Lupe interpolates the popular Modest Mouse single “Float On” into the chorus, giving record execs the poppy hook they so desperately desire, but still maintains lyrical credibility....
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Alright, already the show goes on
All night, till the morning we dream so long
Anybody ever wonder, when they would see the sun up
Just remember when you come up
The show goes on!
Alright, already the show goes on
All night, till the morning we dream so long
Anybody ever wonder, when they would see the sun up
Just remember when you come up
The show goes on!

Have you ever had the feeling
That you was being had
Don't that shit that make you mad
They treat you like a slave,
With chains all on your soul,
And put whips up on your back,
They be lying through they teeth
Hope you slip up off your path
I don't switch up I just laugh
Put my kicks up on they desk
Unaffected by they threats
Than get busy on they ass
See that's how that Chi-Town made me
That's how my daddy raised me
That glittering may not be gold,
Don't let nobody play me
If you are my homeboy,
You never have to pay me
Go on and put your hands up,
When times are hard you stand up
L-U-P the man, 'cause a brand that the fans trust
So even if they ban us
They'll never slow my plans up!

Alright, already the show goes on
All night, till the morning we dream so long
Anybody ever wonder,
When they would see the sun up
Just remember when you come up
The show goes on!
Alright, already the show goes on
All night, till the morning we dream so long
Anybody ever wonder,
When they would see the sun up
Just remember when you come up
The show goes on!

One in the air for the people that ain't here
Two in the air for the father that's there
Three in the air for the kids in the ghetto
Four for the kids who don't wanna be there
None for the niggas trying to hold them back
Five in the air for the teacher not scared
to tell those kids that's living in the ghetto
That the niggas holdin' back that the world is theirs!
Yeah yeah, the world is yours,
I was once that little boy
Terrified of the world
Now I'm on a world tour
I will give up everything,
Even start a world war
For these ghettos girls and boys I'm rapping round' the world for!
Africa to New York,
Haiti then I detour,
Oakland out to Auckland
Gaza Strip to Detroit,
Say hip-hop only destroy
Tell em' look at me, boy!
I hope your son don't have a gun and never be a D-boy

Alright, already the show goes on
All night, till the morning we dream so long
Anybody ever wonder,
When they would see the sun up
Just remember when you come up
The show goes on!
Alright, already the show goes on
All night, till the morning we dream so long
Anybody ever wonder,
When they would see the sun up
Just remember when you come up
The show goes on!

So no matter what you been through
No matter what you into
No matter what you see
when you look outside your window
Brown grass or green grass
Picket fence or barbed wire
Never ever put them down
You just lift your arms higher
Raise 'em 'til your arms tired
Let em' know you're there
That you struggling and survivin'
That you gonna persevere yeah,
Ain't no body leavin',
No body goin' home
Even if they turn the lights out the show is goin' on!

Alright, already the show goes on
All night, till the morning we dream so long
Anybody ever wonder,
When they would see the sun up
Just remember when you come up
The show goes on!
Alright, already the show goes on
All night, till the morning we dream so long
Anybody ever wonder,
When they would see the sun up
Just remember when you come up
The show goes on!


Lyrics submitted by cey

"The Show Goes On" as written by Eric Judy Isaac Brock

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group, MISSING LINK MUSIC

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  • +4
    General Commentomg this song means so much to me it taught me so much i cant even put it in to words really. i think this song means when something knocks you down stand back up again and keep fighting keep raising your arms higher. this is the best song ever thank you lupe i have no idea what i would so with out this song. when ever i'm sad i listen to it and i feel better. i hope all the people who have to deal with alot of crap in their lives listen to this song and get back up again because no matter what happens life will move forward and the show will go on. i <3 u lupe
    dancelalaon May 01, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentLupe has always chosen his words very carefully, no matter how simple they may seem in this song. For example, he only used the N-word when he was telling a story on previous albums, now he is using it to point out his distaste for particular people in the black community trying to hold back the black youth.

    The idea of hip-hop being used in a positive light with the consistent barrage of negativity these kids face from their music is like someone reminding a crime riddled community that a gun can be used to feed your family, not ruin others.

    I teach in a low income community and I know that many of the kids know who Lupe Fiasco is, and I attempt to push them toward this style of intelligent rap and away from the disgusting damaging ideas of trash like Lil Wayne and Lil Boosie (Louisiana school). These kids see hip-hop as their life, because for most of them it really is that bad, so Lupe is doing a service by being conscious of his influence (and kicking ass while doing it).
    awesomefabulouson December 26, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's an anthem single which means that the song is meant to inspire. Specifically, it is meant to reach out to "the ghetto boys and girls" Lupe's "rappin 'round the world for". If the theme of the album is meant project some positivity (Shining Down) into hip-hop, than The Show Goes On is trying to show kids that not only the World, but hip hop doesn't have to "only destroy". Lupe is trying to be a positive (beaming) role model for kids surrounded by negativity and violence.

    And I've heard some flack about Lupe "selling out" with this single. But, I think the lyrics were purposefully dumbed down to reach a younger audience. For instance:

    "Have you ever had the feeling that you was being had
    Don't that sh-t make you mad"

    It seems like he's talking directly to a 11/12 year old.

    Well, that's my thoughts anyway.
    siriuslynowon October 28, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentModest Mouse - Float On.
    jamodahon February 16, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI think very differently, so the meaning of this song gets to me.
    I personally love this song so much. He writes this music to tell us something: that when we fall, we have to keep going. There have been far worse things happening in the world, and its continuing.

    "Raise em till your arms' tired, let em' know you there. That you're struggling, surviving, that you gon' persevere. Ain't nobody leaving, nobody going home. Even if they turn the lights out, the show is going on."

    This part right here just concludes the entire song. It tells you the message of the song in lyric.
    This song isn't just meant to inspire, its so much more. What else does Lupe rap about most of the time?

    Open your eyes, people.
    Denyceon January 26, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song!
    makingkbson February 08, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationdamn, inspirational
    bythenameoflupethefiascoon March 17, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentrecord label dicked him around and forced him to record with this sample and put it out as the first single. i can see a few of the first lyrics being about that, cast in that light.
    aaron_kaumpon March 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionThey say hip-hop only destroy
    Tell 'em look at me, boy!
    I hope your son don't have a gun and never be a D-boy

    Being a new father, this line really touched me. Hip hop's subject matter is normally pretty consistent with drugs, misogyny, and murder--basically anything negative is portrayed as positive. But growing up in the 80's and 90's, this was the music I was exposed to so they are my classics. Would I ever let my son listen to them? Hell NO!

    That being said, hip hop music is an art and it does take a considerable amount of talent to get people to enjoy what you produce. I would hate to deprive my son of such talent. I'm just happy that Lupe is helping hip hop evolve more positively. So who cares if he's accused of selling out? His true fans should realize they became fans because of his lyrics. And to understand everything that he says, they would have had to do a little research. What kid wants to do research on rap lyrics? Normally, they're just happy with a good hook and a beat.

    I applaud him for making his music more accessible because this is the kind of music you want on the radio. He's building a foundation for new fans to see his true talent.
    noy-zon June 26, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is like a vanilla ice vs. queen issue. This is float on by modest mouse sped up and added rap into. Very inspirational lyrics but a very unoriginal song
    NERDY1on May 05, 2013   Link

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