"Careful What You Wish For" as written by Marshall B. Iii Mathers, Luis Edgardo Resto and Steven Lee King....
So this is it
This is what I wished for
Just isn't how I envisioned it
Fame to the point of imprisonment
I just thought the shit'd be different
But something changed
The minute that I got a whiff of it
I started to inhale it
Smell it
Started sniffin' it
And it became my cocaine
I just couldn't quit
I just wanted a little bit
Then it turned me to a monster
I became a hypocrite
Concert after concert

I was raking in the dough
Rolling in green
Had the game hemmed up
Like a sewing machine
But I was losing my freedom
There was no where for me
To not go and be seen
And just go and be me
And there was no in-between
You either loved it or hate it

Every CD critics gave it a three, then three
Years later, they'd go back and re-rate it
And call the Slim Shady LP the greatest
The Marshall Mathers was a classic
The Eminem Show was fantastic
But Encore just didn't have the caliber to match it
I guess enough time just ain't passed, yet
A couple more years, that shit'll be ill-matic
And eight years later, I'm still at it
Divorce, re-married
A felon
A father
Sleeping pill addict
And this is real talk
I feel like the Incredible Hulk
My back has been broke, and I can still walk

So be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
And if you get it then you just might not know
What to do wit' it, 'cause it might just
Come back on you ten-fold

I said

Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
And if you get it then you just might not know
What to do wit' it, 'cause it might just
Come back on you ten-fold

I got a letter from a fan, that said
He's been praying for me
Every day and for some reason
It's been weighing on my mind heavy
'Cause I don't read every
Letter I get, but something told me to go ahead and open it, but
Why would someone pray for you when they don't know you?
You didn't pray for me when I was local
And as I lay these vocals
I think of all the shit I had to go through
Just to get to where I'm at
I've already told you at least

A thousand times in these rhymes
I appreciate the prayer, but I've already got
God on my side
And it's been one hell of a ride, hasn't it?
Just watchin' it from an opposite standpoint
Man, boy's got to look
Nuts
And that's the only word I can think of right now
On how
To describe the shit
This is like a vibe you get
Go ahead and bob to it
Just watch what you wish for, 'cause I got the shit

So be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
And if you get it then you just might not know
What to do wit' it, 'cause it might just
Come back on you ten-fold

I said

Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it
And if you get it then you just might not know
What to do wit' it, 'cause it might just
Come back on you ten-fold


Lyrics submitted by SF_Sorrow

"Careful What You Wish For" as written by Marshall B. Iii Mathers Luis Edgardo Resto

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    My OpinionAmazing song..
    etheoon May 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentJust want to point out these lyrics were transposed by ear by me.

    I think they're spot on, but obviously they're not the official lyrics, and as far as I'm aware no-one else has posted the lyrics to this song.

    This is the lyrics as I hear them, if you have any corrections, feel free to post.
    SF_Sorrowon May 16, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthanks sorrow. the intro is depressing, another great serious song about his life. i like his list of things he is percieved as and the list of his albums and their reception. this guy is hella prolific, probably has 1,000's of recorded songs and rhymes.
    sofa king coolon May 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is effin amazing
    and tells ya that shit happens and
    if you want it and work you
    as off for your dreams and wish
    sometimes they just don't go the
    way you wanted, So be careful what you wish for you, cause you just might get it
    And if you get it, then you just might not know what to do with it
    Cause it might just come back on you ten-fold.
    truer words were never spoken, love ya Eminem.
    darbynicoleXDon July 15, 2009   Link
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    Song Meaning"I got a letter from a fan that said he's been praying for me every day
    And for some reason its been weighing on my mind heavy
    Cause I don't read every letter I get
    But something told me to go ahead and open it
    But, why would someone pray for you when they don't know you?
    You didn't pray for me when I was local
    And I lay these vocals
    I think of all shit I had to go through
    Just to get to where I'm at
    I've already told you at least a thousand times in these rhymes
    I appreciate the prayer but I've already got god on my side"

    Is a response to KJ-52's "Dear Slim" in which a Christian rapper addressed Eminem in a "Stan" format. Not a diss but simply letting him now he's praying for him.

    LIT U UPon November 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentLove this song. It's so true. And Em: I've been praying for you. And before I knew you even existed, I prayed for everyone that needed help. That includes you. Now I pray for them...and you specifically. I don't give a damn if you have God on your side. I'm praying anyway. Love you.
    juiceboxx19on May 25, 2011   Link

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