At this point in Lil Nas X’s career, it is a fair assumption to make that he releases absolute bangers. From “Old Town Road” in 2018 to “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” in 2021, Nas X had created some of the most viral songs in recent history. His brand new song “Sun Goes Down” is an entirely different take from these previous hits. On this track, he opens up about his personal struggles as a child.
Lil Nas X attracted crowds from all over the world for both right and wrong reasons with his last hit “Montero (Call Me By Your Name).” In the music video to this track, Lil Nas X is seen descending down a stripping pole straight into hell and being a little too cozy with Satan himself. This sparked a major controversy, which, in essence, is publicity for the song.
Talking about the song, ahead of its release, Lil Nas X Tweeted; “in the “sun goes down” video i go back in time to visit a younger version self who’s struggling inside, hating himself, & doesn’t want to live anymore. i try my best to uplift him. can’t wait to share this song and video with you guys on friday. this one is really special to me.”
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“Sun Goes Down” Lyrics Meaning and Song Review
The chorus of the song speaks about the suicidal tendencies Lil Nas X had growing up. Previously he had opened up about the struggles he had dealing with loneliness, anxiety, depression, and suppressing his homosexuality. In the chorus, he sings that he would rather end his life than run away from who he really is from society.
Although the chorus of the song is a bit dark and gloomy, the rest of the song is rather uplifting and hopeful. Lil Nas X sings that there is so much more to life than just giving up your life.
I know that you want to cry
But it’s much more to life than dyin’
In the only verse of the song, Nas X also talks about being racially discriminated for his skin color and his large lips. So, he was made fun of at school and this made him isolate from everyone else. To top it all, he was battling his thoughts of homosexuality, which was also not well-received a decade ago. So, Nas X did not see any source of light in the world around him. He prayed to God to take him. But God had other plans for him.
The singer made it through this time somehow. He thanks Nicki Minaj for her music being one source of happiness in his life during these troubled times. In the end, he made the leap of faith–both into his music and his sexuality. He has never been happier since.
Nicki Minaj fans went on a rant that Lil Nas X used her for clout. So, Lil Nas X defended his lyrics and vowed never to mention her name again.
The best part of the song is when Lil Nas X sings;
I’ma make my fans so proud of me (Oh)
This song hits hard. And we hope this song helps anyone who is looking for that source of light. Your time shall come. Just hold on for one more day!
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