"(...)to keep HIS SELF out of trouble"


Senior Member
Hey there :)

"a lonely mother gazin' out of her windows staring at a son that she just can't touch
if at any time he's in a jam she'll be by his side but she doesn't realize he hurts her so much
but all the prayin' just ain't helping at all 'cause he can't seem to keep his self out of trouble (...)"

This is a fragment of the song by TLC "Waterfalls"

Can you tell me what his self means here and if it can be replaced by himself?

Thanks in advance for your answers

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  • Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    Hi przemo

    Yes, his self (also written hisself) is a non-standard variant of himself, used in a number of dialects of both AmE and BrE.

    Songs are often written in non-standard language.
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