I have to use this weeks blog as a mark of welcome back to Gordon and Caoimhe, the return of my best (NFL-minded) friend  and his lovely girlfriend in which I can’t help but synominously think of The Strokes‘ lead singer Julian Casablancas. He’s back from his travels and that means his blogging days are numbered until he finds another venture, he really doesn’t stand still for long so I bet he’s already down the salt mines. Either way this is a great excuse to mention how over the last couple of days I was listening to the <popular portable media device> and Stan by Eminem soon popped up.

Lets just stop and look at the lyrics for a second:

To think I was 14 years old when this was released... SAD FACE!
To think I was 14 years old when this was released… SAD FACE!

[Chorus: Dido]
My tea’s gone cold I’m wondering why I..
got out of bed at all
The morning rain clouds up my window..
and I can’t see at all
And even if I could it’ll all be gray,
but your picture on my wall
It reminds me, that it’s not so bad,
it’s not so bad..

[Eminem as ‘Stan’]
Dear Slim, I wrote but you still ain’t callin
I left my cell, my pager, and my home phone at the bottom
I sent two letters back in autumn, you must not-a got ’em
There probably was a problem at the post office or somethin
Sometimes I scribble addresses too sloppy when I jot ’em
but anyways; fuck it, what’s been up? Man how’s your daughter?
My girlfriend’s pregnant too, I’m bout to be a father
If I have a daughter, guess what I’ma call her?
I’ma name her Bonnie
I read about your Uncle Ronnie too I’m sorry
I had a friend kill himself over some bitch who didn’t want him
I know you probably hear this everyday, but I’m your biggest fan
I even got the underground shit that you did with Skam
I got a room full of your posters and your pictures man
I like the shit you did with Rawkus too, that shit was fat
Anyways, I hope you get this man, hit me back,
just to chat, truly yours, your biggest fan
This is Stan

[Chorus: Dido]

[Eminem as ‘Stan’]
Dear Slim, you still ain’t called or wrote, I hope you have a chance
I ain’t mad – I just think it’s FUCKED UP you don’t answer fans
If you didn’t wanna talk to me outside your concert
you didn’t have to, but you coulda signed an autograph for Matthew
That’s my little brother man, he’s only six years old
We waited in the blistering cold for you,
four hours and you just said, “No.”
That’s pretty shitty man – you’re like his fuckin idol
He wants to be just like you man, he likes you more than I do
I ain’t that mad though, I just don’t like bein lied to
Remember when we met in Denver – you said if I’d write you
you would write back – see I’m just like you in a way
I never knew my father neither;
he used to always cheat on my mom and beat her
I can relate to what you’re saying in your songs
so when I have a shitty day, I drift away and put ’em on
cause I don’t really got shit else so that shit helps when I’m depressed
I even got a tattoo of your name across the chest
Sometimes I even cut myself to see how much it bleeds
It’s like adrenaline, the pain is such a sudden rush for me
See everything you say is real, and I respect you cause you tell it
My girlfriend’s jealous cause I talk about you 24/7
But she don’t know you like I know you Slim, no one does
She don’t know what it was like for people like us growin up
You gotta call me man, I’ll be the biggest fan you’ll ever lose
Sincerely yours, Stan — P.S.
We should be together too

[Chorus: Dido]

[Eminem as ‘Stan’]
Dear Mister-I’m-Too-Good-To-Call-Or-Write-My-Fans,
this’ll be the last package I ever send your ass
It’s been six months and still no word – I don’t deserve it?
I know you got my last two letters;
I wrote the addresses on ’em perfect
So this is my cassette I’m sending you, I hope you hear it
I’m in the car right now, I’m doing 90 on the freeway
Hey Slim, I drank a fifth of vodka, you dare me to drive?
You know the song by Phil Collins, “In the Air of the Night”
about that guy who coulda saved that other guy from drowning
but didn’t, then Phil saw it all, then at a a show he found him?
That’s kinda how this is, you coulda rescued me from drowning
Now it’s too late – I’m on a 1000 downers now, I’m drowsy
and all I wanted was a lousy letter or a call
I hope you know I ripped +ALL+ of your pictures off the wall
I love you Slim, we coulda been together, think about it
You ruined it now, I hope you can’t sleep and you dream about it
And when you dream I hope you can’t sleep and you SCREAM about it
I hope your conscience EATS AT YOU and you can’t BREATHE without me
See Slim; [*screaming*] Shut up bitch! I’m tryin to talk!
Hey Slim, that’s my girlfriend screamin in the trunk
but I didn’t slit her throat, I just tied her up, see I ain’t like you
cause if she suffocates she’ll suffer more, and then she’ll die too
Well, gotta go, I’m almost at the bridge now
Oh shit, I forgot, how’m I supposed to send this shit out?

