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[ad]In my last post, I gave you a review of “Relapse”, the new album by Eminem. Since then, I’ve given the album at least a dozen more listens, and have forumlated a much better opinion of the songs and the album itself.

One of the best songs on the album, along with “Deja Vu” is “Beautiful”.

“Beautiful” reminds me of “Hailey’s Song”, in that it has a chorus that is sung rather than rap. The lyrics despite being on different subjects, have the same ‘me against the world’ depressive tone.

Here, MM is looking back at his life, his career as a rapper. He contemplates that his rapping career might be over when he sings in the first verse, “but i just cant admit or come to grips the fact that i may be done with rap“. This is Eminem at his best, when he makes himself the target rather than morbid fans, idiotic magazine editors, or his mother.

Clearly, the weight of celebrity has started to sag MM down. He sings, several times on this record, how he would like to just blend in, to not be so conspicuous. He hates himself for being famous, and even more so for not being able to, neither wanting to, give up that fame.

“im not looking for extra attention i just want to be just like you
blend in with the rest of the room”

Eminem is also aware of his own place in rap history. He knows he will be “one tough act to follow”. Most importantly, he wants you, the listener, to walk in his shoes, to see things from his perspective.

“Beautiful”, and Relapse itself, is, in essence, a desperate plea for understanding.

“Beautiful” Lyrics

(Musical intro)
im just so fuckin’ depressed
i just cant 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
and in order for me to pick the mic back up
i don’t know how or why or when
i ended up this position im in
im started to feel distant again
so i decided just to pick this pen
up and try to make an attempt to vent
but i just cant admit
or come to grips the fact that i may be done with rap
i need a new outlet
and i know some shits so hard to swallow
but i cant just sit back and wallow
in my own sorrow but i know one fact
ill be one tough act to follow
one tough act to follow
ill be one tough act to follow
here today gone tomorrow but you’d have to walk a thousand miles

Chorus:
in my shoes, just to see
what its like, to be me
ill be you, lets trade shoes
just to see what it’d be like
to feel your pain, you feel mine
go inside each others minds
just to see what we’d find
look at shit through each others eyes
But don’t let ’em say you aint beautiful
they can all get fucked just stay true to you
don’t let ’em say you aint beautiful
they can all get fucked just stay true to you

i think im starting to lose my sense of humor
everything’s so tense and gloom
i almost feel like i gotta check the temperature of the room just as soon as i walk in
its like all eyes on me so i try to avoid any eye contact
cuz if i do that then it opens the door for conversation like i want that
im 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 no fucking man servant tryin to follow me around and wipe my ass
laugh at every single joke i crack and half of them aint even funny like hahhhhh
“Marshall your so funny man you should be a comedian god damn”
unfortunately i am, i just hide behind the tears of a clown
so why don’t you all sit down
listen to the tale that im about to tell
hell we don’t gotta trade our shoes
and you don’t gotta walk no thousand miles

Chorus:
in my shoes, just to see
what its like, to be me
ill be you, lets trade shoes
just to see what id be like
to feel your pain, you feel mine
go inside each others minds
just to see what we’d find
look at shit through each others eyes
But don’t let ’em say you aint beautiful
they can all get fucked just stay true to you
don’t let em say you aint beautiful
they can all get fucked just stay true to youuuuu

nobody asked for life to deal us with these bullshit hands we’re dealt
we gotta take these cards ourselves and flip em don’t expect no help
now i could have either just sat on my ass and pissed and moaned
or take this situation in which im placed in and get up and kick my own
i was never the type of kid to wait by the door and pack his bags
and sat on the porch and hope and prayed for a dad to show up who never did
i just wanted to fit in in every single place every school i went
i dreamed of being that cool kid even if it meant acting stupid
and Edna always told me, keep making that face and it’ll get stuck like that
meanwhile im just standing there holding my tongue

Tryna Talk Like Dis *donald duck like vioice*

then i stuck my tongue on that frozen stop sign pole at 8 years old
i learned my lesson then cuz i wasn’t trying to impress my friends no more
but i already told you my whole life story
not just based on my description
cuz where you see it from where your sittin its probably 110% different
i guess we would have to walk a mile in each others shoes at least
what size you wear? i wear tens
lets see if you can fit your feet

Chorus:
in my shoes, just to see
what its like, to be me
ill be you, lets trade shoes
just to see what it’d be like
to feel your pain, you feel mine
go inside each others minds
just to see what we’d find
look at shit through each others eyes
But don’t let em say you aint beautiful
they can all get fucked just stay true to you
don’t let em say you aint beautiful
they can all get fucked just stay true to you
so
don’t let em say you aint beautiful
they can all get fucked just stay true to you
so

(music outro)

Em:
yeah
to my babies
stay strong
daddy will be home soon
and to the rest of the world
god gave you shoes to fit you
so put em on and wear them
be yourself man
be proud of who you are
and even if it sounds corny
don’t ever let anyone tell you you ain’t beautiful

“Beautiful” Video

The video is, just like the songs, Eminem contemplating his life. He’s been a joker for much of his life, but the irony of life is that it often takes a joker to make us see the futility of our actions – namely the pursuit of wealth and fame.

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4 Responses to “Eminem "Beautiful" Video, Lyrics, and Review”

  1. laurie colson June 21, 2009

    “To my babies, daddy will be home soon”
    and “don’t let anyone tell you you ain’t beautiful”
    is sweet, but every reference to women on the rest of the tracks, even if they are some kind of grand slim shady narrative, are relentlessly as objects of psychopathic lust, fear, resentment, mistrust, from his mother, to myriad rape , sodomy, hatching, forced abortion, (the drop kick 2nd trimester) I understand this is not unheard of in the rap genre, but I kind of wonder what he’s really saying to his daughter, and every one elses. I actually find the album infectious, it kind makes me want to smoke crack tho, it bothers me. Do male rappers really need more empowement are they that horribly threatenened? Is it some bizarre form of male bonding? 50 cents rap in crack a bottle ends- I say a bitch move, a bitch move. Yea, O.K.
    In beautiful, he says try my shoes, there size ten. I bet their Bruno Maglis! Check out The Boss, ceramic gangsta rapper lady from detroit ca. twenty years ago. last I heard she was on dialysis, the song Deeper is really solid even in production for tweny years ago, it’s on youtube.
    Eminem needs to eat soom shrooms and listen to john ono lennon, bob marley, frank zappa- all of resentment will fuck up his recovery.

  2. I’ll agree. When his daughter grows up and hears Em’s tapes and all the bitching about Kim and his mother on it (including women in general), I’m pretty sure she’ll grow to hate Em too.
    He’s essentially raising a fucked up kid man…

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