Yeah
It's my life
My own words I guess

Have you ever loved someone so much
You'd give an arm for
Not the expression, no
Literally give an arm for
When they know they're your heart
And you know you are their armor
And you will destroy anyone who would try to harm her
But what happens when karma
Turns right around and bites you
And everything you stand for turns on you to spite you
What happens when you become the main source of her pain
"Daddy look what I made"
"Dad's gotta go catch a plane"
"Daddy where's mommy?
I can't find mommy, where is she?"
"I don't know, go play, Hailie baby, your daddy's busy
Daddy's writing a song, this song ain't gon write itself"
I give you one underdog, and you gotta swing by yourself
Then turn right around in that song and tell her you love her
And put hands on her mother who's the spittin image of her
That's Slim Shady, yeah baby Slim Shady's crazy
Shady made me
But tonight, Shady's rock-a-bye baby

[Chorus]
And when I'm gone
Just carry on
Don't mourn, rejoice everytime you hear the sound of my voice
Just know that
I'm lookin down on you smilin
And I didn't feel a thing
So baby, don't feel no pain
Just smile back

I keep havin this dream
I'm pushin Hailie on a swing
She keeps screamin
She don't want me to sing
"You're makin mommy cry
Why, why is mommy cryin"
"Baby, daddy ain't leavin no more"
"Daddy you're lyin
You always say that
You always say this is the last time
But you ain't leavin no more daddy, you're mine"
She's pilin boxes in front of the door tryin to block it
"Daddy please, daddy, don't leave, daddy, no, stop it"
Goes in her pocket
Pulls out a tiny necklace locket
It's got a picture
"This will keep you safe daddy, take it with ya"
I look up, it's just me standin in the mirror
These fuckin walls must be talkin, cause man I can hear em
They're sayin, "you got one more chance to do right
And it's tonight
Now go out and show em that you love em 'fore its too late"
And just as I go to walk out of my bedroom door
It turns to a stage, they're gone
And the spotlight is on and I'm singin

[Chorus]
And when I'm gone
Just carry on
Don't mourn, rejoice everytime you hear the sound of my voice
Just know that
I'm lookin down on you smilin
And I didn't feel a thing
So baby, don't feel no pain
Just smile back

Sixty thousand people all jumpin out their seat
The curtain closes, they're throwin roses at my feet
I take a bow, and thank you all for comin out
They're screamin so loud, I take one last look at the crowd
I glance down, I don't believe what I'm seein
"Daddy, its me, help mommy, her wrists are bleedin"
But baby we're in Sweden
How did you get to Sweden?
"I followed you daddy
You told me that you weren't leavin
You lied to me dad
And now you made mommy sad
And I bought you this coin, it says number one dad
That's all I wanted
I just want to give you this coin"
"I get this point"
"Fine, me and mommy are goin"
"But baby wait-"
"It's too late dad, you made your choice
Now go out there and show em that you love em more than us
That's what they want
They want you, Marshall
They keep screamin your name
It's no wonder you can't go to sleep
Just take another pill
Yeah I bet you you will!
You rap about
Yeah word, kid keep it real"
I hear a pause
All this time I couldn't see
How could it be
That the curtain is closin on me
I turn around, find a gun on the ground
Cock it, put it to my brain
Scream Die Shady!, and pop it
The sky darkens
My life flashes
The plane that I was supposed to be on crashes
And burns to ashes
That's when I wake up
Alarm clock's ringing
There's birds singin
It's spring and
Hailie's outside swingin
I walk right up to Kim and kiss her
Tell her I miss her
Hailie just smiles and winks at her little sister
Almost as if to say..

[Chorus]
And when I'm gone
Just carry on
Don't mourn, rejoice everytime you hear the sound of my voice
Just know that
I'm lookin down on you smilin
And I didn't feel a thing
So baby, don't feel no pain
Just smile back



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  • +4
    General Comment:This is a beautiful song. I love it a lot. He is the ONLY, and yes, ONLY rapper I will listen to. Because,

    (a) His songs have meaning. They're not about sex and cars and bling blingin' rims.
    (b) He has talent. He can actually rap. I don't think d12 is any good. =/

    Anyway. I love this song and I'm getting his new CD right now... hehe.
    -Sarah
    xoDonnieDarkoon December 06, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:I cant believe this song actually makes me cry, I dont know why.
    Just the way some words are sung really hits something deep down inside of me. I feel so sorry for him.
    Doomsquadon December 14, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:Eminem has said publicly that he feels incredibly guilty that he hasn't been there for several important events in Hailie's life. He almost missed her first day of school because he was in rehab recently.

    I believe he's saying that he is effectively "killing" Slim Shady because while Slim Shady made him famous and rich, now he wants that part of him to die so he can go back to being Marshall Mathers, father.

    Awesome song and lyrics.
    GrtOne41on December 07, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:Personally, i dont think eminem is retireing. I think hes gonna be like all the older artists and take a break from singing for a while so he can watch hailie grow up. Then hes going to come back and bite all our asses with a kickass song! lol
    Ninjaman222on December 07, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I also want to congradulate Eminem on making a really great song. This is the only song that has ever made me cry!
    "I walk right up to Kim and kiss her
    Tell her I miss her
    Hailie just smiles and winks at her little sister"

    Does this mean Marshall is getting back with Kim? If he is, I hope Kim does'nt break his heart again, that would be fucked up.
    madd_elibberon December 08, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:What I get out of the song is that he's killing only Slim Shady, the part of him that started all of the controversies and created all the problems. If and when he breaks out another album, I think it will probably be all serious-set songs. I personally always liked the more serious songs. He'll be back.
    kickme111on December 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:It's nice to see he can still put out decent records, after the horror of his 'Encore' album.
    Bazon November 08, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I think that this song shows how busy Eminem is, and how Hailie's more grown up now as his Eminem's past songs about Hailie she was only a very young child or a baby..
    This also shows the "life" from Hailie's point of view too. I reckon that's cool.
    Yeh, I think this song is really great.
    BLuweesHon November 11, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Once again,another awesome song by eminem. They just don't stop coming.
    gahlok008on December 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:This is one of Slim's most sentimental and heartfelt songs. I am so happy for him that he actually got back with Kim. After listening to the LP album, I never would have seen that coming in a 1000 years. I love the metaphor, and how he kills himself and goes into a heaven with Hailie and Kim. This song is destined to be a classic.
    stryker311on December 11, 2005   Link

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