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Encore
Album:
Encore
Artist:
Eminem
Released: 2004
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[Intro]

What we have to do is deal with it when these individuals are young enough. If you will, to be saved, not in a religious sense; but not to constitute what this country at times calls if or which over.
We seem to be approaching an age of the gross.(burp)

We all have this idea that we should move up a little bit from our parents station and each generation should do a little bit better.

[Verse 1 - Eminem]

Alright, come on, let's cut the bullshit enough
Let's get it started, let's start addressing this issue and open it up
Let's take this shit back to basement
And we can discuss statements thats made on this tape
And its whole origin of the music that we all know and love
The music we all enjoy the music you all accuse me of tryna destroy
Let's rewind it to '89 when I was a boy on the east side of Detroit
Crossin 8 Mile into Warren into hick territory
I'd like to share a story, this is my story and cant nobody tell it for me
You have well informed me, and I am well aware that I don't belong here
You've made that perfectly clear, I get my ass kicked damn near everywhere
From Bel-Air shopping center just for stopping in there
From the black side all the way to the white side
Ok there's a bright side, a day that I might slide
You may call it a past I call it haulin' my ass
Through that patch of grass over them railroad tracks
Oh them railroad tracks, them old railroad tracks
Them good old notorious oh well known tracks

[Chorus]

So, let's go back
Follow the yellow brick road as we go on another episode
Journey with me as I take you through this nifty little place
That I once used to call home sweet home

Come on, let's go back
Follow the yellow brick road as we go on another episode
Journey with me as I take you through this nifty little place
That I once used to call home sweet home

[Verse 2 - Eminem]

I'd roam the streets so much they call me a drifter
Sometimes I stick up a thumb just to hitch hike
Just to get picked up to get me a lift to 8 mile and Van Dyke
And steal a god damn bike from somebody's backyard
And drop it off at the park that was the halfway mark
To meet Kim had to walk back to her mamma's on chalmers after dark
To sneak me in the house when I'm kicked out my mom's
Thats about the time I first met Proof n goofy gary on the steps at Osborne handin' out some flyers
He was doin some talent shows at Centerline High,
I told him to stop by and check us out sometime
He looked at me like I'm out my mind,
Shook his head like white boys dont know how to rhyme
I spit out a line and rhymed birthday with first place
And we both had the same rhymes that sound alike
We was on the same shit that Big Daddy Kane shit with compound syllables sound combined
From that day we was down to ride somehow we knew we'd meet again somewhere down the line

[Chorus]

So, let's go back
Follow the yellow brick road as we go on another episode
Journey with me as I take you through this nifty little place
That I once used to call home sweet home

Come on, let's go back
Follow the yellow brick road as we go on another episode
Journey with me as I take you through this nifty little place
That I once used to call home sweet home

My first year in 9th grade, can't forget that day at school
It was cool till your man MC Sham came through
And said that Pumas the brand cuz the clan makes troops
It was rumors but man god damned they flew
Musta been true because man we done banned they shoes
I had the new ones the Cool J, Ice land, swayed too
And we just through them in the trash like they yesterday's news
Guess who came through next, X clan debut
Professor X and glorious exists in a state of red, black, and green
With a key sissies now with this bein a new trend
We don't fit in crackas is out with Cactus albums
Blackness is in, African symbols and medallions
Represents black power and we ain't know what it meant
Me and my man Howard and butter would go to the mall with 'em
All over our necks like we're showin 'em off not knowin at all
We W


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