Eminem
Lose Yourself
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Original Translation of Slang

Look, if you had one shot, one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted - One moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?

Yo! His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy
There's vomit on his sweater already, mom's spaghetti
He's nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready
To drop bombs, but he keeps on forgetting
What he wrote down, the whole crowd goes so loud
He opens his mouth, but the words won't come out
He's chokin', how everybody's jokin' now
The clock's run out, time's up over, blah!
Snap back to reality, Oh there goes gravity
Oh, there goes Rabbit, he choked
He's so mad, but he won't give up that
Is he? No
He won't have it , he knows his whole back's to these ropes
It don't matter, he's dope
He knows that, but he's broke
He's so stacked that he knows
When he goes back to his mobile home, that's when it's
Back to the lab again yo
This whole rap shit
He better go capture this moment and hope it don't pass him

shot chance

slip get away from you

Yo! used to get attention (or in later instances in this song, fill the beat)


drop bombs make great rhymes
goes so loud makes so much noise

chokin' losing his courage


choked did badly because he couldn't take the pressure


he knows his whole back's to these ropes he's like a boxer in the ring dope good
broke without money
stacked non-traditional use of the word to mean possibly "depressed." Normally this word is used to describe a woman with big breasts.

Back to the lab back to work on his skills
shit field
it don't It doesn't

CHORUS
You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo

REPEAT

The soul's escaping, through this hole that it's gaping
This world is mine for the taking
Make me king, as we move toward a, new world order
A normal life is borin', but superstardom's close to post mortem
It only grows harder, only grows hotter
He blows us all over these hoes is all on him
Coast to coast shows, he's know as the globetrotter
Lonely roads, God only knows
He's grown farther from home, he's no father
He goes home and barely knows his own daughter
But hold your nose cuz here goes the cold water
His bosses don't want him no mo, he's cold product
They moved on to the next schmoe who flows
He nose dove and sold nada
So the soap opera is told and unfolds
I suppose it's old potna, but the beat goes on
Da da dum da dum da da



shot chance to blow probably from to blow up (become famous in a short time) usually blow means fail, but in this context it is more like the jazz slang meaning play
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post mortem after death

hoes prostitutes/easy women





cuz because
cold product no longer exciting
schmoe fool flows raps well
nose dove crashed (like a plane) nada nothing (Spanish)
potna partner

CHORUS

No more games, I'ma change what you call rage
Tear this mothafuckin roof off like 2 dogs caged
I was playin in the beginnin, the mood all changed
I been chewed up and spit out and booed off stage
But I kept rhymin and stepwritin the next cipher
Best believe somebody's payin the pied piper
All the pain inside amplified by the fact
That I can't get by with my 9 to 5
And I can't provide the right type of life for my family
Cuz man, these goddam food stamps don't buy diapers
And it's no movie, there's no Mekhi Phifer, this is my life
And these times are so hard and it's getting even harder
Tryin to feed and water my seed, plus
See dishonor caught up bein a father and a prima donna
Baby mama drama's screamin on and
Too much for me to wanna
Stay in one spot, another day of monotony
Has gotten me to the point, I'm like a snail
I've got to formulate a plot 'fore I end up in jail or shot
Success is my only mothafuckin option, failure's not
Mom, I love you, but this trail has got to go
I cannot grow old in Salem's lot
So here I go is my shot.
Feet fail me not cuz maybe the only opportunity that I got



I'ma I'm going to
Tear this mothafuckin roof off Perform really well: the roof of the concert hall will be torn off by the skill and/or noise (also "blow the roof off")
cipher This has several meanings - it can be a rap about his life, a kind of group rap event where performers show off, or in Standard English, a secret code


9 to 5 regular job




my seed my child/children
prima donna a performer (usually female) who is egotistical and badly behaved (similar to diva) Baby mama drama's screamin My child's mother is making a theatrical scene
jam problem



mothafuckin used for emphasis. (from mother fucker - very offensive)

CHORUS

You can do anything you set your mind to, man


set your mind to decide to do


mobile home
cheap prefabricated home, stereotypically owned by poor whites in the US

soap opera daily afternoon television series, focusing on family problems, romance and intrigue. Similar to Spanish telanovelas.

but the beat goes on reference to 1967 Sonny and Cher hit

Best believe somebody's payin the pied piper
Reference to traditional German story "The Pied Piper of Hamelin." The piper was hired to help the village with their rat problem. When they didn't pay, he left with the town's children.

food stamps US government issued vouchers, given to poor citizens, which can be used as currency only to buy food.

Mekhi Phifer African American actor who appeared in Eminem's semi-autobiograhpical movie, 8-mile

Salem's lot Stephen King book about a town with vampire problems

Feet fail me not
A runner's slogan ("Feet don't fail me now") popularized by track and field star Bruce Jenner in the 1976 Olympics. Jenner wore the message on a sweat shirt and went on to win the Decathlon. The phrase later appeared in George Clinton's One Nation Under a Groove (1978), a positive song that also included the line "Nothin' can stop us now!" In 1997, Ice Cube incorporated this influential song in his rap Bop Gun. The expression was originally the catchphrase of Birmingham Brown (played by Manton Moreland), the manservant of Charlie Chan in 1930s detectives movies. Like the character of Chan himself, Brown was a racial stereotype. He always uttered this phrase in exaggerated fear when preparing to run from danger. This reference was also used by Kanye West in Jesus Walks. (Thanks to astute reader Jim P. for the Moreland reference!)

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