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@Daexplainurr - Wonderfully written and well thought out passage you wrote. It's good to see other people take heed of written lyrics as a means of artistic expression and also nice to see that the English language is still being used properly. Also, thank you for expressing your opinion of the lyrics, as I almost entirely agree with you in your interpretation. That's what art is, an interpretation of life. My issues are with kw (or his management/publicity peeps) saying that this was his "apology" to tswift for his actions. It isn't an apology, it's more of a non-apology by him just saying that this is who he is, so live with it. It should have been trumpeted as his "response" and not an apology. . Either way, he is a huge douche for doing what he did to her. It was disrespectful, unprofessional and childish. If it had happened to him, he would've reacted much differently I'm sure. Kudos to tswift for reacting like a professional. Can you imagine if Shaquille O'Neil did that to Steve Nash? The concept of the protagonist telling his woman to runaway if she doesn't like him and his lifestyle is not original (see artists such as: The Guess Who, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Pink Floyd - who wrote an entire album about that concept - , Lionel Richie, etc.). Even the imagery and alliteration used is stolen, he just switched out a few words. Plagiarism, period. My summary: I believe he could truly be a great artist if he started using his own concepts, words and music and he or his people must stop garnering false publicity by stirring the pot unnecessarily. Be yourself, don't just churn out 'dance pop'.
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@ Musicalprincess: "I wish people wouldnt comment on something they dont know." I only comment on what he's trying to say. I just wished that he used his own words instead of stealing from others. The song was intended to be an apology to tswift. If that is the case, then the lyrics don't make sense. If indeed the song is about his ex (or another woman), then I can see your point. Then again, he shouldn't say that it's his apology either. In either case, he should be using his words.
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First of all, I respect everyones opinions and the direction that this mature, rational discussion is taking. It's nice to see and kw should be proud to have such faithful and emotional followers such as you. Let me be clear: I don't hate kw. I wouldn't care enough to post here if I did. I commented on the meaning of the song; which he has publicly stated is his 'apology' to tswift for what happened. So, after watching his performance on snl, and listening to the lyrics, I realized that the lyrics weren't about that incident. In my opinion, he plagerised a bunch of lyrics from other artists, strung them together to create a "story", married them to a simple, four note tune and a simple beat that you can dance along to. For the record, I don't like tswift or her music but that doesn't mean I don't respect her. I do however appreciate decent, original music that can convey a message or evokes emotion without having to rely upon a dance beat and stolen lyrics. Neither of them are capable of doing this in today's market. A lot of you have excellent arguments and, if the song is indeed about him and his ex, then it does make sense and is quite touching. But, if it's an 'apology' to tswift as his marketing team have indicated, then he failed to hit the target. The video was well done and worth watching but, again, is a marketing ploy used by many in the past to sell records (see: Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd, Guns N' Roses, etc.). I expect artistry and originality from someone who has been suggested should "lead the New America". By the way om0121, the "New America" was started about 50 years ago. Her name was Rosa Parks. She was the leader then and still is today posthumously.
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@ mrsfrank. I'm not a hater or "MADD" (check your spelling of a simple three letter word) at Kanye, I'm stating obvious facts. The song is pretentious, unoriginal and the lyrics make no sense at all. He's strung together a bunch of borrowed phrases and called them his own. Btw, this thread is about the meaning of the song and it has no meaning other than, what I perceive as his failure to write good lyrics, he is blaming others for his own problems. I have no time for people who give themselves unnecessary praise for doing a wrong. I looked up his lyrics because, after watching the crap show that was his performance on snl, I tried to give him a break and understand what he was saying. After viewing the lyrics, I realized that I was right. It has no meaning. (I'm also not giving him any attention, as I'm sure he is not reading this - sorry to disappoint you). Perhaps I should write a book. Better yet, I'll write an ultra-simple, four note song like his, with lyrics that make no sense, then people like you will buy it and revere me, too. Thanks for the suggestion, mrs! Again, I'm not hating on him, just stating the facts. I have no hate to 'fuel' his fire. What fuels his fire are unintelligent, loyal, obedient followers who spend money on his so-called music and worship him. His ego is out of control and now you have become his fuel by defending his mindless music.
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@ mfh - "So let's toast to em. Because they are a necessary evil. Without them who would we blame for our problems". Really? You blame our problems on random douchebags and assholes? Like who in particular? How about blaming some of the problems on over-hyped, conceited, so-called 'musicians' who can't stand it when other people have a share of the spotlight. Kanye is a douchebag, an a*****e, etc. In this song he suggests that he is the subject of it, but that he doesn't care. Aren't those the types of personalities that create our problems? @ Likeaboss - Kanye's music is unoriginal and he is a master rip-off artist. Most of his lyrics he has stolen from other real musicians and established literary giants. Time for him to have an original thought and create real music that involves more than one note and an auto-tuner (used by those who can't sing in key, btw).
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What a simple song! It was interesting to watch Ye perform Runaway on snl tonight; he was striking single piano keys with one finger like he was creating magic! Hahaha! It was filmed in a white studio with cast-offs from Swan Lake in the background to lead our eyes away from his childish dancing and lack of vocal ability. Did you notice he lip-synched some and Auto-tuned the parts he sang live? This song has a hook and that's about it. It has no real meaning and lacks musicality. It is a song for tweens who like a good beat. I expected better from him.
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