‘Old Town Road’ lyrics are being analyzed by many following a tweet made by Lil Nas X on March 29. In it, the rapper says the lyrics talk about ‘lean’ and ‘adultery.’ Here’s a look at what lean means as we explore the lyrics.
In 2019, the ‘Old Town Road’ remix became an instant hit. Lil Nas X had collaborated with Billy Ray Cyrus, and the two brought a new spin to the country song. The song even managed to have the longest consecutive run in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
What does ‘lean mean’ in the lyrics?
The rapper uses this word in verse two of the song. The lyrics read:
“Ridin’ on a tractor
Lean all in my bladder
Cheated on my baby
You can go and ask her
My life is a movie.”
The rapper explains: “This second verse is where I’m in this better lifestyle. I have me a brand new tractor. I’m on some Lean–not trying to endorse that, by the way. But I’m in a higher place now.”
Lean is a type of drug. Hence, Lil Nas X makes it clear that he is not trying to endorse it. Throughout the lyrics, Lil Nas X has used lines that he could relate to himself.
The rapper also spoke about the lyrics he used to start the song. The lyrics read:
“Yeah, I’m gonna take my horse to the old town road
I’m gonna ride ’til I can’t no more
I’m gonna take my horse to the old town road
I’m gonna ride ’til I can’t no more“
He explained: “When the car came along, the horse was basically obsolete at that point. It’s like it’s not really worth too much anymore. I literally had my dad paying my phone bill and a Twitter account. It’s like I’ve got to make something shake, because I’m not going back to work. It’s not happening. The Old Town Road would be where I’m at right now. I’m at this point where I could keep going, and it’s limitless at this point.”
Lil Nas X and Joyner Lucas drama explained
On March 29, Joyer Lucas called out Lil Nas X for his song ‘MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name). Several people, including Joyer, had been upset that the rapper was seen worshipping a devil.
Calling out Lil Nas X, Joyer wrote: “I think the biggest problem for me is the fact he don’t understand “old town road” is every kid’s anthem. Children love him for that record. They tuned in and subscribed to his channels. So with no disclaimer, he just dropped some left-field ish & all our kids see it. Smh.”
Following this, Lil Nas X decided to hit back with his own statement. On March 29, he tweeted: “I literally sing about lean & adultery in old town road. u decided to let your child listen. blame yourself.”
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