Redbone Lyrics – Childish Gambino

English 3 November 17, 2016
The lyrics of "Redbone" by Childish Gambino is a song that blends themes of love, betrayal, and the need for vigilance. The track's haunting melody and poignant lyrics paint a picture of a relationship fraught with distrust and the emotional turmoil that follows. The song's title, "Redbone," refers to a light-skinned black woman, and it explores the complexities of romantic relationships, particularly when trust is broken. Throughout the song, Gambino urges the listener to "stay woke," a term that has evolved to mean staying aware and alert to the hidden dangers and betrayals that can occur in life and love. The lyrics delve into feelings of disillusionment and the struggle to maintain one's dignity and self-worth in the face of deceit. The chorus's repetitive warning about "niggas creepin'" highlights the constant threat of betrayal and the importance of staying vigilant. ...Read More

Redbone Song Lyrics

[Verse 1: Childish Gambino]
Daylight
I wake up feeling like you won't play right
I used to know, but now that sh!t don't feel right
It made me put away my pride
So long
You made a n!gga wait for some, so long
You make it hard for boy like that to go on
I'm wishing I could make this mine, oh

[Pre-Chorus: Childish Gambino]
(If you want it) Yeah
(You can have it) Oh, oh, oh
(If you need it) oh
(We can make it, oh)
If you want it
You can have it

[Chorus: Childish Gambino]
But stay woke
N!ggas creeping
They gone find you
Gone catch you sleeping, oh
Now stay woke
N!ggas creeping
Now, don't you close your eyes

[Verse 2: Childish Gambino]
Too late
You wanna make it right, but now it's too late
My peanut butter chocolate cake with Kool-Aid
I'm trying not to waste my time

[Pre-Chorus: Childish Gambino]
(If you want it) Oh
(You can have it) You can have it
(If you need it) You better believe in something
(We can make it, oh)
If you want it
(You can have it) Ahh!

[Chorus: Childish Gambino]
But stay woke (Stay woke)
N!ggas creeping (They be creeping)
They gone find you (They gone find you)
Gone catch you sleeping, oh
(Gone catch you sleeping, put your hands up now, baby)
Now stay woke
N!ggas creeping
Now, don't you close your eyes
But stay woke (Oh-ahh)
N!ggas creeping (They gone find you)
They gone find you
Gone catch you sleeping, oh
(Gone catch you, gone catch you)
Now stay woke
N!ggas creeping
Now, don't you close your eyes

[Outro: Childish Gambino]
How'd it get so scandalous?
Oh, how'd it get so scandalous?
Oh, oh, baby, you, how'd it get
How'd it get so scandalous?
How'd it get so scandalous?
But stay woke
But stay woke

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Last Update: July 3, 2024

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Cast & Crew

  • Album
  • Artist / Band
  • Producer(s)
  • Childish Gambino & Ludwig Göransson
  • Writter(s)
  • Childish Gambino, Gary Mudbone Cooper, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins & Ludwig Göransson
  • Released On
  • November 17, 2016

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FAQs & Knowledge

Who is the singer of "Redbone" song?

"Redbone" song is sung by Childish Gambino.

Who is the lyrics writer of "Redbone" song?

"Redbone" song lyrics written by Childish Gambino, Gary Mudbone Cooper, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins & Ludwig Göransson.

Who is the music producer of "Redbone" song?

"Redbone" song music composed & produced by Childish Gambino & Ludwig Göransson.

When was "Redbone" song released?

"Redbone" song was released on November 17, 2016.