Rap Rhymes Analysis

Song: “When I’m Gone” clean version – Eminem

Lyrics:

Have you ever loved someone so much
You’d give an arm for
Not the expression
No, literally give an arm for
When they know they’re your heart
And you know you were their armor
And you will destroy anyone who would try to harm her
But what happens when karma
Turns right around to bite you
And everything you stand for turns on you despite you

Analysis:

  • Few internal rhymes
    • “you” and “you” is the only obvious internal rhyme
  • Many end rhymes
    • Ex. “arm for” and “armor”, “you” and “you”, “harm her” and “armor”.

Meaning of Lyrics:

Eminem is expressing his emotions at a situation where he loves and is protective of a certain woman/girl but then,  everything he believes in turns against him. In his actual life, the woman/girl referred to in the song actually refers to both his divorced wife and his daughter.

 

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