“Godspeed” is the sixteenth track from American singer-songwriter-produced Frank Ocean (Christopher Breaux) and his second studio album “Blonde”. Written by Ocean himself and Ho, with production also done by Ocean and Ho, Om’Mas Keith and English singer-songwriter-producer James Blake.
“Godspeed” is a slow R&B track about Ocean leaving a lover behind, but in a respectful and kind way. “Godspeed” is often a term used to wish an individual good luck when starting a new journey. The song has many religious references, with an organ in the background, with bible references sung over the organ, as well as gospel singer Kim Burrell singing the outro of the track. “Godspeed” also shares its title with a screenplay Ocean published in his “Boys Don’t Cry” magazine in 2016. He talks about “Godspeed”, in which he says: “I wrote a story in the middle – it’s called ‘Godspeed’. It’s basically a reimagined part of my boyhood. Boys do cry, but I don’t think I shed a tear for a good chunk of my teenage years. It’s surprisingly my favourite part of my life so far. Surprising, to me, because the current phase is what I was asking the cosmos for when I was a kid. Maybe that part had it’s rough stretches too, but in my rearview mirror it’s getting small enough to convince myself it was all good. And really though… It’s still all good.”
There is no official music video for “Godspeed”, but there is an audio upload of the track on Ocean’s official YouTube channel. Uploaded in June 2017, the video has 1.9 million views with 27 thousand likes.
Release Date: 20th August 2016
Songwriter/s: Christopher Breaux (Frank Ocean), Ho
Producer/s: Frank Ocean, Om’Mas Keith, Ho & James Blake
Label: Boys Don’t Cry
Chart Rankings: “Godspeed” peaked at #8 on the US Billboard charts on the 10th September 2016.
The lyrics to “Godspeed” can be accessed here: LINK