Guts Over Fear - Eminem ft. Sia




The Experience: It just breaks my heart to look at all the pain I've caused. But what am I gonna do when the rage is gone? If deep down you care, eventually you'll have a choice between doing something about it, because you can, or giving into your anger and selfishness? You're the only one who knows if you could have been a hero - you're the only one who can change who you are and go from hater to hero...

Music Video: The music video tells the story of a boxer struggling to make it in love between his fights and washing dishes, with a pregnant wife and an alcoholic father. He's not very good at washing dishes. He can't be proud of his father. And he's not always tender to his wife. But he cares. He tries. He loves. And in the end Guts triumph over fear and his love for his family gives him the strength to win the fight and make a new future for them all.

Meaning of Guts Over Fear: And it just breaks my heart to look at all the pain I've caused
But what am I gonna do when the rage is gone? Eminem sings about the standing on the brink of conversion, when still not sure if your attempt is just one more failure, or the beginning of a new life. It's not easy to change, especially with a past like Eminem's. The opening comment - halfway between complaint and boast - sums up the honor and the suffering that all would-be heroes have to shoulder - it's too late to start over, this is the only thing I - thing I know - choosing to be a hero doesn't make you one. 

The track fits in very well with the gritty feel of The Equalizer, in Denzel Washington's words, the story of a knight in shining armor except he lives in a world where knights don't exist anymore, which probably refers to the Spanish classic Don Quijote de la Mancha. It's a story worth reading, and worth living in first person, even with the pain behind Sia's lyrics. Heroes' endings aren't always happy - It's a happy ending. Not exactly - but they are worth remembering.

Eminem's lyrics also refer - once again - to his tough relationship with his mom. She wasn't the best of mothers, and Eminem struggles to forgive her for that. But he also acknowledges that the hardship of his childhood gave him the guts to make it.

Ask Yourself: Do you choose to pay attention only to your fears and your past, or do you focus on your freedom to make a difference? Will you run or stand your ground?


LYRICS:

[Bridge: Eminem:]
Feels like a close, it's coming to
F-ck am I gonna do?
It's too late to start over
This is the only thing I, thing I know

[Verse 1: Eminem:]
Sometimes I feel like all I ever do is
Find different ways to word the same, old song
Ever since I came along
From the day the song called "Hi! My Name Is" dropped
Started thinking my name was fault
Cause any time things went wrong
I was the one who they would blame it on
The media made me the equivalent of a modern-day Genghis Khan
Tried to argue it was only entertainment, dawg
Gangsta? Naw, courageous balls
Had to change my style, they said I'm way too soft
And I sound like AZ and Nas, out came the claws
And the fangs been out since then
But up until the instant that I've went against it
It was ingrained in me that I wouldn't amount to a sh-tstain I thought
No wonder I had to unlearn everything my brain was taught
Do I really belong in this game? I pondered
I just wanna play my part, should I make waves or not?
So back and forth in my brain, the tug of war wages on
And I don't wanna seem ungrateful or disrespect the artform I was raised upon
But sometimes you gotta take a loss
And have people rub it in your face before you get made pissed off
And keep pluggin', it's your only outlet
And your only outfit so you know they gonna talk about it
Better find a way to counter it quick and make it, ah
Feel like I've already said this a kabillion eighty times
How many times can I say the same thing different ways that rhyme?
What I really wanna say is, if there's anyone else that can relate to my story?
Bet you feel the same way I felt when I was in the same place you are
When I was afraid to…

[Hook: Sia:]
I was a...
Afraid to make a single sound
Afraid I will never find a way out
Afraid I'd never be found
I didn't wanna go another round
An angry man's power will shut you up
Trip wires fill this house with tip-toe love
Run out of excuses for every word
So here I am and I will not run
Guts over fear, the time is here
Guts over fear, I shed a tear
For all the times I let you push me around
And let you keep me down
Now I got, guts over fear, guts over fear

[Bridge: Eminem:]
Feels like a close, it's coming to
F-ck am I gonna do?
It's too late to start over
This is the only thing I, thing I know

[Verse 2: Eminem:]
I know what it's like, I was there once, single parents
Hate your appearance, did you struggle to find your place in this world?
And the pain spawns all the anger on
But it wasn't until I put the pain in songs learned who to aim it on
That I made a spark, started to spit hard as shit
Learned how to harness it while the reins were off
And there was a lot of bizarre sh-t, but the crazy part
Was soon as I stopped saying "I gave a f-ck"
Haters started to appreciate my art
And it just breaks my heart to look at all the pain I've caused
But what am I gonna do when the rage is gone?
And the lights go out in that trailer park?
And the window is closing and there's nowhere else that I can go with flows
And I'm frozen cause there's no more emotion for me to pull from
Just a bunch of playful songs that I made for fun
So to the break of dawn here I go recycling the same, old song
But I'd rather make "Not Afraid 2" than make another m-therf-cking "We Made You" uh
Now I don't wanna seem indulgent when I discuss my lows and my highs
My demise and my uprise, pray to God
I just opened enough eyes later on
Gave you the supplies and the tools to hopefully use it to make you strong
Enough to lift yourself up when you feel like I felt
Cause I can't explain to y'all how dang exhausted my legs felt
Just having to balance my dang self
When on eggshells I was made to walk
But thank you, ma, 'cause that gave me the
Strength to cause Shady-mania, so when they empty that stadium
At least I made it out of that house and a found a place in this world when the day was done
So this is for every kid who all's they ever did was dreamt of one day just getting accepted
I represent him or her, anyone similar, you are the reason that I made this song
And everything you're scared to say don't be afraid to say no more
From this day forward, just let them -holes talk
Take it with a grain of salt and eat their fucking faces off
The legend of the angry blonde lives on through you when I'm gone
And to think I was... gone

[Hook: Sia:]
I was a...
Afraid to make a single sound
Afraid I will never find a way o-o-out
Afraid I'd never be found
I didn't wanna go another round
An angry man's power will shut you up
Trip wires fill this house with tip-toe love
Run out of excuses for every word
So here I am and I will not run
Guts over fear, the time is here
Guts over fear, I shed a tear
For all the times I let you push me around
And let you keep me down
Now I got, guts over fear, guts over fear

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