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Lose Yourself

By Eminem



Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity

To seize everything you ever wanted-One moment

Would you capture it or just let it slip?
His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy

There's vomit on his sweater already, mom's spaghetti

He's nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready

To drop bombs, but he keeps on forgetting

What he wrote down, the whole crowd goes so loud

He opens his mouth, but the words won't come out

He's choking, how everybody's joking now

The clock's run out, time's up over, bloah!


Snap back to reality, Oh there goes gravity

Oh, there goes Rabbit, he choked

He's so mad, but he won't give up that

Easy, no


He won't have it , he knows his whole back's to these ropes

It don't matter, he's dope

He knows that, but he's broke

He's so stagnant that he knows

When he goes back to his mobile home, that's when it's

Back to the lab again yo

This this whole rhapsody

He better go capture this moment and hope it don't pass him


[Chorus:] x2

You better lose yourself in the music, the moment

You own it, you better never let it go

You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow

This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo
The soul's escaping, through this hole that it's gaping

This world is mine for the taking

Make me king, as we move toward a, new world order

A normal life is boring, but superstardom's close to post mortem


It only grows harder, only grows hotter

He blows us all over these is all on him

Coast to coast shows, he's know as the globetrotter

Lonely roads, God only knows

He's grown farther from home, he's no father

He goes home and barely knows his own daughter

But hold your nose cause here goes the cold water

His don't want him no mo, he's cold product

They moved on to the next schmoe who flows

He nose dove and sold nada

So the soap opera is told and unfolds

I suppose it's old partner', but the beat goes on

Da da dum da dum da da


[Chorus x2]
No more games, I'ma change what you call rage

Tear this roof off like 2 dogs caged

I was playing in the beginning, the mood all changed

I been chewed up and spit out and booed off stage

But I kept rhyming and stepwritin the next cypher

Best believe somebody's paying the pied piper

All the pain inside amplified by the fact

That I can't get by with my 9 to 5

And I can't provide the right type of life for my family

Cause man, these food stamps don't buy diapers

And it's no movie, there's no Mekhi Phifer, this is my life

And these times are so hard and it's getting even harder

Trying to feed and water my seed, plus

Teeter totter caught up between being a father and a prima donna

Baby mama drama's screaming on and

Too much for me to wanna

Stay in one spot, another day of monotony

Has gotten me to the point, I'm like a snail

I've got to formulate a plot fore I end up in jail or shot

Success is my only option, failure's not

Mom, I love you, but this trailer's got to go

I cannot grow old in Salem's lot

So here I go it’s my shot.

Feet fail me not cause maybe the only opportunity that I got


[Chorus x2]
You can do anything you set your mind to, man

Submitted by an Anonymous Student



Music Wednesday

“Lose Yourself” sung by Eminem


Required question & answer

  • What purpose do you think the three introductory (spoken) lines serve?




  • Think back to all of our discussions of “Show Don’t Tell.” Identify two separate lines in this song that are good examples of Show Don’t Tell and explain what each is showing.



  • Define a first person narrator __________________________________________________________________

Define a third person narrator __________________________________________________________________

This song switches back and forth between first and third person narrator. Look to find the places where this happens. Why do you think the lyricist does this?




  • DictionWord choice. One of the words the lyricist uses is “Cypher.” Look up the word to find out what it means and what some synonyms are. Think about why this word was chosen and explain why diction is important.



Paragraph Response Options

  1. Does this song present the lifestyle of fame as more positive or more negative? Choose a side and defend your position using examples from the lyrics.

  2. What is the overall message of this song? Think beyond the literal meanings of the lines, look at the big picture.

  3. Write a similar styled verse about your struggles at Boston Latin School. Use good diction, show don’t tell, and be creative!


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