I realised they were written in a language I did not yet speak.

from Frank Ocean – Frank Ocean's Open Letter on Tumblr on Rap Genius

Meaning

Perhaps the sentimental songs he was listening to back then didn’t resonate with him because they weren’t speaking to him. Most love songs speak of the quintessential relationship between man and woman. Frank’s romance was much more complex than that — he was involved with a man who had a girlfriend, a man who refused to acknowledge his true feelings. The songs Frank was listening to were written “in a language I did not yet speak” because they were penned by writers who were sure of their sexuality. Frank later writes that he wrote to keep himself sane. Writing music is Frank’s way of finding a language that he does speak, of coming to terms with his situation. In writing his music, Frank comes to terms with his emotions and keeps himself sane. Frank previously said that “Heartbreak, I imagine, has been the same emotion since the beginning of it all.” Frank is writing about the same ideas as those expressed in the songs he was listening to, but he writes his songs from a different viewpoint — in a language more suited to him…

“I might be telling the story differently than how it’s been told. But I don’t think I’m telling a new story.”

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