[Lupe]
When your spirit is strained and you limited to change
The lyrics in your limericks'll change
A different hook, the way the sentences arranged
More demented in your deliverance, more sinister in your slang
Sounds more belligerent when it's sang
The truth--is limitless in it's range
If you drop a "t" and look at it in reverse, it could hurt
Look at the grimaces of the pain
And it's worse when it works and your membership is gained
But you forgetting the proof diminishes in the flames
Like poof, the media pours images in your brain
Of the score of the war where militants are slain
The faces of the guilty where innocence is proclaimed
And they filthy, the deaf ears are the winners
The listeners are the lames
Of the ballad of the man that the son of a minister has became, so

[Chorus]
Wherefore does my glory go? (glory, glory)
Wherefore does my glory go? (Wherefore does me glory go)
Wherefore does my glory go?

[Lupe]
But you gotta understand our differences is the same
What starts in clouded minds finishes in the rain
Now the fools that are used as instruments in the game
Where oppression is the queen and ignorance is the king
Where revolution is dead--no candles in its memory
No remembrance of it's fame, just a mystery
No mentioned in the history of the chained, the enemy
No Hennessy sentiments in its name
Just an unmarked grave that menaces have defamed
With the propaganda, and images of the gangs
A lost art, no apprentices in the trained
And they brainwashed, no interest in this thing
Then the minds weary, only adrenaline and a dream
While the wrecking balls is disassembling things
Her highness is the cause, his eminence is to blame
The pride is still here, the privileges still remain, but

[Chorus]
Wherefore does my glory go? (Wherefore does me glory go)
Wherefore does my glory go? (glory, glory)
Wherefore does my glory go? (Wherefore does me glory go)
Wherefore does my glory go? (glory, glory)

[Lupe]
And you gotta respect the position in which you're playing
Never let your heart reflect the conditions in which you're staying
Even if it's dark, and the temperature is the same as winters in the Ukraine
Appendages is in chains, have forgiveness from the start
Keep maliciousness restrained, be smart
Never indiscriminate in your aim,
Cause it's innocent witnesses oblivious to the things
Become the ones hypnotists keep entertained
And you can't uhh [grunt?], have some resilience in your frame
Stay resistant, and committed to what you saying
Cause they'll flip it the minute that you refrain
Read the book, and the lines, and literature in between
Cause you gotta be educated when going against the grain
Pay attention, they illegitimate in they claims
They assisted in the killing and pillaging
In addition to the addiction, shit is much bigger than just in plain, but

[Chorus]
Wherefore does my glory go? (go, go, go)
Wherefore does my glory go? (Wherefore does my glory go/glory, glory)
Wherefore does my glory go? (Wherefore, wherefore does my glory go?)
Wherefore does my glory go? (glory, glory)
Wherefore does my glory go?
Is it on, on TV?
Wherefore does my glory go?
Maybe it's on a CD
Wherefore does my glory go?
Do you sing when you look at me?
Wherefore does my glory go?
Sing, baby tell me


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  • +2
    General Comment1. this song is about the struggles a concious rapper goes through when trying to deviate from the norm. it's as if lupe is giving advice to some one who is coming up. he's speaking from the standpoint of some one who has been there.

    "When your spirit is strained and you limited to change
    The lyrics in your limericks'll change
    A different hook, the way the sentences arranged
    More demented in your deliverance, more sinister in your slang
    Sounds more belligerent when it's sang"

    2. the rapper in this stanza is taking on a more angry approach to his music. his music is more violent because of the anger and frustration he's expirencing internally.

    "The truth--is limitless in it's range
    If you drop a "t" and look at it in reverse, it could hurt
    Look at the grimaces of the pain
    And it's worse when it works and your membership is gained"

    3. his anger in his music stems from internal hurt. and becuase of the violent music he's gained "membership" into a league of other viloent mainstream rappers.

    "Like poof, the media pours images in your brain
    Of the score of the war where militants are slain
    The faces of the guilty where innocence is proclaimed
    And they filthy, the deaf ears are the winners
    The listeners are the lames
    Of the ballad of the man that the son of a minister has became, so
    "
    4. the media basically shapes the rappers thinking into what they think he is and should be and it's reflected in his music. the militants could be people within the black commnity who are wrongfully accused labled as guilty but are in fact innocent. "deaf ears" are the ones who don't want to hear the thruth, they are also lame. for giving into the faulty images of black men in gangster rap and in the news, and music videos.

    "Now the fools that are used as instruments in the game
    Where oppression is the queen and ignorance is the king"

    5. the fools are the mainstream rappers and anyone who participates in this glamourized lifestyle. they are the ones who are oppressing their own kind and are used as "intruments" in the rap game perpetuating ignorance through the music.

