NF's "Leave Me Alone" Deeper Meaning! | Lyrics Explained

NF's "Leave Me Alone" Deeper Meaning! | Lyrics Explained



hey everybody I'm server to send me the pops I'm professor and welcome to my channel where we make English class awesome by talking about song lyrics today we're gonna be talking about leave me alone by n F which he just recently dropped they've got a really cool music video for and there's a lot to these lyrics as well so let's go ahead and start with the music video essentially we see n F with the shopping cart with the black balloons tied to it he's got the smudges of the black smile on his face but he's coming to this this place that looks like it was supposed to be a retreat but it looks kind of dumpy and dirty all around him staring are people in white some holding balloons some people have the little smudges on their faces as well and there's also other people in black with the shopping carts like NF so it seems to me like there are different people at different phases and whatever this process is at some point you lose the shopping cart at some point you lose the black clothes the black balloons and the black smile and trade it in for something else sometimes it's the white clothes sometimes you just give the balloons away but he goes in there and there's a lot of processes happening all around like there's a process where people are getting the new clothes processed for the game to get rid of the balloons process where they're getting rid of the smile of the fake smiles right and I think that a lot of these have to do with certain things that NF struggles with we've talked about the shopping cart in a video before which in the video I'll link over here somewhere but the shopping cart is like a portable cage seems to be that same cage he was in and perceptions just man he got rid of the big cage but kept the little one and it's got wheels so can go with him wherever he goes hope you're sensing the irony here that you know that's goods I don't know it's probably like a message about what it's like to to heal but still to like hold on to the old things the old vices or bad thoughts the balloons he actually references to in this song is doubts they could have to do with fears or just things that he's struggling with that he also doesn't want to have to let go and we see in the video at the end he's like he takes two balloons off the cart and is like handing them to somebody else but he's like looking away and he's he's faltering he's not really sure that he can do it these are obviously psychologically very deeply tied who use these balloons and so it's very difficult to part with them but essentially it seems like this place that we see in the music video is an opportunity to come clean of those things that are holding a person back what this process is what it really looks like and internally nf doesn't give us a lot of details about the one thing I will notice is that the people who are wearing white and don't have the smudges don't have the balloons or the you know shopping carts none of them really look happy so that's my one big question or concern is to you know really wanting to understand where this music video is going but it's definitely interesting and it seems to me at first at least that this is gonna be about some kind of a healing process as you let's go of those old burdens and I would fully expect to see another music video drop to tell the rest of this story and let's go ahead and talk about the lyrics now we're gonna talk about a few selections because he says a lot so there'd be a lot to cover if we were gonna do every single line but essentially let's start with this one here I went from nobody to kind of famous hide my plaques inside the closet I just can't explain it my wife she tells me that she's proud and thinks that I should hang him but I just leave him on the ground right next to my self-hatred really interesting right like these momentous symbols of the accomplishments that he's done with his music he puts him at the same level of the self-hatred and is not willing to celebrate there's something really sad about that and something I think a lot of us can empathize with he continues yeah yeah mental health where's my mental health diagnosed with OCD what does that mean we'll gather around that means i obsessively obsess on things i think about that means I might make a normal thought I might take a normal thought and think it's so profound basically you know and I'm not an expert on OCD but he's talking about you know a mental disorder where you take something that you do think and all of a sudden you become obsessed with it and it becomes something we're probably when he says that it sounds so profound like it feels real whatever this thought is I not gonna give examples here because I think that that could just get really messy but he he basically has thoughts that he can't get than his head and they become compulsive right it continues ruminating filled balloons are full of doubts do the same things if I don't I'm overwhelmed doing those same things like those patterns that's kind of a something we associate with OCD a lot is you know you have to do this exact same thing every time you have to you know touch the light switch the exact same way every time you walk in the room stuff like that but he says you know if I don't I'm overwhelmed thoughts are pacing they go round and round round and that's kind of those you know compulsive thoughts that he has to struggle with then we get the pre-course and there's a lot going on the pre-course it really does a good job of summarizing the theme of the song hold up my balloons and cover up my face that's probably part of that smile I can feel them weighing on me every day I should let him go and watch them float away but I'm scared if I do then I'll be more afraid if he lets go of those doubts those fears those insecurities those weights whatever they are and it's odd that they're balloons but there are also weights I wonder if there's some ironic message in there but he's afraid that if he does that he will you know be missing something he feels like he needs them he's dependent on these fears and I think that we can all really empathize with that like there are things we believe about ourselves that keep us from being who we really are and we wonder you know like or maybe we don't even know to wonder like if I let go of this stop thinking this about myself who could I actually become if I was who I was supposed to be but instead we hold under these crippling fears that reduce us to fractions of what we could be he continues tell them how I feel but they don't want to change talking to the balloons or the doubts tell them how I feel but they remain the same loosen up my grip they say that's not okay so he starts to like let go and love some of those doubts like no you can't let us go we're part of you he says quiet quiet quiet cetera leave me alone and who's he talking to there he might be lashing at loved ones who try to help sure he could also be talking to those balloons I mean like no leave me alone I want to be apart from you guys then we continue into verse two and we don't he's talking to his doubt essentially here and he says we don't go you know the doubts talking we don't do enough interviews or go out in public lately we don't post enough on our socials to keep the buzz from fading so am I gonna lose the fame that I've garnered am I not going to be as successful because I'm just not pushing that you know not having the hustle he says let it fade yeah let it fade he doesn't care once it's decimated then you drop a song out of nowhere and all the fans embrace it and the buzz will surface again it's part of my operation I don't need advice from my doubts right now trying to go back to that inner vision for what's going to happen instead of letting his fears guide him which is a really powerful example to set yeah I can finish his verse too by singing I keep it together but have a disorder the OCD I go to my room and sit in my corner and he's gonna tell us how he copes with that here and I talk to myself in a language that's foreign I think of a rhyme and I have to record it so music right but no if I don't I'll wake up in the morning and question my life again always a void and I hate to be different but hate to be normal so I and goes on so and so forth really it sounds like he's saying that if he doesn't go and write music he doesn't get the self therapy that he needs to be able to process those thoughts and move past it and said he had stuck in them and that's that OCD coming back to haunt him and then finally we have a selection from verse three that's really important and this is where he talks about his experience with Fame so essentially he refers to you know a previous album on a song no-name where he says Fame called told you I hung up it kind of felt wrong finally called him back we didn't talk long at he asked me how I'd been I sent him this song yeah I think he took offence he kind of seemed off I texted him that night to ask what he thought it took a couple days to get a response but once I finally did he said the song sucks so basically Fame called him up trying to tempt him you know he's not sure if he wants to be famous TV really doesn't want to go in for the fame that that's sort of like self idolization or self-glorification isn't something that he's about and so but he you know he talks to families being friendly kind of flirting with danger essentially he sends Fame this song and fames like no that's crap and so basically I think what's the hit being said here is that you know you try to be famous but you're trying to be true to yourself those two are gonna come into conflict one's not gonna like the other you got to be true to yourself or you got to look for fame you can't be actively trying to do both I think that's what's being said here the song continues on ends with the pre-chorus the chorus is just about being quiet leave me alone but I would say that the overall message of the song is some that we've seen from nf a lot recently him kind of identifying who he is explaining that to us kind of in the context of the rap game and his own growth and development as an artist along with a lot of messages about where he's at and mentally so we actually got to hear him specifically talk about OCD on this one and I felt like compared to a lot of songs you've been getting recently this was very specific and very like transparent with his audience which was really really cool and so I appreciated that him getting a little bit more detailed about some of the stuff that he went through obviously we're being very metaphorical and symbolic with the balloons but it's it's getting more and more obvious with every music video I think so there's some really cool stuff here if I had to summarize this song in one sentence I would basically say nf talks about being himself and what it's like in several different waves talking as a relationship to fame talking about his doubts talking about his disorder talking about his marketing strategies and talking about yeahjust Fame and and coming into his own and who he is so anyway guys I hope that you enjoyed this explanation of leave me alone by nf you can go check out these explanations of NF songs right here these will all be from this album as well so make sure that you understand Folie what's happening here I hope that you guys enjoyed this video and I'll talk to you next time you

