Eminem – Lose Yourself – Learn English through Songs

"Lose Yourself" by Eminem

Learn English by listening to the song "Lose Yourself" by Eminem.

There are 6 steps in this lesson:

1 - Learn the new vocabulary words and idioms
2 - Listen to the song without reading the lyrics
3 - Read the lyrics
4 - Understand the text with my explanations
5 - Write the answers to the personal questions in the comments
6 - Sing along to the song 

1 - Vocabulary and Idiom List

shot - 1) an attempt to score in basketball, hockey, or soccer
2) the firing of a gun
3) an opportunity (It was his last shot to become a famous singer)
to go weak in the knees - to lose your strength because you are either in love or extremely scared - you feel like you are actually going to fall down
to drop bombs - as a metaphor, it means to announce something important or to insult someone harshly
to choke - as a metaphor, it means to mess up in a situation where you are under a lot of pressure (often at the end of an important sporting event, but it could also be in your personal life or for an important exam)
rhapsody - another word for song, especially one with a lot of emotion
once in a lifetime - something that happens just once in a person's life - it's often used to talk about a 'once in a lifetime chance' which means you only have one shot and if you fail, you will never get the chance to try again
for the taking - easily available
cold product - something that is no longer valuable, out-of-date, or not wanted anymore
to nose dive - literally, when a plane or bird is flies directly at the ground with the nose pointed down - metaphorically, to crash down quickly
to pay the piper - to face the results of your actions, to receive punishment for what you did
baby momma - the mother of your child (often when you are no longer together in a relationship)

2 - Listen to the Song (without reading the lyrics)

3 - Read the lyrics

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 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 sad that he knows
 When he goes back to his mobile home,
that's when it's
Back to the lab again, yo
This whole rhapsody
He better go capture this moment
and hope it don't pass him

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)

The 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, b
ut superstardom's close to postmortem
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
 His hoes don't want him no more,
he's cold product
They moved on to the next schmoe who flows
He nose dove and sold nada
So the soap opera is told and unfolds
I suppose it's old partner, but the beat goes on Da da dum da dum da da da da

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)

No more games,
I'mma change what you call rage
Tear this motherfucking 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 rhyming and stepped right into 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 9 to 5
And I can't provide the right type of life for my family
'Cause man, these goddamn food stamps don't buy diapers
And it's no movie, there's no Mekhi Phifer, this is my life
And these times are so hard, and it's getting even harder
Trying to feed and water my seed, plus
Teeter totter caught up between being a father and a primadonna
Baby, mama drama's 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 I end up in jail or shot
Success is my only motherfucking 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

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)

You can do anything you set your mind to, man

​4 - Check your understanding of the complicated parts of the text

What is the “lab” of “When he goes back to his mobile home, that’s when it’s back to the lab again.”

What does “homie” in “Homie grows hotter” mean?

What is a globetrotter?

What does he mean by “I can’t get by to with my nine-to-five”?

5 - Answer these questions in the comments below to get personalized feedback on your writing.

a) Have you ever performed on stage either singing, acting, reading, or doing anything else? Were you nervous? How did it go?

b) Have you ever choked in an important moment?

c)​ Would you like to be a globetrotter? Where would you like to travel?

d) Do you have a nine-to-five job? Do you like it?

6 - Listen to the song again, and this time sing along!

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