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(+ LYRICS) MUSIC REVIEW: WALK ON WATER- EMINEM FT BEYONCE (WHAT A SIMPLE VIDEO, BUT…)


THE LYRICS

BEYONCE (INTRO)
I’ll walk on water, but I ain’t no Jesus
I’ll walk on water, but only when it freezes

EMINEM (VERSE 1)
Why are expectations so high? Is it the bar I set? My arms, I stretch, but I can’t reach.
A far cry from it or it’s in my grasp, but as soon as I grab, squeeze.
I lose my grip like the flying trapeze. Into the dark I plummet, now the sky’s blackening.
I know the mark’s high; butter-flies rip apart my stomach
Knowing it that no matter what bars I come with
You’re gonna harp, gripe and that’s a hard viking to swallow
So I scrap these, as pressure increases like khakis. I feel the ice cracking, because…

CHORUS (BEYONCE)
I’ll walk on water, but I ain’t no Jesus
I’ll walk on water (Shit), but only when it freezes

VERSE 2 (EMINEM)
It’s the curse of the standard, that the first of the matters; discs set.
Always in search of the verse that I haven’t spit yet
Will this step just be another misstep to tarnish whatever the legacy, love or respect I’ve garnered?
The rhyme has to be perfect, the delivery flawless. And it always feels like I’m hitting the mark, ’til I go sit in the car, listen and pick it apart.
Like, this shit is garbage! God’s given me all this; still I feel no different regardless
Kids look to me as a god, this is retarded, if only they knew, it’s a facade and it’s exhaustive
And I try not to listen to nonsense
But if you bitches are trying to strip me of my confidence; mission accomplished
I’m not God-sent, Nas, Rakim, ‘Pac, B.I.G., James Todd Smith, and I’m not Prince

CHORUS (BEYONCE)
I’ll walk on water, but I ain’t no Jesus
I’ll walk on water (It’s true, it’s true), but only when it freezes
‘Cause I’m only human, just like you, making my mistakes, oh if you only knew
I don’t think you should believe in me the way that you do
‘Cause I’m terrified to let you down, oh

VERSE 3 (EMINEM)

It’s true, I’m a Rubik’s; a beautiful mess. At times juvenile, yes, I goof and I jest
A flawed human, I guess.
But I’m doing my best to not ruin your expectations and meet ’em, but first
The speedom verse, now Big Sean, he’s going too fast, is he gonna shout or curse out his mom?
There was a time I had the world by the balls, eating out my palm
Every album song I‘as spassing the fuck out on. And now I’m getting clowned & frowned on
But the only one who’s looking down on me that matters now’s De Shun
Am I lucky to be around this long? That’s the question, no, especially after the methadone

As yesterday fades and the Dresden home is burnt to the ground
And all that’s left of my house is lawn.
The crowds are gone, and it’s time to wash out the blonde
Sales decline, the curtain’s drawn; they’re closing the set.
I’m still poking my head from out behind. And everyone who has doubt, remind.
Now take your best rhyme, outdo it, now do it a thousand times.
Now let ’em tell ya the world no longer cares or gives a fuck about your rhymes
And as I grow outta site, outta mind, I might go outta mine
‘Cause how do I ever let this mic go without a fight?
When I made a fucking’ tightrope outta twine?
But when I do fall from these heights though, I’ll be fine
I won’t pour or cry or spiral down or whine
But I’ll decide if it’s my final bow this time around, ’cause

CHORUS (BEYONCE)
I’ll walk on water, but I ain’t no Jesus
I’ll walk on water, but only when it freezes
‘Cause I’m only human, just like you, I’ve been making my mistakes, oh if you only knew
I don’t think you should believe in me the way that you do
‘Cause I’m terrified to let you down, oh
If I walked on water, I would drown

OUTRO (EMINEM)
‘Cause I’m just a man
But as long as I got a mic, I’m godlike
So me and you are not alike
Bitch, I wrote “Stan”
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THE REVIEW
Eminem released the visuals to his popular track featuring music screen goddess “Beyoncé” some weeks back. Beyoncé was the vocalist. The reflective nature of this song will make you want to turn to your radios, televisions, discs to listen to the song over and over again; both the audio and video. The video is very simple but spectacular.

“Walk on water” is quite a lengthy song but with full one-off lines for the three verses. The song is about 5minutes- 20 seconds. Lyrically, this song is good. Each line flows well into another line. Lyrically, Eminem is always on point; check most of his past songs.

So what really is the song “Walk on water about?
What the song is about has already been summarised by Queen Beyoncé in the chorus. The song is about the flaws and imperfection of humans even if they are notable figures, and because they are not God, they are bound to make mistakes as well as let people down. At some point in verse 3, Eminem also talked about his challenges in his music career and how he is not been celebrated the way he was some years back. This he said in the line “There was a time I had the world by the balls, eating out my palm; every album song I‘as spassing the fuck out on. And now I’m getting clowned & frowned on…” There is this voice of fear that his fans are losing interest in his music or perhaps his fan base has reduced.
The reflective tune is capable to make people reflect on their acts. Eminem’s facial expression and body gesture tallied well with the theme of his song.


Beat
Great instrumental; one of the best beat of 2017

Video
I just love this concept, extremely unique, simple but spectacular. Most of his videos are always simple anyway, but then, I think he should have featured Beyonce in the video.

Eminem made it quite interesting to watch because every line he spewed out, he demonstrated, and his facial expression tallied with the message of the song and the reflective beat. I also love that part where he and his several emulations where seated in a classroom and typing with the old typewriter.

Location
The video was shot indoor in an empty auditorium; the only figure in the auditorium was Eminem, where he took to the dark stage to perform using a long standing mic.

There is also the other room, where Eminem and his emulations are seated and typing using the old type writer.

Thumbs up
On the floor are sheets of papers he already typed and discarded. This I would say basically relates with the theme of the song “Imperfection”
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Costume
No doubt, the costume synced well with the message of the song, but he could have gone for another option…

Just wondering

• Could have gone for another colour of costume, even if it is not something flashy; the background was already dark, so why were a dark costume.

• At some point I was wondering why what he was just typing meaningless words, but then towards the end of the video, I could decipher some sensible words
• Wondering why beyoncé didn’t appear in the visuals.
• We don’t know what is under the monument, is there a part 2


Duration: 5min 20 seconds
Song written and co produced by Skylar Grey /Produced by Rick Rubin

Remark
This is really a terrific song. Beyonce and Eminem did a great job. Click to watch here

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