Song of the Day #2,404: ‘Beautiful’ – Eminem

relapse2009’s Relapse is Eminem’s second-worst album, but it has its moments. ‘Beautiful,’ on the whole, is one of them.

Much of this album is bogged down by silly accents and cartoonish violence even more cartoonish than the violence on Eminem’s best albums. But a few tracks aim for something deeper.

While the idea of wearing somebody else’s shoes is stretched past its breaking point, ‘Beautiful’ contains some raw, self-reflective moments. This album feels like something he had to get out of his system — much like the drugs — before going on to produce some of his finest work.

And in case my first line had you wondering, Eminem’s worst album is Encore.

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, and 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

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 starting 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, tryna 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


[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 holding 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

[Hook] + [Bridge]

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


One thought on “Song of the Day #2,404: ‘Beautiful’ – Eminem

  1. Dana says:

    I remember listening to this album when it came out and being relieved that it wasn’t as bad as Encore. Critics at the time suggested it was a return to form, but I didn’t buy that. His return to form would come in his next work, making this album a lazy and incomplete transition.

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