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[Introduction]
Yeah...
It's my life...
My own words I guess...

[Verse 1]
Have you ever loved someone so much, you'd give an arm for?
Not the expression, no, literally give an arm for?
When they know they're your heart
And you know you were their armour
And you will destroy anyone who would try to harm 'her
But what happens when karma, turns right around and bites you?
And everything you stand for, turns on you, despite you?
What happens when you become the main source of her pain?
"Daddy look what I made", Dad's gotta go catch a plane
"Daddy where's Mommy? I can't find Mommy where is she?"
I don't know go play Hailie, baby, your Daddy's busy
Daddy's writing a song, this song ain't gonna write itself
I'll give you one underdog then you gotta swing by yourself
Then turn right around in that song and tell her you love her
And put hands on her mother, who's a spitting image of her
That's Slim Shady, yeah baby, Slim Shady's crazy
Shady made me, but tonight Shady's rocka-by-baby...

[Chorus]
And when I'm gone, just carry on, don't mourn
Rejoice every time you hear the sound of my voice
Just know that I'm looking down on you smiling
And I didn't feel a thing, So baby don't feel no pain
Just smile back
And when I'm gone, just carry on, don't mourn
Rejoice every time you hear the sound of my voice
Just know that I'm looking down on you smiling
And I didn't feel a thing, So baby don't feel no pain
Just smile back...

[Verse 2]
I keep having this dream, I'm pushin' Hailie on the swing
She keeps screaming, she don't want me to sing
"You're making Mommy cry, why? Why is Mommy crying?"
Baby, Daddy ain't leaving no more, "Daddy you're lying
"You always say that, you always say this is the last time
"But you ain't leaving no more, Daddy you're mine"
She's piling boxes in front of the door trying to block it
"Daddy please, Daddy don't leave, Daddy - no stop it!"
Goes in her pocket, pulls out a tiny necklace locket
It's got a picture, "this'll keep you safe Daddy, take it withcha'"
I look up, it's just me standing in the mirror
These fuckin' walls must be talking, cuz man I can hear 'em
They're saying "You've got one more chance to do right" - and it's tonight
Now go out there and show that you love 'em before it's too late
And just as I go to walk out of my bedroom door
It's turns to a stage, they're gone, and this spotlight is on
And I'm singing...

[Chorus]
And when I'm gone, just carry on, don't mourn
Rejoice every time you hear the sound of my voice
Just know that I'm looking down on you smiling
And I didn't feel a thing, So baby don't feel no pain
Just smile back
And when I'm gone, just carry on, don't mourn
Rejoice every time you hear the sound of my voice
Just know that I'm looking down on you smiling
And I didn't feel a thing, So baby don't feel no pain
Just smile back...

[Verse 3]
Sixty thousand people, all jumping out their seat
The curtain closes, they're throwing roses at my feet
I take a bow and thank you all for coming out
They're screaming so loud, I take one last look at the crowd
I glance down, I don't believe what I'm seeing
"Daddy it's me, help Mommy, her wrists are bleeding,"
But baby we're in Sweden, how did you get to Sweden?
"I followed you Daddy, you told me that you weren't leavin'
"You lied to me Dad, and now you make Mommy sad
"And I bought you this coin, it says 'Number One Dad'
"That's all I wanted, I just want to give you this coin
"I get the point - fine, me and Mommy are going"
But baby wait, "it's too late Dad, you made the choice
"Now go out there and show 'em that you love 'em more than us"
That's what they want, they want you Marshall, they keep.. screamin' your name
It's no wonder you can't go to sleep, just take another pill
Yeah, I bet you you will. You rap about it, yeah, word, k-keep it real
I hear applause, all this time I couldn't see
How could it be, that the curtain is closing on me
I turn around, find a gun on the ground, cock it
Put it to my brain and scream "god Shady" and pop it
The sky darkens, my life flashes, the plane that I was supposed to be on crashes and burns to ashes
That's when I wake up, alarm clock's ringin', there's birds singin'
It's Spring and Hailie's outside swinging, I walk right up to Kim and kiss her
Tell her I miss her, Hailie just smiles and winks at her little sister
Almost as if to say..

[Chorus/Outro]
And when I'm gone, just carry on, don't mourn
Rejoice every time you hear the sound of my voice
Just know that I'm looking down on you smiling
And I didn't feel a thing, So baby don't feel no pain
Just smile back
And when I'm gone, just carry on, don't mourn
Rejoice every time you hear the sound of my voice
Just know that I'm looking down on you smiling
And I didn't feel a thing, So baby don't feel no pain
Just smile back...

[Curtains closing and sounds of footsteps]



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  • sixxluver91
    +9
    sixxluver91Aug 22, 2008 at 7:59 pm
    It's tellin hailie not to stress or cry or worry when daddy goes away... wether it's on a short trip for some concert or when he dies. it's telling her just to remember him and know that daddy loves her and that he's always watchin her... like all dads should do.
    ~Lil SD
  • U
    +1
    UnregisteredJan 14, 2014 at 12:12 am
    This song is about Marshall talking to his daughter. Being famous isn't easy-you have to go far places from your family all the time. Hailie worries about her mom and family. Marshall is always stressed about how broken his family is-especially Hailie. He writes this song to her telling her he doesn't not love her- and that he loves her but he needs to leave all the time- which he dislikes. He understands that his daughter is upset- and his family doesn't want him to continue his career that they'll leave him. At the end of the song is how Marshall would want everything to be- perfect. This song is to let Hailie know that how much he loves her and how he would do anything for her- and always regrets not being there for his family. Being a person with a big career is hard- especially when you have family. He's saying that he loves his family no matter what- and regrets his decisions.
  • SirGAWD
    +1
    SirGAWDJul 3, 2010 at 8:02 pm
    Its tells Hailey not to worry when her daddy (Marshall Mathers) or Eminem is gone and his crazy alter ego Slim Shady has taken over and started to do the things that he is ashamed of and doesn't want Hailey to think that is it him that is doing these things.
  • U
    0
    UnregisteredMar 14, 2014 at 3:16 am
    I like how he tells Hallie to go home and she got to Sweden and all she wants to give him that is so sad. I kinda see why he would sing this about him and his daughters and wife or girl friend. plus I don't get why there is a guy at the beginning of the video. did he like die or some thing. but Eminem sing what he what because it is live it what he whats to make it for him self. why would Hallie's mom wrist are bleeding and why would give him a kiss was he scared that he was gone or some thing.
  • U
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    UnregisteredSep 3, 2012 at 3:47 pm
    This song begins as a suicide note. Em is feeling guilty about what he sees as his personal failures as a father and husband and drug use. He's contemplating picking up a gun and shooting himself and thinking about what his daughter will think when he does. But at the end he opens his eyes and sees what he has and chooses to live.

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