“These Walls” – Kendrick Lamar and the National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC on Oct 20, 2015 [YouTube Official Video]

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Kendrick Lamar “These Walls” Lyrics

She just want to close her eyes and sway
With you, With you, With you
Exercise her right to work it out
It’s true, it’s true, it’s true
Shout out to the birthday girls say hey, say hey
Everyone deserves a night to play
And she plays only when you tell her no

If these walls could talk
(I can feel your reign when it cries, gold lives inside of you)
If these walls could talk
(I love it when I’m in it, I love it when I’m in it)

If these walls could talk they’d tell me to swim good
No boat, I float better than he would
No life jacket, I’m not the God of Nazareth
But your flood can be misunderstood
Walls telling me they full of pain, resentment
Need someone to live in them just to relieve tension
Me? I’m just a tenant
Landlord said these walls vacant more than a minute
These walls are vulnerable, exclamation
Interior pink, color coordinated
I interrogated, every nook and cranny
I mean it’s still amazing before they couldn’t stand me
These walls want to cry tears
These walls happier when I’m here
These walls never could hold up
Every time I come around demolition might crush

If these walls could talk
(I can feel your reign when it cries, gold lives inside of you)
If these walls could talk
(I love it when I’m in it, I love it when I’m in it)

If these walls could talk they’d tell me to go deep
Yelling at me continuously, I can see
Your defense mechanism is my decision
Knock these walls down, that’s my religion
Walls feeling like they ready to close in
I suffocate, then catch my second wind
I resonate in these walls
I don’t know how long I can wait in these walls
I’ve been on these streets too long
Looking at you from the outside in
They sing the same old song
About how they walls always the cleanest
I beg to differ, I must’ve missed them
I’m not involved, I’d rather diss them
I’d rather call on you, put your wall up
Cause when I come around demolition gon’ crush

If these walls could talk
(I can feel your reign when it cries, gold lives inside of you)
If these walls could talk
(I love it when I’m in it, I love it when I’m in it)

If your walls could talk, they’d tell you it’s too late
Your destiny accepted your fate
Burn accessories and stash them where they are
Take the recipe, the Bible and God
Wall telling you that commissary is low
Race wars happening no calling CO
No calling your mother to save you
Homies to say you’re reputable, not acceptable
Your behavior is Sammy Da Bull like
A killer that turned snitch
Walls is telling me you a bitch
You pray for appeals hoping the warden would afford them
That sentence so important
Walls telling you to listen to “Sing About Me”
Retaliation is strong, you even dream ’bout me
Killed my homeboy and God spared your life
Dumb criminal got indicted same night
So when you play this song, rewind the first verse
About me abusing my power so you can hurt
About me and her in the shower whenever she horny
About me and her in the after hours of the morning
About her baby daddy currently serving life
And how she think about you until we meet up at night
About the only girl that cared about you when you asked her
And how she fucking on a famous rapper
Walls could talk

If these walls could talk
(I can feel your reign when it cries, gold lives inside of you)
If these walls could talk
(I love it when I’m in it, I love it when I’m in it)

Kendrick Lamar’s recent one-night-only concert backed by the National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC will surely be remembered as one of the most interesting and ambitious music performances of 2015. Above, you can watch official pro-shot footage with soundboard audio of “These Walls,” one of the smoother cuts off Kendrick’s 2015 tour-de-force album, To Pimp A Butterfly.

The flourishes of strings and horns certainly add a lot to the tune, although it lacks some of the slick production that makes great hip hop music what it is. Compare this version to the album track, which has a similar foundation of funky drums, bass, guitar, and keyboards:

So far, there’s no word on whether this one-night-only performance will be released as an album or concert film. Let’s hope they share more of these great videos!

In other news, tickets are now on sale for Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 Fall Tour, also known as Kunta’s Groove Sessions.

To Pimp A Butterfly is available for order on Amazon (Vinyl, CD, MP3) You can also stream the full album here on Zumic.

For Kendrick Lamar’s latest music, news, and tour dates, check out his Zumic artist page.

Source: The Kennedy Center YouTube