"Power" as written by Larry Darnell Griffin, Boris Bergman, Francois Pierre Camille Bernheim, Jean-pierre Lang, Robert Fripp, Rex Giles Michael, Gregory Lake, Ian Richard Mcdonald, Peter John Sinfield, Kanye West, Jeff Bhasker and Mike...
I'm living' in that 21st century
Doing something mean to it
Do it better than anybody you ever seen do it
Screams from the haters, got a nice ring to it
I guess every superhero need his theme music

No one man should have all that power
The clock's ticking', I just count the hours
Stop tripping', I'm tripping' off the power
(21st century schizoid man)

The system broken, the schools closed, the prisons open
We ain't got nothing' to lose, ma' fucka', we rolling
Huh? Ma'fucka', we rollin'
With some light-skinned girls and some Kelly Rowlands
In this white man's world, we the ones chosen
So goodnight, cruel world, I see you in the mornin'
Huh? I see you in the mornin'
This is way too much, I need a moment

No one man should have all that power
The clock's tickin', I just count the hours
Stop trippin' I'm trippin' off the power
'Til then, fuck that, the world's ours

And then they say (hey) and then they say
And then they say (hey) and then they say
And then they say (hey) and then they say (21st century schizoid man)

Fuck S-N-L and the whole cast
Tell 'em Yeezy said they can kiss my whole ass
More specifically, they can kiss my ass-hole
I'm an asshole? You niggas got jokes
You short-minded niggas thoughts is Napoleon
My furs is Mongolian, my ice brought the goldies in
Now I embody every characteristic of the egotistic
He knows, he so, fuckin' gifted
I just needed time alone, with my own thoughts
Got treasures in my mind but couldn't open up my own vault
My childlike creativity, purity and honesty
Is honestly being crowded by these grown thoughts
Reality is catchin' up with me
Takin' my inner child, I'm fighting for its custody
With these responsibilities that they entrusted me
As I look down at my dia-mond-encrusted piece
Thinkin', no one man should have all that power
The clock's tickin', I just count the hours
Stop trippin', I'm trippin' off the powder
'Til then, fuck that, the world's ours

And then they say (hey) and then they say
And then they say (hey) and then they say
And then they say (hey) and then they say (21st century schizoid man)

Holy, powers, Austin, Powers
Lost in translation with a whole fuckin' nation
They say "How was the abomination of Obama's nation?"
Well that's a pretty bad way to start the conversation
At the end of day, goddammit I'm killin' this shit
I know damn well y'all feelin' this shit
I don't need your pussy, bitch I'm on my own dick
I ain't gotta power trip, who you goin' home with?
How 'Ye doin? I'm survivin'
I was drinkin' earlier, now I'm drivin'
Where the bad bitches, huh? Where ya hidin'
I got the power, make yo' life so exciting (so exciting)

Now this would be a beautiful death
Jumping out the window
Letting everything go
Letting everything go

Now this would be a beautiful death
Jumping out the window
Letting everything go
Letting everything go

Now this would be a beautiful death
Jumping out the window
Letting everything go
Letting everything go

You got the power to let power go?
(21st century schizoid man)


Lyrics submitted by zoerofl, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Power" as written by Kanye West Jeff Bhasker

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  • +3
    General CommentI'm thinking he says "Colin Powers, Austin Powers". But I could be wrong.
    idle threaton May 29, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General Commentanybody else hear him repeat the word suicide when he says "I got the power, make yo' life so excitin' (So excitin')"
    yipeekaiyayon July 01, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentCome on people. This song is about Kanye and his role in the public eye. He's saying that nobody should command as much attention as he does - that the fixation with his life, his music, and his persona is out of control. On 808s he said fame is isolation, now he's realizing it also means scrutiny. He knows he is ego tripping, and it's essentially a nod to his self-destructive life as a celebrity.
    Azacabon September 02, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is hot, he's getting over that self pitying stuff.
    kingcam07on May 28, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentScreams from the haters, got a nice ring to it
    My furs is Mongolian, my ice, brought the goalies in

    And it kinda sounds like he says "Colin Powell, Austin Powers" but I could be wrong.
    strykerchickon June 02, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti couldve sworn i heard trippin off the powder, but i guess not
    katexxon August 12, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentKanye is talented sure but his mental health is definitely in question. This whole song he talks about "no one man should have all that power." Kanye is notoriously known for his mentions to his faith. After his mother died his religiously charged songs switched from reverence to anger. So which "one" man is he saying should not be allowed to have all that power? Kanye believes in the second coming of Christ and is stating that Jesus doesn't deserve to come back and take the world. The world is in chaos and Kanye believes hes coming back soon to take what Kanye believes should be his. Kanye believes that when Christ comes back, kanye will be punished for his actions, "Now this ll be a beautiful death Jumpin out the window Lettin everything go."

    Break down the chorus...

    No one man should have all that power (Jesus doesn't deserve to be God)
    The clock s tickin, I just count the hours (Till Jesus comes back)
    Stop trippin, I'm trippin off the power (Right now Kanye has power and influence through the masses singing his songs and subconsciously preaching his message.)
    Til then, fuck that, the world's ours. (Till he comes back Kanye runs this world)
    nonamefaceon July 14, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentKANYE WEST IS BACK SON!

    Also, I feel like he's making fun of Aziz Ansari when he says, "You niggas got jokes." The way he says jokes, hahah.
    mchrisseeon June 08, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentnew mix is awesome
    the laughing at the end is haunting
    YerBlueJayWayon June 30, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionI was very supprised when i heard this - Sample of KING CRIMSON - 21st century schizoid man, Have to say i like it though :)
    sar_bocon July 10, 2010   Link

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