“Fire In The Hole” is the tenth and final track on Earl Sweatshirt’s 2022 album ‘Sick!.’ In the song, Earl talks about the trials and tribulations of life–his life in specific. Marking the end of the album, the second half of this song only consists of music and fades into silence.
Earl Sweatshirt released his fourth studio album ‘Sick!’ on January 14, 2022. This is the follow-up project to his 2019 release ‘Feet of Clay.’ The new project had three singles prior to the album release. In a press release, Earl Sweatshirt expressed his thoughts about the album; “‘Sick!’ is my humble offering of 10 songs recorded in the wake of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic and its subsequent lockdowns.”
“Fire In The Hole” only has a single verse and dives into Earl’s psych during the lockdowns or similar difficult times. A subtle story of heartache also seemed to have been woven into these lyrics by Earl. Regardless, Earl also shouts out a few names through the verse.
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Earl Sweatshirt “Fire In The Hole” Lyrics Meaning and Song Review
Earl Sweatshirt creates a dangerous depiction of himself when his mind goes to overdrive. Flames breathing out of his holes and no breaks to control any of it. He wants to take his foot off the gas pedal, but he cannot.
Take heed, we took an oath to the sword
The shield took a couple chinks but it never broke
In these lyrics, Earl talks about the words that he lives by. His honor is his shield and a man cannot let go of his shield no matter how hard things get. You might get beaten by the world and the shield might chip off. But you should not sway or bend.
It’s no rewinding, for the umpteenth time, it’s only forward
There is no looking back. There is no time for retreat. It’s only moving forward even if you think you are taking a step back. You cannot go back to the past and you cannot change the past. It’s only onward and upward.
It’s been a minute since I blew up your line
Earl has been talking about a certain ‘she’ within these lyrics as well. Maybe he was beaten down in love. He has had to keep away from her for a while–recollect and regroup. Maybe he will call her back. Maybe this is a new girl that he had his eyes set on for a while–after all, we are not going back to exes.
In the song, Earl Sweatshirt shouts out to fellow rappers AKAI SOLO, Bootsy Collins, and OutKast.
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