Rod Wave, Poison: inside the lyrics and their meaning

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Poison is one of the most popular songs ever made by the American rapper Rod Wave. As a famous artist in the rap scene, his lyrics are always analyzed in search of deeper meanings and hints about his private life. Poison is no exception: the lyrics talk about love as a poison and the disappointment he feels. In this article, we will explore the song’s meaning, and at the end, we will also provide the complete lyrics.

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Poison: the meaning of the lyrics

Poison is a song about a love disappointment that led to a breakup. The girl broke up with Rod Wave at a moment when he needed her, which made him lose faith in love. The poison is love itself, seen by the rapper as a drug he wants to stop using: he doesn’t want to fall in love anymore.

There are many lines in this song that fans often quote, as expressions they can relate to personally.

And I don’t want no more love, I feel it’s poison
Late at night I can’t sleep ’cause I hear voices
Tellin’ me I’m too deep, quit tryna force it (Uh, yeah-yeah-yeah)
Got too much stuck on my chest, can’t get it off of me
I put my demons to rest but they been stalking me
Lord knows I tried my best, I gave it all of me
 

The chorus perfectly represents Rod Wave as a person: the rapper loved her, did the best he could to make it work, and now feels alone and disappointed. He’s fighting his demons, who keep him awake at night, a sign that he’s trying to fix something wrong inside him. Maybe referring to his “heart cold as December,” a metaphor for his difficulty in getting emotionally attached.

Been alone my whole life, but you helped me forget
Then you made me remember my heart cold as December
Learning to love myself, I been alone every weekend
They say he’s out of breath ’cause he’s been runnin’ from demons
You left, I needed help, you were someone that I believed in
People change like the seasons, I’m asking what’s the reason?

From these lines, it appears clear that Rod Wave used to be a loner. Somehow, a girl led him out of his comfort zone: he fell in love and started counting on it. But when he least expected it, she left, and he had to learn again to love himself as a lonely person. He wonders why people change quickly, from promising love to breaking up.

Through this pain, Rod Wave sees love as an addiction he needs to eliminate. That’s a typical reaction while going through the emotional distress of a breakup: we feel an overwhelming sadness that we don’t want to experience anymore, so we wish to cut the root of that sadness at the origin, promising never to fall in love again. Usually, this is just a phase, as humans are made to love and be loved, and that’s the way to realize ourselves as individuals fully.

Got me addicted to love, and then you left ’round the same time
Sorry I can’t make time, been living on space time
I heard through the grapevine she told you we FaceTimed
That s**t got a block, tell that b* *h to kick rocks, yeah, yeah

These last lines might hide the real reasons for the breakup, referring to the words Rod Wave says in the intro:

I’m tryna f**k with lil’ what’s her name, but she be actin’ like a fan
She had to tell the world we had a
You know what I’m sayin’, with the, uh
Mmh
Had to tell the world, you know what I’m sayin’, you ain’t really f**kin’ with me
You know what I’m sayin’, you a fan, b* *h

Apparently, Rod Wave had a problem with a fan who wanted to have sex with him and then shared the news publicly. The details probably arrived even to Rod Wave’s girlfriend, who decided to break up immediately. According to the lyrics in Poison and their meaning, the rapper feels hurt by what happened: that fan meant nothing to him, and her behavior was unacceptable. He wishes none of this ever happened, as it caused the breakup.

That’s the most common interpretation of the song’s lyrics. As Rod Wave never commented publicly on the meaning of Poison, there is still room for more explanations. We leave it to the reader, together with the complete lyrics below.

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The complete lyrics

I’m tryna f**k with lil’ what’s her name, but she be actin’ like a fan
She had to tell the world we had a
You know what I’m sayin’, with the, uh
Mmh
Had to tell the world, you know what I’m sayin’, you ain’t really f**kin’ with me
You know what I’m sayin’, you a fan, b* *h
Ayy, of all these, man, I’m dolo, thug life
Uh, yeah, uh

And I don’t want no more love, I feel it’s poison
Late at night I can’t sleep ’cause I hear voices
Tellin’ me I’m too deep, quit tryna force it (Uh, yeah-yeah-yeah)
Got too much stuck on my chest, can’t get it off of me
I put my demons to rest but they been stalking me
Lord knows I tried my best, I gave it all of me (Yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah)

Late at night, I been roaming, I ain’t getting no sleep (Woah)
It’s hard to stay focused when that pain running deep
Been alone my whole life, but you helped me forget
Then you made me remember my heart cold as December
Learning to love myself, I been alone every weekend
They say he’s out of breath ’cause he’s been runnin’ from demons
You left, I needed help, you were someone that I believed in
People change like the seasons, I’m asking what’s the reason?
Then I been thuggin’ dolo, lay in my bed and cut off my phone
I smoke that dope alone, me and others don’t get along
You can peep the pain in my face but I hide it deep in these songs
I learned to keep my mouth closed ’cause don’t nobody know what’s wrong
Got me addicted to love, and then you left ’round the same time
Sorry I can’t make time, been living on space time
I heard through the grapevine she told you we FaceTimed
That s**t got a block, tell that b* *h to kick rocks, yeah, yeah

And I don’t want no more love, I feel it’s poison
Late at night I can’t sleep ’cause I hear voices
Tellin’ me I’m too deep, quit tryna force it (Uh, yeah-yeah-yeah)
Got too much stuck on my chest, can’t get it off of me
I put my demons to rest but they been stalking me
Lord knows I tried my best, I gave it all of me (Yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah)
And I don’t want no more love, I feel it’s poison
Late at night I can’t sleep ’cause I hear voices
Tellin’ me I’m too deep, quit tryna force it (Uh, yeah-yeah-yeah)
Got too much stuck on my chest, can’t get it off of me
I put my demons to rest but they been stalking me
Lord knows I tried my best, I gave it all of me (Yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah)

(Dolo, lay in my bed and cut off my phone
I smoke that dope alone, me and others don’t get along)