What does Like Toy Soldiers mean?

Eminem: Like Toy Soldiers Meaning

Album cover for Like Toy Soldiers album cover

Song Released: 2004

Like Toy Soldiers Lyrics

Step by step, heart to heart, left right left
We all fall down...

Step by step, heart to heart, left right left
We all fall down like toy soldiers
Bit by bit, torn apart, we never win
But the battle wages on for toy...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jun 2nd 2010 !⃝

    This song is the conclusion to the shit between jeffory atkins aka ja rule and eminem. ja rules song "lose change" is made to attack the fuck out of eminem or as ja calls him in the song "feminem" a line in jas song says "em you claim your mothers a crack head, and kim is a known slut, so whats hailey gonna be when she grow up?" eminem made a fair few songs against ja rule like hail mary but more specificaly hailies revenge. Halies revenge is feturing obie trice, kuniva, swift, kon artis and proof. each rapper tears the shit outta ja rule claiming he is a "repleca guy" insinuating he is a copy of the late great one (tupac) "but when your gone, your gonna be the late fake one" after this song eminem had won this "fight" with ja and toy soldiers is basically saying "althought the battle was won I feel like we lost it, I spent too much energy on it honestly I'm exausted" toy soldiers is a song made to oppose gang violence because it escelates and involves loved ones as shown here-
    "theres a certain line you don't cross and he crossed it, I herd him say hailies name in a song and I just lost it"
    "there used to be a time when you just say a rhyme and wouldnt have to worry about one of you people dying, but now its escelated because once to put somones kids in it this shit gets escilated"


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    Jan 14th 2011 !⃝

    "Like Toy Soldiers" is about Eminem attempting to calm the violence between select rappers. In the song he talks about the problems he had with "The Source" magazine editor, Benzino. It also talks about the feud between rapper 50 Cent and Ja Rule and how it was much worse then the "Jay-Z and Nas" feud. Another thing he talks about in the song is Murder Inc. Records, consisting of: Ja Rule. Eminem also tries to settle down the fight he had been in with, who else but: Ja Rule. In one of Ja Rule's songs, "Loose Change," Ja implies that Eminem, and everyone he interacts with, turn into screw ups. Ja basically says that Hailie, Eminem's birth daughter, would follow the same path and become a mess as well.
    Eminem also speaks of feuds involving Dr. Dre (Dre and Suge Knight). "My intentions were good, I went through my whole career without ever mentioning _______." Eminem purposely says nothing but implies he has never brought up the Dre/Suge feud.
    Eminem also says that he knows that if someone ever dissed him in a song he would have people lining up at his doors to feature in his next song and bash them with a verse: "We still got soldiers that's on the front line, That's willing to die for us as soon as we give the orders, Never to extort us strictly to show they support us."
    In retrospect, Eminem wrote this song because he wants everyone to know that he is waving the white flag and he wants rap to go back to the way it used to be: when it was fun and you just rapped to insult people and never had to worry about them getting angry and starting a long-lasting feud.


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    Feb 27th 2012 !⃝

    I think the only one who can answer this is Eminem himself

  4. anonymous
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    Nov 16th 2018 !⃝

    I think its about a puppy named "Fluffy Muffins" and they are sad because he had worms in his butt.

  5. anonymous
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    Aug 23rd 2018 !⃝

    No one wins!

  6. anonymous
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    May 15th 2015 !⃝

    I think this song is about Eminem's best friend who got killed after a rap battle and that he wrote this song to help stop the violence that happens during/or after or during rap battles.

  7. anonymous
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    Jul 28th 2013 !⃝

    Its about the shady records beef and murder inc beef. Eminem talks about how hes suck of the beef. He talks about the shooting death of Proof, who actually was shot two years later. The man who saved his life is Dr. Dre. Eminem pretty much said, fuck the beef, im done.

  8. anonymous
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    Oct 20th 2012 !⃝

    DJB23 was correct in everything he said, but possibly the most meaningful part and the last straw for Eminem, was when 50 Cent and his friend Toy Soldier, were stabbed by Ja's crew. Toy Soldier had nothing to do with the dispute, simply a matter of being at the wrong place at the wrong time, so Eminem's song "Like Toy Soldiers" was fueled by the guilt of an innocent friend nearly dying during the rap wars due to a dispute between artists.


  9. anonymous
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    Sep 26th 2012 !⃝

    I think this song is about how rapping and dissing people can turn into a loved one getting hurt or murdered

  10. anonymous
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    May 7th 2012 !⃝

    I'm really surprised to see how people see things when everything is so obvious. EMINEM sold his soul to devil and he feels he sign hid friend Proof death. Don't be so naive, don't just jump with conclusions if you have no idea what are you talking about. You are fooled by media that feeds you with whatever they want you to know. In 2004 they made the video clip, in 2006 Proof was killed the same way was in the video clip. Was planed all before. http://wp.me/1SeGt check this out and feel free to leave a comment.

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  11. anonymous
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    May 6th 2012 !⃝

    i think it means all the crap thrown at em from those bit#%&*

  12. anonymous
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    Apr 13th 2012 !⃝

    all of you are wrong read this link


  13. anonymous
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    Nov 11th 2011 !⃝

    Like Toy Soldiers is a song where after Eminem won his rap battle with Ja. He felt like he lost it. It's to show that there was a time where you could bust a rap and everything stays the same. But nowadays, you same something people go after you and your loved ones. He made this song so people could just stop the violence in rap and let them be. Unfortunately, a few months later after the song was released, it became real when "Proof"(EMINEM's best friend) died in an altercation in a bar.

  14. anonymous
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    Oct 28th 2011 !⃝

    Plain and simple its about jam master jay death and the beef with 50 cents and ja rule.

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  15. anonymous
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    Aug 8th 2011 !⃝

    You all can't spell.

  16. anonymous
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    Aug 6th 2011 !⃝

    basically em wrote this song cause his friend, who he liked up until the rap wars, died. he died cause of the rap wars. even tho the wars wernt always right it happened and he's sorry tht the rymes made someone die..

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  17. anonymous
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    Aug 6th 2011 !⃝

    Well, let me say, i guess we found out what this song was inevitably about.....and that was the murder of the artiste that called himself proof. Most of these things are forecast, and we don't even realize until we see it for ourselves or we hear about it, whether it be on the news, or another source of information. let me dredge our memory's a bit, the video for this song was shot in 2004 if memory serves me correctly, and it showed the above-mentioned artiste being shot and killed in it, and what do we have a few years down the line?? If memory serves me correctly again, a shooting of the said aforementioned. Full of intrigue and mystery is it? Well if your blind to that, then i guess i your blind to most things, and continue to take life as it comes. And please quit the jibber jabbering, its right there in plain sight. Its not speculation, its clear as day, that this was planned way in advance, don't be fooled by the time line, what was to be done, had to be done, in order to keep everyone happy.

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  18. anonymous
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    Jul 29th 2011 !⃝

    I think its eminem yelling at the douche bag that started talking crap about his family

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