23 September 2011

Feature Friday...sort of.

So... you may have noticed there's no Friday Feature post today. Unfortunately Youtube is blocked on my work computer, so I can't post any videos. I can, however, post some lyrics I heard last night that really hit home. These are from B.O.B's Airplanes pt 2, featuring Eminem and Hayley Williams from Paramore. There are expletives (oh no! *eyeroll*), but the lyrics in bold are the ones that hit me hardest, and I think it's something writers can relate to.

All right-- let's pretend Marshall Mathers never picked up a pen
Let's pretend things would have been no different
Pretend he procrastinated had no motivation
Pretend he just made excuses that were so paper thin they could blow away with the wind
Marshall you’re never gonna make it makes no sense to play the game there ain’t no way that you’ll win

Pretend he just stayed outside all day and played with his friends
Pretend he even had a friend to say was his friend
And it wasn’t time to move and schools were changing again
He wasn’t socially awkward and just strange as a kid
He had a father and his mother wasn’t crazy as sh-t
And he never dreamed he could rip stadiums and just lazy as sh*t
F*ck a talent show in a gymnasium b*tch you won’t amount to sh* quit daydreaming kid
You need to get your cranium checked you thinking like an alien it just ain’t realistic
Now pretend they ain’t just make him angry with this sh*t and there was no one he could even aim when he’s pissed it
And his alarm went off to wake him off but he didn’t make it to the rap Olympics slept through his plane and he missed it
He’s gon’ have a hard time explaining to Hailey and Laney these food stamps and this WIC sh*t
Cuz he never risked sh*t he hopes and he wished it but it didn’t fall in his lap so he ain’t even here
He pretends that…

Airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars
I could really use a wish right now, wish right now, wish right now...

I think we've all been there, all felt similarly. Writing is too hard. It's almost impossible to get published, etc etc etc. We make excuses, and yet at the end of the day, it's our belief in ourselves that keeps us on this road (and also the people in our heads who will NOT shut up). We face failure after failure, but no one can do this for us. We have to believe in ourselves so we don't spend our time with our regrets and wishing on airplanes. 


agirlintheworld said...

Something I love about Eminem is his ability to say something so bluntly, but still make it sound so inspiring. <3 I'll have to check out this song. I haven't listened to any of his stuff that's came out in the last... well, since whenever "8 Mile" came out.

the cautionary tale said...

love me some Eminem!