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Macklemore – Ten Thousand Hours lyrics

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I hope that God decides to talk through him
That the people decide to walk with him
Regardless of pitchfork cosigns I've jumped
Make sure the soundman doesn't cockblock the drums
Let the snare knock the air right out of your lungs
And those words be the oxygen
Just breathe
Amen, regardless I'mma say it
Felt like I got signed the day that I got an agent
Got an itunes check, shit man I'm paying rent
About damn time that I got out of my basement
About damn time I got around the country and I hit
These stages
I was made to slay them
Ten thousand hours I'm so damn close I can taste it
On some Malcolm Gladwell, David Bowie meets Kanye shit
This is dedication
A life lived for art is never a life wasted
Ten thousand

Ten thousand hours felt like ten thousand hands
Ten thousands hands, they carry me
Ten thousand hours felt like ten thousand hands
Ten thousands hands, they carry me

Now, now, now
This is my world, this is my arena
The tv told me something different I didn't believe it
I stand here in front of you today all because of an
Idea
I could be who I wanted if I could see my potential
And I know that one day I'mma be him
Put the gloves on, sparring with my ego
Everyone's greatest Escitaloden
Celebrate that achievement
Got some attachments, some baggage I'm actually working
On leaving
See, I observed Escher
I love Basquiat
I watched Keith Harring
You see I study art
The greats weren't great because at birth they could
Paint
The greats were great cause they paint a lot
I will not be a statistic
Just let me be
No child left behind, that's the american scheme
I make my living off of words
And do what I love for work
And got around 980 on my sats
Take that system, what did you expect?
Generation of kids choosing love over a desk
Put those hours in and look at what you get
Nothing that you can hold, but everything that it is
Ten thousand

Ten thousand hours felt like ten thousand hands
Ten thousands hands, they carry me
Ten thousand hours felt like ten thousand hands
Ten thousands hands, they carry me

Same shit, different day, same struggle
Slow motion as time slips through my knuckles
Nothing beautiful about it, no light at the tunnel
For the people that put the passion before them being
Comfortable
Raw, unmedicated heart no substitute
Banging on table tops, no subs to toot
I'm feeling better than ever man, what is up with you?
Scraping my knuckles, I'm battling with some drug abuse
I lost another friend, got another call from a sister
And I speak for the people that share that struggle too
Like they got something bruised
My only rehabilitation was the sweat, tears and blood
When up in the booth...

It’s the part of the show
Where it all fades away
When the lights go to black
And the band leaves the stage
And you wanted an encore
But there's no encore today
Cause the moment is now
Can't get it back from the grave

Part of the show
It all fades away
Lights go to black
Band leaves the stage
You wanted an encore
But there's no encore today
Cause the moment is now
Can't get it back from the grave

Welcome to the heist
Welcome to the heist...



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    The meaning of the song is a lot more intense than Macklemore makes it seem. He is saying that you have to work you butt off to accomplish what you want. He is saying that you aren't good at something because you were born good, but because you worked hard at it for a long time. He is basically telling you the story of his life and how he never had a great life in the beginning and he didn't score high on tests but when he worked hard at what he loved doing he made a living and he was able to share art with everybody. He is also explaining how as the learning generation in this world you have to commit to something to be great at it and you have to take every opportunity you get to improve in an area and get better in any way.
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