Song of the Day #3,385: ‘Lose Yourself’ – Eminem

All of you CrossFitters and Orange Theorists, get ready. Day 22 of the 30 Day Music Challenge asks for the name of ‘A Song That Motivates You.’

I immediately thought of this in the context of physical activity because that’s the way I typically see motivational music presented in commercials. But I’m sure we all listen to music to motivate ourselves for other reasons — a big presentation, a test, you name it. Let’s see what my dear readers come up with.

Personally, I listen to podcasts when I run. I don’t find them motivating in the rah-rah sense, but I do find them distracting, in a “I was so engrossed in this conversation about Wonder Woman that I didn’t realize I’d hit the 1-mile mark” kind of way.

If I were to run to music, though, I would probably go with rap, and particularly with the Oscar-winning Eminem song ‘Lose Yourself,’ which has a propulsive beat and a grungily uplifting message.

[Intro]
Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted
In one moment, would you capture it or just let it slip?

[Verse 1]
Yo, his palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy
There’s vomit on his sweater already: Mom’s spaghetti
He’s nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready
To drop bombs, but he keeps on forgetting
What he wrote down, the whole crowd goes so loud
He opens his mouth, but the words won’t come out
He’s choking, how? Everybody’s joking now
The clock’s run out, time’s up, over—blaow!
Snap back to reality, oh, there goes gravity, oh
There goes Rabbit, he choked, he’s so mad, but he won’t
Give up that easy, no, he won’t have it, he knows
His whole back’s to these ropes, it don’t matter, he’s dope
He knows that, but he’s broke, he’s so stagnant, he knows
When he goes back to this mobile home, that’s when it’s
Back to the lab again, yo! This whole rhapsody
Better go capture this moment and hope it don’t pass him

[Chorus]
You better lose yourself in the music
The moment, you own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime, yo
You better lose yourself in the music
The moment, you own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime, yo
You better…

[Verse 2]
His soul’s escaping through this hole that is gaping
This world is mine for the taking, make me king
As we move toward a New World Order
A normal life is boring; but superstardom’s
Close to post-mortem, it only grows harder
Homie grows hotter, he blows, it’s all over
These hoes is all on him, coast-to-coast shows
He’s known as the Globetrotter, lonely roads
God only knows, he’s grown farther from home, he’s no father
He goes home and barely knows his own daughter
But hold your nose, ‘cause here goes the cold water
These hoes don’t want him no mo’, he’s cold product
They moved on to the next schmoe who flows
He nose-dove and sold nada, and so the soap opera
Is told, it unfolds, I suppose it’s old, partner
But the beat goes on: da-da-dom, da-dom, dah-dah, dah-dah

[Chorus]
You better lose yourself in the music
The moment, you own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime, yo
You better lose yourself in the music
The moment, you own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime, yo
You better…

[Verse 3]
No more games, I’ma change what you call rage
Tear this motherfuckin’ roof off like two dogs caged
I was playing in the beginning, the mood all changed
I’ve been chewed up and spit out and booed off stage
But I kept rhymin’ and stepped right in the next cypher
Best believe somebody’s paying the Pied Piper
All the pain inside amplified by the
Fact that I can’t get by with my nine-to-
Five, and I can’t provide the right type of
Life for my family ‘cause, man, these goddamn
Food stamps don’t buy diapers, and there’s no movie
There’s no Mekhi Phifer, this is my life
And these times are so hard, and it’s getting even harder
Tryna feed and water my seed; plus, teeter-totter
Caught up between being a father and a prima donna
Baby mama drama, screaming on her
Too much for me to wanna stay in one spot
Another day of monotony’s gotten me to the point
I’m like a snail, I’ve got to formulate a plot
Or end up in jail or shot
Success is my only motherfuckin’ option—failure’s not
Mom, I love you, but this trailer’s got to go
I cannot grow old in Salem’s Lot
So here I go, it’s my shot, feet: fail me not
This may be the only opportunity that I got

[Chorus]
You better lose yourself in the music
The moment, you own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime, yo
You better lose yourself in the music
The moment, you own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime, yo
You better…

[Outro]
You can do anything you set your mind to, man

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4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,385: ‘Lose Yourself’ – Eminem

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    “Lose Yourself” is a great choice for a motivational song, whether for exercise or, as the lyrics suggest, for overcoming fear to achieve an objective. It definitely injects some intensity into my workout whenever it’s played at Orange Theory.😊 “Eye of the Tiger” also gets you going during a workout.

    I’m going to go in a different direction though with a song used perhaps most effectively by Bill Clinton during his presidential campaign and inauguration: “Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac. This classic not only motivates to get out and vote, but to also be part of the movement for social change, without coming off as elitist or heavy handed.

  2. Peg Clifton says:

    When I’m on the treadmill I have a few albums I listen to Graceland is one but Born in the USA by the “Boss” really gets me moving!

  3. Amy says:

    The motivation that occurred to me was more of the personal variety. Different songs have served that purpose over the decades, but the one I’ve most recently been likely to play on repeat belongs to Rob Thomas.

  4. Maddie says:

    This feels motivational both for working out and for getting work done:

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