"The Kids (feat. Janelle Monae)" as written by Bobby Ray Jr. Simmons, Chris Baio, Rostam Batmanglij, Ezra Koenig, Christopher William Tomson, Justin Scott Franks, Richard Preston Butler Jr., Nathaniel Iii Irvin and Janelle Monae...
Drug boy said it's show time
Streets don't give a damn
They filled with such pollution
The kids don't stand a chance

We're trapped inside the matrix
Forced to play our hand
We're fill with so much hatred
The kids don't stand a chance

I said the kids don't,
The kids don't stand,
The kids don't stand a chance
I said the kids don't,
The kids don't stand,
The kids don't stand a chance

Well, since I was planted at birth
I abandoned my own planet and I landed on earth
As I kid I never understood what I observed n'
Some of it was strange but most of it disturbed me
Always in detention for the lack of my attention
You could call it deficit, really I just didn't listen
And I was always missin'
The teachers like, where is Bobby Simmons?
But tryna get a record deal is all I can I remember
It's funny cause lookin' back on the past
That I had all my days in the streets tryna prove that I was bad
I still elevated to the level that I'm at
Still elevated to the level that I'm at

We're trapped inside the matrix
Forced to play our hand
We're fill with so much hatred
The kids don't stand a chance

I said the kids don't,
The kids don't stand,
The kids don't stand a chance
I said the kids don't,
The kids don't stand,
The kids don't stand a chance

Sometimes it's hard to grow
While livin' in fear of the unknown
How can he ever give love
When no love is in his heart?
A child can barely sleep at night
To worry 'bout tomorrow
And what it beholds,
He drowns himself
Deep down in his sorrow
Will you run or will you share your light
Tell a story of the live and try
See it when we're given hope
That we know that we can grow

We're trapped inside the matrix
Forced to play our hand
We're fill with so much hatred
The kids don't stand a chance

I said the kids don't,
The kids don't stand,
The kids don't stand a chance
I said the kids don't,
The kids don't stand,
The kids don't stand a chance


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"The Kids" as written by Chris Baio Bobby Ray Jr. Simmons

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  • +2
    Song MeaningSo compelling to me that these two lines are right after eachother in the song..

    "As a kid I never understood what I observed, Some of it was strange but most of it disturbing"

    "Always in detention for the lack of my attention, You can call it deficit, really I just didn't listen"

    In one sense he is saying he never fully grasped all the shit going on around him while growing up, but on the other hand he says ya i was fully aware of what was going on but i just let them call it whatever they wanted to. Allowing society to label him as they pleased but he never cared because all he cared about was trying to survive. Point is, kids are much smarter and aware than people give them credit for and until we give them their individuality and push them to strive at their passions, the kids dont stand a chance.
    khuffmanon March 28, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is to do with how we are to blame for the horrific lives of the younger generation, that this destruction of the planet (pollution) and violence in the streets that we are getting the younger generation to worry about is really our fault. They don't stand a chance to fix this problem, or live their lives worry free. That their rebellion (to show that they are 'bad') is because of their mentors (older generation) and that they're 'trapped inside the matrix' and won't ever get out.
    This song and lyrics means so much to me, love it.
    lovelymemorieson May 08, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think he's putting the back on the current generation, rather than just accepting that everything's fucked up and focusing on having the children being the future generation who will fix everything. He's saying we have to set the example and show the love to our children so that they can show love in the future. If we don't change anything NOW, we're trapping our children in a never ending cycle.

    "We're trapped inside the matrix
    forced to play our hand"
    That's my favorite line, but I think it's almost satirical because he's saying that's not excuse. It's make sense in combination with Airplanes pt. II, where Eminem's talking about how you can't just sit in your circumstances and hope for change, you have to make a move.
    beautifulbreakdownon May 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHis own twist on Vampire Weekend's "The Kids Don't Stand a Chance" i'm guessing. diggin' it though.
    armada1on April 28, 2010   Link

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