Eminem: Not Afraid Meaning
Song Released: 2010
Not Afraid Lyrics
I’m not afraid to take a stand
Everybody come take my hand
Let's walk together, through the storm
Whatever weather, cold or warm
Just let you know that, you’re not alone
Holla if you feel like you’ve been down the same...
anonymous Jun 28th, 2010 6:39pm report
I believe that the beginning of the first verse is Slim Shady speaking, or his rapping persona. It talks of how he beat everyone's expectations and overcame everyone who was "looking down on him". But towards the end it sounds more like Marshall talking about how Slim Shady is the worst part of him."He's married to the game" meaning that he is never able to put his career on hold and spend time with his family. "His gift is a curse" meaning that the fame and fortune that Shady brought him has torn him away from his family.
The second verse follows the same pattern. The first majority of it describes his success as a musical artist and how he promised to never let his fans down, but that was Slim Shady talking. When Marshall comes to realize that he had no idea what he got himself into, he sings "But I think I'm still trying to figure this crap out
Thought I had it mapped out but I guess I didn't" and he also says that it's "time to exorcise these demons" which is further reference to the fact that he believes that Slim Shady is the worst part of him.
In the bridge, it is simply setting the tone for the next verse. The tone being that he is ready to give up what he always wanted as a child and is ready to be a part of his family again.
In the final verse, he continually talks about someone, most likely his daughter, that drove him to become a better person. I believe that as he says "but they can do little to the middle finger
I think I got a tear in my eye, I feel like the king of
My world, haters can make like bees with no stingers, and drop dead" is Marshall saying that he could care less what people think of him when he gives up his career to "focus soley on handling my responsibility's as a father".
anonymous Aug 13th, 2010 8:26am report
Its about the illuminati. When he's trapped in the mirrors its like being trapped in a lie, everything you see in a mirror is a lie, when you look in a mirror your brain gets fooled into thinking there is something on the other side, says my science teacher anyway... And he breaks out, like he's breaking out of the illuminati! good for you eminem!
anonymous Oct 28th, 10:42am report
Also, we must not forget how Em thanks his fans for getting him clean & free from confines of prescription drug usage.
anonymous Jun 27th, 6:25am report
I think he's not afraid of what happens as long as he has a stand at what's right and that's being true to heart in his heart
anonymous Mar 20th, 2013 3:55pm report
you interpret it the way you want it to be, and say what you want it to say. He must have been of drugs standing on that roof. every1 see's what they want to see. if it looks like a duck. proof, em fan from the start, my own opinion is that I don't believe for 1 minute his life is as hard as he makes it out to be but I suppose it was in the start but all in all he is a lucky lad and if he lived my life he would cry.
anonymous Oct 27th, 2012 10:40am report
I think it is very clear that these lyrics are a statement on the 12 step recovery process. In recovery addicts and alcoholics learn to face the fears that that in the past caused them to use. Fear is one of the big character defects that we must work to over come.
12 step recovery also insists that our focus be on the addict that still suffers. To stay well we must be brave enough to tell others how sick we were and how we got well. We must be willing to help them get well too, if they want to.
This is very evident in the chorus and the first verse.
I'm not afraid, To take a stand, Everybody, Come take my hand, We'll walk this road together, through the storm Whatever weather, cold or warm Just letting you know that, you're not alone, Holla if you feel like you've been down the same road
Yeah, it's been a ride I guess I had to, go to that place, to get to this one
Now some of you, might still be in that place If you're trying to get out, just follow me I'll get you there
I think that the second verse stands as a challenge to those who disagree with the recovery process, the saboteurs if you will. He knows that they will try to take the power of the truth from his words but he also knows that this is not possible because they are nothing but truth. He is promising to continue to speak this truth, without fear, for the remainder of his life.
