Like smoke, I hung around in the unbalanced

from Amy Winehouse (Ft. Nas) – Like Smoke Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The central idea is that smoke is evanescent and therefore unstable by nature. Amy perhaps sees the same fleeting nature in her life consequent instability manifested around her.

Nas mirrors philosophy at the end of verse 1 when he says, “Like smoke, girls linger ‘round a player” neither here nor there.

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