"Gifted" as written by Kanye Omari West, Lykke Li Timotej Zachrisson, Sam Spiegel, Ze Gonzales, Kool Kojak and Santogold,....
I'm known for running my mouth
I will not be accountable for what comes out, uh
I dunno, I might have said it
I was kinda gone and light-headed
And my jacket kinda fresh bright reded
And as usual my pants tight-threaded
It seem like everybody dress tight now
And I just want my credit
Don't get it twisted it or dreaded it
I am the king and will not beheaded,
To the mall no time soon, brethren
Being broke made my head hurt
So I need the bread or an Excedrin,
That'll only get my engine revvin'
While y'all on ten, I'm on eleven
I'm a make the news, be on at seven
Matter fact I'm on this very second
I'm in first and y'all in second.
And this verse only add to the freshness
Call the club, tell them add to the guest list
What you think? Way more bitches?
I can never be too big for my britches
Y'all motherfuckas know who this is
I'm gifted,
Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas

I'm armed with pens, and I got my rhymes
Whatever comes, I write it down
So knock me out and shoot me down
With mics in hand, we'll stand against the test of time

You don't know my mind
Like I said a thousand times
I gotta stay ahead
Know what I'm fighting for
I leave you to your talk
Never seen my kind before
And you're all so thick-headed
Follow and I know I let it
Part of me won't let me quit
Won't let me just not say shit
So much is there to be bored with
Can't be still, I can't afford it
Try to hold it in but it make me sick,
So I spit it out say the hell with it
I dream it and I build it tall
Make a way for when it falls

I'm armed with pens, and I got my rhymes
Whatever comes, I write it down
So knock me out and shoot me down
With mics in hand, we'll stand against the test of time

I'm armed with pens, and I got my rhymes
Whatever comes, I write it down
So knock me out and shoot me down
With mics in hand, we'll stand against the

I'm armed with pens, and I got my rhymes
Whatever comes, I write it down
So knock me out and shoot me down
With mics in hand, we'll stand against the test of time


Lyrics submitted by jjjonatron

"Gifted" as written by Lykke Li Zachrisson Santi White

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    General Commenti swear they say "i'm armed with pens, i got my rhymes."
    silentsainton July 12, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationIf you watch the music video, it makes the meaning of the song much different then if I were to have just read the lyrics. It shows an astronaut, by some miracle, surviving an impact on a distant celestial object, killing his partner instantly. He suffers a lack of sleep and food, showing obvious signs of sleep deprivation and fatigue. He even suffers heavy hallucinations at the end, and yet he still survives. Combined with Kanye's rap and the chorus, makes him seem as if he's by some chance one of the durable men alive, surviving on raw will and luck. A true BA. And, when Santogold's part comes in, she say's that she can't suffer mediocrity, the staying with the "thick-headed;" essentially, that she's special, gifted, better than the rest. She addresses herself as a separate kind, even. She tries to settle down, holding herself back, but can't get herself to lower herself to those standards. Helps to support that this lone, surviving astronaut is truly special, a beast of willpower and luck. Yet, the very end of the music video, we find that the astronaut is merely being tested, put under these horrors by scientists for whatever purpose. This leads to the thought that maybe what is implied is that we are all the same, that it is only perceived that we are better than anyone, that no matter what we do we will be all of the same importance and ability. Maybe, the thought that we are all under the illusion we are any better, fabricated to get through the hardships in our lives to survive to the next day, even as we toil under the direction of something far beyond our mental capacity.

    A beautiful song, with a morbidly incredible music video.
    Serriscylleon January 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThanks, Jon!
    JohnHoldunon February 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyes wouldn't normally do this but thanks a lot ... been waiting a while for these.

    As for the meaning... being gifted... and staying ahead... because you know that you can face the challenges which come your way.

    THANKS
    dunst_the_dudeon February 22, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti think these lyrics are wrong, especially santogold's part..

    This is what i found on another site, which makes much more sense

    You don't know my mind
    Like I said a thousand times
    I gotta stay ahead
    Know what I'm fighting for
    I leave you to your talk
    Never seen my kind before
    And you're all so thick-headed
    Follow and I know I let it
    Part of me won't let me quit
    Won't let me just not say shit
    So much is there to be bored with
    Can't be still, I can't afford it
    Try to hold it in but it make me sick,
    So I spit it out say the hell with it
    I dream it and I build it tall
    Make a way for when it falls
    aaftmbon May 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou're definitely right.
    It's "I'm armed with pens."
    feedtheplantson September 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is the shit
    elec_trickon January 30, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionI love Kanye's rap in this song, it's so boss. One of my favorite raps ever.
    Pokerizedon July 26, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationBoth music and song are in totally different realms, but share or play around with the same theme (theme's at the end).

    The song (lyrics) is about determination for success and telling those who underestimates them "you don't know my mind, like i said a thousand times".
    Kanye's verse explains the superiority complex (ego) of his skill or of his success; "I am the king and will not beheaded". He also explains his underlying fear of not reaching success; "being broke made my head hurt", in other words fear of poverty.
    Santagold's verse explains her goal to 'prove them wrong'; "i dream it and i build it tall". She also explains her impulsive nature that backs up that goal; "part of me won't let me quit, won't let me not say shit, can't be still i can't afford it, try to hold it in but it makes me sick". However towards the end she ultimately let in some doubt implying the consequences of outdoing/overdoing things (build it bigger); "make a way for when it falls", in other words failure is a part of success.
    Lykke Li's chorus throughout the song reinforces both verses saying "with mics in hand we'll stand the test of time". And since all of them happens to be musical artists from different genres pushing/exploring new musical boundaries, her chorus seems fit.

    The music video, although syncs with some of the words in the lyrics itself hold its own story. The video actually reminds me of Apollo 18, a horror movie that explains the mystery of 2 astronauts flying to the moon and never came back.
    The end of the video lies the reason for the 'journey', to test the human psyche against the vast unknown of of the extraterrestrials. We see an astronaut in a lab facility with scientists running tests probing his mind, generally in the pursuit of knowledge.
    In the video 2 astronauts are traveling to the planet/satellite, although it's depicted larger than the planet (resembles earth) they fly over, meaning the importance placed on manned missions and human explorations of the last frontier. Although they lose control of the shuttle and an astronaut dies from the impact while the other is still alive as he travels across the planet/satellite in search of life or communication. His mind however plays a trick on him when he thinks he sees a space shuttle from afar. Eventually he's too tired and drained that he collapses making way for hallucinations, hallucinations consumed by science, space, sexual desires, and guilt (guilt of him surviving while his partner died).

    But the irony of it all, both song and video combined is that we're all consumed by our 'arrogance'.
    How often humans strive for success and 'survival of the fittest' consumed by everyday life that we fail to forget how we're incomparable to really, everything at large.

    "Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves." - Carl Sagan
    sqr005on October 10, 2011   Link
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    General Commentthis song is nasty, such a good group of artists
    lizzayyyyxon July 08, 2009   Link

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