[Chorus: Dido]

[Eminem]
Dear Stan, I meant to write you sooner but I just been busy
You said your girlfriend’s pregnant now, how far along is she?
Look, I’m really flattered you would call your daughter that
and here’s an autograph for your brother,
I wrote it on the Starter cap
I’m sorry I didn’t see you at the show, I musta missed you
Don’t think I did that shit intentionally just to diss you
But what’s this shit you said about you like to cut your wrists too?
I say that shit just clownin dogg,
c’mon – how fucked up is you?
You got some issues Stan, I think you need some counseling
to help your ass from bouncing off the walls when you get down some
And what’s this shit about us meant to be together?
That type of shit’ll make me not want us to meet each other
I really think you and your girlfriend need each other
or maybe you just need to treat her better
I hope you get to read this letter, I just hope it reaches you in time
before you hurt yourself, I think that you’ll be doin just fine
if you relax a little, I’m glad I inspire you but Stan
why are you so mad? Try to understand, that I do want you as a fan
I just don’t want you to do some crazy shit
I seen this one shit on the news a couple weeks ago that made me sick
Some dude was drunk and drove his car over a bridge
and had his girlfriend in the trunk, and she was pregnant with his kid
and in the car they found a tape, but they didn’t say who it was to
Come to think about, his name was.. it was you
Damn!

Deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep!
Deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep!

It’s only in stopping and actually taking in the lyrics did I realise that I’ve been guilty of overlooking a songs true meaning, most are an honest mistake but some are simply inexcusable. With a song like Stan its impossible to overlook this one as the video is one that goes hand-in-hand with the lyrics so if possible for a listener to by ear they can’t visually. Its only in my adult years did I realise how I’d taken Eminem for granted growing up, I remember my mum said she appreciated him when I was a teenager so it “kinda kill him” to me as what teenager wouldn’t be the polar opposite of their parents? Soon enough the years rolled on and lets stop and look at a number of Eminem’s music videos, they all go hand-in-hand of the lyrics as its almost like he doesn’t want listeners to escape the grasp of those lyrics. Yes Eminem swears a lot but I believe if it’s purposeful (Travelling Lagos in a jeep with Tupac on the CD Player… Mum, Dad, Sister, and Uncle in tow) then I believe people that can’t stomach it need to leave the room as I’m sitting down with my Pepsi as I really don’t mind as much. S00n enough came the realisation, I saw a tumblr picture about how but at around 25 years old children always come across as repentant of their parent’s decisions so no better example than how I feel about Eminem – For Eminem to sing about a subject that seems apparent to every single blind pop-group fan, can people see that these are exaggerated levels some fans have been known to go in acts of “support”. Sad but true.

Five Years Is A Mighty Long Time in Music!
Five Years Is A Mighty Long Time in Music! – CLICK THIS GIF!

Eminem came back after a five-year hiatus and though his music wasn’t nearly as powerful as it was to me growing up, he still came out with a number of bangin’ choons and that one song that featured Megan Fox and Rihanna in the music video – If only I was the stereotypical adult male. So though Eminem was a bit like the cool version of a pop-group reforming, to call his first and second album back from his break Relapse and then Recovery it says it all as I think I appreciate him for it. With this blog down I have a great one for Monday as this mini-break from going out may culminate in a great way. Most of my best friends know about it but I’ll write on H2H about it, you lucky pups!

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