"I Get Out" as written by and Lauryn Hill....
I get out, I'll get out of all your boxes
I get out, you can't hold me in these chains
I'll get out
Father free me from this bondage
Knowin' my condition
Is the reason I must change
Your stinkin' resolution
Is no type of solution
Preventin' me from freedom
Maintainin' your pollution
I won't support your lie no more
I won't even try no more
If I have to die, oh Lord
That's how I choose to live
I won't be compromised no more
I can't be victimised no more
I just don't sympathize no more
'cause now I understand
You just want to use me
You say "love" then abuse me
You never thought you'd loose me
But how quickly we forget
That nothin' is for certain
You thought I'd stay here hurtin'
Your guilt trip's just not workin'
Repressin' me to death
'cause now I'm choosin' life, yo
I'll take the sacrifice, yo
If everything must go, then go
That's how I choose to live
Heh... hehehehehe...
Ok, we gettin' there
At least I had a chunk
Aight ok, it's how I choose to live
Hehehe, awww
No more compromises
I see past your diguises
Blindin' through mind control
Stealin' my eternal soul
Appealin' through material
To keep me as your slave
But I get out
Oh, I get out of all your boxes
I'll get out
Oh, you can't hold me in these chains
I get out
Oh, I want out of social bondage
Knowin' my condition
Oh, is the reason I must change
See what you see is what you get
Oh, and you ain't seen nothin' yet
Oh, I don't care if you're upset
I could care less if you're upset
See it don't change the truth
And your hurt feeling's no excuse
To keep me in this box
Psychological locks
Repressin' true expression
Cementin' this repression
Promotin' mass deception
So that no one can be healed
I don't respect your system
I won't protect your system
When you talk I don't listen
Oh, let my Father's will be done
And just get out
Oh, just get out of all these bondage
Just get out
Oh, you can't hold me in chains
Just get out
All these traditions killin' freedom
Knowin' my condition
Is the reason I must change
I've just accepted what you said
Keepin' me among the dead
The only way to know
Is to walk then learn and grow
But faith is not your speed
Oh, you've had everyone believed
That you're the sole authority
Just follow the majority
Afraid to face reality
The system is a joke
Oh, you'd be smart to save your soul
Oh, when escape is mind control
You spent your life in sacrifice
To a system for the dead
Oh, are you sure...
Where is the passion in this living
Are you sure it's God you servin'
Obligated to a system
Getting less then you're deserving
Who made up these schools, I say
Who made up these rules, I say
Animal conditioning
Oh, just to keep us as a slave
Oh, just get out
Of this social purgatory
Just get out
All these traditions are alive
Just get out
Superstition killing freedom
Knowin' my condition
Is the reason I must die, ahh
Just get out
Just get out
Just get out
Let's get out
Let's get out
Knowin' my condition
Is the reason I must die
Just get out


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"I Get Out" as written by Lauryn Hill

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  • +2
    General CommentAfter reading the few reviews I was able to find on the internet of this particular CD, and any reference to the song, here is what I think.

    Lauryn Hill, like all of us, is struggling to find out who she is and why she is here. Those are some of the most deeply-rooted questions that humanity has been seeking to answer for themselves throughout existence. Unfortunately due to the tremendous acclaim her first solo album received, and her hailing of 'bringing Hip-hop into the mainstream', I'm sure that she felt a tremendous amount of pressure to be what everyone wanted her to be. This is a pressure that we all feel, I know that I do, in every social institution and relationship that we are party to. This song, in particular, addresses her questioning if who she has been and if what she has done, is in fact truly her? Has she exercised her free will?

    "I Get Out" - Lauryn Hill

    [Singing Chorus]
    I get out, I get out of all your boxes | I get out, you can't hold me in these chains | I'll get out | Father free me from this bondage | Knowin' my condition | Is the reason I must change

    The message is clear, she does not think so. She is tackling the major institutions of influence in her life, the music industry, government, racial oppresion, sexism, and bad-religion. In the first chorus, she appeals to God, her faith to free her. She recognizes her mistakes. She is seeking freedom to be herself, as she feels she is to be so. She has faced pressure to be something, and whether or not she agrees, or that it is to her benefit, career-wise, etc.. it is only natural for human beings to be resistant, for above all God instilled in us the need for free will. Even if in the end she is all wrong, she wants to be able to be wrong, but she does not want to be wrong. She wants to exercise her will.

