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Music Monday

May 25, 2009

My song for Music Monday this week is a new one by Eminem called Beautiful.

Now, if you’re not into rap, I’m going to ask you to give this a go anyway, okay? Because it’s amazing. And I’m not exaggerating when I say that Eminem is a poet and an artist of the highest caliber.

Take a read of these lyrics. And yes, they’re graphic. But listen, art has to be authentic to be relevant. And this song is an authentic representation of the message Eminem is expressing through his art. So at the risk of sounding harsh, I’m going to suggest you get over it and appreciate the talent involved in creating lyrics like this – or, er, yanno, just don’t read and listen;

Lately I’ve been hard to reach
I’ve been too long on my own
Everyone has a private world
Where they can be alone
Are you calling me, are you trying to get through
Are you reaching out for me, and I’m reaching out for you

I’m just so fuckin’ depressed
I just can seem to get out this slump
If I could just get over this hump
But I need something to pull me out this dump
I took my bruises, took my lumps
Fell down and I got right back up
But I need that spark to get psyched back up
In order for me to pick that mic back up
I don’t know how I pry away
And I ended up in this position I’m in
I starting to feel distant again
So I decided just to pick this pen
Up and tried to make an attempt to vent
But I just can’t admit
Or come to grips, with the fact that
I may be done with rap
I need a new outlet
I know some shits so hard to swallow
And I just can’t sit back and wallow
In my own sorrow
But I know one fact
I’ll be one tough act to follow
One tough act to follow
Copy
One tough act to follow
Here today, gone tomorrow
But you have to walk a thousand miles

Chorus
Walk my shoes, just to see
What it’s like, to be me
All be you, let’s trade shoes
Just to see what I’d be like to
Feel your pain, you feel mine
Go inside each other’s mind
Just to see what we find
Look at shit through each other’s eyes

But don’t let ’em say you ain’t beautiful OoOo
They can all get fucked. Just stay true to you sOoOoo
Don’t let ’em say you ain’t beautiful OoOo
They can all get fucked. Just stay true to you

I think I’m starting to lose my sense of humor
Everything is so tense and gloom
I almost feel like I gotta check the temperature in the room
Just as soon as I walk in
It’s like all eyes on me
So I try to avoid any eye contact
Cause if I do that then it opens a door to conversation
Like I want that…
I’m not looking for extra attention
I just want to be just like you
Blend in with the rest of the room
Maybe just point me to the closest restroom
I don’t need fucking man servin’
Tryin to follow me around, and wipe my ass
Laugh at every single joke I crack
And half of them ain’t even funny like that
Ahh Marshall, you’re so funny man, you should be a comedian, god damn
Unfortunately I am, but I just hide behind the tears of a clown
So why don’t you all sit down
Listen to the tale I’m about to tell
Hell, we don’t have to trade our shoes
And you don’t have to walk no thousand miles

Chorus
Walk my shoes, just to see
What it’s like, to be me
All be you, let’s trade shoes
Just to see what I’d be like to
Feel your pain, you feel mine
Go inside each other’s mind
Just to see what we find
Look at shit through each other’s eyes

But don’t let ’em say you ain’t beautiful OoOo
They can all get fucked. Just stay true to you sOoOoo
Don’t let ’em say you ain’t beautiful OoOo
They can all get fucked. Just stay true to you sOoOoo

Nobody asked for life to deal us
With these bullshit hands with doubt
We have to take these cards ourselves
And flip them, don’t expect no help
Now I could have either just
Sat on my ass and pissed and moaned
But take this situation in which I’m placed in
And get up and get my own
I was never the type of kid
To wait but I know to unpack his bags
Never sat on the porch and hoped and prayed
For a dad to show up who never did
I just wanted to fit in
Every single place
Every school I went
I dreamed of being that cool kid
Even if it meant acting stupid
Aunt Edna always told me
Keep making that face till it gets stuck like that
Meanwhile I’m just standing there
Holding my tongue up trying to talk like this
Till I stuck my tungue on the frozen stop sign poll at 8 years old
I learned my lesson and cause I wasn’t tryin to impress my friends no more
But I already told you my whole life story
Not just based on my description
Cause where you see it from where you’re sitting
Is probably 110% different
I guess we would have to walk a mile
In each other’s shoes, at least
What size you where?
I wear tens
Let’s see if you can fit your feet

Chorus
Walk my shoes, just to see
What it’s like, to be me
All be you, let’s trade shoes
Just to see what I’d be like to
Feel your pain, you feel mine
Go inside each other’s mind
Just to see what we find
Look at shit through each other’s eyes

But don’t let ’em say you ain’t beautiful OoOo
They can all get fucked. Just stay true to you sOoOoo
Don’t let ’em say you ain’t beautiful OoOo
They can all get fucked. Just stay true to you sOoOoo

Lately I’ve been hard to reach
I’ve been too long on my own
Everyone has a private world
Where they can be alone… sOoOoo
Are you calling me, are you trying to get through OoOo
Are you reaching out for me, and I’m reaching out for you sOoOoo Oo Oo

Yea… To my babies. Stay strong. Daddy will be soon
And to the rest of the world, god gave you the shoes
That fit you, so put em on and wear em
And be yourself man, be proud of who you are
Even if it sounds corny,
Don’t ever let no one tell you, you ain’t beautiful

And now… listen (sorry for the lack of real video – this is a very new song);

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah Ockler permalink
    May 25, 2009 5:41 am

    I have to say I’ve always admired Eminem’s songwriting – even the really graphic stuff. It’s honest and real, and it tells a story. I love rap — always have — and it bugs me when people dismiss it and rap artists as talentless. I mean, it’s hard to write lyrics like that! It’s raw poetry, plus pain, plus rhythm, plus a little funk and edge. Most of us can’t even figure out what to write in a birthday card, let alone tell a story in just a few stanzas.

    Thanks for sharing – I didn’t know he had a new album out. New site looks awesome by the way! I love it!

    • May 25, 2009 1:39 pm

      I agree Sarah, I don’t know why rap gets dismissed so easily. Like Kanye too… AMAZING! (and he knows it)

  2. May 25, 2009 4:15 am

    LOVE!!!!

    That really is a GREAT song. Really thought provoking..

    I must admit I was hesitant about his new album but I like this….

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