We saw, we waited, and then we waited some more. Top Dawg songstress SZA’s debut album CTRL is finally here, and it’s jam-packed with vulnerable confessions of love, heartbreak and, yes, a little wrongdoing. SZA’s pen is as sharp as ever, with dozens of one-liners packed throughout the album. So for those of you looking to make an ex sweat, in need of an Instagram caption or just looking to appreciate an incredible album, here are 42 of SZA’s CTRL lyrics to get you started.
Our Favorite CTRL Lyrics, By Song
“Why am I so easy to forget like that?
It can’t be that easy for you to get like that.”
“Leave me lonely for prettier women?
You know I need too much attention for shit like that.
You know you wrong for shit like that.”
“Why I can’t stay alone just by myself?
Wish I was comfortable just with myself, but I need you…”
“You was a temporary lover.”
2. Love Galore
“Why you bother me when you know you don’t want me?
Why you bother me when you know you got a woman?”
“Know your crew better than you do…”
“Why you bother me?
Last time I checked you were the one that left me in a mess.”
“You like to get me high, you don’t want no one beside ya.”
3. Doves in the Wind
“Pussy can be so facetious.” – Kendrick Lamar. No, really, he said that.
“You overcompensate too much for the pussy,
you like to throw all kinda shade for the pussy…”
“How many times she gotta tell you that dick is disposable?”
4. Drew Barrymore
“Somebody get the tacos, somebody spark the blunt, let’s start the Narcos off at episode one.”
“Is it warm enough for ya inside me?”
“I get so lonely, I forget what I’m worth.”
“I’m sorry you got karma comin’ to you, collect and soak in it right.”
“Sorry, I just need to see you.
I’m sorry I’m so clingy I don’t mean to be a lot.
Do you really wanna love me down like you say you do?”
“Please don’t take it personal, like I know you usually do.”
“Baby the money’ll make it easier for me to run and hide out somewhere so far away…”
6. The Weekend
“How you want me when you got a girl?”
“Is you coming home? Is you out with her?
I don’t care, long as you’re here by 10:30.”
“You’re like 9 to 5, I’m the weekend.”
“You take Wednesday, Thursday, then just send him my way.
Think I got it covered for the weekend…”
“Ready to give you what you’ve been missing on weekdays…”
7. Go Gina
“Picking up a penny with a press on is easier than holding you down.”
“Grinding, grinding, grinding. Learning on the low key, shining, trying to keep to myself.”
“I belong to nobody, hope it don’t bother you. You can mind your business.”
8. Garden (Say It Like Dat)
“Need you for the old me, need you for my sanity, need you to remind me where I come from.”
“You keep me down to Earth, call me on my bullshit, lie to me and say my booty gettin’ bigger even if it ain’t.”
“Hope you never find out who I really am, ‘cause you’ll never love me.”
“You know I’m sensitive about havin’ no booty…” (!!!)
9. Broken Clocks
“Been about three years since I dated you, why you still talking ’bout me like we together?”
“I moved on for the better, you moved on to whoever.”
“Maybe I should pray a little harder, or work a little smarter.”
“Baby, why are you lookin’ around, you lonely?”
“Do you even know I’m alive?”
11. Wavy (Interlude)
“Just give as much as you take, forgive as much as you hate, or get the fuck out.”
12. Normal Girl
“This time next year I’ll be livin’ so good.
Won’t remember your name, I swear.”
13. Pretty Little Birds
“When the morning comes I hope you’re still mine.”
“I wanna take all of my hair down and let you lay in it, spread all of my limbs out and let you lay in it…”
14. 20 Something
“Why you ain’t say you was gettin’ bored?
Why you ain’t say I was fallin’ short?”
“20 something, all alone still. Not a thing in my name.”
“God bless these 20 somethings.”
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