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Eminem: Not Afraid Meaning

Song Released: 2010


Not Afraid Lyrics

[Chorus]
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...

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    anonymous
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    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".



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    MLBLBR
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    Jun 28th, 2010 6:38am report


    i think its about him selling his soul for fame and now regretting it and taking a stand against it. He's also telling other artist or people who are in this situation to follow him.



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    anonymous
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    May 28th, 2010 5:41am report


    I think he's talking about the Illuminati.



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    ibalisticsquid
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    Jun 26th, 6:56am report


    I think song is about him being what he is was before to him growing stronger through out his career.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 19th, 6:11pm report


    I think it is his journey through his drug abuse and how he came clean.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 28th, 2013 10:42am report


    Also, we must not forget how Em thanks his fans for getting him clean & free from confines of prescription drug usage.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 27th, 2013 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



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    anonymous
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    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.

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    anonymous
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    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



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    anonymous
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    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.



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    anonymous
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    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???



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    anonymous
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    Aug 23rd, 2012 8:44pm report


    you illuminati stuff retards are all wrong its about his drug addiction



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    anonymous
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    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....

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    anonymous
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    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 :)

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    anonymous
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    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 :)



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    anonymous
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    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!!!



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    anonymous
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    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.



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    anonymous
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    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 ''???



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