Father Time (Live Performance on SNL)

TitleFather Time (Live Performance on SNL)
ArtistKendrick Lamar
Album
Release Date2022-10-01
DescriptionIn his second of two sets on NBC’s Saturday Night Live’s 48th season opening episode, Kendrick Lamar joins featured artist Sampha to perform “Father Time”, fresh off the release of his fifth studio album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.

Along with censored curse words and ad-libbed lyrics, the walls of the bedroom set the artists use during the performance literally close in, symbolizing the “Daddy Issues” that Kendrick describes throughout the song.
Lyrics[Introduction: Miles Teller]
Once again, Kendrick Lamar

[Verse 1: Kendrick Lamar]
I come from a generation of home invasions and I got daddy issues, that's on me
Every time them four walls had taught me, them habits buried deep
That man knew a lot, but not enough to keep me past them streets
My life is a plot, twisted from directions that I can't see
Daddy issues ball across my head, told me, "Bump a foul"
I'm teary-eyed, wanna throw my hands, I won't think out loud
A foolish pride, if I lose again, won't go in the house
I stayed outside, laughin' with my friends, they don't know my life
Daddy issues made me learn losses, I can't take those well
Momma said, "That boy is exhausted," he said, Go
Cause if he give up now, that's gon' cost him, life's a
You could be a, or step out the margin," I got up quick
I'm chargin' baskets and falling backwards, tryna keep balance
Oh, this the part where mental stability meets, talent
This the part, he breaks my humility just for practice
Tactics we learned together, sore losers forever, daddy issues
[Chorus: Sampha]
Early mornin' wake-ups (Ah), practicin' on day-offs (Ah)
Tough love (Ah), bottled up, no chaser (Ah)
Neat, no chaser (Ah), neat, no chaser (Ah)
Neat, no chaser (Ah), neat, no chase
Early mornin' wake-ups (Ah), practicin' on day-offs (Ah, day-offs)
Tough love (Ah), bottled up, no chaser (Ah)
Neat, no chaser (Ah), neat, no chaser (Ah)
Neat, no chaser (Ah), neat, no chaser

[Verse 2: Kendrick Lamar & Sampha]
I got daddy issues, that's on me
Lookin' for, "I love you", rarely empathizin' for my relief
A child that grew accustomed, jumping up when I scraped my knee
If I cried about it, he'd surely tell me not to be weak
Daddy issues, hid my emotions, barely expressed myself
Man should never show feelings, being sensitive never helped
His momma died, I asked him why, he goin' back to work so soon?
First reply, "Son, that's life, bills got no silver spoon"
Daddy issues, bump everybody, get your money, son
Trust yourself, trust nobody, only your momma'n'em
This made relationships seem cloudy, never attached to none
So if you took some likings around me, I might reject the love
Daddy issues kept me competitive, that's a fact
I don't give a what what's the narrative, I am that
When Kanye got back with Drake, I was slightly confused
Guess I'm not mature as I think, got some healin' to do
Egotistic, zero-given uh, be specific (Ah)
Need assistance with the way I was brought up (Ah, ah)
What's the difference when your heart is made of uh
And your tongue is made of gold
And your heart is made of uh, but it may weaken your soul?
Some homies don't got a daddy, grow up overcompensatin'
Learn something 'bout bein' man, Learn something 'bout bein' gangsta
I love my father for helpin' me to take off the gloves
'Cause everything he said I uh, was everything I was
And to my partners that figured it out without a father
I salute you, may your blessings be neutral to your toddlers
Crucial, they can't stop us, you see the mistakes
'Til then, I give the women a break, grown men with daddy issues
You might also like[Chorus: Sampha]
Early mornin' wake-ups (Ah), practicin' on day-offs (Ah, day-offs)
Tough love (Ah), bottled up, no chaser (Ah)
Neat, no chaser (Ah), neat, no chaser (Ah)
Neat, no chaser (Ah), neat, no chaser