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Cleaning out my Closet By Eminem

where's my snare?
i have no snare in my headphones
There you go, yeah, yo, yo

have you ever been hated, or discriminated against? i have
i've been protested and demonstrated against
picket signs for my wicked rhymes, look at the times
sick in the mind, of the motherfucking kid that's behind
all this commotion, emotions, run deep as oceans explodin'
tempers flarin' from parents, just blow 'em off and keep goin'
not takin' nothin' from no one give 'em hell as long as i'm breathin'
keep kickin' ass in the morning and taking names in the evening
leave 'em with a taste as sour as vinegar in their mouth
see they can trigger me, but they never figure me out
look at me now, i'll bet ya probably sick of me now
aint you mama i'ma make you look so ridiculous now.

i'm sorry mama
i never meant to hurt you
i never meant to make you cry
but tonight i'm cleaning out my closet

one more time

i said i'm sorry mama
i never meant to hurt you
i never meant to make you cry
but tonight i'm cleaning out my closet

i got some skeletons in my closet and i don't know if no ones know it
so before they thrown me inside my coffin and close it, i'ma expose it
i'll take you back to '73, before i ever had a multi-platnium selling CD
i was a baby, maybe i was just a couple of months
my faggot father must have had his panties up in a bunch
cuz he split, i wonder if he even kissed me goodbye
no i don't, on second thought i just fuckin' wish he would die
i look at Hallie and i couldn't picture leavin' her side
even if i hated Kim i'd grit my teeth and i'd try to make it work
with her al least for Haley's sake
i maybe made some mistakes but i'm only human
but i'm man enough to face them today
what i did was stupid, no doubt it was dumb
but the smartest shit i did was take them bullets out of that gun
cuz i'd have killed em,
shit i would have shot Kim an' him both, its my life
i'd like to welcome y'all to The Eminem Show.

i'm sorry mama
i never meant to hurt you
i never meant to make you cry
but tonight i'm cleaning out my closet

one more time

I said i'm sorry mama
i never meant to hurt you
i never meant to make you cry
but tonight i'm cleaning out my closet

now i would never diss my own mama just to get recognition
take a second to listen for you think this record is dissin'
but put yourself in my position, just try to envision
witnessin' your mama poppin' prescription pills in the kitchen
bitch that someone's always going through and shit missin'
going through public housing systems victim of Munchausen's syndrome
my whole life i was made to believe i was sick when i wasn't
till i grew up, now i blew up, it makes you
sick to ya stomach, doesn't it?
wasn't it the reason you made that CD for me Ma?
so you could try to justify the way you treated me Ma?
but guess what yer gettin' older now and its cold when your lonely
and Nathan's growing up so quick, he's gonna know that your phony
and Hallie's getting so big now, you just see her she's beautiful
but you'll never see her, she wont even be at your funeral
see what hurts me the most is you wont admit you was wrong
bitch, do ya song, keep tellin' yourself that you was a mom
but how dare you try to take what you didn't help me to get
you selfish bitch i hope you fuckin burn in hell for this shit
remember when Ronnie died and you said you'd wish it was me?
well guess what, i am dead, dead to you as can be.

i'm sorry mama
i never meant to hurt you
i never meant to make you cry
but tonight i'm cleaning out my closet

one more time

i said i'm sorry mama,
i never meant to hurt you,
i never meant to make you cry
but tonight i'm cleaning out my closet

Exercises

By Isabel Pérez Torres

Music link to Radio Blog

Click here or here if you also want to do some exercises on Eminem's biography

1a. – Which are the infinitive forms of the following past participles? What can you say about the pronunciation of these forms? Do you know the meaning?

online dictionariesOther dictionaries
English Spanish dictionary
Slang dictionary
protested, discriminated, hated, demonstrated,


 

 

1b. In the following words in the box, what does the apostrophe (') stand for?

Which of them are not verbs? Which are the infinitive forms of the verbs in the box? Check the meaning of all of them.

flarin', nothin', explodin', breathin', kickin', takin', goin', evenin'

 

2a. Now, listen to the first part of the song and fill the gaps with the words in the boxes above:

where's my snare?
i have no snare in my headphones

There you go, yeah, yo, yo

have you ever been _________, or _________against? i have
i've been _________ and _________ against
picket signs for my wicked rhymes, look at the times
sick in the mind, of the motherfucking kid that's behind
all this commotion, emotions, run deep as oceans _________
tempers _________ from parents, just blow 'em off and keep _________
not _________ vv_________ from no one give 'em hell as long as i'm _________
keep _________ ass in the morning and taking names in the _________
leave 'em with a taste as sour as vinegar in their mouth
see they can trigger me, but they never figure me out
look at me now, i'll bet ya probably sick of me now
aint you mama i'ma make you look so ridiculous now.

2b. Translate the words in green in the last four lines of this first part. What's missing in 'em

leave 'em with a taste as sour as vinegar in their mouth
see they can trigger me, but they never figure me out
look at me now, i'll bet ya probably sick of me now
aint you mama i'ma make you look so ridiculous now.

3. - Listen to the chorus and translate it.

i'm sorry mama
i never meant to hurt you
i never meant to make you cry
but tonight i'm cleaning out my closet

one more time

4.- Listen to the second part and do the following exercises:

4a. The underlined words may be in a wrong place. Place them right as you listen to the song and look them up in the dictionary.

i got some skeletons in my closet and i don't thrown if no ones know it
so before they know me inside my CD and expose i t, i'ma close it
i'll take you back to '73, before i ever had a multi-platnium selling coffin
i was a baby, maybe i was just a couple of months
my faggot father must have had his panties up in a bunch
cuz he wonder, i split if he even kissed me goodbye

4b. Group the words in bold according to sound.

no i don't, on second thought i just fuckin' wish he would die
i look at Hallie and i couldn't picture leavin' her side
even if i hated Kim i'd grit my teeth and i'd try to make it work
with her al least for Haley's sake
i maybe made some mistakes but i'm only human
but i'm man enough to face them today
what i did was stupid, no doubt it was dumb
but the smartest shit i did was take them bullets out of that gun
cuz i'd have killed em,
shit i would have shot Kim an' him both, its my life
i'd like to welcome y'all to The Eminem Show.

5. Look the words up in your dictionary and translate the sentences in red

now i would never *diss my own mama just to get recognition
take a second to listen for you think this record is dissin'
but put yourself in my position, just try to envision
witnessin' your mama poppin' prescription pills in the kitchen
bitch that someone's always going through and shit missin'
going through public housing systems victim of Munchausen's syndrome
my whole life i was made to believe i was sick when i wasn't
till i grew up, now i blew up, it makes you
sick to ya stomach, doesn't it?
wasn't it the reason you made that CD for me Ma?
so you could try to justify the way you treated me Ma?
but guess what yer gettin' older now and its cold when your lonely
and Nathan's growing up so quick, he's gonna know that your phony
and Hallie's getting so big now, you just see her she's beautiful
but you'll never see her, she wont even be at your funeral
see what hurts me the most is you won't admit you was wrong
bitch, do ya song, keep tellin' yourself that you was a mom
but how dare you try to take what you didn't help me to get
you selfish bitch i hope you fuckin burn in hell for this shit
remember when Ronnie died and you said you'd wish it was me?
well guess what, i am dead, dead to you as can be.

(*diss = dissrespect)

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