I’ll confess that I’ve never really listened to Aaliyah much; of course her death at a young age was horribly, horribly tragic, but I was just never really much of an R&B person. I’m not now, and I certainly wasn’t when I was deep in the middle of my awkward high school years. But maybe– MAYBE– I would have listened to Aaliyah more if I had known that her lyrical content was this interesting. Cupids? Cupids SHOPPING? Arbys?! I don’t know what these things have in common, but apparently Aaliyah did. Only she can reveal these mysteries to you, for they are vast. Listen close, young grasshopper. You have much to learn.
P.S. If you’re looking for a really, REALLY good way to waste a LOT of time, check out the Am I Right? misheard lyrics database. You, too, can puzzle over how one gets from “Love is the first dance eternal” to “Love is the first dancing turtle.” (True story.)