Eminem

Lose Yourself

LYRIC

[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? Yo

[Verse 1]
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, ope there goes gravity, ope
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 old rap shit, he
Better go capture this moment and hope it don't pass him, and

[Chorus]
You better lose yourself in the music
The moment, you own it, you better never let it go (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 (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 (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 (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 playin' 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 payin' 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 gettin' even harder
Tryna feed and water my seed, plus teeter-totter
Caught up between bein' a father and a prima donna
Baby mama drama, screamin' 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 (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 (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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About "Lose Yourself"

“Lose Yourself” is the theme song from Eminem’s semi-biographical movie 8 Mile. It’s considered one of Eminem’s best songs—if not his best song—and is also his biggest hit to date.

Written between breaks on the set of 8 Mile, engineer Steven King claimed all three verses were rapped “in one take"—but Eminem has since shed doubt on that claim. The beat was older than the song though—Em actually recorded a completely different version of the song over the beat. The demo was eventually released in 2014, dubbed “Original Demo Version,” as part of the SHADY XV compilation album—but that version was more like a dance song.

“Lose Yourself” reached #1 in 20 countries – Eminem’s first in the US, holding the top position for 12 weeks, making it become the third-longest chart topper from a movie soundtrack (behind “I Will Always Love You” and “End Of The Road”). It became the first rap song to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song, won two Grammys (Best Male Rap Solo Performance & Best Rap Song), and has since been certified Diamond (10x Multi-Platinum) in the United States.

The song was used in an iconic Apple iPod commercial and an instrumental version was used in a Chrysler Super Bowl ad that featured Em. It was also performed at the 2020 Academy Awards.

The entire rhyme scheme of this song can be found here.

Lose Yourself Track info

Additional Production Jeff Bass
Drums Eminem
Programmer Eminem
Video Commissioner Randy Sosin
Video Cinematography Aaron Schneider
Video Producer Chris Palladino
Video Written By Eminem
Video Director Paul Rosenberg
Keyboards Jeff Bass
Performance Rights BMI
Publisher Resto World Music
Label Aftermath Entertainment
Co-Producer Jeff Bass
Drum Programmer Eminem
Mixing Engineer Eminem
Recording Engineer Mike Strange
Mastering Engineer Brian Gardner
Mastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering
Mixed At 54 Sound
Bass Jeff Bass
Guitar Jeff Bass

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