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Lyrics: Lil Nas X – SUN GOES DOWN

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“SUN GOES DOWN” is the third single for Lil Nas X’s debut self-titled album MONTERO. Unlike the album’s anticipated prior singles “HOLIDAY” and “MONTERO,” this track’s existence was revealed by Nas X just a week prior to its release.

On the song, Lil Nas X portrays a younger self conflicted by his complexion and homosexuality, and dealing with loneliness, which Nas X evoked in a February 2019 TikTok video:

In 2017 I became the first [in] my family to get into college. During college, I was depressed, had no friends, and my grandmother passed.

While the chorus recalls past suicidal thoughts, the rest of the song carries a strong message of hope, as the sole verse ends with Nas X finding the outlet thanks to his 2019 coming-out.

The music video further reflects the introspective nature of the track and features a younger Lil Nas X struggling to find his place.

[Chorus]
I wanna run away
Don’t wanna lie, I don’t want a life
Send me a gun and I’ll see the sun
I’d rather run away
Don’t wanna lie, I don’t want a life
Send me a gun and I’ll see the sun

[Post-Chorus]
You need an instant ease
From the life where you got plenty
Of every hurt and heartbreak
You just take it all to the face
I know that you want to cry
But it’s much more to life than dyin’
Over your past mistakes
And people who threw dirt on your name

[Verse]
Since ten, I’ve been feelin’ lonely
Had friends but they was pickin’ on me
Always thinkin’, “Why my lips so big?”
Was I too dark? Can they sense my fears?
These gay thoughts would always haunt me
I prayed God would take it from me
It’s hard for you when you’re fightin’
And nobody knows it when you’re silent
I’d be by the phone
Stanning Nicki mornin’ into dawn
Only place I felt like I belonged
Strangers make you feel so loved, you know?
And I’m happy by the way
That I made that jump, that leap of faith
I’m happy that it all worked out for me
I’ma make my fans so proud of me (Oh)

[Chorus]
I wanna run away
Don’t wanna lie, I don’t want a life
Send me a gun and I’ll see the sun
I’d rather run away
Don’t wanna lie, I don’t want a life
Send me a gun and I’ll see the sun

[Post-Chorus]
You need an instant ease
From the life where you got plenty
Of every hurt and heartbreak
You just take it all to the face
I know that you want to cry
But it’s much more to life than dying
Over your past mistakes
And people who threw dirt on your name

[Outro]
Ha-ah, ha-ah, no-ah

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