Can't Hold Us - Macklemore feat. Ray Dalton



The Experience:
"Ceiling can't hold us!" Break out of limits. Young and free. Free from what's been done before - "Been on Broadway, and we did it our way." Free from what society tells us - "Labels out here, nah they can't tell me nothing We give it to the people, spread it across the country." We are "I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T."
And we're behind the people, freeing them from these  labels all across the country - and they're behind us too. "I got my city right behind me; If I fall they got me.Yeah, we're independent for a reason. No point just standing out free and on our own - do something with freedom: "That validation comes So I'm giving it back to the people now Sing that song and it goes like... We put our hands up Like the ceiling can't hold us" No limits. Be free. Give freedom.



Music Video:
Snow. Sand. Water. All those wide open spaces are one big stage for Macklemore and Ray Dalton as they embark on a quest for happiness. It's not just freedom for freedom's sake. They have a mission, symbolized by their flag. And they're going places.


My Take:
Freedom holds more power than a nuke. You can go anywhere. But just being free from labels isn't enough. If "the ceiling" of labels can't hold us... but what are we doing with this freedom? What are we gonna "spread across the country?"

Ask Yourself:
Are you under a "label"? Do you only do things because it's what other people think you should? 

LYRICS:


[Verse 1: Macklemore]
Return of the Mack - get up
What it is, what it does, what it is, what it isn't
Looking for a better way to get up out of bed
Instead of getting on the internet and checking a new hit
We get up, fresh out, pimp strut walking
Little bit of humble, little bit of cautious
Somewhere between like, Rocky and Cosby, Sweater Gang
Nope, nope, y'all can't copy that
Bad, moonwalkin', this here, is our party
My posse's been on Broadway, and we did it our way
Grown music I shed my skin and put my bones into everything I record to it
And yet I'm on
Let that stage light go and shine on down
Got the Bob Barker suit game and Plinko in my style
Money Stay on my craft and stick around for those pounds
But I do that to pass the torch and put on for my town
Trust me, on my I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T sh*t hustling
Chasing dreams since I was 14
With the 4 track, bussing
Halfway cross that city with the backpack, fat cat crushin'
Labels out here, nah they can't tell me nothing
We give it to the people, spread it across the country
Labels out here, nah they can't tell me nothing
We give it to the people, spread it across the country

[Hook: Ray Dalton (x2)]
And then we go back, this is the moment
Tonight is the night, we'll fight till it's over So we put our hands up like the ceiling can't hold us Like the ceiling can't hold us

[Verse 2: Macklemore]
Now, can I kick it? Thank you
Yeah I'm so damn grateful
I grew up really wanting gold fronts
But that's what you get when Wu-Tang raised you
Y'all can't stop me,
I go hard like I've got an 808 in my heart beat
And I'm eating at the beat
Like you gave a little speed to a great white shark on shark week Raw.
Tell me go up, gone!
Deuces, goodbye I've got a world to see;
And my girl, she wanna see Rome
Caesar'll make you a believer
Nah, I never ever did it for a throne
That validation comes
So I'm giving it back to the people now
Sing that song and it goes like...
Raise those hands, this is our party
We came here to live life like nobody was watching
I got my city right behind me; If I fall they got me
Learn from that failure, gain humility
Then we keep marching, I said

[Hook: Ray Dalton (x2)]
And then we go back, this is the moment
Tonight is the night, we'll fight till it's over
So we put our hands up like the ceiling can't hold us
Like the ceiling can't hold us

Let's go
Na na na na na na na na
And all my people say
Na na na na na na na na
And all my people say
Na na na na na na na na
And all my people say
Na na na na na na na na

[Hook: Ray Dalton (x2)]
And then we go back, this is the moment
Tonight is the night, we'll fight till it's over
So we put our hands up like the ceiling can't hold us
Like the ceiling can't hold us

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