be a horrible idea.

"Lord Knows" f/ Rick Ross (2011)

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Lyric: “I'm going through her phone if she goes to the bathroom and her purse right there/ I don't trust these hoes, at all.”

Epic and triumphant, Just Blaze crafted Drake and Ross a supremely gothic beat to let their lyrical chemistry flourish over. Unfortunately, Drake stops the proceedings with one of the creepiest bars of his career. Keep them fingerprints and face IDs safe.

“Days in the East” (2014)

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Lyric: “Remember one night I went to Erykah Badu house, she made tea for me/ We talked about love and what life could really be for me/ She said, ‘when that shit is real, you just know’/ And I was thinkin' 'bout you, you already know”

What type of tea does Erykah Badu like? I wonder if she’s a fan of Sleepy Time, the one with the little bear on the cover taking a nap? I feel like Erykah would add a hint of honey and stir in the metaphorical milk of understanding.

"Missing You (Remix)" f/ Trey Songz (2009)

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Lyric: "I'm scared that every girl I care for/ Will find a better man and end up happier in the long run”

In season 3, episode 6 of Game of Thrones, Littlefinger delivers one of the only quotes that made his character remotely interesting: “Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder.”

This quote is true in Westeros and also in relationships; the person you’re dating deserves more. However, life is a chaotic trip to inevitable oblivion, and sometimes we want what we can’t have. So take solace in knowing sometimes we long for the lesser and not the better.

"In The Morning" (2010)

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Lyric: "I got bath water you could soak in/ Things I could do with lotion."

“With You” f/ PARTYNEXTDOOR (2016)

“With You” f/ PARTYNEXTDOOR (2016)

Lyric: “Mixing vodka and emotions, tapping into your emotions/ Dry cry 'cause I'm hopeless”

“Girls Love Beyoncé” (2013)

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Lyric: “I’m just trying to find a reason not to go out every evening/ I need someone that’ll help me think of someone besides myself/ I need someone I leave through the front door with/ ‘Cause we don’t wanna hide no more/ Plus you’re not shy no more/ Neither of us wanna play the side no more”

Being the sidepiece is great, until it’s not. It’s like knowing you’re living in a burning house; there’s comfort in the realization at one point both people will get burned, no matter how insignificant or major the pain. Girls do love Beyoncé, but whether they say it or not, boys love being claimed.

Rihanna f/ Drake "Work" (2016)

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Lyric: “I spilled all my emotions tonight, I’m sorry”

Whenever I hear this line, I think of the video of the little kid spilling all of his milk when he’s trying to eat a bowl of cereal. All that cereal and emotions—but mostly cereal—wasted.

“Club Paradise” (2011)

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Lyric: “They say that all your old girls got somebody new/ I said, ‘Damn, really? Even Rosemary? Even Leanne Sealey?’”

“Club Paradise” is Drake at his existential finest. Woozy, atmospheric, and paradoxically warm amidst the bitter cold, it is Drake fighting against the need to reminisce about the ones he left behind, and those that wouldn’t wait. While most people act like they don’t, we all have a Rosemary and Leanne Sealey.

"Best I Ever Had" (2009)

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Lyric: "You could have my heart or we could share it like the last slice."

Pizza is love. Sharing is caring. Humans are innately selfish. Mix these three profound truths and you have a recipe for the biggest test of a relationship.  

“Diamonds Dancing” f/ Future (2015)

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Lyric: "You know/ How we let it get like this I don't know / But that nigga can't save your soul/ Nah doing me dirty, you doing me dirty/ Haven't even heard from you/ How can you live with yourself/ Haven't even heard from you/ How can you live with yourself/ Ungrateful, ungrateful Your momma be ashamed of you/ I haven't even heard from you, not a single word from you/ Ungrateful"

The pinnacle of “Diamonds Dancing” is Drake’s two-minute outro. Bitter, petty, and overtly acidic, Drake launches into a monologue filled with everything you should never say to a woman, ever, at any point. There are so many layers to peel back, like the fact that Drake thinks this unnamed woman needs a man to save her soul or asking how she can live with herself for not bothering to contact him.

Lastly, the audacity of saying someone’s mother would be ashamed of them is never a good look. Moms are sacred.   

"Doing It Wrong" (2011)

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Lyric: "Cry if you need to, but I can't stay to watch you/ That's the wrong thing to do."

There is more than one option here, Drake. It is completely within the realm of possibility to stay and comfort this woman. Why would you just watch someone cry?

PARTYNEXTDOOR f/ Drake “Recognize” (2014)

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Lyric: “I gotta get you those snow tires for your Mercedes/ I'm glad you reminded me baby/ All of these things slip my mind it's been crazy”

Getting snow tires for your significant other is very sexy. Imagining OB O’Brien having to wait in Pep Boys for the tire change is not.  

"Shot For Me" (2011)

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Lyric: "The way you got your hair up/ Did you forget? That's me"

Telling your girlfriend that you like her hair in a bun doesn’t constitute as “your hairstyle” now.

“The Motion” (2013)

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Lyric: “Everything that I write is either for her or about her/ So I'm with her even when I'm here without her and she know it/ The girl that I wanna save is like a danger to my health/ Try being with somebody that wanna be somebody else/ I always thought she was perfect when she was being herself”

A recurring theme in Drake’s music is his obsessive need to save women. High school sweethearts, summer flings, and strippers are only some of the types Graham wants to rescue. That’s why it’s confusing that these women are also a danger to his health. Drizzy needs to make up his mind.

