"People Like Me" as written by Gerald Eaton, Brian West and Keinan Warsame....
Heaven, is there a chance that you could come down
And open doors to hurting people like me
People like me

Is it fair to say that I am stressing out
I'm stationed in Iraq and they won't let me out
My homeys said I was stupid for even joining
My counselor said that my decision was disappointing
How she had good for good state colleges
And with my good grades it wouldn't have been a problem
But they don't understand the power of significance
More than brilliance and certainly more than difference
And if you ask me now would I repeat it
Would I fight in a war I don't believe in
Well the answer is if not me where the cancer is
They been doing this before Jesus of Nazareth
And after all this time it is still deadly hazardous
And bush isn't really being all that inaccurate
When he says we're winning the war cos its staggering
But that's cause we're killing everybody that we see
And most of us soldiers we can barely fall asleep
And time and time again I'm feeling incompetent
Cos my women back home, we're constantly arguing
And I must be crazy cos all I'm obsessing with is
Her Myspace and Facebook and who's commenting
I swear to god if she's cheatin' I'm doing her ass in
I can tell with one look and it came to me
Sounding like something from a song hook

Heaven, is there a chance that you could come down
And open doors to hurting people like me
People like me

Meet Sarah, the proud mother of young Sebastian
Suburban professional went to college in shton
In self pity she suddenly cried
Would my life be important if I suddenly died?
Neighbors saying what a nice women she was
Keeping mostly to herself ever since the divorce
And with the company downsizing and the fall and all
She really shouldn't take it that personal at all
It wasn't her boss who had his eyes on her thighs
And got a rise from her rising off the desk though
And despite remembering saying no plenty of times
It was still a damn surprise being let go
And now stuck with a mortgage she cant afford
And too educated to blame the corporate world
She got on welfare and hated it case work a power tripping
And generally being degraded if
Nothing else she was treated sick
And ineffective which is the worst thing
That she'd been left with
Damn, no magic from David Blane
No painter to pain this pain
No Morgan Freeman to narrate the shame
So she took refuge and prayer
Kinda like finding god in the phone book
And it came to her sounding something like a song hook

Heaven, is there a chance that you could come down
And open doors to hurting people like me
People like me

I guess I told you about myself to a degree
Just by telling you about people like me
But people like me they speak politely
They don't start no beef or peace
Everybody gotta eat but everybody doesn't
Which is why I want to tell you about my favorite cousin
He and I grew up where the sun shines
And we both partook with the gun crimes
And we both liked American rap rhymes
Even though we didn't understand one line
If you remember my line of notes in my last album
I talked about a close call with a grenade
I think we both must have been about 7th grade
But don't panic we both survived without damage
But we developed a bond like we survived the titanic
But when the country became frantic
My mother tried to get us out, planned it
To the last detail except the plan got derailed
Cos there wasn't enough money for the plain tickets
How bitter when my mother had to chose who to take with her
So my cousin got left in the war and that's just hard to recall
But now I take refuge and prayer
Kinda like finding god in the phone book
It came to me sounding kinda like something from a song hook

Heaven, is there a chance that you could come down
And open doors to hurting people like me
People like me

Heaven, is there a chance that you could come down
And open doors to hurting people like me
People like me


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"People Like Me" as written by Brian West Gerald Eaton

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    General CommentI'm surprised nobody has commented on this song yet. K'naan takes the perspectives/stories of others and then incorporates his own story later on the track. The chorus is deep too. I'd say this is the 3rd best song on his new album, behind "Wavin' Flag" and "Take A Minute".
    mjvanesson May 02, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"Everybody gotta eat, but everybody doesn't.
    Which is why I want to tell you about my favourite cousin.
    ♫ He and I grew up where the sun shines. ♫
    ♫ And we both partook in the gun crimes. ♫"

    That part is really catchy, and the stuff that follows is a great story. Awesome song.
    Eamesyon January 12, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningIn the first stanza, he gets inside the head of a guy fighting in Iraq - sounds very sad and very real to me, and then wow! In the second stanza K'naan talks about a woman being laid off from her job due to sexual harrassment from her boss. Amazingly sensitive, amazing.
    lilbeeon May 25, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningIn the first verse of the song, K’naan speaks from the perspective of a soldier stationed in Iraq. The soldier was a good student who could have gotten into any college he wanted. Many people were disappointed when he decided to join the army. However, K’naan claims that “they don’t understand just the power of significance / More than brilliance and certainly more than dividends.” Then, he asks “If you ask me now, would I repeat it? / Would I fight in a war I don’t believe in?” He bashes American society when he says “I must be crazy ‘cause all I’m obsessing with is her MySpace and Facebook and who’s commenting.”
    K’naan really makes us look at ourselves and think about what we are doing in this world.

    The second verse of the song is about the life of an unemployed single mother. The woman “In self-pity she suddenly cried. Would my life be important if I suddenly died?” This line makes you want to ask yourself the same question. The woman loses her job when the company downsized. She is “Now stuck with a mortgage she can’t afford And too educated to blame the corporate world.” K’naan once again makes us questions the society that we live in, a society that revolves around status and class. Why do we look down on people who are poor? Class and status tells you nothing about a person.

    The last verse of the song is more personal as K’naan tells about his experience in Somalia. He begins the verse introducing his “favorite cousin.” Together, they “both partook with the gun crimes,” and “liked American rap rhymes.” He tells how in seventh grade they almost got killed by a grenade. When the country plunged into a civil war, K’naan’s mother tried to get them out. However, they didn’t have enough money for plane tickets. “How bitter when my mother had to choose who to take with her / So my cousin got left in the war and that’s just hard to recall.” This part of the song is just overwhelming. K’naan shares a sad part of his life. He shows us a different world that we are fortunate enough to not having to live in.
    flossysrkon July 24, 2013   Link

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