"Like Toy Soldiers" as written by and Margules/marrero/resto/mathers....
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 soldiers

I'm suppose to be the soldier, who never blows his composure
Even though I hold the weight of the whole world on my shoulders
I ain't never suppose to show it, my crew ain't suppose to know it
Even if it means going toe to toe with the Benzino, it don't matter
I never drag 'em in battles that I can handle less I absolutely have to
I'm suppose to set an example, I need to be the leader
My crew looks for me to guide 'em
If some shit ever just pop off I'm suppose to be beside 'em
That Ja shit, I tried to squashed it, it was too late to stop it
There's a certain line, you just don't cross it, and he crossed it
I heard him say Hailie's name on a song and I just lost it
It was crazy, this shit went way beyond some Jay Z and Nas shit
And even though the battle was won, I feel like we lost it
I spent so much energy on it, honestly I'm exhausted
I'm so caught it I almost feel like I'm the one who caused it
This ain't what I'm in Hip Hop for, it's not why I got in it
That was never my object for someone to get killed
Why would I want to destroy something I helped build
It wasn't my intentions, my intentions were good
I went through my whole career with out ever mentioning
And that's just outta respect, for not running my mouth
And talking about something that I knew nothing about
Plus Dre told me stay out, just wasn't my beef, So I did
I just fell back, watched and gritted my teeth while he's all over TV
Now I'm talking a man who literally saved my life, like fuck it
I understand, this is business and this shit just isn't none of my business
But still knowing this shit could pop off at any minute cause

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 soldiers

It used to be a time when you could just say a rhyme
And wouldn't have to worry about one of your people dying
But now it's elevated cause once you put someone's kids in it
Shit gets escalated, it ain't just words no more, is it
It's a different ball game, call names and you ain't just rapping
We actually tried to stop the 50 and Ja beef from happening
Me and Dre had sat with him, kicked it and had a chat with him
And asked him not to start it, he wasn't gonna go after him
Until Ja' start yappin' in magazines how he stabbed him
Fuck 'em 50, smash him, mash him, and let him have it
Meanwhile my intentions pulled me in other directions
Some receptionist said the source who answers phones at his desk
Has an erection for me and thinks
That I'll be his resurrection
Tries to blow the dust of his mic and make a new record
But now he's fucked the game up cause one of the ways I came up
Was through that publication, the same one that made me famous
Now the owner of it got a grudge against me for nothing but fuck it
That motherfucker can get it too, fuck 'em then
But I'm so busy being pissed off, I don't stop to think
That we just inherited 50's beef with Murder Inc
And he's inherited mine, which is fine, ain't like either of us mind
We still have 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
Maybe shout 'em out in a rap or up in a chorus to show we love 'em back
And to let 'em know how important it is to have Runyon Avenue soldiers up in our corners
Their loyalty to us is worth more then any award is
But I ain't trying to have none of my people hurt or murdered
It ain't worth it, I can't think of a perfecter way to word it
Then to just say that I love y'all too much to see the verdict
I'll walk away from it all before I'll let it go any further
But don't get it twisted, it's not a plea that I'm coping
I'm just willing to be the bigger man
If y'all can quit popping off at the jaws with the knocking
'Cause frankly I'm sick of talking
I'm not gonna let someone else's coffin rest on my conscience 'cause

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 soldiers


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"Like Toy Soldiers" as written by Margules/marrero/resto/mathers

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  • +3
    Song MeaningI don't usually listen to Eminem, but these lyrics are so raw and real I just had to comment. He talks about trying to be the responsible person in a world of immature rappers. He doesn't want to lose his temper but when the people he cherishes the most are involved then it's war. He just sounds so mature, and I like how with this song he basically says how he knows what's right from wrong but he will fight to the end for his loved ones. Good job, E!
    carleybethon January 02, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Commenteminem is right... ja is a tool.
    archmastermindon November 10, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe song is basically about the rap wars and how much the danger of being hurt or killed by your rivals is highly possible. Eminem sings a little about most of his feuds with multiple artists and the video is just what could possibly happen to someone from his crew due to all of the fighting between the groups. The person that dies in the video actually dies 2 years later after the song was made. He was shot in a bar after shooting someone over a game of pool.

    There are some people that he has named, I will try to clarify the situation.

    Benzino is an older rapper, whom had control over Source magazine for a while and used it to bash on Eminem and even made a new album with a lot of songs directed to Eminem and I'm assuming that Eminem believed Benzino was irrelevant to everything that was going on and decided to try to be on top of the rap game by starting drama with him.

    50 Cent's feud is said to be started in his words that Ja Rule was robbed out of his jewelry and Ja Rule thought 50 Cent had something to do with it and Ja Rule said that 50 Cent was jealous over the fact that when he was making videos in his 'hood, he got a lot of love from the people there. That's when they started to make diss song at each other with Ja Rule and Murder Inc artists and 50 Cent with his G-Unit. 50 Cent was nearly killed after being shot 9 times. It's said that a local drug kingpin sent the hit after 50 Cent made an album that exposed Murder Inc's illegal activties with the said drug dealer. It's also believed that the same drug dealer killed Jam Master Jay for helping out 50 Cent make and send the album and pretty much taught 50 Cent how to actually make music. 50 Cent later joined in Eminem's record label and Ja Rule threatened Eminem and Dre to not make any diss songs about him and they didn't until Dre produced a 50 Cent song that pretty much destroyed Ja Rule and his family and that's when Ja Rule came out with ''Loose Change'' and it was directed to Dre and Eminem and people from their labels and that's when Eminem/D12, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent/G-Unit battled Ja Rule/Murder Inc and other artists for a while. There was a time where Dre and Eminem talked with 50 Cent to try kill the drama with Ja Rule, but Ja Rule was talking and joking about how he was the one that stabbed 50 Cent in a club and that continued the fued. It was actually Black Child from Murder Inc that stabbed 50 Cent because he thought he was pulling out a gun.

    Now to the Suge Knight thing. Eminem wasn't afraid of Suge Knight, he just didn't attack Suge Knight out of respect for his friend Dr. Dre who told him to stay out of it because it wasn't his beef and wanted to do things by himself.
    Acid Christon October 30, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI love how angry he sounds in this song. This song is simply amazing. Amazing. I bet he felt so much looser after writing this song, he let out alot of his rage and thoughts in this. Congrats Eminem, this is just another song that proves you're the best rapper the world has ever seen.
    hicktownheroon June 07, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIncredible. Incredible.
    wolfplaya07on November 12, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment2 comments above say it all! Great song!
    Mattyon November 14, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJa Rule's song that said that stuff about Hailie was called Loose Change (a freestyle).

    The line was ""Em, you claim your mother is a crackhead and Kim is a known slut/So what's Hailie gonna be when she grows up?"
    Theo Reoon November 15, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentcool song....i like the way eminem is rapping faster on this cd
    frenzyon November 17, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTHIS IS ONE OF EM'S BEST SONGS,LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    RE_FAN474on November 24, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentto can u keep up
    why do you hate eminem so much? He is making something of his life. He is trying to create something good out of something that was bad. How can you rank on someone for that? A lot of people like his music so he is good for something. He is not out there shooting people or throwing away his life. He's speaking out against it. Some communities are not in very good condition and we need people like eminem to inspire people and have something to hang on to. What we don't need is blind hate. You look completely one sided. Maybe you should open up your mind. I am not saying you have to like it but at least respect it. Its art don't trash it.
    who_knowson December 31, 2004   Link

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