"All Falls Down" as written by and Lauryn Hill....
Oh when it all, it all falls down
I'm telling you oh, it all falls down
Oh when it all, it all falls down
I'm telling you oh, it all falls down

Man I promise, she's so self conscious
She has no idea what she's doing in college
That major that she majored in don't make no money
But she won't drop out, her parents will look at her funny
Now, tell me that ain't insecure
The concept of school seems so secure
Sophomore three years aint picked a career
She like fuck it, I'll just stay down here and do hair
Cause that's enough money to buy her a few pairs of new Airs
Cause her baby daddy don't really care
She's so precious with the peer pressure
Couldn't afford a car so she named her daughter Alexus
She had hair so long that it looked like weave
Then she cut it all off now she look like Eve
And she be dealing with some issues that you can't believe
Single black female addicted to retail and well

Oh when it all, it all falls down
I'm telling you oh, it all falls down

Man I promise, I'm so self conscious
That's why you always see me with at least one of my watches
Rollies and Pasha's done drove me crazy
I can't even pronounce nothing, pass that versace!
Then I spent 400 bucks on this
Just to be like nigga you ain't up on this!
And I can't even go to the grocery store
Without some ones thats clean and a shirt with a team
It seems we living the american dream
But the people highest up got the lowest self esteem
The prettiest people do the ugliest things
For the road to riches and diamond rings
We shine because they hate us, floss cause they degrade us
We trying to buy back our 40 acres
And for that paper, look how low we a'stoop
Even if you in a Benz, you still a nigga in a coop/coupe

Oh when it all, it all falls down
I'm telling you oh, it all falls down

I say fuck the police, that's how I treat em
We buy our way out of jail, but we can't buy freedom
We'll buy a lot of clothes when we don't really need em
Things we buy to cover up what's inside
Cause they make us hate ourself and love they wealth
That's why shortys hollering "where the ballas' at?"
Drug dealer buy Jordans, crackhead buy crack
And a white man get paid off of all of that
But I ain't even goin' act holier than thou
Cause fuck it, I went to Jacob with 25 thou
Before I had a house and I'd do it again
Cause I wanna be on 106 and Park pushing a Benz
I wanna act ballerific like it's all terrific
I got a couple past due bills, I won't get specific
I got a problem with spending before I get it
We all self conscious I'm just the first to admit it

Oh when it all, it all falls down
I'm telling you oh, it all falls down
Oh when it all, it all falls down
I'm telling you oh, it all falls down


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"All Falls Down" as written by Kanye West Lauryn Hill

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  • +5
    General CommentIn my opinion Kanye's "hatred" of education goes not very far beyond his message of non-materialism. People go to college and get an education because they are rich and they do well in school. K. West is just saying that not all of lifes lessons are learned in the school. School teaches us from the books, while our parents, and families teach us the real life lessons. In West's opinion school is another one of those things that are the norms in society. You go to college once you are done with your regular schooling, and if you don't you are frowned upon, as being a rebel. Instead of worrying what everyone else thinks West preaches a different method. He frowns upon doing things just because everyone else does, buying a lot of clothes, and getting good cars. But she won't drop out, her parents will look at her funny, he also frowns upon the act of going to school because it is what is accepted. I don't think he necessarily hates schooling, he just wants people to do it for the right reasons, not just to fit in.

    Thank you for reading this and feel free to agree or disagree it's why I write these things.
    sillyrabbitstewon February 13, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song. "The concept of school seems so secure Sophmore three years aint picked a career"

    Thats totally me, I plan to stay in school as long as i can. Get my master's then... it'll be scary as hell
    absolutsweetnesson April 22, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"We shine because they hate us, floss cause they degrade us
    We trying to buy back our 40 acres"

    Its obviously that Kanye is a young, intelligent hip-hop artist. This song is all about the reasons for the current hip-hop culture. This line makes reference to when the slaves were freed and promised 40 acres to start a life with. But they were taken advantage of and most ended up selling the land for much less than it was worth.
    Shewyon April 22, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment'the prettiest people do the ugliest things'

    fuckin AMEN
    gyllenhaalic_on April 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, there's a lot of stuff i'm sure a lot of people relate to in this song. I'm sure there'll soon be loads of comments on The College Dropout.
    Kushon April 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'm not the biggest fan of current hip-hop, but kanye west really stands out to me, in a good way. this song, like many of his others, is incredibly intelligent. he has an awesome way of exposing how woman, man, and society makes up for their personal "insecurrities" so blindly with material possessions, without thinking of the consequences...and does so without being incredibly preachy, because he realizes it's a way of getting by, but also a sort of disease. he gets his point across very well.
    saintnateon April 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe best lyrics I have heard in awhile in hip hop. Awesome song
    AlphaEon May 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti honestly don't like rnb/rap...it never really appealed to me...this song does...finally someone is being real...telling it how it is...why we buy things like that...why we try to be "cool" why the goal is material instead of spiritual, emotional or anything like that....this song is good...he's being a young responsible intelligent black man...setting a standard...
    out
    J.Venrick
    jvenrickon May 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMan I promise, I'm so self conscious
    That's why you always see me with at least one of my watches
    Rollies and Pasha's done drove me crazy
    I can't even pronounce nothing, pass that Versace
    Then I spent 400 bucks on this
    Just to be like nigga you ain't up on this

    This I can relate too..... and most others as well. For some reason we all believe we should be living the american dream. So many times in my life I said the same........
    Cause fuck it, I went to Jacob with 25 thou
    Before I had a house and I'd do it again.

    I'm so self concious-The Real
    blacktigermusic.comon May 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmaybe Bill O'Reilly (anti-hiphop pundit who has a show on fox news) should read the lyrics to this song and realize that the white dominated American culture produced and supports the shallow, greedy, and materialistic nature that is pervasive in hiphop culture. kanye is saying that much of the materialism in hiphop is a direct response toward the past domination of blacks in America by whites.
    davidj0228on May 23, 2004   Link

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