"Fireworks" is a song by Canadian recording artist Drake from his debut album Thank Me Later. The song features singer Alicia Keys, who previously worked with Drake on the single "Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)". Originally, it was supposed to be the fourth single, but it was changed to Fancy.

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Cash money shit
Cash money shit

[Drake - Verse 1:]
Money just changed everything, I wonder how life without it would go
From the concrete who knew that a flower would grow
Lookin’ down from the top and its crowded below
My fifteen minutes started an hour ago
Truth over fame, you know I respect the blatant shit
When I hear dem talkin, I just dont know what to make of it
Hate is so familiar to me, I’m slowly embracing it
Doesn’t come natural, bear with me it could take a bit
Yeah, and my dreams who I’m racing with
And you can see I’m pacin it so that I’m always chasin it
Wayne put me right here, thats who I get the paper with
I hope that my success never alters our relationship
Yeah, this life is something I would die for
Octobers own, but its lookin like July 4th
I just wish they’d let you try it first
This time I’m really goin off, fireworks

[Drake: Bridge]
Today it begins
I missed it before,but won't miss them again
I keep having the same dream
And I think I just realized what it means.

[Alicia Keys - Chorus:]
When I go off like July 4th
Feels like a fire, got to go higher
Your revelation, my sweet celebration
Light me like a rocket, cause can't nothing stop it
All I see is fireworks
All I see is fireworks
Every night it's fireworks
Every night it's fireworks
All I see is fireworks
All I see is fireworks
Taking off like fireworks
Taking off like fireworks

[Drake - Verse 2:]
I’m just such a gentleman
You should give it up for me
Look at how I’m placing all my napkins and my cutlery
I can tell it wasn’t love I just thought you fuck with me
Who coulda predicted love could strike but how you stuck with me
Damn, I kept my wits about me luckily
What happened between us that night it always seems to trouble me
Now all of a sudden these gossip brags wanna cover me
And you making it seem that it happened that way because of me
But I was curious and I’ll never forget it baby
What an experience
You coulda been the one but it wasnt that serious
Their was smoke in the air before that was me clearing it
That felt good, all and all I learned a lesson from it though
You never see it coming you just get to see it go
Yeah I shoulda looked up in the sky at first
Now I can see it in her eyes

[Alicia Keys - Chorus]

[Drake - Verse 3:]
Everything the same but it feels different
My dad called me up knowing that I still listen
And he’s still got his foot out, guilt trippin’
It’s been years, though, I just learn to deal with it
For real, me and my realtor we built up a better report
Got my mother in a place with some better decor
She searched the entire city I let her explore
And now she’s sayin’ she’s more lonely than ever before
How many of our parents’ marriages lasted?
I was only 5, I bet I barely reacted
I’m flying back home for the heritage classic
Searching for that feeling, tell me where is the magic?
Let’s stay together ’til we’re ghosts
I want to witness love, I’ve never seen it close
Yeah, but I guess I gotta find it first, that’s why I’m really going off

[Alicia Keys - Chorus]


Fireworks was one of the most anticipated songs off Thank Me Later. It was originally thought that Kings of Leon was on the chorus, however, due to lack of sample clearance, it was announced at a concert that Alicia Keys would sing the chorus.[2]

Before his show at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania on Monday night April 5, 2010, Drizzy explained to MTV News why he was letting the crowd sample the song. "The song itself is the first song on the album; I think it's the biggest indicator of what the album is gonna be like," he said. "That's why I picked that song to go first, and that's why I wrote the first verse like that. It's really where I am in my life right now. I know they're looking forward to the album, so I want them to get a feel of how the story starts off." "Fireworks" starts with the actual sound of fireworks in the background. From there, Drizzy begins talking about his life, joking that his 15 minutes of fame started about an hour ago. "It truly is a story," he added of the album. "At no point in the album does it fall off and become about some songs I slapped together. It's all a story from beginning to end. Just like So Far Gone was. It's that time."[3]


Fireworks By Drake Ft

Fireworks By Drake Ft. Alicia Keys

Live performancesEdit

Drake has performed the song while on his recent tour and also performed the first verse of "Fireworks" at the 2010 BET Awards. The song was performed in a medley along with "Over" and the remix of Young Jeezy's "Lose My Mind".[4]


It debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at #71 without an official release.

Chart (2010) Peak


US Billboard Hot 100[5] 71
US Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles (Billboard)[6] 17