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PINKFRIDAY
Nicki Minaj
Pink Friday
Released November 22, 2010
Format on album, digital download.
Length 3:53
Label Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Motown
Writer Nicki Minaj
Daniel Johnson
Producer Kane Beatz
Pink Friday track listing
"Dear Old Nicki" is track number 11.
Previous track
"Here I Am"
Next track
"Your Love"

"Dear Old Nicki" is a song by Nicki Minaj from her debut album Pink Friday. The song details Minaj's change from her formerly-dominant alter ego, Nicki Lewinsky, to her current ones, remarking that the changes were necessary but questioning whether her old friend will ever return.

Pink Friday DiariesEdit

In Nicki Minaj's iTunes Ping, Nicki began a "Pink Friday Diaries" initiative wherein she gave her own insight on the conception, development, and meaning of a selection of songs on her upcoming album; her entry on "Dear Old Nicki" is as follows:

Dear Old Nicki: There isn't a day that goes by where someone doesn't say "I miss the Old Nicki". I decided to really sit down one day and figure out where "she" went. It all started to add up. I let her go for more than one reason (detailed on the record). But I never realized how much I'd miss her. How much the ...barbz would miss her. I guess I took her for granted. I thought she'd always be a phone call away. I asked her to come back. I said: "You told me you'd come when I needed you / and you said it so sweetly I believed you / but I'm standing here calling I can't see you / but I am holding you, holding you, holding you to that". But it's almost like now she resents me. For leaving her in the first place.
Nicki MinajiTunes Ping "Pink Friday Diaries," November 19, 2010

LyricsEdit

[Verse 1]
Maybe you died 'cause everybody ask me where you at
I try to channel you in hopes that I could steer you back
But it's like every intersection we just missed each other
You got your fans waitin', tell me you ain't six feet under
And tell me that you comin' back and you just took a break
Maybe I blamed you for everything that was my mistake
In hindsight, I loved your rawness and I loved your edge
'Cause it was you who talked me down from jumping off the ledge
Your earings bamboo, your long nails too
Your BMW everytime you came through
You was the braveheart, you stole Wayne heart
You never switched it up, you played the same part
But I needed to grow, and I needed to know
Were there some things inside of me that I needed to show
So I just deaded you, left you in all black
But dear old Nicki, please call back

[Hook]
You told me, you'd come when I needed you
And you said it so sweetly, I believed you
But I'm standing here calling, I can't see you
But I am holdin' you, holdin' you, holdin' you
To that

[Verse 2]
Yo, did I chase the glitz and glamour, money, fame, and power?
'Cause if so, that will forever go down my lamest hour
I should've kept you with me, gettin' at them nameless cowards
They was no match for you, couldn't defeat your prowess
I had to make them changes, I hoped you understood
You see for every bad, I did a ton of good
But you was underground, and I was mainstream
I live the life now that we would daydream
My only wish is you come enjoy it with me
Get on them conference calls, go meet the lawyers with me
The money came yeah, tripled and quadrupled it
But I still miss us when we was just on some stupid shit
And it's still fuck the media, they ridiculed you, never believed you
They just deaded you, left you in all black
But dear old Nicki, please call back

[Hook]

And yes I'm holdin' you, holdin' you, holdin' you
And yes I'm holdin' you, holdin' you, holdin' you
And yes I'm holdin' you, holdin' you, holdin' you
To that
And yes I'm holdin' you, holdin' you, holdin' you
And yes I'm holdin' you, holdin' you, holdin' you
And yes I'm holdin' you, holdin' you, holdin' you
To that

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