"Fear" (2009)

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Lyric: "I pop bottles because I bottle my emotions."

Don’t let toxic masculinity force you to bottle up your emotions. Crack a cold one open with your boys and taste that sweet healing and emotional maturity.

"Marvin's Room" (2011)

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Lyric: "Just throw up while I hold your hurt back."

Is hurt supposed to sound like hair or heart in this line? How do you hold hurt back? If a woman is vomiting, holding their hair back is infinitely more useful than dealing with a complex and amorphous emotional concept.

“Keep the Family Close” (2016)


Lyric: “Always saw you for what you could've been/ Ever since you met me/ Like when Chrysler made that one car that looked just like the Bentley/ I always saw you for what you could've been”

Comparing a significant other to a Chrysler 300 is a great idea in theory, but a horrible one in execution. No one wants to be the affordable option in a relationship.

"Fall For Your Type" (2010)

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Lyric: “But it's too late, 'cause I'm already yours/ You just gotta promise me, hearts won't break/ And end up like before.”

Aubrey let the nickname “Heartbreak Drake” stick for a good portion of his career. Asking someone else “just promise me, hearts won’t break” is the epitome of hypocritical.

“You & The 6” (2015)

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Lyric: “And look I hate it when you hate on all my girlfriends/ And assistants always convinced that there's someone better/ Like that girl from your gym who trains you/ I know you wanna arrange it, you told me she's free Thursday/ And I'm sure that she's an angel, but she don't want this life”

Mom’s have a great “I don’t like her” radar. They also have a great, “this girl is good for my son, even if he’s not attracted to her” radar. Regardless, listen to moms. They’re always right, even when they’re not.

Alicia Keys f/ Drake "Unthinkable (Remix)" (2010)

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Lyric: "I need you to rescue me from my destiny/ I'm trying to live right and give you whatever's left of me.”

This Drakeism sounds great in theory. However, giving her “whatever’s left” after she went through the trouble of being your hero sounds like a lopsided relationship from the start.

“Blem” (2017)

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Lyric: I need you to stop runnin' back to your ex, he's a wasteman/ I wanna know, how come we can never slash and stay friends?

Using “slash” as a term for sex is a bad idea—Drake keeps trying to bring English slang to the States, and to date it’s never quite worked. Also, bringing up someone’s ex before sex is an even worse idea. Let thou who hasn’t run back to an old flame for casual potentially friendship-ending sex cast the first stone, but please know your worth. Never let someone refer to intercourse as a “slash,” ladies and gentlemen.    

“Own It” (2013)

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Lyric: “Next time we fuck, I don't wanna fuck, I wanna make love/ Next time we talk, I don't wanna just talk, I wanna trust”

Making love is great, trusting someone is even greater. If Drake’s journey to trust is avoiding the “just talking” phase, then more power to him.

“Energy” (2015)

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Lyric: “I got bitches askin’ me about the code for the Wi-Fi/ So they can talk about they Timeline/ And show me pictures of they friends/ Just to tell me they ain’t really friends”

Asking for the Wi-Fi password is a necessary evil of being a good guest. Inevitably, when you have friends over you’ll get the question and you have to go fumbling through a junk drawer to find the sticky note your long forgotten roommate who always Airbnb's his room gave you years ago.

Similarly, post-sex can be awkward. Instead of rushing for pillow talk, let your friends-with-benefits partner scroll through Twitter so they can avoid the inevitable “what is this,” conversation.  

“Hotline Bling” (2015)

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Lyric: “‘Cause ever since I left the city, you/ Started wearing less and goin' out more/ Glasses of champagne out on the dance floor/ Hangin' with some girls I never seen before”

Break-ups are tough. In Drake’s universe, women’s he interested in are scantily clothed and hanging with a bad crowd. In reality, she’s dressing in what makes her feel good and spending time with supportive girlfriends, while you’re sulking in the corner of a club internally yelling “Man’s not hot” in the latest Off-White sweater.

“Teenage Fever” (2017)

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Lyric: “Out of body/ That's just how I feel when I'm around you, shawty/ Last night we didn't say it/ But girl, we both thought it”

Using the term “out of body” to describe your feelings for someone sounds great on paper, amazing if you’re both Danny Phantom fans, and horrible when said out loud.

“How Bout Now” (2014)

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Lyric: “Yeah, always been daddy's little angel/ I bought your dad a bunch of shit for Christmas/ He ain't even say thank you”

Drake is at his lyrical best when he’s obsessively detailing his grievances. This line belongs in the Festivus hall of fame. The fact that Drake doesn’t get the core tenet of the holiday season is giving is better than receiving is hilarious. However, the true magical absurdity of the rap appears when you realize there’s a dad out there who cares so little about the 6 God, he took a bunch of presents and kept it moving.

"Nothings Into Somethings” (2017)

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Lyric: "Did I just read that you just got engaged on me?/ I heard from your friend, you couldn't even tell me/ Or better yet, wait on me"

There’s a couple of things to unpack here. First, when an ex gets engaged the last thing you should expect as a past lover is an update. Second, why not creep on Instagram like the majority of the world to see how happy or miserable said partner is? Third, who is going to put their chance at lifelong happiness on hold for the opportunity that you might want to get back with them?

"I Get Lonely Too" (2010)

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Lyric: “I got an email today/ Kind of thought that you forgot about me/ But I want to hit you back to say/ Just like you, I get lonely”

Somewhere there is an email chain of Drake thirsting over an ex, which inspired the song “I Get Lonely Too.” Please, someone, put this in the Smithsonian.

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