36 thoughts on “NF's "Leave Me Alone" Deeper Meaning! | Lyrics Explained

  1. There’s a few things off in this analysis… mainly the conversation with Fame. Also he made it clear in the search that the balloons are his burdens. I think he uses balloons to note how if he just let them go they would leave him. They’re only heavy because he’s afraid to let them go.

  2. i have a theory for the balloons being weights even though they are light. Balloons are usually filled when someone breathes into it (carbon dioxide) or when someone inserts Helium (a very light element). when humans talk they release carbon dioxide because they are breathing in and out while speaking. when someone insults you are says something to you that you could over think it becomes heavy in thought and emotionally. especially to NF since he has a form of OCD. So its not necessarily that the balloons themselves are weights but what fills them is heavy to him even though it takes something physically light to fill them.

  3. The thing is, I was up at 12am yesterday waiting for the album, you were up for the album too, and then made a video, and then hearted people's comments. Do you sleep?

  4. @ professor pop This track isn’t “pop” n u missed a few messages in the song.
    No need to reply, I paused your vid @ 1:02 to see your response 🥴

  5. I think the people in white have dealt with their burdens and are now passionless zombies; I'm guessing that this is what NF means when he says he's reluctant to let go of these things. That is to say, these burdens have fueled all of NF's music. It's the source of his passion. At the same time, he's sick of these burdens.

  6. I think part of this song was like talking about his family like the kid at the beginning and like older bat yelling at the kid part of this was his abuse and like younger mate wanting his abusive family and his other family or even God or even his wife to leave him alone to his problems because this is a theme throughout the album

  7. I got diagnosed with OCD when I was very young; and unfortunately it just keep getting worse; racing thoughts and having a hyperactive brain is not a fun thing; so this song is one of his that hit me REALLY hard; I couldn't help myself but cry my eyes out. It's so real and raw, and I couldn't be happier that he made a music video for it, and I am so glad that you've decided to film this video <3

  8. The place he's in seems to represent the church, the people in white still carrying balloons are outwardly professing faith and perfection but still holding onto their "weights"/problems/sins, and at the end all these people waiting in line but not walking up to that door look like they just dont know how or dont want to give up their balloons. NFs walking up and giving just 2 balloons looks like he's slowly little by little giving up those "weights" to God maybe? And keeping on the black clothes as he does it, he doesn't claim or profess to be perfect like the rest clothed in white. I could be soooooooo totally wrong but that's just what it all looks like to me. Just looks like he's being real about the problems he still has as a Christian in a world where everyone professing Christ wants to look perfect from the outside while still holding onto their issues/black balloons in their hands

  9. Does NF have hes own Blurryface? Baloonyface?
    The baloons in the misic video (in some shots) arent flying that high, so maby they are weights, but becuase they make him hemself he dont feel the weights as heavy as they realy are

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