"Not Afraid" as written by Matthew Raymond Burnett, Jordan Dc Evans, Marshall B. Iii Mathers, Matthew Jehu Samuels and Luis Edgardo Resto....
I'm not afraid, I'm not afraid (yeah)
To take a stand, it's been a ride
Everybody, I guess I had to
Go to that place
To get to this one
Now some of you
Might still be in that place
If you're tryin' to get out
Just follow me
I'll get you there

You can try and read my lyrics off of this paper before I lay 'em
But you won't take the sting out these words before I say 'em
'Cause ain't no way I'm a let you stop me from causin' mayhem
When I say I'm a do somethin' I do it
I don't give a damn what you think
I'm doin' this for me, so fuck the world, feed it beans
It's gassed up, if it thinks it's stoppin' me
I'mma be what I set out to be, without a doubt undoubtedly
And all those who look down on me, I'm tearin' down your balcony
No if, ands or buts, don't try to ask him why or how can he
From "Infinite" down to the last "Relapse" album he's still shittin'
Whether he's on salary, paid hourly, until he bows out or he shits his bowels out of him
Whichever comes first, for better or worse
He's married to the game, like a fuck you for Christmas
His gift is a curse, forget the Earth, he's got the urge to pull his dick from the dirt
And fuck the whole universe

I'm not afraid (I'm not afraid)
To take a stand (to take a stand)
Everybody (everybody)
Come take my hand come (come take my hand)
We'll walk this road together, through the storm
Whatever weather, cold or warm
Just letting you know that, you're not alone
Holla if you feel like you've been down the same road

Okay quit playin' with the scissors and shit, and cut the crap
I shouldn't have to rhyme these words in the rhythm for you to know it's a rap
You said you was king
You lied through your teeth, for that fuck your feelings
Instead of gettin' crowned you're gettin' capped, and to the fans
I'll never let you down again, I'm back
I promise to never go back on that promise
In fact, let's be honest, that last "Relapse" CD was eh
Perhaps I ran them accents into the ground
Relax, I ain't goin' back to that now
All I'm tryin' to say is get back, click-clack, blow 'cause I ain't playin' around
It's a game called circle and I don't know how
I'm way too up to back down
But I think I'm still tryin' to figure this crap out
Thought I had it mapped out but I guess I didn't, this fuckin' black cloud
Still follows me around but it's time to exercise these demons
These muh'fuckers are doin' jumpin' jacks now

I'm not afraid (I'm not afraid)
To take a stand (to take a stand)
Everybody (everybody)
Come take my hand come (come take my hand)
We'll walk this road together, through the storm
Whatever weather, cold or warm
Just letting you know that, you're not alone
Holla if you feel like you've been down the same road

And I just can't keep living this way
So starting today
I'm breaking out of this cage
I'm standing up, I'mma face my demons
I'm manning up, I'mma hold my ground
I've had enough, now I'm so fed up
Time to put my life back together right now (now)

It was my decision to get clean, I did it for me
Admittedly, I probably did it subliminally
For you, so I could come back a brand new me, you helped see me through
And don't realize what you did, believe me you
I been through the ringer, but they could do little to the middle finger
I think I got a tear in my eye, I feel like the king of
My world, haters can make like bees with no stingers and drop dead
No more bee flingers, no more drama from now on
I promise to focus solely on handlin' my responsibilities as a father
So I solemnly swear to always treat this roof, like my daughters and raise it
You couldn't lift a single shingle on it, 'cause the way I feel
I'm strong enough to go to the club or the corner pub
And lift the whole liquor counter up 'cause I'm raising the bar
I'd shoot for the moon but I'm too busy gazin' at stars, I feel amazing and I'm not

I'm not afraid (I'm not afraid)
To take a stand (to take a stand)
Everybody (Everybody)
Come take my hand come (Come take my hand)
We'll walk this road together, through the storm
Whatever weather, cold or warm
Just letting you know that, you're not alone
Holla if you feel like you've been down the same road


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"Not Afraid" as written by Marshall Mathers Matthew Samuels

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  • +11
    General CommentAnd to the fans, I'll never let you down again, I'm back
    I promise to never go back on that promise, in fact
    Let's be honest, that last Relapse CD was "ehhhh"
    Perhaps I ran them accents into the ground
    Relax, I ain't going back to that now

    THANK YOU
    eminem is the best rapper ever
    sofa king coolon April 30, 2010   Link
  • +10
    My InterpretationIf you will actually read ANYTHING online instead of talking out of your ass you will realize what this song is truly about.

