DJ Khaled, Staying Alive: the lyrics and their meaning

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Staying Alive is the song released by DJ Khaled on August 5, 2022, a collaboration with Drake and Lil Baby that went viral immediately. In the official video, the three rappers work in a hospital surrounded by women, which hints at the real meaning behind the lyrics. This article will analyze the song and the message behind its lines, and you will also find the complete lyrics at the end.

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Staying Alive: inside the lyrics and their meaning

Staying Alive is about life as a popular rapper, with all the girls sexually attracted by this status. The song samples the famous line from Bee Gees’ Stayin’ Alive to celebrate life as a successful artist.

The first verse is for Drake, who explains how the number of girls around him increased drastically after his financial situation improved. He even alludes to the fact that they wish to get pregnant, with the urban expression “to seal the deal.” Drake is the symbol of the fame that a rapper can acquire in America, and he often plays this role in his songs.

When I was broke, she was bein’ a tease
Four pockets full, now she down on her knees
Woah, woah, woah-woah
Baby gon’ hit it, then send her to me, yeah
Or I’ma hit it and send her to Baby
That’s how I get when this life get too crazy
Woah, woah, for real, for real, woah
They tryna seal the deal
See me up under a sheet, parade in the streets, yeah

Lil Baby owns the second verse and talks about a girl he really likes. However, she also has other affairs, which disappointed him a bit. He thought the girl was special (“one of a kind”). Nevertheless, he ultimately doesn’t care much about all her other relationships: as soon as they see each other, they will anyway have good sex together.

‘Posed to be one of a kind, you puttin’ on miles, I thought you was down for the ride
I’m tryna turn up her style, we go in Chanel, she get everything in her size
She in some s**t with another guy, I don’t even care, whenever I see you, you mine
Drizzy hit her, then he send her to me
I don’t talk, definition of P
Hood n**a turned superstar, but I f**k her good like I’m still in the streets

The chorus intends to challenge people who want their success to decline. They can try one hundred times more; we all know they want those artists to cry, to drown in troubles. Yet, they are always there, alive & in their best shape.

Try me a hundred times
Wanted me to lie, wanted me to cry, wanted me to die
Ah, ah, ah, I’m stayin’ alive, I’m stayin’ alive, I’m stayin’ alive, I’m stayin’ alive

After all, this is the real meaning behind the lyrics of Staying Alive: you haters want the worst for us, but we are still here, surrounded by women who want us, an undeniable symbol of our fame and success.

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The complete lyrics

Try me a hundred times
Wanted me to lie, wanted me to cry, wanted me to die (Real life)
Ah, ah, ah, I’m stayin’ alive, I’m stayin’ alive, I’m stayin’ alive, I’m stayin’ alive
Another one, yeah
Try me a hundred times
Wanted me to lie, wanted me to cry, wanted me to die (DJ Khaled)
Ah, ah, ah, I’m stayin’ alive, I’m stayin’ alive, I’m stayin’ alive, I’m stayin’ alive

How she in love and she been over once?
It’s not like I known her for months
This life, it allowed me to take what I want
It’s not like I know what I want
It’s not like I know what I need
I get some time, but there’s no guarantees
When I was broke, she was bein’ a tease
Four pockets full, now she down on her knees
Woah, woah, woah-woah
Baby gon’ hit it, then send her to me, yeah
Or I’ma hit it and send her to Baby
That’s how I get when this life get too crazy
Woah, woah, for real, for real, woah
They tryna seal the deal
See me up under a sheet, parade in the streets, yeah

Try me a hundred times
Wanted me to lie, wanted me to cry, wanted me to die
Ah, ah, ah, I’m stayin’ alive, I’m stayin’ alive, I’m stayin’ alive, I’m stayin’ alive
Yeah
Try me a hundred times
Wanted me to lie, wanted me to cry, wanted me to die
Ah, ah, ah, I’m stayin’ alive, I’m stayin’ alive, I’m stayin’ alive, I’m stayin’ alive, for real (Oh, yeah)
For real, for real

I put my feelings aside, you want me to die, but, baby, I’m stayin’ alive
‘Posed to be one of a kind, you puttin’ on miles, I thought you was down for the ride
I’m tryna turn up her style, we go in Chanel, she get everything in her size
She in some s**t with another guy, I don’t even care, whenever I see you, you mine
Drizzy hit her, then he send her to me
I don’t talk, definition of P
Hood n**a turned superstar, but I f**k her good like I’m still in the streets
No response, you can see that I read it
I’m with all that whenever you ready
Sure be happy if I fell off, but I’m still there, they gon’ have to accept it

Try me a hundred times
Wanted me to lie, wanted me to cry, wanted me to die
Ah, ah, ah, I’m stayin’ alive, I’m stayin’ alive, I’m stayin’ alive, I’m stayin’ alive
Try me a hundred times
Wanted me to lie, wanted me to cry, wanted me to die (Wanted me to die)
Ah, ah, ah, I’m stayin’ alive, I’m stayin’ alive, I’m stayin’ alive, I’m stayin’ alive, for real (For real)
For real, for real (For real, for real)