"Sing For The Moment" as written by and Steven Tyler Jeff Bass....
These ideas are nightmares to white parents
Whose worst fear is a child with dyed hair and who likes earrings
Like whatever they say has no bearing
It's so scary in a house that allows no swearing
To see him walking around with his headphones blaring
Alone in his own zone, cold and he don't care
He's a problem child, what bothers him all comes out
When he talks about his fuckin' dad walkin' out
Cause he hates him so bad that he blocks him out
If he ever saw him again, he'd probably knock him out
His thoughts are whacked, he's mad so he's talkin' back
Talkin' black, brainwashed from rock and rap
He sags his pants, do rags and a stocking cap
His stepfather hit him so he socked him back
And broke his nose, this house is a broken home
There's no control, he just let's his emotions go

(Come on) Sing with me, (Sing), sing for the years
(Sing it) Sing for the laughter, sing for the tears (Come on)
Sing it with me, just for today,
Maybe tomorrow the good Lord will take you away

Entertainment is changing, intertwining' with gangsters
In the land of the killers, a sinner's mind is a sanctum
Holy or unholy, only have one homie
Only this gun, lonely, 'cause don't anyone know me
But everybody just feels like they can relate
I guess words are a motherfucker, they can be great
Or they can degrade, or even worse, they can teach hate
It's like these kids hang on every single statement we make
Like they worship us, plus all the stores ship us platinum
Now how the fuck did this metamorphosis happen?
From standin' on corners and porches just rappin'
To havin' a fortune, no more kissin' ass
But then these critics crucify you, journalists try to burn you
Fans turn on you, attorneys all want a turn at you
To get their hands on every dime you have
They want you to lose your mind every time you mad
So they can try to make you out to look like a loose canon
Any dispute, won't hesitate to produce handguns
That's why these prosecutors wanna convict me
Strictly just to get me off of these streets quickly
But all their kids been listenin' to me religiously
So I'm signing CD's while police fingerprint me
They're for the judges daughter, but his grudge is against me
If I'm such a fuckin' menace, this shit doesn't make sense b
It's all political, if my music is literal then I'm a criminal
How the fuck can I raise a little girl?
I couldn't, I wouldn't be fit to
You're full of shit too, Guerrera, that was a fist that hit you

(Come on) Sing with me, (Sing), sing for the years
(Sing it) Sing for the laughter, sing for the tears (Come on)
Sing it with me, just for today,
Maybe tomorrow the good Lord will take you away

They say music can alter moods and talk to you
Well can it load a gun up for you and cock it too?
Well if it can, then the next time you assault a dude
Just tell the judge it was my fault, and I'll get sued
See what these kids do, is hear about us totin' pistols
And they want to get one, 'cus they think the shit's cool
Not knowin' we're really just protectin' ourselves
We entertainers, of course the shit's affecting ourselves
You ignoramus but music is reflection of self
We just explain it, and then we get our checks in the mail
It's fucked up ain't it, how we can come from practically nothin'
To bein' able to have any fuckin' thing that we wanted
That's why we sing for these kids that don't have a thing
Except for a dream and a fuckin' rap magazine
Who post pinup pictures on their walls all day long
Idolize they favorite rappers and know all they songs
Or for anyone who's ever been through shit in they lives
'Til they sit and they cry at night, wishing they die
'Til they throw on a rap record, and they sit and they vibe
We're nothing to you, but we're the fuckin' shit in their eyes
That's why we seize the moment, and try to freeze it and own it
Squeeze it and hold it, 'cause we consider these minutes golden
And maybe they'll admit it when we're gone
Just let our spirits live on, through our lyrics that you hear in our songs
And we can

(Come on) Sing with me, (Sing), sing for the years
(Sing it) Sing for the laughter, sing for the tears (Come on)
Sing it with me, just for today,
Maybe tomorrow the good Lord will take you away

(Come on) Sing with me, (Sing), sing for the years
(Sing it) Sing for the laughter, sing for the tears (Come on)
Sing it with me, just for today,
Maybe tomorrow the good Lord will take you away


Lyrics submitted by redly40, edited by eminemnerd101

"Sing for the Moment" as written by Jeff Bass Marshall Mathers

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  • +8
    General Commenthe is saying that it's the bad parents and our dangerous culture that messes kids up, not the rappers. Eminem's job is to tell it like it is, and people shouldnt sue him justy because they're in denial about whos at fault. Em is very wise, an incredible poet.
    coolnuts5on October 28, 2007   Link
  • +4
    My OpinionTo all those viewers who wonder who Guerra is? He was a bouncer at a club who was flirting with Marshal's wife Kim. Therefore, he got into a fist fight with him and "alledgedly" won. Its also acted out in track #6 "The Kiss" off the The Eminem Show record.
    bzsmith10on July 09, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General Commentobviously a brilliant song lyrically, but equally brilliant MUSICALLY.

    this song combines 3 genres:

    1. rap -- obviously

    2. rock -- samples Aerosmith's "Dream On", for the chorus

    3. classical -- the song starts w/ string music (from "Dream On")

    lyrically, it has just as much depth -- classical seriousness to discussion (about politics, legal system, etc., other serious topics), but a huge rock/rap edge to it

    brilliant lyrically & musically
    free333on September 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEminem is awsome, to be honest i HATE rap but hes just killgr i really love the first 7 lines and then everything after ''it's why we sing for these kids tjat don't have a thing except for a dream and a fucking rap magazine' everything after that describes me, with rock music
    Bwoodyon June 06, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfor anyone who's ever been through shit in they lives
    so they sit and they cry at night, wishing they die
    til they throw on a rap record, and they sit and they vibe
    we're nothing to you, but we're the fuckin' shit in their eyes
    that's why we sieze the moment, and try to freeze it and own it
    squeeze it and hold it, 'cos we consider these minutes golden
    and maybe they'll admit it when we're gone
    just let our spirits live on, through out lyrics that you hear in our songs
    and we can

    i love this part the most...so true
    i think every1 can relate 2 it
    rockermybabyon January 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPersonally i like the last verse of this song when i heard it for the virst time i got a lump in my throat and i sorta wanted to cry
    Dumb_Brunetteon July 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI hate rap, but when a lyrical genius like Eminem writes stuff like this, it is hard not to stop and listen. He's amazing.
    yesterdaystomorrow1on June 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI used to sit on my bed, when I was thirteen, and just blast this song into my ears through my headphones on repeat. This song described how I felt to a T back then. This is definitely one of Eminem's best, if not THE best.
    SaraMoshGirlon August 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI remember hearing this song when it first came out so I was like 11 and thinking that even back then this song is one of those ones that no matter what kind of music you actually listen to, where you're from or whatever you can relate to it in one way or another.

    "They say music can alter moods and talk to you
    but can it load a gun for you and cock it too?"

    This line reminds me of how people tried to accuse Marilyn Manson for the Columbine Shootings.
    Ignorant fucks, it goes with anything really if you listen to metal or whatever it doesn't mean you're some murderer to be or because you listen to hip hop doesn't mean you're a thug or whatever it's up to you.
    Sirenson January 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI ADORE THIS SONG!!! I know the entire song by heart and feel that it is talking about how all rappers sing so kids can express themselves.
    Fringe147on December 25, 2010   Link

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