"Champion" as written by Walter Carl Becker and Donald Jay Fagen....
(Did you realize, that you were a champion in their eyes?)
Yes I did, so I packed it up and brought it back to the crib
Just a lil' somethin' show you how we live
E'r'body want it but it ain't that serious
Mm hm, that's that shit
So if you gon' do it, do it just like this
(Did you realize, that you were a champion in their eyes?)

You don't see just how wild the crowd is?
You don't see just how fly my style is?
I don't see why I need a stylist
When I shop so much I can speak Italian
I don't know I just wanted better for my kids
And I ain't sayin' we was from the projects
But every time I want it, layaway or a deposit
My Dad'll say "when you see clothes close ya eyelids"
We was sorta like Will Smith and his son
In the movie I ain't talkin' 'bout the rich ones
'Cause every summer he'll get some
Brand new hare-brained scheme to get rich from
And I don't know what he did for dough
But he'd sent me back to school wit' a new wardrobe and hey!

(Did you realize, that you were a champion in their eyes?)
I think he did, when he packed it up and brought it back to the crib
Just a lil' somethin' show you how we live
E'r'thing I wanted man it seemed so serious
Mm hm, that's that shit
So if you gon' do it, do it just like this
(Did you realize, that you were a champion in their eyes?)

When it feel like livin's harder than dyin'
For me givin' up's way harder than tryin'
Lauryn Hill say her heart was in Zion
I wish her heart still was in rhymin'
'Cause who the kids gon' listen to? Huh?
I guess me if it isn't you
Last week I paid a visit to the institute
They got the drop out keepin' kids in the school
I guess I'll clean up my act like Prince'll do
If not for the pleasure, least for the principle
They got the CD then got to see me drop gems
Like I dropped out of P.E.
They used to feel invisible
Now they know they invincible

(Did you realize, that you were a champion in their eyes?)
This is the story of a champion
Rounders in the mob and they pop the guns
Stand up stand up! Here he comes
Tell me what it takes to be number one?
Tell me what it takes to be number one?
This is the story of a champion
Rounders in the mob and they pop the guns
Stand up stand up! Here he comes
Tell me what it takes to be number one?
Tell me what it takes to be number one?

(Did you realize, that you were a champion in their eyes?)
Yes I did, so I packed it up and brought it back to the crib
Just a lil' somethin' show you how we live
E'r'body want it but it ain't that serious
Mm hm, that's that shit
So if you gon' do it, do it just like this
(Did you realize, that you were a champion in their eyes?)


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"Champion" as written by Walter Carl Becker Donald Jay Fagen

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    General CommentKanye's entire new album is unbelievable. this song is about becoming successful i think. at first i thot i might be about drug use just by hearing the chorus but hearing all the lyrics changed my mind. its about not getting down and losing hope.
    saturnian14on September 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAMAZING album!! Is the sample (Do you realize you were a champion in their eyes) Steely Dan?! I could be wrong, but it sounds just like Steely Dan.
    elizeeon September 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWell, I just did some research. It is Steely Dan. Amazing.
    elizeeon September 12, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyeah its about being successful.
    i cant really explain it better than the lyrics do but yeah amazing album
    jasssson September 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis album is amazing. Ye still on top!
    Adored_Pumpkinheadon September 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is a glorious song! I can imagine this being sung at a graduation.

    There is one error in the lyrics. In verse 2 line 8, it should say "They got the drop outs keepin' kids in school".

    This album gives me hope for REAL hiphop actually hitting the mainstream.
    Javion September 24, 2007   Link
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    General Commentamzing song loving the new kanye album love this 1 and the chris martin track. this song is just like touch the sky on late reg nice upbeat tune set 2 be a big hit. 4 me this track is all bout hitting the big time gettin famous and well known, its prity self explanitory lol love the 'i shop so much i could speak italian' totally sums up kanye pure genius and cool!!!
    LeeMan9989on September 24, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyeah the line "Did you realize that you were a champion in their eyes" is sampled from Kid Charlemagne by Steely Dan

    and also I think the line Javi was talking about is actually "They got the Dropout keepin' kids in school"...referring to Kanye's first album The College Dropout as being an inspiration to kids
    nicktonyg22on October 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commentactually, Kanye is a college drop out, and he was back at his old school telling kids to stay in school, so..

    "they got the drop out keepin' kids in school"

    get it?
    _nate_on December 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commentkanye once said "highschool is a requirement, college is optional" he beieves in staying in school and he promotes it a lot because he didn't want to be the reason kids were dropping out of highschool due to his album name.
    oh yeah and i couldn't figure out that he was saying "serious" - "sei'ous"
    lol rthat took awhile
    jasssson December 18, 2007   Link

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