Eminem isn’t someone that everyone can listen to. I have several of his songs on my phone that I played over when I was raspberry picking over the summer. If you really listen to the lyrics you hear the pain of a young man trying to find his way in the world, and he hasn’t had it easy.
This one song has really spoken to me this year, and I could relate to it. Its called Beautiful. In it he talks about depression and how confusing it is to explain or talk about. This is the part that I like:
But you’d have to walk a thousand miles
In my shoes, just to see
What it’s like, to be me
I’ll be you, let’s trade shoes
Just to see what it’d be like to
Feel your pain, you feel mine
Go inside each other’s minds
Just to see what we find
Look at shit through each other’s eyes
But don’t let ’em say you ain’t beautiful, oh
They can all get fucked.
Just stay true to you
So don’t let ’em say you ain’t beautiful
Oh, they can all get fucked.
Just stay true to you, yeah, so…
When I googled the lyrics, this explanation of the song came up.
The song describes his [Eminem’s] own struggle to rebound from his depression and addiction. He feels trapped in by his addiction which is driving him further into depression and sees no way out. Rehab isn’t helping him, very few even understand what he’s going through, and all of this compounded with his status as a rapper make it difficult for him to connect with anyone who can help him get back on his feet so that he can start rapping again. The hook describes the essence of the song perfectly. One would think that Eminem, multi-platinum artist who’s notoriously known for his “offensive” lyrics and general lack of sensitivity to issues that others wouldn’t talk about, can’t possibly be held down by something like depression or addiction. But as he says, you’d need to walk in his shoes before you can understand what he’s going through. Em goes on to imply that everyone is beautiful in their own way and we should stay true to ourselves and our principles and learn to pick ourselves up, regardless of what anyone else might say. Adithyan Vetrivelan – www.quora.com/What-is-the-song-Beautiful-by-Eminem-all-about
Here is the video – this is the non explicit version