Crooked Smile Lyrics

NAME
Crooked Smile
RELEASE YEAR
2012
Lyrics to "Crooked Smile"

--- Hook: TLC ---
Even though I
On my way, on my way, on my way down
On my way, on my way, on my way down

You were the one that was tryna keep me way down
But like the sun, know you know I find my way back 'round

--- Verse 1: J. Cole ---
They tell me I should fix my grill ‘cause I got money now
I ain't gon' sit around and front like I ain't thought about it
A perfect smile is more appealing, but it's funny how

My shit is crooked – look at how far I done got without it!
I keep my twisted grill, just to show the kids it's real
We ain't picture perfect, but we worth the picture still

I got smart, I got rich, and I got bitches still
And they all look like my eyebrows: thick as hell
Love yourself, girl, or nobody will
Though you a woman I don't know how you deal
With all the pressure to look impressive and go out in heels

I feel for you, killin' yourself to find a man that'll kill for you
You wake up, put makeup on
Stare in the mirror, but it's clear that you can’t face what’s wrong
No need to fix what God already put his paintbrush on
Your roommate yelling, "Why you gotta take so long?!"
What it's like to have a crooked smile

--- Hook: TLC ---
On my way, on my way, on my way down
On my way, on my way, on my way down (this crooked smile)

You were the one that was tryna keep me way down
But like the sun, know you know I find my way back 'round

--- Verse 2: J. Cole ---
To all the women with the flaws, know it's hard, my darling
You wonder why you're lonely and your man's not calling
You keep falling victim ‘cause you're insecure

And when I tell you that you're beautiful you can't be sure
‘Cause he don't seem to want you back and it's got you askin'
So all you see is what you lackin', not what you packin'
Take it from a man that loves what you got
And baby girl, you a star, don't let 'em tell you you're not
Now is it real? Eyebrows, fingernails, hair
Is it real? If it's not, girl, you don't care

‘Cause what's real is somethin' that the eyes can't see
That the hands can’t touch, that them broads can’t be
And that’s you,
never let 'em see your frown
And if you need a friend to pick you up, I’ll be around
And we can ride with the windows down, the music loud
I can tell you ain’t laughed in a while
But I wanna see that crooked smile

--- Hook: TLC ---
On my way, on my way, on my way down
On my way, on my way, on my way down

You were the one that was tryna keep me way down
But like the sun, know you know I find my way back 'round

--- Bridge: J. Cole + TLC ---
Crooked smile, we can style on 'em (back 'round)
Crooked smile, we can style on 'em

You were the one that was tryna keep me way down
But like the sun, know you know I find my way back 'round


--- Verse 3: J. Cole ---
We don't look nothin' like the people on the screen
You know, the movie stars, picture perfect beauty queens

But we got dreams and we got the right to chase ‘em
Look at the nation
That’s a crooked smile braces couldn’t even straighten

Seem like half the race is either on probation
Or in jail, wonder why we inhale, ‘cause we in Hell already

I asked if my skin pale, would I then sell like Eminem or Adele?
But one more time for the 'Ville
And fuck all of that beef shit, nigga, let’s make a mil
Hey officer man, we don’t want nobody gettin' killed
Just open up that cell, let my brother outta jail
I got money for the bail now, I'm well now

If you askin' will I tell now – ayy, hell nah
I ain’t snitchin' because man, they get them niggas stitches now
If you was around, then you wouldn’t need a witness now
How you like this crooked smile?

--- Hook: TLC ---
On my way, on my way, on my way down
On my way, on my way, on my way down (that crooked smile)

You were the one that was tryna keep me way down
But like the sun, know you know I find my way back 'round

--- Bridge: J. Cole + TLC ---
Crooked smile, we can style on 'em (back 'round)
Crooked smile, we can style on 'em

You were the one that was tryna keep me way down
But like the sun, know you know I find my way back 'round


--- Ad-Libs: Choir ---

--- Outro: Choir ---
La la la, la la la, la-la—la—la
La la la, la la la, la-la—la—la
La la la, la la la, la-la—la—la
La la la, la la la, la-la—la—la
On my way, on my way, on my way down
On my way, on my way, on my way down

You were the one that was tryna keep me way down
But like the sun, know you know I find my way back 'round
Back 'round

You were the one that was tryna keep me way down
But like the sun, know you know I find my way back 'round
Back 'round

You were the one that was tryna keep me way down
But like the sun, know you know I find my way back 'round

--- Music Video Directed by Sheldon Candis: For Aiyana Stanley-Jones and please reconsider your war on drugs. - A message from J.Cole ---

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