"I Wonder" as written by Kanye Omari West and Labi Siffre....
Find your dreams come true
And I wonder if you know
What it means, what it means
And I wonder if you know
What it means, what it means
And I wonder if you know
What it means to find your dreams

I've been waiting on this my whole life
These dreams be waking me up at night
You say I think I'm never wrong
You know what, maybe you're right, aight

And I wonder if you know
What it means, what it means
And I wonder if you know
What it means to find your dreams

You say he get on your fucking nerves
You hope that he get what he deserves, word
Do you even remember what the issue is
You just trying to find where the tissue is
You can still be who you wish you is
It ain't happen yet
And that's what the intuition is
When you hop back in the car
Drive back to the crib
Run back to their arms
The smokescreens
The chokes and the screams
You ever wonder what it all really mean

And I wonder if you know
What it means, what it means
And I wonder if you know
What it means to find your dreams

And I'm back on my grind
A psychic read my lifeline
Told me in my lifetime
My name would help light up the Chicago skyline
And that's what I'm
Seven o'clock, that's primetime
Heaven'll watch, God calling from the hotlines
Why he keep giving me hot lines
I'm a star, how could I not shine
How many ladies in the house
How many ladies in the house without a spouse
Something in your blouse got me feeling so aroused
What you about
On that independent shit
Trade it all for a husband and some kids
You ever wonder what it all really mean
You ever wonder if you'll find your dreams


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"I Wonder" as written by Kanye West Labi Siffre

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  • +3
    General Commenti think nanite10 is right in the song's focus on women, but i saw it with a different perspective. I think when Kanye writes

    "You say he get on your fucking nerves
    You hope that he get what he deserves
    Word?
    Do you even remember what the issue is?
    You just trying to find where the tissue is
    You can still be who you wish you is
    It ain't happened yet, and that's what intuition is"

    he is explaining a woman blaming her problems on a man, but Kanye may be saying that since she hasn’t followed her dreams (you can still be who you wish you is/it ain’t happened yet…) she has an intuitive dissatisfaction for her life caused by her self. And when Kanye raps about her going back home to her family, the family life is the smokescreen that hides what she really needs - independence, a sense of self, and pursuit of her own dreams. I think this is more evident in the final verse. When he says “how many ladies in the house without a spouse?/Something in your blouse has got me feeling so aroused” he is possibly referring to their hearts, and how not being married they have retained independence and can follow their dreams. He asks the women who have traded in their independence for “a husband and some kids” if they ever wonder what the meaning of their lives are and if they will ever find their dreams.

    I don’t think it’s such a slamming on the fakeness of girls as more a slamming on society and a wake up call to women. For so long our society has pushed for the idea that a woman’s dream should be to get married and have a family, so a lot of women don’t even realize they can have their own dreams that they should follow. I don’t think it is accurate to generalize women as selfish and self-absorbed. If they were, they would understand the need to do things for themselves. They wouldn’t give away their lives to men. I think the need for a boyfriend/husband stems from a lack of self-confidence and a yielding to what they think society says they should be.
    kc569on July 08, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentVery, ksuds! It's so smooth, even though he purposefully chops up his lyrics in the beginning. Surely takes a lot of talent to manage that.

    It's hard for me to find concrete meaning, but I think he's trying to express the need for people to do what they enjoy doing; to nourish their talents. Don't worry about how others bother you.

    There's a lot more, but I'm not sure what it all means. Please help me out, everyone =P
    Wotchingon September 12, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti think its more how people dont know what they really want, or never act on fulfilling their dreams and let life pass them by.

    great song.
    saturnian14on September 14, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSong is one of the best on the album.. Really motivating lyrics... Like to listen to it in the morning before I go to work.. Lyrics and track give you a confident posture...
    panama77on November 03, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentyeah, the meaning is definitely about following your dreams.
    like when people are younger-children- they have all these dreams and they find their creative passions. although, as they get older they constantly have people around them telling them "no" and doubting them. using the word "impossible", "it'll never happen" , ect. and the kid grows up, having never followed his or her dreams. people let the "haters" bring them down. but kanye didn't he had an amazing support system. rip donda west.
    jasssson December 18, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is a slam on the fakeness and bullshit of people, especially girls. Kanye sings about all the inspiration he has and how much motivation there is for him to be famous and follow his dreams to become somebody.

    Meanwhile, he outright slams how girls act today; independent, successful, all that ultra-feminism bullshit ... it's just a smokescreen for how they really just want attention and sympathy because they're so completely self-absorbed/selfish. (it's all about me) They have no dreams other than the drama they make in their lives because they need for a boyfriend/husband to be complete. It's sad really, because people are out there doing what they want and have meaningful direction where they DO something with their life, like Ye.

    Don't string other people along in your personal BS. Find you dreams and do them.
    nanite10on May 22, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentvery soulful
    ksuds08on September 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"how many ladies in the house?
    how many ladies in the house without a spouse?
    somethin' in your blouse got me feelin' so AROUSED!"

    i love how he makes these lines sound deep

    also, I like his delivery when he swears in his songs..

    "....get on yo' FUH-kin' nerves"
    deadeyeduckon September 20, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdoes anyone know what song this is sampled from?
    nicktonyg22on October 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentoh yeah & i love his pronounciation of "aroused" haha it always makes me smile
    jasssson December 18, 2007   Link

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