Frank Ocean made his national television debut Monday night on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” The 24-year-old R&B singer was joined by The Roots as his backing band as well as a full strings section to perform “Bad Religion.”
The song “Bad Religion” begins with Ocean asking a taxi cab driver to “outrun the demons” and climaxes with him singing “I could never make him love me”— lyrics that made international headlines earlier this week because few people knew Ocean’s first love was with another male.
Below is an excerpt from Frank Ocean’s “Bad Religion:”
[Chorus] This unrequited love To me it’s nothing but A one-man cult And cyanide in my styrofoam cup I could never make him love me Never make him love me No
[Outro] It’s a bad religion To be in love with someone Who could never love you I know Only bad religion Could have me feeling the way I do
Ocean surprised everyone Monday night by releasing his new album “Channel Orange” on iTunes a week ahead of its scheduled release. The physical copies of the album don’t hit stores until July 17th. (The album was #1 on the iTunes Music Store at the time this story was published.)
And just in case you wore wondering, Ocean’s mother is very proud of her son. She thinks her son is an incredible human being.