You can try and read my lyrics off of this paper before I lay 'em
But you won't take the sting out these words before I say 'em
Cause ain't no way I'ma let you stop me from causing mayhem
When I say I'ma do something I do it,
I don't give a damn what you think,
I'm doing this for me, so fuck the world
Feed it beans, it's gassed up, if it thinks it's stopping me
I'ma be what I set out to be, without a doubt undoubtedly
And all those who look down on me I'm tearing down your balcony
No if ands or buts, don't try to ask him why or how can he
From "Infinite" down to the last "Relapse" album
He's still shitting, whether he's on salary paid hourly
Until he bows out or he shits his bowels out of him
Whichever comes first, for better or worse
He's married to the game, like a fuck you for Christmas
His gift is a curse, forget the Earth, he's got the urge
To pull his dick from the dirt, and fuck the whole universe
Perhaps only Eminem himself knows what the first part of this means but I completely understand the last bit. The demons are the drugs that need to be exorcised.
Okay quit playing with the scissors and shit, and cut the crap
I shouldn't have to rhyme these words in the rhythm for you to know it's a rap
You said you was king, you lied through your teeth, for that
Fuck your feelings, instead of getting crowned you're getting capped
And to the fans, I'll never let you down again, I'm back
I promise to never go back on that promise, in fact
Let's be honest, that last "Relapse" CD was ehhh
Perhaps I ran them accents into the ground
Relax, I ain't going back to that now
All I'm trying to say is get back, click-clack, blow
Cause I ain't playing around
It's a game called circle and I don't know how, I'm way too up to back down
But I think I'm still trying to figure this crap out
Thought I had it mapped out but I guess I didn't, this fucking black cloud
Still follows, me around but it's time to exorcise these demons
These motherfuckers are doing jumping jacks now!
And this is where he gets clean and turns life around...
And I just can't keep living this way
So starting today, I'm breaking out of this cage
I'm standing up, I'ma face my demons
I'm manning up, I'ma hold my ground
I've had enough, now I'm so fed up
Time to put my life back together right now!
It was my decision to get clean, I did it for me
Admittedly, I probably did it subliminally
For you, so I could come back a brand new me you helped see me through
And don't even realize what you did, believe me you
I been through the ringer, but they could do little to the middle finger
I think I got a tear in my eye, I feel like the king of
My world, haters can make like bees with no stingers
And drop dead, no more beef flingers
No more drama from now on, I promise
To focus solely on handling my responsibilities as a father
So I solemnly swear to always treat this roof, like my daughters
And raise it, you couldn't lift a single shingle on it!
Cause the way I feel, I'm strong enough to go to the club
Or the corner pub, and lift the whole liquor counter up
Cause I'm raising the bar
I'd shoot for the moon but I'm too busy gazing at stars
I feel amazing and I'm
anonymous Oct 12th, 2012 10:05pm report
yes all people who say that hes talking about getting out of Illuminati game are right... he was a Illuminati puppet at first but now he understands them all. he wants to aware us about these bad people of the music industry and people behind them. these people have a bad n specific intention.
anonymous Aug 30th, 2012 8:04am report
the best thing to do is to ask eminem himself to tell what his song is saying coz we are all assuming. Lets get the facts from the horses mouth. dont you think???
anonymous Aug 23rd, 2012 8:44pm report
you illuminati stuff retards are all wrong its about his drug addiction
anonymous Aug 19th, 2012 8:55am report
he should quit illuminati...i know it's not easy....and it's like quitting a mafia or worse...they will probably find and kill you....but still.....anyways i think that in the lyrics if he's saying stuff like he's not afraid of taking a stand for evil then it may be slim shady talking with a mix of eminem's thoughts on the world....and then the parts where eminem is talking and saying its all a lie and that he should be there for his family instead of letting his dreams come between them is how eminem deeply feels inside somewhere underneath the fame and fortune he still thinks that he should be there for them more....
anonymous Aug 19th, 2012 8:48am report
i think that eminem may want to be himself again and something about not caring for the fame anymore....im pretty sure that in another song it says that when he didnt have fame anymore everyone he thought was with him,left him and his "friends" were temporary and lies....i heard that they kill you if you leave the illuminati but i still think that if they want to repent they should and become christian...even if they sold their soul....remember that the devil is a liar and he cant keep you soul or send you to hell if you repent and truly mean it....so if you becom a christian ....one who believes in god, jesus, and holy spirit....and you leave the illuminati...even if they kill you you'll know that ur goin to a better place :)
anonymous Jul 31st, 2012 7:09pm report
This is a song which saved me from suicide. I love this song. It's about coming-out from the dark to light. And it's amazing. He wanted to say that if you want to get out of the darkness it can do, but you should really try harder to. True :)
anonymous Jun 22nd, 2012 6:46am report
I agree the american music industry is one big play ground for the devil!! or better known as the demon called Rainman!!!