    [Verse 1]
    Your stinkin' resolution | Is no type of solution | Preventin' me from freedom | Maintainin' your polution | I won't support your lie no more | I won't even try no more | If I have to die, oh Lord | That's how I choose to live | I won't be compromised no more | I can't be victimised no more | I just don't sympathize no more | Cuz now I understand | You just wanna use me | You say "love" then abuse me | You never thought you'd loose me | But how quickly we forget | That nothin' is for certain | You thought I'd stay here hurtin' | Your guilt trip's just not workin' | Repressin' me to death | Cuz now I'm choosin' life, yo | I take the sacrifice, yo | If everything must go, then go | That's how I choose to live |

    That pollution that she speaks of is the overt influence that others can have on our lives. She no longer wants to stand it. The record industry, as much as many of the people in it might have sympathized with her, she's seen through to their self-interest. It is true, she has benefitted, but she doesn't want to be just a cash cow. Perhaps she is also referring to individual pain and dissappointment she has experienced in a variety of environments, with people expressing their wish to do her well all while doing her harm. It reminds me of the Spanish 'Don' who would be 'godfather' to all his slaves, yet at the same time would be the one to order their beatings if not beat them himself when they wished to be more than slaves. She is equating herself with the history of slavery. Yes she has help HipHop be more accepted, but the acceptance of slaves was accepted not as equal human beings, but as beasts of burden. Before the possibility of their use for profit was found, they did not matter. She also refers to unhealthy human relationships, full of abuse which maybe she, certainly people do, was a part of; ones in which they are unequal, unbalanced, one-way and ultimately parasitical. She no longer wants to accept them, she is choosing to give it all up, fame, the relationships, etc.. so that she may live.

    [Pause]

    [Singing rest of Verse 1]
    That's how I choose to live... | Hehehehe, awhh | No more compromises | I see past your diguises | Blindin' through mind control | Stealin' my eternal soul | Appealin' through material | To keep me as your slave |

    She reasserts that it is her choice, despite how unwise it might seem, she sees through the veil that is being attempted to put over her eyes. The material prosperity which she has attained through her success is not enough to dictate her life.

    [Singing Chorus]
    But I get out | Oh, I get out of all your boxes | I get out | Oh, you can't hold me in these chains | I'll get out | Oh, I want out of social bondage | Knowin' my condition | Oh, is the reason I must change |

    [Singing Verse 2]
    See, what you see is what you get | Oh, and you ain't seen nothin' yet | Oh, I don't care if you're upset | I could care less if you're upset | See it don't change the truth | And your hurt feeling's no excuse | To keep me in this box |
    Psychological locks | Repressin' true expression | Cementin' this repression |
    Promotin' mass deception | So that no one can be healed | I don't respect your system | I won't protect your system | When you talk I don't listen | Oh, let my Father's will be done

    She does not want to continue to live in the cycle of pleasing others, for that is no way to live. People often feel hurt and rejected when you don't do things for the whole purpose of appeasing them, when this happens they resort to a diverse set of pressures, name calling, guilt trips, rejection, anger, etc.

    [Singing Chorus]
    And just get out | Oh, just get out of all these bondage | Just get out | Oh, you can't hold me in chains | Just get out | All these traditions killin' freedom | Knowin' my condition | Is the reason I must change |

    The traditions that she speaks of could be alluding to the norms that we are often encouraged to adhere to without question. Norms are there for a reason, it is true, and Tradition is a norm with good purpose. The thing is, sometimes norms are enforced in a very hollow manner, without rational merely as extensions of bureaucracy. That is when, in an effort to punish someone for the death of an individual, we assign the death penalty without seeing the context within which the event happened.

