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 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 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 Feb 10th, 2015 2:17pm report
hes talking about how he has come through all the bad things in life. like kim, drugs, and ect. but hes ready to put his life back together and anyone else who wants to help or need their life put back together they will go through it together.
anonymous May 22nd, 2020 5:48am report
Eminem's rap Not afraid is one of the greats. My interpretation of this song is that he is going through a lot and that no matter what everyone is there for you. So you are not alone. He was getting over Kim and a few other things but the strong message was that he had people that were there for him
anonymous Apr 17th, 2019 4:51pm report
Ste kirwan's life from 21 i followed some of his life and he subliminally based his stuff songs life bits of it on mine maybe I'm crazy but it's true if it does mean that about me please tell me the truth so I can have closure I never meant to lie but we all have a Darkside love conquers all
anonymous Feb 3rd, 2019 2:11pm report
It’s about getting sober.
Not afraid means not afraid to talk about sobriety and not make it quiet:
“I’m not afraid to take a stand”
“Holla if you feel like you’ve been down the same road.”
“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”
“It was my decision to get clean, I did it for me”
“It's a game called CIRCLE ( AA groups are usually in seats set up in circles and The sign is a circle with a triangle in it, which he wears almost everywhere, just look)
I'm way too up to back down
But I think I'm still tryin' to figure this crap out
Thought I had it mapped out but I guess I didn't (last album was called Relapse)”
this fuckin' black cloud
Still follows me around but it's time to exercise these demons
These muh'fuckers are doin' jumpin' jacks (in AA that’s a common thing to say when your addict inside you is trying to build up) now”
“In fact, let's be honest, that last "Relapse" CD was eh
Perhaps I ran them accents into the ground
Relax, I ain't goin' back to that now”
I’m sure some of it is about his depression and other things, but the main point of this song is about sobriety. But if your not sober you might miss that and some of the terms. But it’s called Recovery for goodness sake, and last album was called Relapse.
Songs can have a lot of interpretations, and if another for this song helps someone than great. That’s the amazing thing about art. But his meaning was about sobriety.
anonymous Jul 16th, 2018 7:49pm report
This song is about the challenges you may face in this life, and how many can over come them. He says “ Imma be what I set out to be, without a doubt undoubtedly. And for all this lookin down on me I’m tearin down your balcony.” This is stating no matter what problem you may face or what people say you can or can’t do has no effect on you if you put your mind to the life or things you want.
anonymous May 18th, 2018 5:56am report
i guess the song is about eminem facing his fears about the addictions n telling poeple that if you really wanna have a good life,just face whatever your going through in your life .because there's no better time like the present.........also the song may symbolies that he was mainly connected to the illuminati and that he wants out.the song basically has alot of things that it potrays but it is actually up to the person that is listening to take it however they like n i still guess the better resolution it will be, to hear from the horse's mouth....
anonymous Dec 22nd, 2017 12:47am report
He just wants to live a good life.
anonymous Oct 26th, 2017 10:00pm report
He was never in the Illuminati. His lyrics are telling the audience that you cant be afraid to live life. You have to get over the obstacles life puts in front of you. You cant live life like its a prison. You have to forget about the past and look towards the future and what it'll bring you.
anonymous Oct 24th, 2017 10:47am report
The song Not Afraid explains how you can’t live life scared, you need to face those fears inside so you so that you don’t miss out on those special moments in your life.
anonymous Sep 22nd, 2017 9:10pm report
He's not Afraid of getting out of illuminati
anonymous Sep 21st, 2017 9:46am report
Gettng out from the cage of illuminati.
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