anonymous May 31st, 2012 5:45pm report
its 100% about his addiction, people look down on him for being an addict and he talks about not being afraid of standing up against the addiction. anyone who knows first hand knows that this is mentality you must have to maintain sobriety. hes a boss for this song.
anonymous May 25th, 2012 5:52am report
Never begin anything until you have reflected what would be the end of it, determined the feature by thinking far ahead. If he had known he would have not be in such cage of demons ( illuminati ). If it was not about illuminati then why the saying '' i am not afraid ''???
anonymous May 20th, 2012 5:51am report
I THINK EMINEM IS DOING HIS BEST TO CHANGE. AND TO MAKE HIS FUN'S PROUD OF HIM.
anonymous May 11th, 2012 5:20pm report
Eminem Is talking about the illuminati just like in he's new song that sayz 'Fuck Illuminati' it is cristoclear that his tired of bein the devil's agent. Eminem4lyf. LDR.
anonymous Apr 18th, 2012 4:07pm report
I believe he is standing up what he believe in it rap about a bad kid life and drugs.
He just want to break free form a real nightmere.
anonymous Apr 14th, 2012 4:05pm report
It's all about self discovery; one tired of sitting on the fence of cloudy surroundings. Though it has clear links to The Illuminati, it can still be unconnected to it. For now,i'm moved by its musicality and rhythm and not to pull off my hairs over the source.
anonymous Apr 13th, 2012 4:14pm report
I definitely know he is talking about him breaking Out of the. Illuminati if you actually listen to the song carefully and try to figure out what he's really trying to tell u its all In his songs u really have. To pay attention to what he. Says and how he says it believe me or not why don't u do ur own research on all of his songs he has one where he actually says he was in the illuminati also the reason y he sold his soul to the devil was bc Satan tricks u n says that he will give u anything and
everything and want if u just giv him ur soul bc Satan wants to be more powerful then god and receive more of people's souls bc to Satan by gettin more people. To do what he wants them to lik lie cheat steAl etc and so on and so forth he also try's to decve u by making a deal to give u everything that most people want lik money fame and all that bullshyt but in case u dont kno eminem is not the first to join the illuminati but he has been in it longer then lil Wayne n TI which he tells them that in anthr song from the relaps album my pOint is that at first when u join the illuminati u sell ur soul to the devIl in exchange for what u want in return n yea it works but not forever lik Satan promises you it will n they begin to see that after a while that he was luring to hem just get wat he wants their souls and Alot of new artist and ppl not just artist believe the promise for everlasting youth life money fame n so on but it takes time for them to realize. That they were being foold all along even some presidents and x presidents n govrs too have join in the illuminati well I could go on about this and even show you written documents of things to prove what I'm sayin but still I can't make u bel
anonymous Apr 7th, 2012 4:58pm report
I think this song is dedicated to all the people who are going through rough times and are struggling. In this particular song Eminem is trying to let those people know that they're not alone.He telling them to be brave, face their fears, and NEVER give up! Which I think is a great message for people. I really luv this song.
anonymous Apr 4th, 2012 4:09pm report
I think that Eminem is taking his fans back to 2005 when his album Encore came out. During this time, he was battling a drug addiction and his relationship with his family was torn. A few years later, his best friend (proof) was shot to death at a club in Detroit. Eminem hit rock bottom after Proof was murdered and em's drug problem became worse. Eminem stopped rapping and checked himself in to rehab. In rehab, he continued to write but he was mainly self loathing. If you listen to his previous album "relapse" you can def. hear a lot of self loathing. "Not Afraid" was his first single off of the album recovery. This song is symbolic to his whole album because of his attitude being more upbeat but still recognizing he has a lot of problems in his life that he needs to fix. One line in "not afraid" is "it was my decision to get clean, i did it for me, admittedly i probably did it subliminally for you so i could come back a brand new me, you helped see me through, And dont even realize what you did". This is saying to everyone who has stuck with him that he got clean and recognized that he needs to change his life
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