    [Singing Verse 3]
    I've just accepted what you said | Keepin' me among the dead | The only way to know | Is to walk then learn and grow | But faith is not your speed | Oh, you've had everyone believed | That you're the sole authority | Just follow the majority | Afraid to face reality | The system is a joke | Oh, you'd be smart to save your soul | Oh, when escape is mind control | You spent your life in sacrifice | To a system for the dead | Oh, are you sure... | Where is the passion in this living | Are you sure it's God you servin' | Obligated to a system | Getting less then you're deserving | Who made up these schools, I say | Who made up these rules, I say | Animal conditioning | Oh, just to keep us as a slave |

    She equates blind submission to anything with death. We are not alive because we are perfect, but rather because of the mistakes we make. What life would one really live if they did not learn and overcome through their own mistakes. It is true, sometimes those mistakes have everlasting consequences, but that doesn't mean that those will always be negative. Some of people's deepest convictions are a direct result of pain that they have experienced, but that has motivated them to great heights.

    She questions the authority of those systems, it is not perfect, but often times it props-up itself as perfect. When it really believes that, that it is always right, the natural conclusion is that everyone should be submissive to it, in a perfectly utilitarian manner, then any means are deemed right to achieve the 'correct' results, reminiscent of some of humanities greatest tragedies.

    She says that the system is a joke, and perhaps this is taking it too far. I don't think the system is a joke, but the perversion of the system which exists is. For example, I'm sure to a certain extent she is critisizing Religious tradition, which in an of itself is not wrong, but rather the human perversion of it. Sin is exactly that, taking something pure and corrupting it. Organized religion is not a sin, but when men make organized religion the goal rather than God that is sin.

    [Singing Chorus]
    Oh, just get out | Of this social purgatory | Just get out | All these traditions are alive | Just get out | Superstition killing freedom | Knowin' my condition | Is the reason I must die | Just get out | Just get out | Just get out | Let's get out |
    Let's get out | Knowin' my condition | Is the reason I must die | Just get out

    She is in a state of limbo, still trying to sort things out. I think we all are. But the key is that she recognizes her fault and therefore that is why she must put those faults to death, in order to live. It is when we accept our faults that we can begin to assess them and have hope.

    Here is another article that discusses some of the song, and the overall mood of the CD this song is a part of, although he doesn't address the song too deeply:
    sojo.net/…
    identitytheory.com/music/…
    wordmag.com/…
    elcuboon February 04, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Of this social (?)"

    Of this social purgatory.

    I feel the above understanding is good, but not entirely there. Correct, breaking out of the dead social structure and the beatiful freedom that follows is what it is all about.

    But I don't think the lyrics state anything close about the lyricist being stuck in a limbo. Though the social system is a purgatory, obviously the lyricist has broken free of it.

    Instead, the references to 'Is the reason I must die' is a battle call to stop the oppresion and to fulfill the "father's will."

    And references to her past are incorrect as this song was not written by lauryn.
    StopDanceGoon January 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFor me this song is about spirital warfare, involving Jesus Christ and satan. ("stealing my eternal soul") Breaking free from satan's chains and all the ways he uses to opress. The writer is conveying that satan doesn't have power over him, and he always gets out of the traps (boxes) that are put there via social purgatory, material things, rules, systems, also by guilt and other feelings. And the lyric "Knowing my condition is the reason I must change" and "knowing my condition is the reason I must die" Knowing the human condition (sin) and the reason I must die meaning die to self (fleshly earthey body) and be alive in spirit.....

    Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must DENY HIMSELF and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? Matthew 16:24-26



    This song was very very powerful for me. It helped me get through alot of spiritual battles and trials and tribulations. Thank God that 1 John 4:4 - "Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world" AMEN and lauryn does this song absolutely beautifully!!!! =)
    Marielynnon February 24, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI thought this song was about the Catholic Church. At least to a degree. She made statements against the Catholic Church in regards to the child molestation during a benefit concert in the Vatican. But I like to see it as her simply breaking away from the "system" in general... which is especially true during the time she wrote this song.
    sungison March 14, 2011   Link

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