"Swimming Pools (Drank)"
Swimming Pools (Drank)
Single by Kendrick Lamar
good kid, m.A.A.d city
Released July 31, 2012
Recorded 2012
Format On album, digital download
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:07 (single version)
5:13 (extended version)
Label Aftermath Entertainment
Writer Kendrick Lamar, T-Minus
Producer T-Minus
Singles chronology
The Recipe Swimming Pools (Drank) Fkin' Problems
(April 3, 2012) (July 31, 2012) (October 24, 2012)

"Swimming Pools (Drank)" is a hip hop single by Kendrick Lamar. The song is available via digital download, as well as on good kid, m.A.A.d city.


The song is an introspective look at Kendrick Lamar's problems with alcohol. The first verse revolves around his grandfather, whose drinking resulted in death. The hook shows the peer pressure Kendrick Lamar faced, which is a common theme in good kid, m.A.A.d city. The second verse is from the point of view of Kendrick's conscience, after he has gotten drunk. In the extended version, the end of the song features a skit which expands upon the story of Sherane, whom is a romantic interest of Kendrick.

Live performanceEdit

Lamar performed the song at Saturday Night Live on January, 2013. He also performed "Poetic Justice."

Music Video Information
Kendrick Lamar - Swimming Pools (Drank)

Kendrick Lamar - Swimming Pools (Drank)


Premiere August 3, 2012
Director Jerome D.
Producer Rachael Luskin
Production co
Exec. producer Top Dawg
Length 3:52
Source [VideoStatic]

Chart (2012–13) Peak
Australia (ARIA) 67
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders) 19
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia) 43
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 99
France (SNEP) 59
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 57
UK R&B (Official Charts Company 11
US Billboard Hot 100 17
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 3
US Rap Songs (Billboard) 3

Pour up drank, head shot drank
Sit down drank, stand up drank
Pass out drank, wake up drank
Faded drank, faded drank

[Verse 1]
Now I done grew up
Round some people living their lifes in bottles
Granddaddy had the golden flask
Back stroke every day in Chicago
Some people like the way it feels
Some people wanna kill their sorrows
Some people wanna fit in with the popular
That was my problem
I was in the dark room
Loud tunes, looking to make a vow soon
That I'mma get fucked up, filling up my cup
I see the crowd mood
Changing by the minute and the record on repeat
Took a sip then another sip then somebody said to me

Nigga why you babysitting only two or three shots
I'mma show you how to turn it up a notch
First you get a swimming pool full of liquor then you dive in it
Pool full of liquor then you dive in it
I wave a few bottles then I watch em all flock
All the girls wanna play Baywatch
I got a swimming pool full of liquor and they dive in it
Pool full of liquor I'mma dive in it


[Verse 2: Kendrick's conscience]
(Okay, now open your mind up and listen to me Kendrick
I am your conscience, if you do not hear me
Then you will be history Kendrick
I know that you're nauseous right now
And I'm hoping to lead you to victory Kendrick)
If I take another one down
I'mma drown in some poison abusing my limit
I think that I'm feeling the vibe
I see the love in her eyes, I see the feeling
The freedom is granted as soon as the damage of vodka arrived
This how you capitalize
This is parental advice
Then apparently I'm over influenced by what you are doing
I thought I was doing the most til someone said to me

[Hook and bridge]

I ride you ride bang
One chopper, one hundred shots bang
Hop out, do you bang
Two chopper, two hundred shots bang
I ride, you ride bang
One chopper, one hundred shots bang
Hop out, do you bang
Two chopper, two hundred shots bang

[Hook and bridge]


Aw man, where is she taking me
Where is she taking me
All I, all I, all I
All I have in life is my new appetite for failure
And I got hunger pain that grow insane
Tell me do that sound familiar
If it do then you're like me
Making excuse that your relief
Is in the bottom of the bottle
And the greenest indo leaf
As the window open
I release everything that corrode inside of me
I see you joking, why you laugh
Don't you feel bad
I probably sleep and never ever wake up
Never ever wake up, never ever wake up
In God I trust but just when I thought I had enough

They stomped the homie out over a bitch
K-dot, you good, blood?
Now we can drop, ye we can drop you back off
That nigga's straight man, that nigga ain't tripping
We gon' do the same ol' shit
I'mma pop a few shots, they gon' run, they gon' run opposite ways
Fall right in ----'s lap
And he gon' tear they ass up, simple as that
And I hope that bitch that set him up out there, we gon' pop that bitch too
Wait hold up, aye I see somebody
*Car door opens and gunshots are fired*
Aha! Got them niggas, K-dot, you good?
L----, you good?
Yeah blood, I'm good, Dave, you good?
Dave? Dave, say something - Dave?
These bitch ass niggas killed my brother!