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Eminem
Relapse
Released May 12, 2009
Recorded 2007
Format CD, Digital Download
Genre Hip hop
Length 6:32 (album)

4:00 (radio)

Label Shady, Aftermath, Interscope
Writer M. Mathers, L. Resto, J. Bass, D. Black, A. Hill
Producer Eminem, Jeff Bass
Single information
Single release May 12, 2009
Video release July 2, 2009
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"Old Time's Sake"
Next single→
"Forever"
 

"Beautiful" is the third and final official single from Eminem's 2009 album entitled Relapse. It was released on May 12, 2009 on iTunes as a digital download. "Beautiful" entered the UK Singles Chart on May 17, 2009 at #38 and re-entered at #31 due to massive airplay and was released as the third UK single after "We Made You". Since then the song has peaked at #12 so far. It became Eminem's 21st Top 40 single in the UK but also his second official single to miss the Top 10. In the U.S., it debuted at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was on the A-List of the BBC Radio 1 playlist. In the week of July 23, 2009 it re-entered the Hot 100 at #98.

The song talks about Eminem's more introverted side, and also discusses his personal struggles with bullies. The song is often credited as one of his more personal, emotional songs, and is often compared to his earlier 2004 hit-single Mockingbird. The intro and outro samples the Queen + Paul Rodgers song "Reaching Out".

LyricsEdit

[Intro]
Lately I’ve been hard to reach
I’ve been too long on my own
Everybody has a private world
Where they can be alone
Are you calling me?
Are you trying to get through?
Are you reaching out for me?
I’m reaching out for you

[Verse 1]
I'm just so fucking depressed I just can't seem to get out this slump
If I could just get over this hump
But I need something to pull me out this dump
I took my bruises, took my lumps, fell down and I got right back up
But I need that spark to get psyched back up
In order for me to pick the mic back up
I don't know how or why or when I ended up in this position I'm in
I'm starting to feel distant again
So I decided just to pick this pen
Up and try to make an attempt to vent
But I just can't admit or come to grips with the fact
That I may be done with rap, I need a new outlet
And I know some shit's so hard to swallow
But I just can't sit back and wallow
In my own sorrow, but I know one fact: I'll be one tough act to follow
One tough act to follow, I'll be one tough act to follow
Here today, gone tomorrow but you'd have to walk a thousand miles

[Hook]
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
They can all get fucked, just stay true to you
Don't let em say you ain't beautiful
They can all get fucked, just stay true to you

[Verse 2]
I think I'm startin to lose my sense of humor
Everything's so tense and gloom
I almost feel like I gotta check
The temperature of the room just as soon as
I walk in it's like all eyes on me
So I try to avoid any eye contact
Cause if I do that then it opens a door for conversation
Like I want that, I'm not looking for extra attention
I just wanna be just like you, blend in with the rest of the room
Maybe just point me to the closest restroom
I don't need no fuckin' man-servant
Trying to follow me around and wipe my ass
Laugh at every single joke I crack
And half of em ain't even funny like "Ha!
Marshall you're so funny man, you should be a comedian, goddamn!"
Unfortunately I am, I just hide behind the tears of a clown
So why don't you all sit down? Listen to the tale I'm about to tell
Hell, we don't gotta trade our shoes
And you ain't gotta walk no thousand miles

[Hook]
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
They can all get fucked, just stay true to you
Don't let em say you ain't beautiful
They can all get fucked, just stay true to you

[Verse 3]
Nobody asked for life to deal us with these bullshit hands we're dealt
We gotta take these cards ourselves and flip em
Don't expect no help
Now I could've either just sat on my ass and pissed and moaned
Or take this situation in which I'm placed in
And get up and get my own!
I was never the type of kid to wait by the door and pack his bags
And sat on the porch and hoped and prayed
For a dad to show up who never did
I just wanted to fit in in every single place
Every school I went, I dreamed of being that cool kid
Even if it meant acting stupid
Aunt Edna always told me:
"Keep making that face it'll get stuck like that"
Meanwhile, I'm just standing there holdin my tongue trying to talk *like this*
Til I stuck my tongue on that frozen "Stop" sign pole at 8 years old
I learned my lesson then cause I wasn't trying to impress my friends no mo'
But I already told you my whole life story not just based on my description
Cause where you see it from where you're sittin' is probably 110% different
I guess we would have to walk a mile in each other's shoes at least
What size you wear? I wear 10's
Let's see if you can fit your feet

[Outro]
To my babies: stay strong
Daddy'll be home soon
And to the rest of the world
God gave you them shoes that fit you
So put em on and wear em
Be yourself, man, be proud of who you are
Even if it sounds corny
Never let no one tell you you ain't beautiful

VideoEdit

Eminem - Beautiful04:15

Eminem - Beautiful

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