    "Where revolution is dead--no candles in its memory
    No remembrance of it's fame, just a mystery
    No mentioned in the history of the chained, the enemy
    No Hennessy sentiments in its name"

    6. there is no revolutionary rappers, no one mentions the struggles of the peoeple "history of the chain" i.e slavery. no one remembers what real hip hop is about.

    "Just an unmarked grave that menaces have defamed
    With the propaganda, and images of the gangs
    A lost art, no apprentices in the trained
    And they brainwashed, no interest in this thing"

    7. hip hop is dead. and it's grave is not marked. the menaces who have defamed it are all the commercialized rappers who perpetuate violence and stereotypes. its a lost art with no one to teach the new and up and coming rappers what its all about.

    "The pride is still here, the privileges still remain, but"

    8. there is still hope, we still have pride and are priviledged to speak new messages.

    "And you gotta respect the position in which you're playing
    Never let your heart reflect the conditions in which you're staying
    Even if it's dark, and the temperature is the same as winters in the Ukraine
    "
    9. dont take advantage of the fact that u are a rapper who has plenty of possiblilites. never let your art reflect all the anger and negativity that is inside of you. "Keep maliciousness restrained, be smart" stay away from malice and be smart when delivering your lines.

    "Cause it's innocent witnesses oblivious to the things
    Become the ones hypnotists keep entertained
    "
    innocent witness are the young impressioned listeners to hip hop, be weary of them, not to spread any negative messages because they've already been hypnotized by the media and the violence in rap that is out there today.

    "Stay resistant, and committed to what you saying
    Cause they'll flip it the minute that you refrain
    Read the book, and the lines, and literature in between
    Cause you gotta be educated when going against the grain
    Pay attention, they illegitimate in they claims

    10. stay commited to what you rap about. cuz at any chance the media, and other commercial rappers will attack your work anytime that u dont stick to your guns. stay read up and educated on things because you have to know your stuff when going against the majority.

    when he says "illegitimate in they claims" he's talking about the lies regarding money, hustling and women that most rappers lie about. when he says "they assisted in the killing and pillaging, in addition to the addiction" he means they are the reason a lot of people in the hood are on drugs, and are killing eachother. impressionable minds listen to the hardcore rap and think a lot of it is cool, so they immulate those images by going out selling drugs and keep strapped killing eachother because of what they are fed through the media and rap music.

    there is so much more depth to this song i only scratched the surface. lupe is brilliance personified.
    toonson March 10, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI believe that he is also refering to America and their actions in the Middle East. Heres why. The last line really says:
    "Pay attention, they illegitimate in they claims, they assisted in the killing and pillaging, in addition to the addiction, shit is much bigger than just them planes."
    He is talking about 9/11 and how the American government acts as if they didn't assist Sadaam with his "killing and pillaging" and how certain government officials fostered our addiction to oil for personal gain. He is saying that the reason we are in the Middle East right now is much bigger than 3 hijacked planes on 9/11.
    Ace1daon March 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Her highness is the cause, his eminence is to blame"

    her is the streets and the he is the game. streets and game are married in united front against real hip hop and peace and happiness and they brainwash the innocent kids who end up chasing the cool and lose their innocence and die in the strrets
    thecool54on July 31, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is definetly my favorite lupe fiasco song, i just find it motivational and inspirational.

    Overall i believe it is about chasing 'the cool' how people in the real world that chase it are asscociated with negative impacts.

    Like in the first verse,
    "When your spirit is strained and you limited to change...
    Sounds more belligerent when it's sang..."

    i feel as if it talks about changeing your identitiy, personality in the name of just being cool. And that change i guess is usually something thats wrong, and associated with something negative. In a way Lupe i feel is saying to keep it real, be yourself, don't be tempted to be cool, be honest, face the truth even though it may hurt, cause its not worth it, whatever the actions (wrong) you take, it won't be remembered or praised - "But you forgetting the proof diminishes in the flames"

    "And they filthy, the deaf ears are the winners" <----the cool
    "The listeners are the lames" <----the uncool

    just shows how the real world works, its always the ones that listen, a bit more intelligent that are look downed upon.


    heyho0334on January 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe second verse is about Hip Hop, and the road that its taking. it pretty much speaks for itself =)

    the third verse, is just about being aware,like don't listen to the media, they're not always telling the truth, stay true, be honest be smart

    Don't get dumbed down and brained wash by the media and propaganda, search for truth about everything
    heyho0334on January 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone of my favourite lines of all time

    "the truh is limitless in its range, if you drop a "t" and look at in reverse it could hurt"

    take out the "t" from truth, so now you have "truh"

    now read that backwards you have "hurt"

    " the truth hurts "

    he's to intelligent love his songs, they all very unique
    santaclauseon April 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat does he mean when he says "What starts in clouded minds finishes in the rain." ?
    sboe1991on September 15, 2011   Link

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