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Was Frank Ocean’s ‘Swim Good’ About Being Gay?

Today, Frank Ocean told the world he is gay.

But, Frank already detailed his inner strife to us, plain as day, in “Swim Good,” one of his best songs from his 2010 mixtape “Nostalgia, Ultra.”

The track is a gorgeous, two-verse, bass-bumping metaphor on Ocean’s visceral turmoil through the loss of his “baby.” In citing the trappings of an exorbitant life — funeral garbs, Lincoln town cars and memory-foam heated seats — he’s really telling us he’s cloaked in a lie, one tied to his closeted sexuality.

And this “baby” is presumably his first love, the same 19-year-old man he describes in the moving Tumblr post that outed his sexuality.

As the song progresses, Ocean decides to “Swim Good.” He takes that damn suit off, tosses aside those cursed black dress shoes, and jumps — presumably naked, because that’s what one becomes when fully disrobed — into the ocean … free as the seagulls whose squacking, wing-flattering sounds can be heard filling up the track’s final moments. As free as he made himself today by coming out of the closet.

Do you agree that the song is about his sexuality? Tell us we’re right or wrong in the comment section below.

That’s a pretty big trunk
On my lincoln town car ain’t it
Big enough to take these broken hearts
And put em in it…
Now I’m driving round
On the boulevard trunk bleeding
And everytime the cops pull me over
They don’t ever see them
They never see them

And I’ve got this black suit on
Roaming around like I’m ready for a fune-ral
5 more miles till the road runs out

I’m about to drive in the ocean
Imma try to swim from something
Bigger than me
Kick off my shoes
And swim good
And swim good
Take off this suit
And swim good
And swim good
Good

Got some pretty good beats
On this 808cc beatin
Memory seats I’m sitting on stay heated
I would’ve put tints on my windows
But what’s the difference
When I feel like a ghost no Schwayze
Ever since I lost my baby

And I got this black suit on
Roaming around like I’m ready for a fune-ral
One more mile till the road runs out

I’m about to drive in the ocean
Imma try to swim from something
Bigger than me
Kick off my shoes
And swim good
And swim good
Take off this suit
And swim good
And swim good
Good

I’m going off
Don’t try stopping me
I’m going off
Don’t try saving
No flares
No vest
No fear
Waves are washing me

I’m about to drive in the ocean
Imma try to swim from something
Bigger than me
Kick off my shoes
And swim good
And swim good
Take off this suit
And swim good
And swim good
Good

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