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Lose Yourself- Eminem

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justin vega

on 26 March 2014

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Transcript of Lose Yourself- Eminem

Title Explanation
The name of the song is lose yourself because Marshal Mathers aka Eminem is trying to say that this is your one chance to do something worth doing with your life and why not give it everything you have. He is also trying to say that the only way to make it is to let the beat consume you and let it guide you, to lose yourself in the song.
1st verse
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,
Imagery & Metaphor
The first 2 lines of the first verse " His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy" is an example of imagery because its telling you in vivid detail how nervous Eminem was before his moment.
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
Tear this motherf***ing roof off like two dogs caged

By Justin Vega
Lose Yourself- Eminem
In the part "There's vomit on his sweater already..." Eminem is using imagery again to show that hes ready to give it everything even though he may be nervous.
In the chorus Eminem says the above line which is a metaphor, to give a visual to the audience that hes got one bullet to hit his target and if he misses then its over, if he doesn't succeed right now in this rap battle then hes done forever.
The lyrics Eminem uses above are examples of a metaphor and a simile. The metaphor is tearing the roof off which hes not going to literally do but rather lyrically by pumping the crowd up. The simile is the two dogs caged part, hes trying to emphasize his excitement for music and how he cant help being stopped and caged up but must be free to make something of himself.
The whole theme of this poem is to tell people that they cant live their life in the back watching but should give it their all because they only get one opportunity to make something of themselves. Throughout the whole song Eminem constantly says to not miss that shot for success because once missed it will never come back around.
Song video
Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted. one moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?
Rhetorical Question
The last line of this verse above, "Would you capture it or just let it slip?"; is a rhetorical question because hes not looking for an answer to an obvious question.
ready to drop bombs
The above line Eminem uses as a metaphor to show how hes ready to "drop bombs", which means to rap verses not to drop an actual explosion.
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