And nobody came between us or could ever “come above”

The following is a part of a verse from the song Baby by Justin Bieber.

When I was 13, I had my first love,
There was nobody that compared to my baby
And nobody came between us or could ever come above
She had me going crazy, oh, I was star-struck,
She woke me up daily, don’t need no Starbucks.

In line three, what does come above mean? I was able to find the meaning of the phrasal verb come between, but I wasn’t able to find the meaning of come above. The phrase seems non-existent as there are come across, come upon, come under, come around, come over, come down, or go above and beyond that I encountered which I already know the meanings of some, but not come above. So what does the phrase mean in this context?

Edit: There are actually three versions of this lyric that I found. One wrote “And nobody came between us who could ever come above”. The second wrote “And nobody came between us no-one could ever come above”, and there’s this one “And nobody came between us or could ever come above”. I’m not sure which one is the real one and not sure whether that’ll affect the meaning of the phrase. This is a rapping part and it was too fast for me to distinguish the actual version.


I find come above all over Google in hip-hop and AAVE contexts meaning either achieve a higher status or be of more importance. I think the latter is meant: “Nobody was more important to us than each other.”

This is not Standard English (as you might expect, since it seems this verse was composed and performed by the rapper Ludacris). The closest equivalent in SE would be come before; but that’s rather literary.

In any case, it’s not a locution you’re likely to have much use for over the next few years.

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