Frank answers his own rhetorical question: how could he forget when he first fell in love with his ex? The song has been called a forbidden love track, expressing Ocean's turmoil about his own hidden sexuality. . The song was nominated for a in for. We'll go down this road 'Til it turns from color to black and white This line closes the song, and like the start, it refers to The Wizard Of Oz. And though you were my first time A new feel It won't ever get old, not in my soul Not in my spirit, keep it alive It was Frank's first time falling in love, and he'll never stop thinking about it. Even though Frank's tumultuous relationship is in the past, he can't stop thinking about his old flame. No, I don't like you, I just thought you were cool Enough to kick it Got a beach house I could sell you in Idaho Now, Frank is feeling hostile.
Select singles in the Format field. He'll keep his ex's love alive wherever he goes. The song received highly positive reviews from , who praised the atmospheric production, Ocean's falsetto and writing ability. The version of the song featured on Channel Orange features an additional string section, opening the track with a swell of strings. When I'm thinkin' 'bout you Ooh, no, no, no I've been thinkin' 'bout you You know, know, know I've been thinkin' 'bout you Do you think about me still? Originally to be featured on 's debut album, Ocean released his original version of the track for free on his account in 2011.
But the internet is a resourceful beast, and as Ocean no doubt knows, you can't just put something back in a box and make it disappear. Not all that long ago -- March 1, in fact, when he posted his Nostalgia: Ultra mixtape on his tumblr, alongside a heartfelt rant against label Def Jam -- Frank Ocean was leaking tracks with abandon, worried they wouldn't otherwise see the light of day. Select Gold in the Certification field. The song was then promptly taken down by Ocean. Ocean later stated why he chose to release his own version of the song, stating that it was still extremely personal to him. He's trying to brush off his ex-lover by attempting to deny his true feeling for them.
No wonder Kanye and Jay took notice. Ocean performed the track during his seven-show tour through and in November 2011, at the April 2012 , and his supporting tour for Channel Orange. Either way, pioneer triage and white-eyed shaman were not what we we're expecting, but we couldn't be more pleasantly surprised. As of February 28, 2013, the song has sold over one million copies in the United States. The song was subsequently released to mainstream radio in the United States on January 29, 2013. Lyrically, the track is about a relationship just out of his reach and the turmoil that ensues. The track also explores feelings of regret and heartbreak.
Kelly was ultimately fine with Ocean's decision, however she noted that she didn't like how most people thought Ocean's version was the original, and how people assumed her version was a. About the confusion of the track, Kelly stated Now that push has come to shove, we're going to let the song have a life of its own. Some critics noted the possible undertones featured on the track. Poised, considered, classy and moving, this is uniquely Frank Ocean. But at the same time, you know, he's going to do what he wants to do, he's an artist as well. Frank Ocean is incredibly talented, I will never say anything against that.
That's exactly how Frank is: he doesn't cry much, but when he does, he bawls. Now, sitting pretty at no. Clearly, it wasn't a happy-go-lucky relationship! Since their entire relationship was essentially a lie, he throws out another fib, this time about having a fighter jet. Or do you not think so far ahead? But the man's voice is a wonder to behold: smooth and resonant, with a world-weary charisma. In September 2012, the song peaked at position 32 on the , 94 on the , and 13 on the chart.
The track was included during Ocean's setlist at the April 2012. Ocean smoothly on the song, while employing a vocal range in certain sections. The version of the track eventually featured on the album was remodified for a second time, this time to include additional strings and further remastered production. I think it's an amazing, well-written record. Pop artists and recorded a cover version of the track. In reality, Ocean has drawn these comparisons due to context -- in particular, his affiliation with shock-rap Pitchfork favorites Odd Future -- moreso than substance.
Ocean appears in the violent clip revolving around an inter-dimensional love story and. Regardless of how much these lyrics were influenced by lines like, 'By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. Ahead 'Cause I been thinkin' 'bout forever Oooh, oooh He thinks that his ex is the one, and wonders if they ever think the same too. The song was written by Ocean and produced by. But hey, that's just Frank's writing style! Kelly's version found its way onto her debut Every Girl 2011.