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I was seven years old, when I got my first pair
And I stepped outside
And I was like, Momma, this air bubble right here, it’s gonna make me fly
I hit that court, and when I jumped, I jumped, I swear I got so high
I touched the net, Mom I touched the net, this is the best day of my life

Air Max’s were next,
That air bubble, that mesh
The box, the smell, the stuffin, the trend
At school
I was so cool
I knew that I couldn’t crease ‘em
My friends couldn’t afford ‘em
Four stripes on their Adidas
On the court I wasn’t the best, but my kicks were like the pros
Yo, I stick out my tongue so everyone could see that logo
Nike Air Flight, but that was so dope
And then my friend Carlos’ brother got murdered for his Fours*, whoa

See he just wanted a jump shot, but they wanted his Starter coat, though
Didn’t wanna get caught, from Genesee Park to Othello
You could clown for those Pro Wings, with the Velcro
Those were not tight
I was trying to fly without leaving the ground
Cause I wanted to be like Mike, right
Wanted to be him
I wanted to be that guy, I wanted to touch the rim
I wanted to be cool, and I wanted to fit in
I wanted what he had, America, it begins

I want to fly
Can you take me far away ?
Give me a star to reach for
Tell me what it takes
And I’ll go so high
I’ll go so high
My feet won’t touch the ground
I stitch my wings
And pull the strings
I bought these dreams
That all fall down

We want what we can’t have, commodity makes us want it
So expensive, damn, I just got to flaunt it
Got to show ‘em, so exclusive, this that new sh**
A hundred dollars for a pair of shoes I would never hoop in
Look at me, look at me, I’m a cool kid
I’m an individual, yea, but I’m part of a movement
My movement told me be a consumer and I consumed it
They told me to just do it, I listened to what that swoosh said
Look at what that swoosh did
See it consumed my thoughts
Are you stupid, don’t crease ‘em, just leave ‘em in that box
Strangled by these laces, laces I can barely talk
That’s my air bubble and I’m lost if it pops
We are what we wear, we wear what we are
But see I look inside the mirror and think Phil Knight tricked us all
Will I stand for change, or stay in my box
These Nikes help me define me, and I’m trying to take mine off

I want to fly
Can you take me far away?
Give me a star to reach for
Tell me what it takes
And I’ll go so high
I’ll go so high
My feet won’t touch the ground
I stitch my wings
And pull the strings
I bought these dreams
That all fall down

It started out with what I wear to school
That first day, like these are what make you cool
And this pair, this would be my parachute
So much more than just a pair of shoes
Nah, this is what I am
What I wore, this is the source of my youth
This dream that they sold to you
For a hundred dollars and some change
Consumption is in the veins
And now I see it’s just another pair of shoes

Lyrics submitted by TGCHU, edited by SamNighthood

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  • +9
    Song MeaningPretty obvious, but its really about consumerism and how companies like Nike really sell us a brand name and nothing more. It starts at a young age, their advertising sucking you in - kids want to be cool and be like their favorite athelets. Kids are told that they need the brand name to succeed.

    VERY, honest and real song.
    PandemiKon April 10, 2011   Link
  • +6
    Song MeaningPandemiK certainly did nail it. In an interview, Macklemore said the following: "The song 'Wings' is about the pursuit of identity through the means of consumerism. The attempt is to dissect our infatuation and attachment to logos, labels, brands and the fleeting happiness that is intrinsically linked to the almighty power of the purchase. The subject I use in the song is shoes, but its aim is to paint a broader picture of being a consumer and tracing the lineage back to my first memory of retail infused desire."
    patrickj13on April 08, 2013   Link
  • +4
    General CommentVery unique song. No hook. Love the bigginning. It's on repeat. PandemiK nailed it on the head. Love this song
    NickZettaon December 02, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI used to be all about I only have one pair. I have been on an anti-consumerism kick lately.
    sewok15on February 19, 2013   Link
  • 0
    MemoryIf you watch the Video for this song, there's loads of symbolism. If you pay attention to the Video, you'll see those pieces. They mean things. Like how people stole his shoes. Watch the Video on Youtube.
    SamNighthoodon October 25, 2013   Link

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