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 Jul 15th, 2010 7:42pm report
Hes obviously standing up to the illuminati. Hes not afraid to take a chance everybody (all the music industry) come take my hand.
also, Marshall is saying, imma be what I set out to be(when he first became a singer and not illuminati. Imma fight my demons means hes standing up to satan and leaving the illuminati.
anonymous Jun 19th, 6:11pm report
I think it is his journey through his drug abuse and how he came clean.
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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
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 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 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 ''???
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