    It is about his journey into Recovery (hints the Albums' name) and sobriety. He struggled with drug addiction & has been able to overcome his disease.

    At any rate, the lyrics are easy to understand to anyone in recovery as they are based on the 12 Step/AA/NA/etc views & slogans/sayings about recovery and our disease.

    He is Not Afraid to take a stand and face his demons and the wreckage of his past. For myself, I continued to use because of the guilt, shame and remorse of my actions the previous day(s), weeks, months and then years; so he is willing to face those things and recover from his addiction. If you will read his Wikipedia page and the Wikipedia page for this song it will give you some insight into his addiction and ultimately his recovery from the progressive illness he and I are afflicted with.
    iH8con September 10, 2010   Link
  • +6
    General Commentmetaphors galore... total eargasm. love him or hate him, there is no denying that he's got talent!
    noy-zon May 12, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThe second line of verse one

    "You can try and read my lyrics off of this paper before I lay 'em
    But you won't take this thing out these words before I say 'em"

    Instead of "this thing" I was thinking it might be "the sting", idk that just what I thought I heard first.
    4StrokeColdSmokeon May 14, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General Comment"And all those who look down on me I'm tearing down your balcony"
    love that line; ps, this is my first comment!
    Rockrapper45on September 04, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI love all the little puns that he puts in this song. "Quit playing with scissors and shit, and cut the crap" is a good one. It's so cool how he addresses all of his fans and even admits that his last album was sub-par.
    kevfenton September 13, 2010   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationIn the chorus I believe that Eminem is coming back full force out of a deep depression and a dark time in his life. He is saying that he's coming back without worries of regression. He's also saying that if anyone else has the problems he had he knows what they are going through and he will lift them up. Eminem is saying that no matter how hard life gets you will have people to lift you up along the way and people have been down the road before you and you are able to come back from it because others were able to.
    baron11on August 15, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentLove the verse...

    I shouldn't have to rhyme these words in the rhythm for you to know it's a rap

    But I think he meant

    I shouldn't have to rhyme these words in the rhythm for you to know "it's a wrap"
    Passelson May 05, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI'm wondering if anybody really knows what this song is about. Some of it is just small talk but the overall message is about recovery from addiction. In a 12 step program, our main goal is to recover & help others recover from addiction. That's why he says "Everybody come take my hand, we'll walk this road together." The whole "not afraid to take a stand"... in my opinion has to do with an addict's ego because when we let go of the drugs, one of the first things we have to deal with is our ego because we're always worried about what other people will think about us quitting drugs or what others will think about the fact that we even did drugs. When he says, "thought I had it mapped out but I guess I didn't, this f-ing black cloud still follows me around but it's time to exercise these demons, these motherf-ers are doin' jumpin' jacks now!" A lot of times, in recovery we try to do things our own way & we think we can.. and most of us never really understand why we are so addicted, or why even when we have stopped doing drugs or alcohol for a long period of time, we are still an addict and/or alcoholic (this f-ing black cloud still follows me around)... so we have to always work against the disease to keep it at bay (but it's time to exercise these demons). The line, "These motherf-ers are doin' jumpin' jacks now!".. if you haven't been in recovery, you would never know what he's talking about. Addiction/alcoholism is a progressive disease whether you're using or not and they say the whole time you're clean, your addiction is still getting stronger, doing jumping jacks in the back of your mind.
    My favorite verse of the whole song is the last one, where he says, "Cause the way I feel, I'm strong enough to go to the club or the corner pub & lift the whole liquir counter up cause I'm raising the bar, I shoot for the moon but I'm too busy gazing at stars, I feel amazing & I'm not afraid..." He is saying that he is strong enough in his recovery to put himself in a tempting situation without giving in. LOVE THIS SONG!!!!
    Butterfly68on August 05, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Comment- Empowerment, courage, change and personal responsibility
    - Fighting to be an individual in this world

    The first verse shows he's trying to take his message to the world. A "call to arms" is how it makes me feel.

    His experience, even though likely about addiction etc, can be applied to a number of personal experiences.
    wayupnorthon December 13, 2011   Link

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